1 | KS1 Christmas writing resources pack

Keep pupils in Year 1 and year 2 engaged with writing right up until Christmas with this appealing Elf Fact File resource pack.

Pupils will read a fact file for one of Santa’s elves, Elliott Sparkles. Using the model text as inspiration, they will then draw and write about their own elves.

The model text includes a variety of grammar and punctuation from the Y2 curriculum including: the use of suffixes ly, ful and less; commas in a list; noun phrases; and the use of conjunctions.

Get this resource pack here.

2 | ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ lower-KS2 writing and poetry pack

Or for Years 3 and 4, this pack asks pupils to read and perform the poem, explore new vocabulary and the author’s use of language, then write additional stanzas for the poem in a similar style.

Finally, pupils will write their own short poems about Christmas morning, based on the classic poem by Clement Clarke Moore.

Find this one here.

3 | Year 5 & 6 A Christmas Carol writing resources pack

Finally, the upper-KS2 pack lets students explore characters’ viewpoints using extracts from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

They will read two extracts from this classic literary text and explore Scrooge’s view of Christmas at the beginning and end of the story and compare these viewpoints with his nephew’s.

In the writing tasks, pupils will write diary entries in the role of Scrooge (or another character) describing the events, and his view of them, from the two extracts provided.

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4 | Year 6 A Christmas Carol unlocking inference pack

Sticking with Scrooge, this A Christmas Carol unit is designed to support you in your teaching of inference and vocabulary, and is based on a carefully scaffolded whole-class reading approach, including multiple iterations, enabling all pupils to access even relatively challenging texts.

The extract has been annotated with running questions to help you check that children are creating accurate images in their minds, and to clarify their literal understanding (including of key vocabulary) – an essential step towards them making reasoned inferences as they read.

The running questions are largely retrieval-based; it is the combination of literal retrievals which allows inferences to be made.

Find out more here.

5 | Winter scene 3D Xmas cards

This resource and instructional video shows you how to make these 3D Christmas cards.

Download the card templates here.

6 | Christmas home-learning challenges for KS1 and KS2

This pair of sheets, one each for KS1 and KS2, featuring 12 Christmas challenges is the perfect way to keep children creatively occupied at home during the Christmas holidays – with plenty of learning opportunities along the way!

The challenges could be set as homework task to encourage pupils to be creative and explore the world around them.

Click here for the KS1 challenge sheets or here for for the KS2 sheets.

7 | Nine printable resources

We’ve created everything from classroom decorations to art projects and seasonal story starters for you to use this festive season.

They’re all free, and they’re all here.

8 | Pie Corbett Christmas poems

Amidst the Christmas celebrations, pupils should take time to reflect on the contrast between festive excess and continuing crises in other countries.

Use these poems as an emotive way to explore these differences and have children write their own haikus in the same way.

Download it here.

9 | Christmas-themed nets for 3D shapes

Included in this KS2 classroom resource are the nets for 12 festive 3D shapes, including winter versions of the same nets to cater for children who do not celebrate Christmas.

These templates can be used by primary children to investigate shapes as part of a maths lesson, or to create present boxes for friends and family. Both make a great Christmas activity towards the end of term.

Find them here.

10 | Where do Xmas trees come from? lesson

We all love the smell of a real tree but who grows them and how? What challenges do Christmas tree growers face? What decisions will they have to make to get their trees to market?

This KS2 lesson, based around the old favourite of Christmas trees, covers many different areas of the curriculum, including maths, science, history, art and design and RE.

Children will learn the life cycle of a tree and what trees need to grow, as well as working on multiplication, division and estimation, and building teamwork, communication and problem solving skills.

Get this lesson plan here.

11 | The Cost of Christmas KS2 reading and writing activities

From 23 to 27 December 2020, up to three households will be allowed to meet indoors to celebrate Christmas together – this will apply in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

For many families, this will come as a great relief. After the year we’ve had, we really need something to look forward to.

This resource pack includes an article from The Week Junior newspaper about the Christmas rules, along with an activities sheet designed to get children thinking, talking and writing about what the story means to them.

There are four activities in total; holding a debate, two writing tasks, and something to research.

Check it out here.

12 | Light-themed artwork lesson plan

When it comes to Christmas it’s tempting to trot out the traditional art and craft activities – after all, there’s always a display board that’s crying out for a little seasonal spirit.

But for many of us our happiest memories of Christmas have little to do with cotton wool and glitter and a lot to do with colour and light. Here’s an opportunity for your class to shine a little light on their preparations for Christmas.

In this project, experiment with some of the resources often found in the classroom at this time of year – balloons, sticky tape and tissue paper – but combine them in an exciting way.

Download it here.

13 | Devise a musical Xmas performance

This simple and appealing song for lower KS2 with lyrics is set to the familiar melody of ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’ with opportunities for learning accompaniments played on tuned and untuned percussion.

This accessible carol would enhance a Christmas performance, but could also be part of any ‘light’ festival celebration, such as Hanukkah or Diwali.

Download it here.

14 | Christmas story sequencing cards

Retell the story of Christmas using this bright and colourful sequencing cards resource for the primary classroom.

It contains eight images which retell Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem and the birth of Jesus. Children can cut out the eight images, place them in sequence and write a description of each image underneath.

Get it here.

15 | Holly jolly Christmas card

Use this Holly Jolly Christmas card idea with your students using masking fluid, glue or crayons and watercolour paints. The set includes a printable template design.

This is a great Christmas card craft project for you and your students and it’s really effective.

Download it here.

16 | AF Harrold festive poetry lesson

Every December in Trafalgar Square in central London a huge Christmas tree – 70 feet tall (over 20 metres) – is put up and covered in lovely lights.

Did you know that this tree is a gift from the city of Oslo, and that a tree was first given in 1947 as a token of gratitude for British support for Norway during the Second World War?

For the last eight years The Poetry Society has collaborated with the Royal Norwegian Embassy, the Office of the Mayor of Oslo and Westminster City Council to organise an exciting and unique annual poetry programme, using the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree as a focal point.

This year AF Harrold is writing a new poem for the tree. He has provided worksheets for your class and an outline for his Christmas tree poem. You can use it to produce your very own poems in celebration of friendship, like the friendship between Britain and Norway that is symbolised by the Trafalgar Square tree.

Download it here.

17 | Tom Fletcher’s Christmasaurus

Originally produced to support a Puffin Virtually Live webcast for schools, this resource aims to help primary classes explore the book The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher.

The 23-page document contains three lesson plans, each supported by a different extract from the book and a set of accompanying resource sheets, including printable cards, writing templates and instructions for pupils to create their own Christmas cards and doorhangers.

Download it here.

18 | Sing carols in other languages

Get in the festive spirit with well-known Christmas songs like O Tannenbaum, L’enfant au Tambour and Rudolfo el Reno de la Nariz Roja.

The run-up to Christmas is a great time to explore cultural differences by looking at how children in other countries celebrate.

Two festivals observed in mainland Europe have not made it across the Channel: St Nicholas’ Day on 6 December and the Three Kings’ Festival in early January. (Be prepared for groans when your children learn St Nicholas visits their peers overseas before Christmas Day!)

Download it here.

19 | A Christmas Carol reading comprehension

These reading challenge mats provide a quick burst of comprehension practice, ideal for morning work, a short reading session or even sparking an interest in a classic text.

Each mat contains a brief extract from a classic text with a range of reading challenge questions focusing on the key reading skills of inference, information retrieval and the use of language.

The stories included in this pack are:

  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • The Invisible Man by HG Wells
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

Download it here.

20 | Christmas coding and computing

These coding activities from iCompute all have a festive theme.

The animated snowman unit introduces children to creating computer animations, letting them create frames, add artwork and animate a simple Christmas scene.

In Saving Santa, children explore creating a game using Scratch that involves, you guessed it, saving Santa. They design algorithms, use conditional statements as well as test and debug their work.

And in iKode Kodu Christmas they will used a tile-based programming language – Microsoft Kodu – to develop their algorithm and programming skills by problem solving to program Kodu to deliver presents on Christmas Eve.

Click these links for Animated Snowman, Saving Santa or iKode Kodu Christmas.

21 | Little Angel Cards

Use this set to help your students create beautiful little angel cards, and includes a printable template for 3 different designs.

Your students will love cutting out the different pieces and sticking them onto their cards, a perfect Christmas craft for them to take home.

Download it here.

22 | Christmas number bonds

Single-page illustrated activity sheet with a Christmas theme.

Pupils are tasked with entering the missing numbers in a series of Santa hats, so that the two numbers inside each hat add up to 10.

Download it here.

23 | Make a gingerbread house

Make a traditional fairytale gingerbread house with your students ready for Christmas.

The set includes printable templates. Make in small groups or as a class, your students will love this bake and will allow them to be creative at the same time.

Download it here.

24 | Bauble card

Make a unique layered Christmas bauble card suitable for older children. The set includes a printable template page.

Let your students colour in the bauble pieces and layer them together to make a great card for them to take home.

Download it here.