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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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.
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.
Wind down to the holidays with some snowy maths problems inspired by The Christmas Wish – by maths teacher Antonia Peters.
Chris McDonald, headteacher and educational writer, combines ICT and critical thinking in this seasonal snowman story.
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.
Who knows what the weather will bring? Corrina Burge, classteacher in Birmingham, shares some ideas for outdoor play in all wintry weathers.
Challenge the children to design and make a warm, cosy house for our sleepy, sneezy Ice Giant.
Linking science to real life will allow children to ask scientific questions based on their own experiences, says class teacher Corrina Burge. ...
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...
Explore the versatility of percussion instruments to make magical winter music.
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.
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.
Introduce Captain Scott's epic voyage to the South Pole with our audio resource.
Clare Bevan, author of The Christmas Wish, tells us about daydreaming, Rhythm and Rhyme disease and the girl who inspired her first novel.
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.
You can use The Christmas Wish ebook on your whiteboard, iPad or tablet computer.
Our assembly closing thought helps us look at the different aspects of snow.
Our downloadable snow fact cards will help start children off on their voyage of discovery.
Our downloadable snow fact card templates make great class displays and are perfect for children to use when presenting their findings to the class.
Our downloadable snow fact cards are ready for children to add their own researched facts.
Also available with text and images, text only and as
Use this resource for highlighting geographical language. For printing or using on your whiteboard.
Let the children demonstrate how well they’ve understood The Christmas Wish with these comprehension questions.
This handy grid will help with map-making exercises.
This handy reference will help with map-making exercises.
Use this table to work out how much snow has fallen at a given time.
Cut out the sentences and arrange the main events of The Christmas Wish in the correct order.
Take a look at the techniques that Clare Bevan used when writing The Christmas Wish.
Use this sheet to help children get to grips with sequencing in maths.
Our downloadable snow fact cards are ready for children to add their own illustrations. Print out or use on tablet computers.
Also available with text
Help children plan and write their own versions of The Christmas Wish using these storyboarding templates or get them to map the story following a
Print-friendly The Christmas Wish: Poems and raps perfect hand-outs for learning off by heart.
Let children's imaginations run riot with this activity that's perfect for discussing where ideas come from.
Give the children time to think about what their Christmas wish would be.
Learn all about the artist, Judy Joel, and her painting Preparations for Christmas.
A perfect snowy game for reinforcing concepts of shape and size while exercising a bit of creativity along the way.
A step-by-step guide to using Scratch.
Our ‘Storytelling prompts’ for The Christmas wish are the perfect accompaniment to your storytelling lessons. These prompts come without text and keywords.
Our ‘Storytelling prompts’ for The Christmas Wish are the perfect accompaniment to your storytelling lessons. These prompts come with keywords.
Our ‘Storytelling prompts’ for The Christmas Wish are the perfect accompaniment to your storytelling lessons. These prompts come with keyword phrases from the story.
Use the templates provided to create a board game based on the story of The Christmas Wish.
The ‘Story sounds PDF slideshow’ includes some of the sounds that might feature in a stage show of The Christmas Wish.
Use these images of the front and back cover of The Christmas Wish in conjunction with the ‘Explore the story’ lesson in the Snow topic.
Reward your Early Years and KS1 storytellers with our The Christmas Wish themed certificate.
Reward your KS2 storytellers with our The Christmas Wish themed certificate.
Use these text-only resource sheets to explore the language of The Christmas Wish and examine some of the author’s writing techniques.
Help the children to understand the story structure by asking them to create a story map for The Christmas Wish.
Hear a slightly longer version of Captain Scott's wife being interviewed. This gives a taste of what it would have been like back in Great
Our podcast for the Snow topic sees the wife of Captain Scott being interviewed and gives a taste of what it would have been
These edited extracts are a challenging read and make for pretty grim reading but they could be tackled by older children with adult support.
Use this text-only ebook to explore the language of The Christmas Wish and examine some of the author’s writing techniques.
Use this game as a fun way to recall what children have learned about Captain Scott.
Catch Clare Bevan's rhythm and rhyme bug with these perky poems. Perfect for chanting aloud, learning off by heart and as inspiration for the children's
Ask the children to critique the storytellers in their class and give each one two things that they thought were great and one thing they
Perfect for your Christmas production or scaled-down class assembly production, our editable playscript can be adapted for as few or as many children or you need
A step-by-step guide to using The Christmas Wish .kmz file in Google Earth™.
Get a goose-eye view with ‘The Christmas Wish Google Earth™ tour file’.
Some festive writing borders inspired by The Christmas Wish.
Hone those colouring, cutting and sticking skills with these alphabet and festive symbol paper chains.
Talk through the events in The Christmas Wish using this story map.
Who might live in a house like this?
A wordsearch inspired by The Christmas Wish.
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