A Christmas lesson

This lesson uses the theme of Christmas to develop learners’ vocabulary.

All about me

With very young learners much of what they do in the classroom revolves around them. Before school they are often the centre of ‘their’ universe so starting school can sometimes be a bit of a shock.

At the beach

Once it starts to get warm you can easily start to talk about holidays and possible destinations with your young learners.

At the funfair

Coming into a primary English lesson should always be about having fun. The fun should obviously always be grounded in learning, but it's important to always remember the enjoyment factor. This is why it's good to base your lessons on subjects that children will automatically relate to.

Calendar Based Activities

This lesson is based around the calendar and helping students to use dates.

Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year is one of the many colourful events celebrated in our multicultural calendar.

Clothes

This lesson focuses on developing language related to clothes.

Colours: What is pink?

This is a primary tip that helps you exploit the lesson plan Colours – What is pink? from the French CIEP (Centre International d’Etudes Pédagogiques) website, designed to assist foreign assistants teaching in France. It can be used by all assistants as the worksheets are in English. The lesson plan is inspired by the famous poem What is Pink? by Christina Rossetti.

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Creepy Crawlies

This can be done over a series of lessons as part of an ongoing project, dedicating each lesson to a different insect, or otherwise as one lesson. Children love squeamish subjects so you may find that they want you to extend what you originally planned to do.

Farm animals

Children love units connected with animals and farm animals can provide lots of fun opportunities to practise sounds and phonics.

Parts of the body

This is a vocabulary lesson with speaking and listening for very young learners.

A Christmas lesson

This lesson uses the theme of Christmas to develop learners’ vocabulary.

Winter

This tip is about Christmas and how to integrate it into your lessons. There is also a winter project that includes Christmas as just one of its many aspects.

Halloween

This lesson has some fun activities and language learning tasks based around the theme of Halloween. The activities include singing songs and making Halloween decorations.

The Seasons

The seasons is a great topic for the beginning of the year as it marks the start of a fresh cycle.

My favourite day 1

This is the first in a two part series. Here you have a few ideas on how to review days of the week, months of the year and dates while allowing children to personalise the lesson and allowing you to give them some invaluable cultural input. These activities are designed to be used by language assistants as well as teachers.

Calendar Based Activities

This lesson is based around the calendar and helping students to use dates.

Clothes

This lesson focuses on developing language related to clothes.

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