Урок английского языка по теме "Christmas in Great Britain". 4-й класс

Разделы: Иностранные языки

Класс: 4

Aim: to practice skimming and intensive reading to enable the students to speak about Christmas holiday.


By the end of the lesson the students will be able:

  • to read the text for the gist and in detail for finding necessary information;
  • to use this information for speaking about Christmas and the traditions.

Lesson plan

Time Methods or steps Patterns of interaction
1 min Class organization.

Teacher: Hello Dear guests. Hello boys and girls. I am very glad to see. Sit down please.

3-4 min Introducing the topic

Teacher: What date is today? (The 25th of December). What holiday do the British celebrate today? (Christmas). What kind of holiday is it? (It is the yearly celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. This holiday means the beginning of the New Year and the new life). And who knows when do people celebrate Christmas in Russia? (On the 7th of January). So we will speak about Christmas in Great Britain today.

5 min Pre -reading:


Christmas is a happy holiday. It is a magic time. It is time to give and receive presents. Children do you know who gives presents to children in Great Britain? (Santa Claus). Where does he put presents? (Into the Christmas stockings). And how does he come into the house? (Santa Claus comes down the chimney). What is the symbol of New Year? (The Christmas tree). What do people decorate the Christmas tree with? (Baubles, lights, crackers, balls, a star).

The whole class
5 min Teacher:

Please look at the blackboard. Think and write down the words which you connect with Christmas.

C - carol, ______________________.

H - holy, ______________________.

R - reindeer, ___________________.

I - icicle, ______________________.

S - Santa Claus, ________________.

T - ___________________________.

M- ___________________________.

A - ___________________________.

S - ___________________________.

Individual work
3 min Teacher: listen to the poem by J. Smith

The true Christmas poem

C is for the Christ child lying in a manger,
H is for the Holy One who saved us all from danger.
R is to remember Him who died that we may live.
I is to Inspire us that we may always give.
S is for Joyful Songs and sacred hymns that praise.
T is to Thank the Lord for showing us the way.
M is for the Miracles that bless us each day.
A is for the Almighty who always puts us first.
S is for the Shepherd who guides us on the Earth.

The whole class
7 min While - reading:

Teacher: Read the text and say how the British celebrate Christmas.

Christmas is a very important holiday of the year for most British families. They celebrate it on the 25th of December. It combines the Christian celebration of the birth of Christ with the traditional festivities of winter. Most families decorate their houses with holly. They usually have a Christmas tree glittering with coloured lights and decorations.

Family members wrap up their presents and leave them under the Christmas tree. Children leave their stockings on the fireplace. They hope that Santa Claus will come down the chimney and bring them presents.

There are a lot of traditions connected with Christmas. Every year the people of Norway give the city of London a present. It is a big Christmas tree and it stands in Trafalgar Square.

The traditional Christmas dinner is roast turkey with vegetables and pudding. In England people make Christmas pudding before Christmas. Everyone in family stirs the pudding and makes a wish. It is a traditional meal, which people cook for Christmas party. When the pudding is hot they put a penny in it, and sometimes a little silver horseshoe and a button. If you find a button in your piece of pudding you will be rich, a horseshoe means happiness and good luck.

Individual and the whole class
5 min Teacher: Read the text again and answer the questions.

Who gives the city of London a Christmas tree every year?

Where does the Christmas tree stand?

What is the traditional Christmas dinner?

What do people put into the pudding?

What does it mean if you find a button (a horseshoe) in your piece of pudding?

First - individuals, the whole class
15 min Post - reading: imagine that Christmas is coming to one of the British families. And do the role-play (Role cards are given to children in advance. They choose the roles; learn them by heart at home).

Actors: Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, John, Mary, Chief Elf, Elf 1, Elf 2, Elf 3, Peter the postman, Rudolf, 1 angel, Vixen.

Scene 1.

Narrator: It's Christmas time at the North Pole. It's snowing outside and it's very cold. In Santa's workshop the elves are busy. But it's Christmas time, so they are very happy!

Chief Elf: Hurry up! Hurry up! Christmas is coming!

Elf 1: Christmas is coming! Christmas is near!

Elf 3: Christmas is coming!

Elf 2: Everyone cheer! Who's at the door? Who can it be?

Elf 3: Who's at the door? Open and see!

Mrs. Claus: It's Peter, the postman! Please come in!

Peter: Hello, everybody!

Chief Elf: Hi Peter! Come in!

Peter: Here you are! This bag is for you!

Mrs. Claus: it's very big!

Chief Elf: and heavy, too!

Peter: It is full of letters from around the world. From every little boy and girl!

Chief Elf: Christmas lists for Santa Claus!

Elf 2: From all the little girls and boys!

Peter: Well, Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope you have lots of fun!

Chief Elf: A Merry Christmas to you, too!

Elf 2: Goodbye, Peter! See you soon!


Christmas is coming!
The goose is getting fat.
Please put a penny in the old man's hat.
If you haven't got a penny,
A half penny will do.
If you haven't got that,
Then God bless you.

Scene 2.

Narrator: the presents are ready- it's Christmas Eve! Now it's time for Santa to leave!

Mrs. Claus: Letters, letters everywhere from little girls and boys.

Chief Elf: The children ask Santa to send them lots and lots of toys.

Santa: Merry Christmas! Ho, ho, ho! It's nearly time for me to go!

Chief Elf: It's nearly time Santa Claus.

Elf 2: To visit all the girls and boys.

Santa: Lots and lots of lovely presents!

Chief Elf: They are ready, Santa.

Santa: Oh, thank heavens!

Elf 3: A doll for Mary, a teddy for John.

Santa: There's a present for everyone! Happy Children, everywhere.

Elf 2: Time to go, Santa. Please take care!

Santa: Time to fly!

Elf 1: Everything is ready, so goodbye!

Chief Elf: Away you go!

Elf 3: On your sleigh over the snow!


It's Christmas time!
It's Christmas time!
Giving away the presents time.
One for you and one for me.
Wrap them up and under the tree!
It's Christmas time!
It's Christmas time!
Laughing and singing and happy time.
Here's a bike and there's a ball.
Wrap them up and give them all!

Scene 3.

Narrator: Santa's reindeer are waiting outside. They are getting ready to fly.

Rudolph: Hello Santa. Here's your sleigh!

Santa: Well done, reindeer!

Let's fly away!

Santa: Are you ready to go Rudolph?

Rudolph: One minute, Santa.

Let me make my nose glow!

We are ready to go, so hold on tight!

Santa: Rudolph, your nose is so bright tonight! Don't worry, children. We are on our way.

Vixen: We'll be there for Christmas!

Santa: Christmas magic, Christmas fun!

Merry Christmas everyone!


Get ready! Get ready! It's time to go!
Get ready! Get ready! We mustn't be slow!
The sky is dark. The sack is full.
Get ready! Get ready, the sleigh to pull!
Get ready! Get ready! We're leaving tonight.
Get ready! Get ready! It's Christmas Night!
The moon is up. The stars are bright,
Get ready! Get ready, this Christmas Eve night!

Scene 4.


Santa's in the city, now.

At John and Mary's house.

The children are sleeping in their beds, with two small angels overhead!

Angel: Quiet, Santa! Watch your step! John and Mary are both in bed!

John: Mary! Mary! What's that noise?

Mary: Maybe it's Santa with our toys!

Santa: Merry Christmas, Mary Dear!

Mary: Santa! Wow! You are really here!

Santa: Merry Christmas, John, my boy! You were good, so here's your toy!

John: Thank you, Santa. Wow! A teddy! I will call him little Eddy!

Marry: Some milk and cookies, just for you.

Santa: Now it's my turn my turn to say thank you!
All: Merry Christmas, everyone! We hope you have a lot of fun!


We wish you a Merry Christmas,
We wish you a Merry Christmas,
We wish you a Merry Christmas,
And a Happy New Year!
Good tidings we bring,
To you and your kin,
We wish you a Merry Christmas,
And a Happy New Year!

Group work
1 min Evaluating  
1 min Homework: tell about the way the British celebrate Christmas  

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