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Ministry of Education.

Lesson 6: What happens at school?

Specific objectives
The children will:

  • begin using vocabulary associated with specific routines in the school day
  • begin using vocabulary associated with telling the time.



  • Simple pictures illustrating clearly the different parts of the school day ie. 8.55am, sitting on the mat; 10.30, morning tea; 12.30, lunch time; 3.00, home time.

Lesson sequence

  • Practise reading the pages completed in the student booklet together.
  • Show the children a clock. Move the hands on the clock to show each time and use the pictures to explain what happens at that time. The children can repeat the sentences after you e.g. "At 10.30 we have morning tea."
  • Give the children their own clocks. Let them move the hands on their clocks as you do and then say what happens at each time. Allow plenty of time for the children to practise this.
  • Put the pictures in the middle of the circle, where all the children can see them. Make a time on your clock. Give the students turns at choosing the right picture to put on the whiteboard beside your clock. Encourage them to say the sentence as they put the picture up.
  • Let the children have turns at being the 'teacher' and repeat step four several times.
  • Model drawing pictures and the hands on the clocks on page eight of the student booklet. Allow the children to complete page eight of their booklet.
  • When all the students have finished their pictures, they can show one another and practise reading the sentences.

Note: You may like to repeat this lesson more than once but see if the children can talk about the times in the day when other things typically happen (e.g. going to bed, waking up). They could draw pictures or sequences of events, and show the times each thing happens.

Published on: 09 Jan 2018