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Learning at home

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This lesson for online classes with primary children looks at a number of different contexts of remote learning.

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.


  • 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 and level

Older primary students at CEFR level A2 and above


60–80 minutes


The lesson plan and classroom materials can be downloaded in PDF format below. In addition:

  • 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

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. 

Included in the teachers' notes, you will find the following:

  • 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.
  • Guidance and advice on managing group and pair work activities in face-to-face classrooms with physical distancing protocols.

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 online lessons is provided as a PowerPoint presentation and a PDF.

See our other lesson plans in this series for primary students


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