TOPIC 1 Talking about Subjects

    We study several subjects in school. Some of these subjects are studied every
    day, while others are learnt at fixed times during the week. All the subjects that
    we study are arranged in a timetable of study. We follow the timetable to know

    which subjects we will be studying at school on a particular day.

    Activity 1.1.1

    What do you study at school? Discuss

    Activity 1.1.2
    Is your favorite subject hidden in this puzzle?
    Find nine subject words hidden in the grid below. The words can be upwards,

    downwards, across, or diagonal.


    Answer the Riddle

    How many letters are there in ‘the English Alphabet’?

    Activity 1.1.3 (READING)
    Read the conversation below, aloud.
    Ishimwe : Pendo, what do we study in science?
    Pendo : In science, we study about living and non-living things. Without
    science, we would not know anything about nature. When we study
    science, we can understand why certain things are the way they
    are. But I also wonder, what do you do in Kinyarwanda?
    Ishimwe : We study, the Rwandan culture, the dos and don’ts, the wonderful
    dance and the right ways of speaking Kinyarwanda.
    Raissa : I do understand Kinyarwanda and science but what about Social
    Yuhi : In Social studies, we study the world and the places and the way

    things work politically, socially and economically.

    Activity 1.1.4
    Answer the following questions.
    1. Act out the above conversation in groups.
    2. What do you study in Social studies?
    3. How does science help you?

    4. What do you do in Kinyarwanda?

    Activity 1.1.5 (WORKING TOGETHER)
    1. In groups, think of what you do in other subjects which are not
    mentioned in the conversation and explain them.
    2. Discuss how each subject can help you in future. Present your

    work to the class.

    TOPIC 2 Personal Preferences
    Activity 1.2.1 (READING)

    Read about the following pupils and their favorite subjects


    Activity 1.2.2 (WORKING TOGETHER)
    Use the words from the box below to fill the gaps about pictures demonstrating
    the likes talked about in activity 1.2.1. Give the name(s) to the pictures

    according to those who like them in activity 1.2.1


    Activity 1.2.3 (WORKING TOGETHER)
    Form groups and talk about your favorite subject. Why do you like a particular
    For example:
    Partner A: What’s your favorite subject?

    Partner B: I like science.

    Activity 1.2.4

    Make as many sentences as you can, from the table below.


    Answer the Riddle

    What is a snake’s favourite subject? (Clue — Remember its sound!)

    Activity 1.2.5 (WRITING)

    Write a paragraph describing your favourite subject. Tell which subject you like

    the most and why? Remember to use the present tense.


    TOPIC 3 Describing Future Hopes
    Activity 1.3.1

    Look at the pictures. Who are they?


    Activity 1.3.2 (LISTENING)
    Listen carefully to the sentences read by the teacher and guess which
    professions these people belong to.

    (a) What is Miss Kayitesi’s profession? Miss Kayitesi is a ……………….
    (b) What is Mr. Habimana’s profession?
    (c) What is Mrs. Tumwesigye’s profession?
    (d) What is Mr. Muhwezi’s profession?
    (e) What is Mr. Kabahizi’s profession?
    (f) What is Mr. Mbabazi’s profession?
    (g) What is Mrs. Twizere’s profession?

    heart What is Mr. Ngenzi’s profession?

    Activity 1.3.3
    Complete the following sentences with what you would like to be in future.
    (a) I would like to be a doctor.  (b) I would like to …
    (c) I would like to …                  (d) I would like to …

    (e) I want to become a …        (f) I want to become a …

    Activity 1.3.4 (WORKING TOGETHER)
    Ask your friends what they would like to do, or to be, in future. Ask at least six
    For example:
    1. What would you like to be in future?
    I would like to be a pilot.
    2. What would you like to do in future?

    I would like to go to a university.

    TOPIC 4 Our Timetable
    Activity 1.4.1 (READING)

    Read the following passage carefully.
    My name is Keza. I am going to tell you about our class timetable of Monday.
    The first lesson is Mathematics at 8:00 am. The second lesson is English at
    8:45 am. The third lesson is Science at 9:30 am. Then we go out and have a
    break at 10:15 am.
    We have our fourth lesson after the break.
    The fourth lesson is Social studies at 10:45am. Then we study Kinyarwanda at 11:30
    am. The sixth lesson is English at 12:15.
    After that, we go out for lunch at 1:00 pm.
    We have our lunch in the dining room.
    We then have our seventh lesson at 2:00
    pm which is Social studies. And the last
    lesson is Music at 2:45 pm. I enjoy this lesson so much! There is a lot of singing
    and dancing.
    Our last activity of the day is extracurricular activities from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm.
    Everyone loves this time because we get to participate in an activity we love
    doing apart from the classroom activities and subjects. Some extracurricular
    activities include: drama, traditional dance, reading and writing in a language
    of our choice, storytelling, creative dancing, football, basketball, volley ball and

    so many more fun things to do.

    Activity 1.4.2
    Answer the following questions.

    1. On what day do the learners have this timetable?
    2. Whose timetable is this?
    3. What subjects does she study?
    4. What lesson does Keza like the most?
    5. Where do they get their lunch from?
    6. How many lessons do they have on Monday?

    7. What time does the school close?

    Activity 1.4.3

    Now, study the timetable below and answer the questions that follow.


    Activity 1.4.4
    Answer the following questions.

    1. What is the first lesson on Monday?
    Ans. The first lesson on Monday is _______
    2. What is the first lesson on Tuesday?
    Ans. The first lesson on Tuesday is _______
    3. What is the third lesson on Wednesday?
    Ans. The third lesson on Wednesday is _______
    4. What is the last lesson on Friday?

    Ans. The last lesson on Friday is _______

    Activity 1.4.5 (WORKING TOGETHER)
    Turn to your partner and ask him/her about the timetable. Take turns
    asking and answering.

    goodPartner A: What is the first lesson on Thursday?
    Partner B: The first lesson on Thursday is Social
    Partner B: What is the first lesson on Friday?
    Partner A: The first lesson on Friday is


    Partner A: …

    Partner B: …

    Determiners of Quantity
    A lot, most, a few, some, any, many, least
    Activity 1.4.6 (READING)

    Read the statements given below the tables.

    • Do you see any science lessons in the table?
    • No, I can’t see any science lessons in the table.

    • But I can see some Mathematics lessons in the table.


    • Are there any Social studies lessons in the table?
    • Yes, there are a few Social studies lessons in the table.

    • However, there are many math lessons in the table.


    • Do you see any Social studies lessons in the table?
    • Yes, most of the lessons in the table are Social Studies lessons.

    • There are not a lot of physical education lessons in the table.

    Activity 1.4.7
    Look again at the timetable on page 12 and answer the following questions.
    1. There are ________ subjects in the timetable.
    2. How many times does mathematics appear in the timetable?
    3. How many times does English appear in the timetable?
    4. Which subject appears the most times?
    5. Which subject appears the fewest times?
    6. There are a few ________ lessons in the timetable.

    7. The ________ lesson appears the most times on Monday.

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    Activity 1.4.8 (WORKING TOGETHER)
    Form groups and plan your own favorite timetable for a day. Answer the
    following questions about your timetable.
    1. What subjects do you study on that day?
    2. What is your first lesson?
    3. What is the fourth lesson of the day?
    Talk about the school timetable.

    Activity 1.4.9 (WRITING)
    Write five sentences about your school timetable using determiners of quantity.
    For example:
    • There are many mathematics lessons in our timetable.

    TOPIC 5 Describing the Size of the School

    Activity 1.5.1 (READING)
    Read the text.
    My name is Nziza. My school is ‘Kagabo Modern Primary School’. There are
    200 pupils and 30 teachers in the school. There are also people who help
    us clean the classrooms and the school compound. They are 15. We also
    have people who prepare our meals. They are also 15. Our school is very well


    Activity 1.5.2
    Answer the following questions.
    1. How many teachers are there in Nziza’s school?
    There are 30 teachers in Nziza’s school.
    2. How many pupils are there in Nziza’s school?
    There are ................................................................................................
    3. How many cleaners are there in Nziza’s school?
    There are ................................................................................................
    4. What is the total number of people in Nziza’s school?

    There are ................................................................................................

    Activity 1.5.3 (WORKING TOGETHER)
    Work in groups to find out answers to the following questions about your school.
    1. How many teachers are there in your school?
    2. How many pupils are there in your school?
    3. How many cooks are there in your school?
    4. How many administrators are there in your school?
    5. How many girls are there in your class?
    6. How many boys are there in your class?
    7. How many buildings are there in your school?
    8. How many classrooms are there in your school?
    9. How many female teachers teach you?

    10. How many male teachers teach you?

    TOPIC 6 School Journeys
    Activity 1.6.1 (READING)
    Read aloud.
    A teacher from Kagabo Modern Primary School wanted to find out how long it
    takes her pupils to reach school. She made a survey by asking each one of her
    students how much time it took them to get to school like this:
    Teacher : How much time does it take you to get to school?
    Pupil : It takes me 90 minutes to get to school.
    Each student had his/her turn to tell the teacher how long it took him/her to get

    to school. The teacher showed her survey results in the graph below.


    The blue bar represents the actual number of students who reach at a particular
    time. The line moving from up to down labelled Y is known as the Y axis. It is
    vertical. It shows the number of students.

    The line moving from left to right at the bottom of the graph labelled X is known

    as the X axis. It is horizontal. It shows the time taken by the students in minutes.

    Activity 1.6.2
    Study and interpret the graph.
    1. How many pupils take between 20 and 40 minutes to get to school?
    2. How many pupils take between 40 and 60 minutes to get to school?
    3. How many pupils take less than 20 minutes to get to school?
    4. How many pupils take between 60 and 80 minutes to get to school?

    5. How many pupils take between 80 and 100 minutes to get to school?

    Activity 1.6.3

    Write (T) for True and (F) for False for each of the following statements.

    Activity 1.6.4 (WORKING TOGETHER)
    Form groups. Each member of the group should individually fill in the

    questionnaire below about the time taken to reach school from home.

    A questionnaire about the time taken to reach school.

    How long does it take you to reach school?

    Activity 1.6.5 (WORKING TOGETHER)
    Draw a bar graph to represent the information you have collected. Compare
    your results with your group members and make sure you have the

    same results.

    Activity 1.6.6 (WORKING TOGETHER)
    Discuss the reasons as to why some learners reach at a particular time.
    TOPIC 7 School Plan

    Below is a plan of Kigoro Primary School. Study it carefully

    Activity 1.7.1
    Answer the following questions.
    1. How many blocks does the school have?
    2. Mention the blocks that the school has.
    3. Which place is the biggest?

    4. Which places do you like the most in this school? Why?

    Activity 1.7.2 (WORKING TOGETHER)
    Form groups, move around the school and draw the plan of your school.

    Pin your plan at a place where everyone can see it.

    Pronouncing Sounds.
    Activity 1.7.3
    Say the following tongue twister about the weather.
    Whether the weather be fine
    or whether the weather be not,
    whether the weather be cold,
    or whether the weather be hot,
    we’ll weather the weather,
    whatever the weather,

    whether we like it or not.

    Activity 1.7.4
    Read the poem below and in groups. Discuss the questions that follow.
    Our School Our School

    Far from my home.
    But a very good school.
    It takes me one hour.
    To get to our school.
    Our school our school.
    They teach interesting subjects.
    English, Mathematics, Science, Social studies
    and Kinyarwanda.
    Wonderful teachers too.
    Our school Our school.
    I love school.
    My favourite subject is English.
    Very interesting.
    And in future

    I want to be a teacher of English.

                                                                by Umuhoza Axcella

    Discussion Questions
    1. What is the poem about?
    2. Who wrote the above poem?
    3. How many subjects are taught at the writer’s school?
    4. Which subject does the writer like most?
    5. What does the writer want to become in future?
    6. How long does it take the writer to reach her school?
    7. What is interesting at the writer’s school?
    8. How are the teachers at the writer’s school?