December 19th, 2015

Mog’s Christmas Calamity

Mog’s Christmas Calamity is the 2015 advert from the UK-based supermarket chain Sainsburys. It is based around the popular fictional cat Mog, created by the children’s author Judith Kerr. With Christmas carefully planned in the Thomas household, Mog sets off a chain of events which lead to catastrophe.

December 17th, 2015

Christmas Bookmark 12

bookmark_12Printable bookmarks with the words “Nollaig Shona” and a Santa illustration. Bookmarks are a good incentive for reading for pleasure and it’s good to encourage pupils at this time of the year to continue reading for pleasure. There are three bookmarks per page. If you find that the bookmark is still too large, set your printer options to print two pages per page.

December 17th, 2015

Christmas Certificate 02

christmas_certificate_02This is a certificate for the teacher to present to the pupils as a “Well Done” reward at Christmas.

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December 15th, 2015

True or False Christmas Quiz 2015

true_or_false_christmas_quizThis table quiz, with questions based on the theme of Advent and Christmas, comprises eight rounds of six questions, a tie-break round and answers to all questions on 129 Powerpoint slides. Hopefully, there is a mixture of easy enough questions and some to challenge the better able pupils.

Because the answer to all questions is either True or False, pupils have a 50% chance of being correct, leading to lots of guessing! The aim really is that pupils should be able to get a good few correct

December 10th, 2015

Say It Think It 01

say_it_think_it_01This resource is aimed at pupils with poor social skills who need practice in knowing the difference between thinking something and saying it aloud, especially at Christmas time. This resource also aims to develop categorisation skills as well as to encourage oral language and discussion on the topic.

Pages 1-4 should be laminated. The small squares on pages 3-4 should then be cut out. Velcro should be attached to the squares on pages 1-2 and at the back of all cut out squares from pages 3-4. With a teacher/SNA working with a pupil, pages 1-2 are placed on the table.

December 8th, 2015

Christmas Wonderpondering

christmas_wonderponderingWonder Ponder is a website that specialises in visual philosophy for children over the age of eight. It uses engaging scenes and intriguing questions to prompt reflection and discussion, thereby encouraging children to develop their own thoughts and arguments and to build a visual and conceptual map.

The website has produced a downloadable booklet full of questions and ideas to get older children thinking about Christmas. Examples from the booklet of questions posed to aid talk and discussion on the topic of Christmas are:

December 1st, 2015

Number Puzzle 01

number_puzzle_01This resource is aimed at pupils in junior/middle classes or SEN pupils who are working on numbers. It is based on the consolidation of numbers in the range 15-24. The resource features six puzzles using a variety of Christmas images.

Laminate all of the pages in the resource and cut each one up into ten separate strips. Laminate another piece of A4 card. Adhere a long strip of velcro to the laminated card at the top and the bottom. Adhere a square of velcro to the top and bottom of each of the ten strips. The pupil then uses their knowledge of number order to position the strips correctly using the velcro to reconstruct the image.

December 1st, 2015

Rudolph an Fia Rua

rudolph_an_fia_ruaFocail le haghaidh an t-amhrán “Rudolph an Fia Rua” ar bhileog amháin.

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November 30th, 2015

Christmas Matching 01

christmas_matching_01This resource is aimed at pupils in junior/middle classes or SEN pupils with speech and language difficulties. It assumes an ability to read. Its aim is to assess whether pupils can match the Christmas words with the appropriate images.

Laminate all of the pages in the resource. Cut up the images into 12 separate cards. Cut up the Christmas words on page 3. Adhere Velcro to the spaces under the images and to the rear of the Christmas words. Pupils then have to match the correct word to each image.

Alternatively, the resource could simply be printed

November 30th, 2015

Silly Christmas Sentences 01

silly_christmas_sentences_01This resource is aimed at junior/middle pupils or SEN pupils at the beginning of work on literacy. It focuses on Christmas-themed sentence construction in a fun way. There are eight pages in the resource which should be laminated and cut up into 32 separate cards. Pupils choose four cards and put them together in the correct order to make the silly sentence. The colour-coded strips on the last page of the resource are to show pupils the order in which to place the cards in order to make the sentence.