“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.
Simple video for younger pupils teaching them some vocabulary associated with Christmas.
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 […]