Lesson Notes By Weeks and Term - Primary 4

Expressing Possibilities and Permission

WEEK:  Two

CLASS: Basic Four


SUBJECT: English Language

TOPIC:  Expressing Possibilities and Permission

BEHAVIOURAL OBJECTIVES:At the end of the lesson, pupils should be able to:

  1. Express possibilities using ‘Can’, ‘Cannot’, ‘May’, ‘May not’
  2. Read and comprehend the passage and learn new words
  3. Write a guided composition

BUILDING A BACKGROUND: Pupils are familiar with expressing possibilities and passage reading


INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIAL: Pictures, charts and textbook

REFERENCE MATERIAL: Macmillan Brilliant Primary English Book 4





If you are not sure you will do something but it is likely you do it, that is a possibility.

If you want to go out of the class when your teacher is with you you must ask the teacher to allow you to go out, that is permission.

Both possibility and permission can be expressed in negative forms using ‘cannot’ and ‘may not’.

Study the following examples:

  1. I am willing to come to your birthday party but I will be going to Lagos that day. I may not (possibility)
  2. May i use the ladies please? ( permission)


Uche and Mahmud’s Families

Read the comprehension passage and study the following words:

Monogamous, Polygamous, party, photograph, immediate, step mother, classmates



Topic: How i spent my last holiday


EVALUATION: Pupils are evaluated thus:

What are the following sentences expressing? Write ‘A’ for possibility and ‘B’ for permission.

  1. It may not rain this month.
  2. You may go out if you wish to.
  3. A judge can be jailed
  4. May i open the door?
  5. The woman may not show up in the market today.

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