To help you strike a balance between Christmassy lessons and valuable learning, we’ve compiled some of the most useful resources for your students in the run up to Christmas that are free to use.
From tracking Santa’s journey to name that tune there’s plenty to get you and your students in the festive spirit and enhance their learning!
How far does Santa have to travel?
Get students to analyse Santa’s journey from Lapland to their home using the ‘Free Map Tool’. This is a great way for students to practise mapping and GIS tools. Rebecca Priest, Geography Teacher at King Edward VI High School for Girls, also asks her students to describe the countries, cities and modes of transport that Santa uses along the way.
Find more inspiration for Geography lessons here.
Christmas Truce of 1914
Many will have heard of the Christmas Truce of 1914 celebrated as a moment of peace in a violent war. Give your students a real insight into this symbolic act and the story behind it with this account from the BBC.
Language lesson ideas
There’s no shortage of resources for language teachers as the Association for Language Learning have treated us to plenty of ideas for Christmas lessons and activities. Whether you’re teaching a German, French, Spanish or Italian class, you’ll be spoilt for choice with festive inspiration.
Name that tune
Nothing says Christmas like a carol. Put your pupils’ carolling skills to the test by playing them popular Christmas songs and asking them to match them up with the correct titles. Take your music quiz to the next level by asking them to name the instruments being used in the songs.
Christmas tree shaped poems
Test out your students’ creative writing skills by asking them to compose a poem fitting the words into the shape of a Christmas tree. The fun doesn’t have to end there, you can also choose a star or snowman shape too!