For some great Christmassy ideas, take a look at the FREE sequences below...
Visit our Christmas Re-think Reading! Plans page to download 4 FREE sets of guided reading plans for the festive season.
Y5/6 The Call (poetry)
This poem by Charlotte Mew has a number of possible themes and interpretations. We have chosen to make a link to elements of the Christmas story but you could equally well teach this at another time of year and focus on something else. The change and development in atmosphere using film techniques is a key part of the sequence. Grammar activities include those to support the teaching/revision of noun phrases (pre- and post-modification, verb choices, and commas for clarity.
The poem is widely available online: search for The Call by Charlotte Mew.
Y5/6 Spanish Lottery Christmas Advert
Released in November 2015, this is a beautiful advert to show the sharing nature of Christmas.
Watch the video on YouTube here.
Y5/6 Christmas Tales: Storyworld cards
This sequence makes use of a fantastic resource - a pack of cards containing characters and prompts that are often found in Christmas stories. Children use the cards to create a Christmas story for a younger age group in the school.
Find the cards here.
Y3/4 Mog's Christmas Calamity
This sequence is based on the wonderful 2015 Christmas advert from Sainsbury's which even includes a visit from Judith Kerr who wrote the book. The focus is on conveying character and emotions.
There are some stills to help, downloadable here.
The video is available on YouTube here.
Y3/4 How Santa Really Works
If you know and love How Dogs Really Work by the same author, Alan Snow, then this book is one for you. The whole text is an explanation but with other elements included. Wonderful!