Primary Course 02

You should find lots of material here from which to make lesson plans
in preparation for the Production of the Play.


Help your students to learn English the painless, fun way, the same way they learn their mother tongue. Winnie-the-Pooh is a famous English story for children. Acting it is a wonderful way to learn English. Pooh, Christopher Robin’s toy bear has many adventures with his friends: Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga and Tigger. Help your students revise words beginning with D, E, F, G and H. Let them ask and answer questions and identify things in the classroom. Have fun producing the play and developing confidence and teamwork. There are more Winnie-the-Pooh stories available on our website.

Course Objectives:

At the end of the session the student will be able to:

  1. Revise the sound of letters /D/ /d/ /E/ /e/ and /F/ /f/ /G/ /g/ and /H/ /h/ correctly.
  2. Name some words that begin with D, E, F, G, and H
  3. Ask and answer questions correctly.
  4. Identify some things in the classroom.
  5. Play the drama story of “Winnie-the-Pooh” together.
  6. Read and practice the Phonics Advice, for how to pronounce words
  7. Use vocabulary correctly.
  8. Have fun.


MP3 player, speaker, recorder (if you want to make an audio recording), microphone, printable flashcards, Wall chart of Alphabet.

The teacher will need a lot of energy and variety of approach, as small children get very easily bored.


  1. Warm up Game
  2. Warm Up Song
  3. Letters D, E, F, G and H
  4. Who Do You Want To Be?
  5. Drama Game
  6. Phonics Practice
  7. Drama Characters
  8. Drama Script
Unit 1
Dressing Up Race

A. Warm Up Game

Have a dressing up warm up game – competition.

Warning: this game may be noisy!

  1. If there are more of one gender, boys can join the girls’ team or girls the boys’ team to make the numbers equal.

  2. Get each team to stand in a line.

  3. In front of them – a metre of more away – have two piles of clothes and objects.

  4. In front of the boys’ team will be girls’ clothes and objects: a bag, a skirt, a blouse, high heels and an umbrella (the five items can vary).

  5. In front of the girls’ team will be boys’ shoes, trousers, a polo shirt, socks and a man’s bag (the five items can vary).

  6. On “ready, steady, go!” the first of each team runs to the pile and dresses.

  7. She/he then puts his her foot next to the beginning of the line then goes back to

  8. Each member of the team does the same until where the pile was and undresses.

  9. She/he then touches the next in line and then goes to the back of the of the teams finishes.

  10. The first team to finish is the winning team.

Unit 2
What's your name
Nice to meet you

B. Warm Up Song

Sing with mime and gesture and get the children to join in.

Sing with mime and gesture and get the children to join in.What’s your name?

What’s your name?
What’s your name?
What’s your name?
My name is . . . . . . .
My name is . . . . . . .

My name is . . . . . . .
Nice to meet you.
What’s your name?

What’s your name?

What’s your name?

What’s your name?

My name is . . . . . . . 

My name is . . . . . . . 

My name is . . . . . . . 

Nice to meet you.

What’s your name?

What’s your name?

What’s your name?

What’s your name?


Unit 3

Letters D, E, F, G and H

A. Introduce /D/ /d/ /E/ /e/ /F/ /f/ /G/ /g/ and /H/ /h/

Learn words: Dog, duck, dragon, dolphin, drum

Learn words: Egg, eleven, elbow, elephant, entrance, envelope, escalator, eagle.

Learn words: fish, fan, flame, flower, feather.

Learn words: Gate, goat, gold, gorilla, gift.

Learn words: Hand, hammock, harp, heart, honey.

B. Practice:

  1. Bring two volunteers to the front of the classroom.

  2. Present the letter words. Teacher says each letter’s name with facial expression and body language. Students repeat.

  3. Make a wall chart or draw on the board to show words beginning with D d E e F f G g and H h

  4. Teacher makes gesture to indicate big letters. Students repeat. Repeat with small letters.

  5. Teacher encourages them to imitate her body language and facial expression.

  6. Divide the students into two. Let each group say the words and point to the words by pointing to the correct alphabet.

  1. Give the students flash cards with pictures and words: tree, stairs, bees, prickles, honey, gun, and umbrella – see below.

  2. Show the children how to mime these flashcards using movement and sound – for example miming climbing a tree and miming spooning out of a jar and eating (honey) and saying “yum yum” or miming shooting from a gun and saying “pop” or “bang” or mime feeling the rain and opening an umbrella.

  3. You can also get each child to choose a partner and arrange her/him in positions and moving them – for example making the sound of air coming out of a balloon and slowly falling beneath a balloon.

  4. Get a pair of students to demonstrate to the class. Let them take it in turns to do this. Get the students participating as soon as possible?

  5. The students can look at their flashcards to guess what the others are miming.

  6. They can ask questions for a “yes” or “no” answer.

Unit 4
Mrs A A Milne

Who do you want to be?

  • Making the story. Who do you want to be? Who wants to be Pooh? The teacher encourages one of the children to choose to be him – but it can be a girl.

  • Ask “why do you want to be Pooh?”

  • Give him / her the flashcard of Pooh looking up.

  • Who wants to be Christopher Robin? This too can be a boy or a girl. Just tell the girl to ‘think’ and ‘feel’ like a boy, when she acts.

  • Ask “why do you want to be Christopher Robin?”

  • Give him or her the Christopher Robin flashcard.

  • Who wants to be a narrator? The narrators are important parts. They are the writer, A. A. Milne and his wife who helped him with the stories. Again they can be played by boys or girls.

  • As writers they might have ideas to add to or to change the script.

  • There are also non-speaking parts – the buzzing bees.

  • Who wants to be a bee?

  • Why do you want to be a bee? (because I make honey, because I like buzzing)

  • Depending on how many children, you can have two or three groups for two or three performances.

  • Or you can swap roles half or a third of the way through the script to give each child a turn.

Unit 5
Winnie-the-Pooh lips
Heffalump = slang for elephant

Drama Game

Drama has rehearsal and performance and is a good way for the children to cooperate, become confident, have fun and learn English.

Teacher prompts students to be dragged bumping along the floor. Perhaps they have a cushion tied to their bottoms.

As the narrators – who might have books – say / read the first five speeches.

A student can find a way to make the ‘Bump! Bump! Bump!’ sound or they can vocalize it.

Do the same with the following

Get each of the children to mime climbing a tree and singing the song:

“Isn’t it funny? How a bear likes honey?
Buzz! Buzz! Buzz! I wonder why he does.
Get the child being Christopher Robin to march up and down with an imaginary or real umbrella, saying: “‘Tut-tut, it looks like rain.

Get the children to be in turn Pooh singing and Christopher Robin and the angry busy bees as follows:

“How sweet to be a Cloud Floating in the Blue! It makes him very proud To be a little cloud.”


Christopher–ow!–Robin, Yes?
 I have just been thinking. These are the wrong sort of bees.

Ask your students what else they would like to prepare for the production of ‘Winnie-the-Pooh”.

Sticking out their lips and making marks on them will help them to talk and look like Winnie the Pooh.

Perhaps help to make a bear’s nose and ears. Or a mask made out of material of your choice.

Or help them be a good team members and help their friends to be Pooh or a bee.

See picture of Christopher Robin. Help your students to be like him.

Or practice the buzzing sound and make wings like a bee.Please see the script below.You can try and rehearse it with your students.

Perhaps they and their parents can also help with some props, like the jar of honey and the umbrella and the green and blue balloons or the toy gun. Or help with the cut out of the tree – or a backdrop for the stage.

Or help to prepare some black material or paper that looks like mud to wrap Pooh in.

You can help with the bump, bump, bump down the stairs.

Try and work out how to do this.
Unit 6

Phonics Practice

Christopher Robin, Christopher Robin

Downstairs, downstairs, 

Last Friday, last Friday,
Forest, forest,
Large oak tree, large oak tree,
I wonder why, I wonder why,

Branch broke, branch broke,
Thirty feet, thirty feet,
Prickly bush, prickly bush,
Balloon, balloon,
Yesterday, yesterday,

Rabbit, rabbit,

Underneath, underneath,

umbrella, umbrella,

String, string

Heffalump, heffalump

Remembering, remembering

Unit 7

The Drama Characters

Then they can have fun role playing different characters by themselves or with their family.

Consult with producer or school teachers to see how you can help with the production by working with your child to create props, record sound effects and music.​
Unit 8
Coming downstairs
Ashdown Forest in Sussex, England, the inspiration for where Pooh lives
Oak tree
Prickly gorse bush
Small black cloud
Pooh hanging from blue balloon
Suspicious bees
Queen bee
Christopher Robin's umbrella
Angry bee
Toy gun

The Drama Script

Listen to the play being read

NARRATOR 1:          Here is Winnie the Pooh coming downstairs, bump, bump,                                             bump, on the back of his head.

NARRATOR 2:         Behind Christopher Robin.

NARRATOR 1:         As far as he knows, it is the only way of coming downstairs.

NARRATOR 2:         Sometimes he feels that there is another way,
NARRATOR 1:          If only he could stop bumping for a moment and think of it.


NARRATOR 2:          Here he is at the bottom of the stairs,

NARRATOR 1:          Winnie-the-Pooh

CHRISTOPHER:       What about a story?

NARRATOR 2:          What about one?

CHRISTOPHER:       Please tell a Winnie-the-Pooh one?

NARRATOR 1:          What sort of stories does he like?

CHRISTOPHER:       About himself. Because he’s that sort of Bear.

NARRATOR 2:           Once upon a time, a very long time ago now, about last                                                     Friday

NARRATOR 1:           Winnie-the-Pooh lived in a forest all by himself.

NARRATOR 2:            One day when he was out walking,

NARRATOR 1:           He came to an open place in the middle of the forest.

NARRATOR 2:           And in the middle of this place was a large oak-tree.

NARRATOR 1:           And, from the top of the tree, there came a loud buzzing-                                              noise.

POOH:                       That buzzing-noise means something.

                                   The only reason for making a buzzing-noise is because                                                   you’r  a bee.

                                   The only reason for being a bee is making honey.

                                    So that I can eat it.

                                   (SINGS) Isn’t it funny

                                   How a bear likes honey?

                                   Buzz! Buzz! Buzz!                                                                                                                     I wonder why he does?


NARRATOR 2:         The branch broke and he dropped ten feet.

POOH:                       It’s all because ….

POOH:                       Help!

NARRATOR 2:           Another branch broke and he dropped twenty feet.

POOH:                        It’s because I like honey so much.

POOH:                        Help!

NARRATOR 1:           And he dropped thirty feet into a prickly bush.
POOH:                       Ouch!

POOH:                       Ooh! Ooh! Ooh!
NARRATOR 2:          After he’d taken the prickles out of his nose, the first person                                            he thought of was Christopher Robin.

CHRISTOPHER:        Was that me?
NARRATOR 1:           Yes, that was you.

NARRATOR 2:           So Winnie-the-Pooh went round to his friend Christopher                                              Robin,

NARRATOR 1:           who lived behind a green door in another part of the Forest.

POOH:                        Good morning, Christopher Robin.

CHRISTOPHER:        Good morning, Winnie-the-Pooh.

POOH:                        I wonder if you’ve got a balloon?”

CHRISTOPHER:        A balloon?

POOH:                        Yes

CHRISTOPHER:        What do you want a balloon for?

POOH:                        (WHISPERS) Honey.

CHRISTOPHER:        But you don’t get honey with balloons do you?.

POOH:                        Have you got any balloons?

CHRISTOPHER:        Yesterday I went to a party at my friend, Piglet’s, and there                                            were balloons there.

POOH:                        Oh have you got any?

CHRISTOPHER:        Yes I brought a green one.
                                    And rabbit left a blue one.
                                    I brought it home too.
                                    Which one would you like?

POOH:                        When you go after honey with a balloon, don’t let the bees                                            know you’re coming.


POOH:                        If you have a green balloon, they might think you were only                                             part of the tree, and not notice you,

CHRISTOPHER:       That’s true.
POOH:                        And if you have a blue balloon, they might think you                                                        were only part of the sky, and not notice you.

CHRISTOPHER:       That’s also true.

POOH:                        The question is: which is most likely?

CHRISTOPHER:       Wouldn’t they notice you underneath the balloon?

POOH:                        I shall try to look like a small black cloud.

CHRISTOPHER:       Then you had better have the blue balloon,

NARRATOR 2:          You both went out with the blue balloon, and you took your                                           gun with you.

NARRATOR 1:         And Winnie-the-Pooh went to a very muddy place that he knew                                    of, and rolled and rolled until he was black all over.

NARRATOR 2:          Then Pooh Bear floated gracefully up into the sky, and stayed                                        there — level with the top of the tree and about twenty feet                                            away from it.

CHRISTOPHER:       Hooray!

POOH:                        What do I look like?

CHRISTOPHER:        You look like a Bear holding on to a balloon.

POOH:                        (WORRIED) Not — not like a small black cloud in a blue sky?

CHRISTOPHER:         Not much.

POOH:                        Perhaps up here it looks different. You never can tell with                                                bees.

NARRATOR 1:           There was no wind to blow him nearer to the tree, so there he                                        stayed.

NARRATOR 2:          He could see the honey, he could smell the honey, but he                                               couldn’t quite reach the honey.

POOH:                        (IN A LOUD WHISPER) Christopher Robin!

CHRISTOPHER:         Hallo!

POOH:                        I think the bees suspect something!”

CHRISTOPHER:         Perhaps they think that you’re after their honey?”

POOH:                        Christopher Robin!

CHRISTOPHER:         Yes?

POOH:                        Have you an umbrella in your house?

CHRISTOPHER:         I think so.

POOH:                        I wish you would walk up and down with it, and look up at me                                        every now and then, and say ‘Tut-tut, it looks like rain.’ I think,                                        if you did that, it would help deceive the bees.

NARRATOR 1:           Well, you laughed to yourself,

CHRISTOPHER:        Silly old Bear !

NARRATOR 2:           But you didn’t say it aloud because you were so fond of him

NARRATOR 1:            And you went home for your umbrella.


CHRISTOPHER:        Shall I put my umbrella up?

POOH:                        Yes, but wait a moment.
                                    The important bee to deceive is the Queen Bee.
                                    Can you see which is the Queen Bee from down there?


POOH:                        A pity. Well, now, if you walk up and down with your umbrella,                                        saying, ‘Tut-tut, it looks like rain,’ I shall do what I can by                                                  singing a little Cloud Song, such as a cloud might sing …….                                            Go!

CHRISTOPHER:        Tut-tut, it looks like rain.

POOH:                        How sweet to be a Cloud
                                    Floating in the Blue!
                                    Every little cloud
                                   Always sings aloud.

                                   How sweet to be a Cloud
                                   Floating in the Blue!
                                    It makes him very proud
                                   To be a little cloud.


POOH:                        Christopher–ow!–Robin,

CHRISTOPHER:        Yes?

POOH:                        I have just been thinking. These are the wrong sort of bees.

CHRISTOPHER:        Are they?

POOH:                        I think they would make the wrong sort of honey.

CHRISTOPHER:        Would they?

POOH:                        Yes. I think I shall come down.

CHRISTOPHER:        How?

NARRATOR 2:          Winnie-the-Pooh hadn’t thought about this.

NARRATOR 1:          If he let go of the string, he would fall–bump–and he didn’t                                           like the idea of that.

NARRATOR 2:          So he thought for a long time.

POOH:                       Christopher Robin, you must shoot the balloon with your gun.
                                   Have you got your gun?

CHRISTOPHER:        Of course I have. But if I do that, it will spoil the balloon.
POOH:                       But if you don’t, I shall have to let go, and that would spoil me.

NARRATOR 1:         So you aimed very carefully at the balloon,

POOH:                       Ow!

CHRISTOPHER:       Did I miss?

POOH:                       You didn’t exactly miss, but you missed the balloon.

CHRISTOPHER:        I’m so sorry,

NARRATOR 2:          This time you hit the balloon and the air came slowly out,

NARRATOR 1:          And Winnie-the-Pooh floated down to the ground.

NARRATOR 2:          But his arms were so stiff from holding on to the string of the                                          balloon that they stayed up straight in the air for more than a                                          week,

NARRATOR 1:          And whenever a fly came and settled on his nose he had to                                           blow it off.

NARRATOR 2:          We think that’s why he is called Pooh.

CHRISTOPHER:       Is that the end of the story?

NARRATOR 1:          That’s the end of that one.

NARRATOR 2:          There are others.

CHRISTOPHER:       About Me and Pooh?

NARRATOR 1:          And Piglet and Rabbit and all of you. Don’t you remember?

CHRISTOPHER:       I do remember, and then when I try to remember, I forget.

NARRATOR 2:          That day when Pooh and Piglet tried to catch the Heffalump–

CHRISTOPHER:       They didn’t catch it, did they?

NARRATOR 1:          No.

CHRISTOPHER:       Pooh couldn’t, because he hasn’t any brain. Did I catch it?

NARRATOR 2:          Well, that comes into the story.


CHRISTOPHER:       I do remember, only Pooh doesn’t very well, so that’s why he                                         likes having it told to him again. Because then it’s a real story                                         and not just a remembering.

NARRATOR 1:          That’s just how I feel.

CHRISTOPHER:       I didn’t hurt him when I shot him, did I?

NARRATOR 2:          Not a bit.   

More Plays, Rewards, Homework and Notes

You can download and print the script at Winnie-the-Pooh, Episode 1.

If you enjoyed this play you can also produce and perform  other Winnie the Pooh stories in which Pooh goes visiting and gets into a tight place and  in which Pooh and Piglet go hunting and nearly catch a woozle. You can download and print these too.

The teacher gives the students rewards, perhaps an English through Drama certificate.

For their homework please ask the students to draw a picture of Pooh or Christopher doing things from the story.  Let them keep flashcards each to help them. Also write their names on the pictures.

You can submit your students’ pictures to the Learn English through Drama website. The best pictures will go on the website. If they wish we shall add their name, school and / or country.

We have advice on the use of music in plays and particularly the music of the great classical composers.  Have a listen !