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Christmas Nativity

Learning Objectives

General

  • Explore the Christmas Nativity Story
  • Understand the importance - for some people - of belonging to a religion
  • Use their senses to experience a new environment
  • Use natural and made materials

Specific

  • Learn safely in a new environment
  • Gain an appreciation of the environment and understand their role in caring for it
  • Visit a place of worship
  • Look at how people celebrate in different ways through art

Key words/phrases

Nativity, Christian, Festival, Christmas, Church, Celebration, Religion, Nazareth, Bethlehem, Shepherd, Wise Men, Angel, Stable, Mary, Joseph, Jesus, Christmas Carols

Introduction

Centre staff will welcome your group and describe the day’s programme, learning objectives, and the health and safety issues. (10 mins)

½ Day Course Programme

Classes will then separate and sessions A and B will be interchangeable am and pm with session A generally led by the centre teacher.

Nativity Session A

  • This session will fill a half day 10.00 – 12.00 or 12.30 – 2.30
  • Mary and Joseph dress up at Nazareth (the Centre) and then the class follow them to Bethlehem (Thoresby Farm) re-telling the Story and looking for rooms on the way to the stable. At the stable the rest of the children have the opportunity to take part in the Nativity Story. Costumes available for all children!
  • Detailed activity sheets can be found in the “Christmas Activities at Perlethorpe Environmental Education Centre” curriculum material pages 13-15
  • If St John’s Church is going to be visited then 15 minutes needs to scheduled into the session

Christmas Crafts Session B

  • This session will fill a half day 10.00 – 12.00 or 12.30 – 2.30
  • Pupils can create a variety of crafts such as pine cone Christmas trees and holly wreaths
  • Detailed activity sheets can be found in the “Christmas Activities at Perlethorpe Environmental Education Centre” curriculum material pages 19-30.

Alternative Session: Christmas Sightings/Scavenger Hunt

  • This can be linked into the Christmas Crafts session – dependent on the age of the pupils – and will take 15-20 mins.
  • Detailed activity sheets can be found in the “Christmas Activities at Perlethorpe Environmental Education Centre” curriculum material pages 19-20.

Plenary

Back at the Centre the group will reflect on their day and consider how well the learning objectives have been met (5 – 10 mins).


Safety Considerations

Weather Conditions and clothing

Children will be outside for some of the day. The weather may be cold, wet, windy or snowy so warm, waterproof clothes will be needed. Some outdoor clothing and footwear is available at the Centre.

Equipment supplied

Refer to page 2 of Christmas Activities at Perlethorpe Environmental Education Centre” curriculum material, first aid kit.

Equipment needed from school

2p per child to pay their taxes, tray to carry Christmas decorations, register

Other Information

The actual programme may vary depending on the number and needs of pupils, length of visit and weather conditions. Church not available on Fridays.

Differentiation

Reviewing prompt cards can be used to articulate feelings and thoughts. Pupils can take an increasing active role in reading and acting within the story. The crafts are progressively more challenging depending on the activity chosen.

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