We know that schools want their pupils to enjoy the festive season – but also to keep learning going right through to the end of the autumn term. Which is why our range of cross-curricular, School Christmas workshops always proves so popular! Once again, we’ve got workshops with a seasonal take on numeracy, literacy, science and history – with something for EYFS - KS2 / P1 - P7!
A Christmas Chorus (EYFS - KS2 / P1 - P7) - New for 2019!
Creating and performing a whole-school Seasonal Poem in just a single day!
From Jingle Bells to White Christmas, from Silent Night to The Night Before Christmas, the winter season has inspired some of the most loved and best remembered verses of all time. So what better time of year to write and perform (with actions!) your own whole-school poem?
A quick assembly will see a member of our team sharing their love of both poetry and the season of short days and long nights - and issuing the overall challenge. Working as a year group at a time, pupils will come to realise the power of “choice” in poetry writing, as they take part in our creatively collaborative workshops - with KS2 children benefiting from our unique “RunAround” methodology as they select the themes and content, building up the lines as they go, and EYFS/KS1 pupils using a drama-based game to create a “growing” chorus.
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without gifts, though - so by the end of the day the gift you’ll give to yourselves will be a wonderfully crafted, seasonal poem, getting its very first performance at a second, celebratory assembly to end the day!
Maths: The Santa Challenge (EYFS - KS2 / P1 - P7)
With the clock ticking away to Christmas Eve, Santa’s lost the combination to the key that unlocks his sleigh! So he’s going to arrive at your school in a muddle – and needing your children’s help if Christmas is to be saved. Working through a series of seasonal mathematical challenges, they’ll reveal the letters and numbers he needs, one by one – until, if all goes well, the precious vehicle is freed.
Exploring (according to age): additive reasoning, multiplicative reasoning, number patterns, 2D & 3D shapes, positional language.
Cross-Curricular Links: Literacy, Science, History, Geography, RE, Music
Duration: 1 – 2 hours, depending on how many classes.
Science: The Great Christmas Science Quiz (EYFS - KS2 / P1 - P7)
A great way for pupils to learn and remember some seasonal science - up to fourteen classes in a single day!
Christmas is one of the most interesting times of year for a scientist - why do holly, mistletoe and fir trees all stay green, for example? How can rain, slush, hail and snow all be made from the same thing? What do the reindeer eat in the depths of winter - and why exactly did Santa choose the North Pole as his headquarters? A whole-day, whole-school programme for up to 420 pupils, The Great Christmas Science Quiz will answer all these questions - and many more! Following a quick and interactive assembly using the Pole Star to tell the story of some of the science of Christmas, classes will take part in a series of high-energy, active quizzes (with not a desk in sight!) designed to both anchor the science they’re learning in an enjoyable context and introduce new content. And the day will end with a celebratory, closing assembly at which the winners of the Christmas Science Quiz will be revealed ...
Suitable for: EYFS - Year 6 / P1 - P7 (up to 420 pupils in a single day)
Exploring (according to age): seasonal aspects of plants, animals (including humans), habitats, rocks, forces, light, sound, electricity, Earth and space, pollution/conservation, weather
Maths: CSI: Christmas Bake Off! (Years 3 – 6 / P4 - P7)
The seasonal Bake Off organised by Celebrity Chef Noel Joy ended in tears, not happiness – because he was nearly poisoned by his own Christmas Pudding! But this was no accident: one of the finalists had deliberately set out to get revenge … After being introduced to the crime, Noel himself and the suspects, pupils will need to use their understanding of fractions, percentages and measurements to help him catch the criminal. So who was it? Holly Sprig, the gardener? Jack Frost, the teenage prodigy? Miss L. Tow, the Queen of the Bakers? Chris Tingle, the dancer? Carol Singer, the soprano? Or Father Chris Mass, the chaplain?
Exploring (according to age): fractions, ratios, proportions, percentages, measurements, additive reasoning, multiplicative reasoning, multi-stage problem solving.
Cross-Curricular Links: Science, History, RE
Duration: 1½ – 2 hours, depending on how many classes.
Maths: CSI: Christmas Storyland (EYFS, KS1 / P1 - P3)
There’s chaos in Christmas Storyland – because someone has stolen the Magic Ointment that makes Rudolph’s nose shine so brightly! Which of his neighbours could have taken it? After using storytelling techniques to introduce pupils to the crime and the suspects, we’ll share with them a range of clues left at the scene. They’ll then use their sorting and numeracy skills to reveal the identity of the miscreant!
Was it Goldilocks, the Billy Goats Gruff, Little Miss Muffet, the Little Pigs or Red Riding Hood? It’s up to you to find out!
Exploring (according to age): data handling, additive reasoning, multiplicative reasoning, fractions, sequencing.
Cross-Curricular Links: Literacy, History, RE
Duration: 45 minutes – 1 hour, depending on how many classes.
“Using a story as a stimulus to base a maths lesson on was a fantastic idea. The children were engaged and excited throughout – including the ones who usually struggle with the subject!” (Class Teacher, Arnot St Mary’s)
History: A Victorian Christmas (EYFS, KS1, KS2 / P1 - P7)
The roots of Christmas as we know it today stretch less than 200 years into the past – because Christmas cards, Christmas trees, Christmas crackers and the traditional Christmas dinner only came about through the inventiveness of the Victorians! Guided through all this by none other than the author of “A Christmas Carol”, Mr Charles Dickens himself, children will explore the history of the season – and make some startling discoveries!
Exploring (according to age and time): Christmas timelines, contrasting experiences of rich and poor people, Victorian impacts on the 21st century.
Cross-Curricular Links: Art, DT, Geography, History, Literacy, Music, Numeracy, RE, Science
Duration: 1 - 2 hours, depending on how many classes we work with.
“The children got some really great ideas to help them scaffold their own poetry – I loved the use of the senses and soundscapes to help them discover their ideas!” (Class Teacher, Crumpsall Lane Primary)