Learn to talk about your school playground

Unit 4 School Lite
4.4 Learn to talk about your school playground

Word Box

To skip



Phrase Box

– break time

– adventure play ground

– to eat a snack

– to blow a whistle

– to line up

– duty teacher

Communication Box


I’m glad you like it/


I don’t feel like it.

Look and say what you can see in the school playground.

E x a m p l e: I can see a lot of children in the playground. Some of them are eating a snack.

Listen and repeat. Say what games you can play in your school playground.

Yoga, yoga, I can do yoga.

Can you do yoga, too?

I can’t do yoga, but I can do karate.

Can you do karate, too?

I can’t do karate, but I can play basketball.

Can you play basketball,


I can’t play basketball, but I can play football.

Can you play football, too?

/ u: / too, do, you

/ k / can, can’t, karate, basketball

Look, match and say when or where these children are doing it.

E x a m p l e: The children are eating a snack during their break.

An adventure ground;

To eat a shack;

To hopscotch;


Think and say: What your school playground is like; What you can do there during break time; What sports events usually take place there.

E x a m p l e: Our school playground isn’t very large, but there is a lot to do there. We can hopscotch, we can run, we can play hide-and-seek….


Taras: Hooray, Oksana, it’s our morning break! Come on, let’s go out and play in the playground.

Oksana: Don’t forget your snack. Let’s eat it out there. I’ve got fruit, and what have you brought today?

Taras: A couple of biscuits. Would you like some?

Oksana: Thank you. Yummy! They are delicious!

Taras: I’m glad you like

them. Well, when you finish your snack, shall we go to the adventure playground?

Oksana: Sure. I can’t wait. You know it’s my favourite thing to do during break time. I can hopscotch. Can you hopscotch, too?

Taras: I don’t feel like it, but I can play tag.

Oksana: Do you mean chasing other players, trying to tag, or touching them with your hand? I haven’t played it for ages!

Taras: It’s a lot of fun. Let’s get started!

Oksana: Oh, have you heard? If I’m not mistaken, the duty teacher blew the whistle.

Taras: It can’t be true! It can’t be the end of break, can it?

Oksana: Believe it or not, but it can. We have to stand still and wait till the teacher tells us to line up in our class line.


It can’t be the end of break, can it?

Yes, it can.

Let’s play the grammar ‘believe-it – or-not’ game. Use the box.

E x a m p l e:

A: the end of break

B: It can’t be the end of break, can it?

C: Believe it or not, it can.



Adventure ground;


Swing set;


Turn statements into questions as in the pattern.

Pattern: It can be true.→ It can’t be true, can it?

We can play on our large playing field.→ We can go out during break time. → We can play on an adventure playground. → We can hear a whistle. → We can eat a snack. → We can form teams. → Talk with your friend about your morning break in the playground.

On your Own. Make a plan of your school playground and write 6-7 sentences about it.

E x a m p l e: This is my school playground. There is a lot of sports equipment there. We can skip, run, play basketball and volleyball during break time…

Read and say what Francis calls ‘school playground culture’.


My name is Francis. I’m in Year 4 in Woodland’s Junior School.

I enjoy my school life. We study hard in the lessons and have a lot of fun during break time.

We have our morning break from 10:20 till 10:35. We bring a snack from home to eat in the playgrounds. The snack is usually a pack of crisps, fruit or a couple of biscuits.

We play games on either of our two playgrounds or on an adventure playground where we can use seesaws and swing sets. In the summer term, we play on our large playing field. Football is a very popular game, but the children also play many other games, some of which have been around in school playgrounds for many years. For example, we can form teams to play football and basketball. It’s also popular to skip and play tag there. By the way, tag is my favoutite playground game.

At the end of break the duty teacher blows a whistle. The children stand still and wait till the teacher tells us to line up in our class lines. That is also an important part of our school playground culture.

Read and choose the correct answer. Where does Francis study? A) in Grade One; b) in Grade Four; c) in Grade Six. How long is her morning break? A) ten minutes; b) twenty minutes; c) fifteen minutes. What do the children NOT do in the school playgrounds? A) eat snacks; b) play sports; c) play music. What game does Francis like to play most of all? A) tag; b) hopscotch; c) volleyball. When can children play on their large playing field? A) in winter; b) in summer; c) all the year round. What can children hear at the end of break time? A) a song; b) a cry; c) a whistle. Act as Francis and talk about your morning break in the school playground. Use:

To eat a snack;

To play on an adventure ground;

To form teams;

To blow a whistle;

To line up.

Tell your friends about your favourite playground game. Use:

I like playing… . I usually play… with… . During… , we go… and… .

First of all, we form… . Then we start… . I always try… . I have a lot of… .

Write about your school playground to Francis. Begin with:

Dear Francis,

My name is… . I am in Year 4 in… .

Do it Yourself! Draw an adventure playground for your school’s “Idea Bank” and label it.

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