These are small, relatively simple, Christmas challenges. They range from science, maths and literacy through to physical activities and art and design. Not all of them are Christmas related. The idea is to have a Christmas tree, or I made a 3D paper one from 3 sheets of large green shiny sheets of paper and asked the children to colour in some large baubles, big enough to hide the challenges under, then number them. On each day of December, a child opens the baubles with the correct date on it and the children complete challenges, usually in small groups but sometimes individually. The child, or team, with the most points on the last day of school wins a prize of your choosing. Obviously you will need to decide whether or not to open the rest of the baubles in December, or whether to carry on into January when school starts back up again. However, these challenges can also just be used as activities for the children on their own. The choice is yours. The challenges can be made more difficult, or easier, depending on your class, or particular children so can be used throughout the primary school, or if you just wish to change any of the challenges, they can be altered. There are more challenges than you need.
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Teaching - primary education
I am a newly qualified primary school teacher. I am looking to share the resources that I currently have, all created myself, so that they do not go to waste while I am taking some time out of the profession. Self-created resources take much time and effort from teachers, so every little helps. If we all help each other, life become much easier so we can spend more time focusing on the most important things, the teaching and the children.
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