The Birthday 


Good for the Past Tense.  A narrated story book. 

This is a simple description of a traditional English Birthday and Birthday Party for a young child. 

Birthdays are very similar wherever you live. There are , however, usually a few traditions which are not common. 

In this video the children play traditional English musical games.

They also pull ‘CRACKERS.’ 

I apologise for this video being very ‘girly ‘!  I originally drew the pictures and made the book for a little girl’s birthday! 

FEELINGS? How are you today? 


How are you today?  

It is easy to say ‘Va bene’ or ‘I am ok’ .

But young children find it difficult to express how they are feeling. They may not even know how they feel!  

It’s difficult enough in their own language so how hard must it be in a new language? 


Making faces from plastic plates showing the different feelings helps children not just to learn a new language but also gives parents and teachers an opportunity to help youngsters to express their emotions. To understand them. To know that their feelings are normal. The eyes can be either stuck on or you can use a permanent marker. 


Kids will have lots of fun telling stories and dramas using the plastic faces. It helps if the faces are mounted onto rulers first. 

There is a programme on feelings for children on my channel here:  Link to FEELINGS programme

A walk in the Country 

A narrated video with transcript. 


For understanding. For pronunciation 


         Click here for link to A WALK IN THE COUNTRY




Here is the transcript from the video: 

Yesterday I went for a walk in th country.

It was a lovely Autumn day.

The sky was blue and the sun glinted through the trees.

I walked down a road lined with autumnal trees their leaves turning from green to gold.

I passed a woodcutter’s yard with logs of wood piled high.

Then I turned into a lane

I saw two cows walking across a field.  One was white and the other brown.

The floor beneath the giant fir trees was littered with fir cones. 

The lane led me into an oak wood..

The floor was littered with acorns which crunched beneath my feet.

I picked some acorns up and put them into my bag. 

Further along the lane I saw a farmhouse and round the corner were two dogs.

The dogs were barking.

Nestled in the hills was a farm. 

It was a beautiful clear day and I could see for miles and miles.

For a while I sat and enjoyed the view .

On the way back I saw lots of toadstools and a  butterfly.

As I rounded the corner the village of Castel Rigone and it’s beautiful church came into view.

In the distance I could see  Lake Trasimeno. 

Then I found myself on the main road again. 

I walked past  a round church with a beautiful bell tower. 

Past the car park and the football ground. 

Past the church and the supermarket.

Then I was back home.