CLIL Activity – Primary 2


Games are an excellent way to take a break from the standard material used in the classroom. Games make class time more fun and interesting and can strengthen the bonds between students; they can also function as a revision test. Games can also be used as a fun and energetic way to teach our class about a foreign culture and keep up their enthusiasm when learning difficult subjects., while quiet indoor games help students retain ideas.
A game is an example of CLIL activity that provides opportunities for students to use English in a natural way. The students forget they are learning a language and instead concentrate on the content they are learning and on the game they are playing.
The aim of this activity is to improve and develop oral skills while identifying and distinguishing different means of transport. 
Available in printable, PDF format:
You will need:
  • A coloured copy of the two set of cards that are cut out. If possible, the cards should be laminated to make them last longer. If you can’t laminate them, you can use construction paper.
1. Review the vocabulary related to types of transport. While doing so, ask your students to use the appropriate sentence structures:
go/come to school by … (car, bus, plane, helicopter, rocket, train, boat, motorbike, bicycle)
go/come to school on … (foot, horse, a skateboard, a bicycle)
2. You can watch this Muzzy video to review the vocabulary (and its pronunciation) needed for the activity:
If you have time, visit this website to teach students how walking or cycling to school is healthy and good for the environment.
3. Ask students how they normally come to school and draw a bar graph that represents their answers on the board (a bar chart/graph is a chart with vertical or horizontal rectangular bars with lengths proportional to the values that they represent).
4. Tell students they are going to play a game to improve their attention skills and to practice the vocabulary of the unit.
5. Divide the class into two groups. Then divide each group into pairs of students with different levels that will allow students to help each other.
6. While group A is playing the game, the students in group B are asking and answering questions about the means of transport they use to travel to different places. For this activity, use the vocabulary related to Towns and Cities –Social and Natural Sciences 2 Unit 9.. For example: How do you go to the hospital? Where can you go by plane? What is your favourite means of transport? Ask students to draw their reponses).
7. Game: Ask the pairs of players in group A to sit around a table. The cards (pictures and sentences) have to be laid out on the table facing down. Players take turns flipping pairs of cards over. On each turn, a pair of players will first turn one card over, then a second. If the two cards match, the players have to say “We came to school by/on …” and scores one point, the two cards are removed from the game, and the pair of players get another turn. If the cards don’t match, the cards are returned to the table face down.
The object of the game is for students to match as many pairs of cards as possible. After all the cards have been matched, the pair with the highest score (one point per each matched pair) wins.
While the game is going on, the teacher should move around the classroom helping all the students.
8. Swap the groups when the game is over, so that group B plays the game while group A ask and answer questions.
9. Praise everyone’s effort.
Extension activity: You can use these cards to play any game: The Odd One Out, What’s Missing?, Look and Match, etc.

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