Key unit competence
Children will be able to use appropriate polite expressions in everyday oral communication.
Learning to use polite language in oral communication in pre-primary is very
important for the children. It enables them to communicate politely and respect
others. It is an opportunity for the children to learn how to give to and receive
apologies from each other, how to thank and respond to thanks given by others
and present wishes to people and among themselves.
It also helps them to grow with appropriate behaviour and values like respect of
rights, politeness, humility, friendliness and kindness to each other. Three lessons
are developed in this unit and the methodology to be used will be developed. In
this unit we provide additional content to help teachers to extend the content.
2.2. List of lessons
The table below shows the lessons to be taught in this unit.2.3. Cross-cutting issues to be addressed
Gender education: Is catered for when all the children both girls and boys participate
in the lesson actively and equally.
Communication: Is catered for while teacher interact with children.
Inclusive education: Is catered for when all the children have equal chance to
education and the teacher cares for them equally.
2.4. Sample lesson plan
Lesson 1: Give and receive apologies
Learning objective: children are able to identify and show when and how to use
politeness expressions, humility, and respect to each other and other people.
Teaching and learning materials: Pictures of children playing different games related to the lesson.
References: Pre-primary syllabus and scheme work.Lesson 2: A poem: I like it
My teacher says well done
When I come to school on time
My teacher likes to say good
When I finish my work
My parents say very good
When I respect them
My friends like to congratulate me
On my birthday
Learning objective: Children are able to identify and show when and how to use
polite language like when thanking and receiving thanks as well as congratulating people.
Teaching and learning materials: A picture showing a birthday ceremony.
Learning and teaching activities
• The teacher gives children clear instructions on what to do and on how to behave.
• The teacher presents teaching materials to children (picture showing birthday ceremony).
• Children observe teaching materials.
• The teacher and the children discuss teaching materials.
• The teacher tells children the name of a poem they are going to learn.
• The teacher recites the whole poem about thanking and receiving thanks and congratulate people.
• The teacher recites two sentences of the poem and children repeat in groups, in turns and use appropriate gestures.
• The teacher recites two sentences of the poem and adds the third, children repeat them in groups and one after the other.
• The teacher recites the three sentences of the poem and adds the fourth, children repeat them in groups, and one after the other.
• The teacher recites four sentences of the poem and adds the fifth, children repeat in groups and one after the other.
• The teacher recites the whole poem and asks children to repeat in groups.
• The teacher helps all the children especially those who have a problem of pronunciation.
• The teacher asks children to repeat the whole poem in pairs.
• At the end of the lesson, the teacher asks children to recite the whole poem individually.
Lesson 3: A dialogue: Mary and her father
Mary’s father: Mary, come and take your new shoes.
Mary: Thank you very much father.
Mary’s father: You are welcome dear.
Mary: when I will grow up, I will buy you a car.
Mary’s father: thank you my daughter.
Mary: You are welcome daddy.
2.5. Additional content
Thank you God
Thank you God
For the world so sweet
Thank you for the food we eat
Thank you for everything
2.6. End unit assessment
At the end of this unit, the teacher will provide a summary which leads to deep
understanding of all taught content. Children will recite poems, sing songs, and
play dialogues they have studied in the whole unit under the teacher’s guidance.