Picture Reading on a Family Picnic Comprehension English Grammar Primary 1 First Term Lesson Notes Week 9

Subject: English Grammar

Class: Primary 1

Term: First Term

Week: 9

Topic: Picture Reading on a Family Picnic Comprehension

Sub-topic: Observing and Describing a Picnic Scene

Duration: 45 minutes

Previous Knowledge: Students should be familiar with basic vocabulary and reading skills, including recognition of simple words and objects.

Learning Objectives:

  • To develop students’ observation skills.
  • To enhance vocabulary related to picnics and family.
  • To improve reading comprehension and storytelling abilities.

Embedded Core Skills: Reading comprehension, vocabulary building, observation, storytelling.

Learning Materials:

  • Picture of a family having a picnic.
  • A short story related to the picture.
  • Chalkboard/whiteboard and chalk/markers.
  • Flashcards with relevant vocabulary words.


  1. Introduction to the topic and its relevance.
  2. Discussion of the picture and the family picnic scene.
  3. Vocabulary building related to the picture.
  4. Reading a short story about the family picnic.
  5. Group and individual activities.

Picture reading is a teaching technique often used with young children, especially in primary education, to develop their reading and comprehension skills. In picture reading, students are presented with a picture or illustration, and they are asked to observe the image and describe what they see. This activity helps students build vocabulary, develop observational skills, and make connections between images and words.

Here’s how picture reading typically works:

  1. Display an Image: The teacher presents an image or a picture to the students. The picture can be related to a specific topic, story, or concept.
  2. Observation: Students are encouraged to observe the picture carefully. They might be asked to identify objects, characters, actions, or emotions depicted in the image.
  3. Discussion: The teacher and students engage in a discussion about what they see in the picture. Students are encouraged to share their observations and describe the scene.
  4. Vocabulary Building: The teacher introduces new words and phrases related to the picture. This helps students expand their vocabulary.
  5. Reading and Comprehension: After discussing the picture, the teacher might introduce a short text or a story related to the image. Students are then asked to read the text and answer questions about it, making connections between what they observed in the picture and what they read.
  6. Language Development: Picture reading not only helps with reading skills but also with language development, as students learn to express their thoughts and describe scenes using appropriate words and phrases.

Picture reading is a valuable tool for early literacy development and can make the learning process engaging and interactive for young learners. It’s a foundation for improving reading comprehension and language skills as students progress through their education.


Picture Description:

Show the students a picture of a family having a picnic in the park. The picture includes a family sitting on a checkered blanket, a picnic basket, sandwiches, fruit, and a beautiful sunny day.


Teacher: “What do you see in the picture?”

Student 1: “I see a family with a picnic basket.”

Student 2: “They are sitting on a blanket.”

Student 3: “The sun is shining, and it looks like a nice day.”

Vocabulary Building:

Teacher: “That’s right! They are having a picnic. Let’s learn some new words. What is this?” (Pointing to the picnic basket)

Students: “Picnic basket!”

Teacher: “And what is this?” (Pointing to the sandwiches)

Students: “Sandwiches!”

Reading and Comprehension:

Teacher: “Now, I’ll read a short story about this family’s picnic. Listen carefully.”

“Once upon a time, there was a family who loved to go on picnics. They would pack a picnic basket with delicious sandwiches and fruits. On a sunny day, they went to the park, laid out their checkered blanket, and enjoyed their meal.”

Teacher: “What did the family pack in their picnic basket?”

Students: “Sandwiches and fruits.”


  1. What are the people doing in the picture? a) Playing with toys b) Having a picnic c) Reading books d) Riding bicycles
  2. What did the family pack in their picnic basket? a) Toys and games b) Sandwiches and fruits c) School supplies d) Camping gear
  3. What kind of day is it in the picture? a) Rainy and cloudy b) Snowy and cold c) Sunny and nice d) Windy and stormy
  4. Where did the family lay out their blanket for the picnic? a) In the library b) At the beach c) In the park d) In a restaurant
  5. What is one thing you can bring for a picnic in the park? a) Swimsuit b) Umbrella c) Picnic basket d) Winter coat


Step 1 – Introduction (5 minutes):

  • Greet the students and introduce the topic of the day: “Today, we are going to read a picture of a family having a picnic. Picnics are fun outings with family and friends.”

Step 2 – Picture Description (10 minutes):

  • Show the picture of the family picnic.
  • Engage the students in a discussion about the picture: “What do you see in the picture? Can you describe the scene? What is happening?”

Step 3 – Vocabulary Building (10 minutes):

  • Use flashcards to introduce and explain new vocabulary words related to the picture: “Let’s learn new words like picnic, blanket, basket, and sunny.”

Teacher’s Activities:

  • Guide the discussion.
  • Present new words and their meanings.
  • Encourage students to participate in discussions.

Learners’ Activities:

  • Describe the picture and its elements.
  • Listen to and learn new vocabulary words.


  • Observe students’ participation in the picture description and vocabulary building.

Step 4 – Reading Comprehension (15 minutes):

  • Read a short story about the family picnic scene.
  • Ask questions related to the story to check comprehension.

Teacher’s Activities:

  • Read the story clearly and expressively.
  • Pose questions to assess understanding.

Learners’ Activities:

  • Listen to the story attentively.
  • Answer questions about the story.


  • Evaluate students’ responses to comprehension questions.


  • Assess students’ vocabulary retention, comprehension, and storytelling skills.


  • Summarize the key points of the lesson.
  • Emphasize the importance of observing, describing, and understanding what they read.
  • Encourage students to practice these skills in their daily lives.

By following this structured lesson plan, you can help Primary 1 students develop their picture reading, vocabulary, and comprehension skills in a fun and engaging

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