Yesterday, I took my nephew, Max, to his friend George's birthday party. When we arrived, Max felt shy so I decided to stay with him. First, he gave George his card and present. There were lots of children from school there, so Max soon wanted to join in. They played lots of games, but Max’s favourite was ‘Pass the Parcel’. After playing games, the children had some party food – there were sandwiches, fruit, cakes, sausage rolls and lots of other delicious things. George’s dad made a birthday cake in the shape of a train. It had five candles on it because it was George's fifth birthday. We all sang ‘Happy Birthday’. He blew out the candles and made a wish. At home time, George gave Max a party bag. Inside there was a slice of cake and some small gifts and sweets. Everyone had a great time!

Watch and listen to the video, which shows how children often celebrate their birthdays in the UK. You can practise your listening skills as you complete the activities.


Task 1 - listening for important information

Task 2 - focus on the past simple