Excitement levels are building in the run-up to the Christmas break and it can be hard to keep students focused. We’ve come up with some end-of-term activities that will keep them engaged and inspired as the festive break approaches.
A virtual visit to a theatre, a waste-free Christmas plan, a game of Globingo, a charity collection and some international exploring. Here are six fun and impactful end-of-term activities for primary schools to make the last few lessons ones to remember. All the ideas can be adapted for different age ranges.
Storyworld Home wasn't built in a day
1. Find out what happens backstage at the Finnish Opera house in a Lyfta live lesson
The show must go on! Take your children on a trip to the theatre this Christmas with our Lyfta live lesson. In these live lessons (taking place on 14th and 15th December) students will take a trip to the Finnish Opera House and explore the main stage, the backstage area, the orchestra pit, the workshops and the dance studios.
Secrets of the Opera is a series of eight storyworlds that share stories from the Finnish Opera and Ballet.
By exploring interactive 360° spaces, children can visit different parts of the theatre and meet the extraordinary people who work there. This is an excellent way for children to feel the excitement of a theatre trip without leaving the classroom.
2. Don't make a waste of Christmas
Rob creating artwork in storyworld Beachcomber
We all love the festive season, but this year ask children to pause and think about how much extra waste is produced at this time; decorations, wrapping paper and crackers. Ask them to think of ways that they can reduce their waste.
What could they do any wrapping paper, cracker toys and party items? What changes could they make to generate less waste?
This brings up the important topic of sustainability at school. If you're not yet subscribed to Lyfta, you can access our Beachcomber storyworld for free when you create a Lyfta starter account.
Beachcomber tells the story of Rob, an activist and artist from Cornwall who creates artwork from the plastic and waste he finds on the beach.
He uses his artwork to raise awareness about plastic pollution to inspire people to think about littering and the choices they make as consumers.
Children can watch this and be inspired to think of things to do with their Christmas waste. Perhaps, like Rob, they could create some art, maybe some cards and decorations.
Instant free access to this storyworld is available when you sign up for a Lyfta Starter account. Register here, it takes less than a minute and no credit card is required.
3. Play Globingo
The Globingo sheet
This is a fun getting-to-know-you game that helps children understand our global connections and interconnectedness. Also known as 'Find someone who' this game is a great way for children to explore some of the ways in which we are connected to people all over the world without even realising it!
For example, children will ask their classmates questions such as 'Who has a relative living in another country?', 'Who can speak two or more languages?' Once they have completed all the questions they can shout 'Globingo!'
4. Explore celebrations and festivals around the world
Christmas isn't the only celebration taking place this December. Ask students to research and explore the many festivals and celebrations around the world.
Diwali is as important to many Hindus, Sikhs and Jains as Christmas is to many Christians. Hanukkah or Chanukah, the eight-day Jewish holiday begins this year at sundown on Sunday 18 December and ends at nightfall on Monday 26 December.
Ask children to research the different celebrations and what happens during the festivities. They could look at Eid and Chinese New Year as well as Christmas.
"Empathy is a quality of character that can change the world."
6 Christmas around the world
Every country celebrates Christmas differently.
In the UK many children hang stockings but in France, children put out polished shoes in front of the chimney. In Italy, gifts are exchanged on the 6 January, the day of Epiphany and in Germany, the Christmas tree is only usually put up on Christmas eve. In Australia, it's traditional to go to the beach on Christmas day.
Invite children to do some research into different countries and how they each celebrate.
What's the most interesting or strangest tradition the children can find out?
Lyfta users could use the Lyfta globe to select countries and then research how Christmas is celebrated there.
You could also add a bit of maths into the activity and ask children to work out which country wakes up first on Christmas day and which will be celebrating it last.