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Use this lesson in face-to-face, online or hybrid teaching to look at different contexts of remote learning.

Support for teachers during the Covid-19 pandemic

To support teachers during the Covid-19 pandemic, there are two versions of this lesson plan – one specifically for online lessons and one for face-to-face classrooms where physical distancing procedures are in place, although it can be used in any face-to-face teaching context.

Face-to-face classroom lesson

One of the major factors for primary-aged children during lockdown is their school being closed and having to learn from home. This lesson focuses on the experiences of learning at home during lockdown and how that could have varied from country to country. They will read texts about several different children and answer some questions. They will role play a conversation with a child in a different country to find out what that child likes and finds difficult about learning at home. Finally they will consider solutions that could help the children, as well as reflect upon their own experiences.

Aims

  • To provide learners with examples of experiences of learning at home with which they might identify
  • To practise reading comprehension skills
  • To practise speaking skills
  • To develop problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • To give learners an opportunity to evaluate experiences and collate ideas
  • To promote group work and collaboration skills

Online classroom lesson

This lesson focuses on the experiences of learning at home for primary-aged children. They will read texts about several different children and answer some questions they have written themselves. They will identify what the children like and find difficult about learning at home, and consider solutions that could help the children, as well as compare their experiences to their own. Finally, they will work together in groups to review and collate their ideas and produce an online poster.

Aims

  • To provide learners with examples of experiences of learning at home with which they might identify
  • To practise reading comprehension skills
  • To develop problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • To give learners an opportunity to evaluate experiences and collate ideas
  • To promote group work and collaboration skills

Age group

Older primary

Level

CEFR level A2 and above

Time

50–60 minutes (face-to-face) or 60–80 minutes (online)

Materials

The lesson plans and materials can be downloaded below. In addition, for the online classroom lesson:

  • The teacher will need the link(s) to the online tool to be used in stage 5.
  • The learners will need the text sent to them by the teacher, a pen or pencil and paper or a notebook.

Important: Please read

Included in the teachers' notes for each lesson, you will find either:

  • Guidance and advice on managing group and pair work activities in face-to-face classrooms with physical distancing protocols.
  • Guidance and advice for what teachers need to know and do before and at the beginning of an online class. Please read the lesson instructions carefully before using them. They are for guidance only, and designed to be used with the most common online platforms. You may need to adapt the lesson to the format and online platform you are working with.

A combination of the lesson plan for online teaching and the lesson plan for face-to-face teaching can be used in 'hybrid' situations, where some students in the class are studying from home and others are physically in the classroom. Classroom material for the online lesson is provided as a PowerPoint presentation and a PDF.

See our other lesson plans in this series for primary students

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Language Level: 
Primary level 2

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