“Father Christmas Needs a Wee!” is a seasonal picture book that will definitely appeal to younger pupils. It tells the story of how Father Christmas has been indulging in drinks and treats at all of the houses that he has visited. Unfortunately, then nature calls and he needs a wee! What is he to do? […]
From the pen of the well-known Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Victoria Sandoy, The Christmas Pine tells the beautiful story of the journey of a pine tree in its forest setting to a city square to act as its centrepiece Christmas Tree. The story, told in verse, is actually based on a true story, celebrating […]
“Monster Christmas”, written by Giles Andreae and illustrated by Nikki Dyson, is a beautiful picture book which has just been published in a new paperback edition. The story, told in rhyming verse, surrounds a time when Father Christmas feels that he is getting too old to deliver Christmas presents around the world again. He feels […]
“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 […]
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.
The Christmas Truce refers to the events in and around Christmas Day in 1914, during World War I, when enemies laid down their arms. They sang carols to each other and met on “no man’s land” and exchanged Christmas greetings. Many teachers will be familiar with The Literacy Shed website which focuses on videos as […]
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 […]
This animated short movie is quite simple in its theme but profound on another level. It could be used in senior classes in the primary school to start a discussion on being alone or loneliness at Christmastime. It could also act as a stimulus for some seasonal creative writing.
Simple ABC song with a seasonal theme for infants to sing. The only drawback is that the letters used are all upper case.