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 role-play can be used with learners when covering the topic of aliens, for the practice and revision of narrative tenses or as a...

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With very young learners much of what they do in the classroom revolves around them. Before school they are often the centre of ‘their’...

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

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Coming into a primary English lesson should always be about having fun. The fun should obviously always be grounded in learning, but it'...

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This is a good activity for restless younger classes.

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This childhood board game can easily be adapted for use in the language classroom.

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This is a little game I have used to help students with their listening practice and it develops pronunciation awareness.

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This is a game that practises vocabulary and speaking skills in the context of buying and selling. It is a great revision activity for...

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

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This is a great activity to get students moving about and practise some vocabulary or sentence structures.

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These are some games which we associate with parties and Christmas celebrations in UK schools. They can be adapted for language learners...

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These games involve the learners sitting in a circle and working as a whole class.

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Circle games are a great way to encourage the whole class to work together. They also provide an often welcome change in working pattern...

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This activity for young primary pupils is designed to work on basic numeracy skills whilst communicating in English.

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This activity aims to develop primary pupils' understanding of healthy, balanced eating and provides practice of basic food vocabulary...

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This activity for primary pupils aims to encourage pupils to think about how to live healthily and gives speaking practice while working...

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It is often necessary to recycle new words several times in class before they become part of learners' active vocabulary, and the same...

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A short but fun way to revise comparatives and superlatives is to give students a blank piece of paper and ask them to draw an easy to...

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This is a good game for high-energy groups when you need to get them all sitting down and on task.

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This game is good to revise and practise structures in the first conditional.

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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...

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This is a writing and speaking activity using the silent-method to practise the vocabulary of daily routines, present simple and telling...

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This game can be adapted for matching definitions to words or matching opposites.

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This is a speaking activity for higher level students with good imaginations.

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This lesson can take anything from half an hour to an hour and a half. Divide your class in half, half are doctors, half are patients....

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For young children and adults alike it can be intimidating to speak a foreign language in front of other people. Even five-year-olds can...

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Following on from Drama with children 1 here are a few suggestions that will help you integrate drama into your classroom. Many of the...

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Art is an important part of the young learners’ development at school and can also be part of their English learning. Colouring shouldn’...

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Drawing dictations are a great way to practise vocabulary and to find out how well the students in your class listen to you.

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Children love learning about festivals and the way other people celebrate them. It’s also fascinating for them to compare how they...

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