Snow can be a mysterious thing to children but this fleeting weather event is packed with opportunities for learning – we start with the festive tale A Christmas Wish.

   

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Knowledge and skills

  • Story characters
  • Story structure
  • Story settings
  • Peer evaluation
  • Developing vocabulary
  • Creative thinking
  • Working as a team
  • Building on others’ ideas
  • Reading with expression
  • Instructional writing 
  • Writing techniques

The Christmas Wish has lots of potential for exciting literacy work. Here are some ideas for exploring The Christmas Wish, with writing ideas by class teacher Katie Gane.

Knowledge and skills

  • Drama and role play
  • Performing
  • Poetry
  • Listening
  • Peer evaluation

Banish stage fright with these drama and performance poetry ideas from educational writer and former local authority language development adviser, Halina Boniszewska. Use them as a warm-up for your winter production or as fun, standalone activities.

Knowledge and skills

  • Estimating
  • Multiplication and division
  • Patterns and sequences
  • Measurements
  • Statistics

Wind down to the holidays with some snowy maths problems inspired by The Christmas Wish – by maths teacher Antonia Peters.

Knowledge and skills

  • Story characters
  • Speaking and listening
  • Critical thinking
  • Role play and drama
  • Storytelling
  • States of matter
  • Algorithms
  • Creating simple programs

Chris McDonald, headteacher and educational writer, combines ICT and critical thinking in this seasonal snowman story.

Knowledge and skills

  • Art and design techniques
  • Designing and making
  • Using materials

Snowy weather is a great way into collage work for all ages. Collect coloured scraps, then cut, tear, curl, fold, arrange and away you go.

Knowledge and skills

  • Art and design techniques
  • Designing and making
  • Drawing
  • Working as a team

Who knows what the weather will bring? Corrina Burge, classteacher in Birmingham, shares some ideas for outdoor play in all wintry weathers.

Knowledge and skills

  • Designing and making
  • Creative thinking
  • Using materials

Challenge the children to design and make a warm, cosy house for our sleepy, sneezy Ice Giant.

Knowledge and skills

  • Asking questions
  • Working scientifically
  • States of matter
  • Animals, including humans
  • Critical thinking
  • Working as a team

Linking science to real life will allow children to ask scientific questions based on their own experiences, says class teacher Corrina Burge. ...

Knowledge and skills

  • Story settings
  • Geographical skills and fieldwork
  • Human goegraphy
  • Physical geography
  • Mapping skills
  • Place knowledge

Over the woods, over the towns, over the empty beaches and the stormy seas, until he came to a wild place where the rocks were shaped like howling wolves...

Knowledge and skills

  • Listening to music
  • Experimenting with sounds
  • Playing instruments
  • Vocabulary development
  • Musical notation

Explore the versatility of percussion instruments to make magical winter music.

Knowledge and skills

  • Storytelling
  • Speaking and listening
  • Communication and collaboration

How many different versions of The Christmas Wish can you create and film in your class? Show children how to find their storytelling style and get creative.

Knowledge and skills

  • Seasonal changes
  • Empathy
  • Speaking and listening
  • Critical thinking

Snow: A wish come true or a winter menace? Explore the good and bad aspects of snow, then debate the issues in a special assembly.

Knowledge and skills

  • Significant individuals in history
  • Significant events in history
  • Enquiry skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Working as a team

Introduce Captain Scott's epic voyage to the South Pole with our audio resource.

Knowledge and skills

  • Reading widely
  • Discussing books
  • Building on others' ideas

Clare Bevan, author of The Christmas Wish, tells us about daydreaming, Rhythm and Rhyme disease and the girl who inspired her first novel.

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Knowledge and skills

  • Reading
  • Reading for pleasure
  • Reading widely
  • Research

Curl up in the warm with a cool book this winter. Every reader will find something to love in this selection of seasonal, snowy titles, reviewed by children’s book expert, Anne Faundez.

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  • Drama
  • Ebook
  • Festival
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  • Geography
  • History
  • ICT
  • Learning To Learn
  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Poetry
  • Reward
  • Story Resource
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  • Whiteboard
  • Default
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