Here you can find a wide range of short activities to use in your primary classroom.

All of our activities are designed around common themes from primary education syllabi and can be used to complement your school curriculum, giving students an opportunity to develop their English language and skills in motivating and enjoyable ways. Written by young learner experts from around the world, our activities are easy to use and aim to give your students the skills and confidence they need to enjoy learning English.

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This activity is a pronunciation and memory game. It works best if you split the class into small groups. You will need to produce a set...

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This is a good activity for checking information for younger learners.

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These activities all use letters from the classic game of Scrabble.

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This activity develops a number of skills (CLIL) and creates an appropriate context for students to communicate at this age. It can be...

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Slap the board is an energetic vocabulary activity - it can be used for revision, presentation and testing - which involves students...

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This is a good topic for practising different ways of how to collect and store data. You can make mini questionnaires, make charts and...

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This is a visual activity which helps make the process of recalling vocabulary motivating and memorable. My students enjoy the 'suspense...

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St Patrick’s Day is now celebrated throughout the world, not just in Ireland, with the largest parade taking place in New York City.

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This is a great game to revise vocabulary and you can use it with any age group and any level by changing the category headings.

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This simple board game provides an excellent way to give students a bit of free speaking practice.

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The alphabet can be an easy way of collating new vocabulary and lends itself well to fun activities that will help your learners...

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This is a fun question and answer writing activity.

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This is a seasonal information-gap activity to practise listening and speaking with young learners. The activity requires children to...

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After teaching your pupils for a year you will probably have forgotten how much you’ve taught them and you’ll be pleasantly surprised to...

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This is a topic which most children are fascinated with because it simultaneously teaches them about the real world around them and...

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

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Every child is unique and approaches learning differently. You should always vary your teaching techniques to avoid alienating the...

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Alan Turing proposed a test inspired by a party game known as the 'Imitation Game', in which a man and a woman go into separate rooms,...

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This is a good vocabulary activity to use with younger learners.

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The following ideas are ideal for a post-Christmas show and tell style session but can be equally adapted throughout the year. You will...

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These games can be played throughout the school year but are also very useful as a round up at the end of term.

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There are lots of ways to use flashcards. Here are just some of them.

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This is a lesson designed to help learners understand and remember opposite adjectives. Many of the techniques used here could be used...

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This activity practises language of ordering food in a restaurant although this can be adapted for any scenario. It's a great way to...

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Using animated stories is always popular with primary students.

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A small box, such as a shoe box, is a very useful tool in the classroom - it can become a vocabulary box. You also need some small blank...

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This is a good way to help kids learn and review their vocabulary. It really helps them with the alphabet and spelling.

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This activity is an adaptation of the original Hedbanz and is good for practising or revising vocabulary in general or it can be related...

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Although this is a grammar point and you’d be advised to limit grammar input for primary learners, you can present the prepositions as...

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In this YouTube-based activity, students watch a scene from an animated film and observe the actions performed by characters. The...

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