Simple Teaching Ideas for Online Classes with Primary Children

Watch a recording of the sixth in our series of webinars to help teachers giving classes remotely.

About the webinar

The British Council is committed to supporting the use of technology for the continuation of education in a crisis. As many teachers find themselves in an unfamiliar situation of having to teach their classes online, with little or no experience, the British Council TeachingEnglish website is committed to providing as much support as possible to help you navigate your way through the world of online teaching.

This is the sixth in a series of webinars, which offers guidance in key areas. This webinar is for teachers working to deliver classes and maintain an online offer of education with primary children.

Watch a recording of the webinar below

About the speaker

Lesley Keast is the Qualifications Manager for the British Council in Spain, and teaches primary age children.  She has taught on the MA TESOL at the University of Alcala since 2009 and has been part of the Granny Cloud project since 2014, working with young children online in India.

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Thanks for your comment Ida. When we did the webinar it was in the height of the pandemic and we had been thrown into online teaching suddenly. I'm pleased that some of the activities/ways to work online endure.

Submitted by igorek_mar3108 on Sat, 01/22/2022 - 18:24

Thank you. It was very useful

Submitted by Udayraoji on Fri, 10/16/2020 - 10:30

Lesley Keast is an experienced teacher and her method of teaching includes practicals. Thus the lesson becomes very interesting for young school children. The British Council has given us great opportunity to meet great teachers online. 

Submitted by LesleyK on Thu, 04/29/2021 - 09:32

In reply to by Udayraoji

Thank you so much for your kind comments.  I hope that the session proves useful for your teaching work that the children will enjoy!

Submitted by Khasan Rajabov on Tue, 08/04/2020 - 18:31

Thank you it was really interesting webinar. I hope others will also enjoy.

Khasan thank you for the positive feedback - good luck with your online classes!

Submitted by Кадырлиева Дарья on Wed, 06/10/2020 - 16:20


Submitted by VIMAL on Sat, 05/23/2020 - 11:24

I loved the webinar. Thanks!

Submitted by Jason Jixun M… on Mon, 05/04/2020 - 01:02

This topic is quite important for the practices, which should be reminded as one of the key points in our minds.

Usually, teachers and teacher educators have known many things of their fields. However, our childern didn't know those, even any... When online in practices, time is limited (sometimes depending on technology), there's long time 'No See' each other between teachers and students, and technology remotely isn't quite stable. Teachers, including myself, usually would like to highlight many points and at a faster rhythm. This made the situation complex to be understood. 

The heart is kind: especially in COVID-19 time, that sometimes you might not know when the next time would be and how long we will actually meet in the real classroom...  However, it might the key points lost... 

Therefore, 'Simple Teaching Ideas for Online Classes with Primary Children', and 'Taking some necessary ways', such as 'Important points listing first', 'focusing on solve one or two problems once', 'observing students' face-feedback', 'timing yourself', and 'copying  the framework immediately (especially for writing)'... 

There were also many guides in the lecture... Hopefully, it works well for us...


Thank you Jason.  I liked your phrase 'The heart is kind' in the context that we do not know when (or if..) we will see our students in the classroom, so we have to embrace the current conditions and use it to have fun and learn with the children as if it doesn't matter.

Submitted by VIKAS SAXENA on Tue, 04/28/2020 - 16:22

The methods of making White Board, Story Telling method and Puppets, everything in the Webinar was very interesting. Lots of thanks to British Council, Mr Graham and Ms Lesley Keast.

The certificate for the webinar is available above. Just click on the PDF document, and you can edit it to include your name.

Best wishes,

TE Team

Submitted by S THANGKHANLEN… on Mon, 04/27/2020 - 15:38


Submitted by LesleyK on Thu, 07/09/2020 - 06:35

In reply to by S THANGKHANLEN…

Thank you!

Submitted by bexhetihanife@… on Wed, 04/22/2020 - 12:41

Thank you so much for the ideas!

Submitted by LesleyK on Thu, 07/09/2020 - 06:33

In reply to by bexhetihanife@…

You're welcome!  Hopefully they are easy to adapt for your teaching context.  Have fun!

Submitted by Yousuf on Wed, 04/22/2020 - 12:01

It is really intresting lecture with great instructrors. 

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