November 13th, 2016

Match The Silhouettes 01

match_the_silhouettes_01This seasonal activity features ten different Christmas-themed images. It is aimed at the development of visual perception. Pupils have to match the silhouette to the Christmas-themed image.

Laminate all pages in the resource. Cut out the silhouettes and all of the matching baseboards. Place velcro in all of the blank boxes on the baseboards and at the rear of the silhouette images.

November 12th, 2016

Lily and the Snowman

Lily and the Snowman is a short animated film from Cineplex Movies from 2015. It tells the story of how, every winter, a magical snowman puts on a show for a little girl. But over time, life pulls them apart. Will she remember to take the time for what she loved?

November 11th, 2016

Peg Calendar 01

peg_calendar_01This seasonal peg maths resource is aimed at pupils in middle classes or SEN pupils. It is based on the pupil’s ability to read the calendar. It contains a one-month calendar for a December, followed by twelve question cards based on the calendar. The pupil reads the question on the left of each card (or a teacher/SNA may read it to them) followed by the three possible answers on the right of the card. They then place a clothes peg on the answer that they think is correct.

November 10th, 2016

Buster the Boxer

“Buster the Boxer” is the much anticipated Christmas TV advert for 2016 from the John Lewis department store in the UK. It tells the story of a little girl called Bridget who loves to bounce. When her mum and dad buy her a trampoline for Christmas, they soon discover that she isn’t the only one with a passion for jumping.

Against the soundtrack of “One Day I’ll Fly Away”, Buster looks on as two foxes, a badger, a hedgehog and a squirrel enjoy bouncing on the trampoline.

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: