Are you active or not?

This lesson for primary pupils at CEFR level A2 and above helps learners think about their health and how active they are.


This lesson plan is based on an activity from the British Council publication Integrating global issues in the creative English language classroom, which provides innovative ideas for teaching while raising awareness of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

In this lesson, which supports Goal 3: Good health and well-being, learners take part in a short exercise routine and classify activities according to their intensity. They think about the importance of doing physical activity and plan their own short routine which they lead for their group. Then they think about how much activity they need to do and how much they actually do with a simple quiz. Finally, they make a daily exercise chart for themselves which they can try to follow outside of class.

This lesson has been adapted from the lesson 'Are you active or not' in the publication Integrating global issues in the creative English language classroom (chapter 4 activity 3)


  • To raise awareness of different types of physical activity
  • To consider why and how much physical activity is important
  • To review and learn vocabulary for different physical activities
  • To develop confidence in leading their peers
  • To evaluate their own level of physical activeness
  • To reinforce the use of the present simple for regular activities
  • To encourage learners to take an active role in their health and well-being

Age and level

Primary (8–12 years) at CEFR level A2 and above


90 minutes approximately or two shorter lessons


The materials can be downloaded below in PDF format

  • Lesson plan for remote teaching contexts
  • Lesson plan for face-to-face classroom teaching
  • Remote teaching class presentation
  • Student worksheets

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