The Christmas Advert for British department store John Lewis is highly anticipated every year as it is usually imaginative and can be used for activities in the classroom during the seasonal period.
“How Will Santa Find Us?” by Shane O’Brien and Stephen Rodgers is a new picture book with a modern and unique Christmas theme. It is based around the story of a little girl and her younger brother who, together with their parents, find themselves homeless at Christmastime.
“Reindeer Down!” written by Natasha Mac a’Bháird and illustrated by Audrey Dowling is an enchanting Christmas tale with an Irish twist. Reindeer Down tells the story of Santa and his reindeer as they make their way to Ireland on Christmas Eve. Unfortunately, events do not go to plan and Dancer is unable to continue her […]
Wonder 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 […]
For those of you who are familiar with “The Literacy Shed”, you may already know that one of the sections on the website is “The Christmas Shed”. It contains some Christmas-themed videos with suggestions of how they can be used to support literacy in the classroom at this time of the year. Have a look […]
Simple video for younger pupils teaching them some vocabulary associated with Christmas.
This is a great 3D computer animated short story about a mischievous Christmas tree decoration with a hunger for some milk and cookies. It could be used simply as some seasonal entertainment in the classroom or it could be used as a stimulus for some great seasonal creative writing.
This short video tells the story of Rudolph the Reindeer and how he came to lead all the reindeer on Christmas Eve. It is a good literacy lesson for younger pupils as they can read the story as the video is playing.
There are five different literacy activities on the Christmas section of the Learning Chocolate website. The activities are based on vocabulary which is placed on the Christmas picture. You can click on each word to hear it said. There are then three match up activities, a fill-in activity and a dictation activity to be completed […]
The Snowman is a children’s book by English author Raymond Briggs, published in 1978. In 1982, this book was turned into a 26-minute animated movie by Dianne Jackson for the fledgling Channel 4. It was first shown on Channel 4 late on Christmas Eve in 1982 and was an immediate success.