7 festive learning Experiences to try this Christmas

The gifting season is here, and we know you’re eager to spread some festive cheer with your pupils this winter. At now>press>play, we have a range of seasonal Experiences for primary school teachers to create fun learning activities for your children this Christmas.

Read on to unwrap our festive Experiences for EYFS, KS1 and KS2 learners.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

1. Christmas Story

With now>press>play’s Christmas Story Experience, EYFS learners can explore the tale of how Jesus was born and the importance of this event across the world.

In this Experience, your class will:

  • Meet the central figures including the Angel Gabriel, Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, shepherds and wise men.
  • Witness the main events including the annunciation, journey to Bethlehem, finding a place to stay and Jesus’ visitors.
  • Learn why Jesus’ birth was – and is – important to people across the world.

2. Winter

In this just-released Experience, Early Years learners can explore the weather, festive activities and natural changes that occur each winter.

In this Experience, your class will discover:

  • How the weather changes (e.g. cold, ice and snow) and how to dress appropriately.
  • Bare trees and fewer animals as they are hibernating or have migrated to warmer places.
  • Festive activities like making a snowman and having a snowball fight.

3. The Gingerbread Man

Dive into a fairy tale and act out the story of the Gingerbread Man with your class, full of music, dancing and more. This Experience goes perfectly with a spot of whole-class baking ahead of Christmas!

In this Experience, your class will:

  • Meet the main characters including Grandpa, the frog, the hen, the fox and the Gingerbread Man himself.
  • Learn the steps for making gingerbread: mixing and rolling dough, cutting shapes, adding facial features and baking.

Key Stage 1

4. Toys

Explore presents from the past with this brand-new time-travelling adventure through the history of toys through the ages.

In this Experience, your class will:

  • Unbox playthings from history including Victorian times, the 1960s, the 1990s and today.
  • Investigate the different materials (e.g. wood or plastic) and technologies (e.g. electricity) used in toys through the ages.

5. Seasons

As they battle the mischievous Jack Frost, KS1 learners will investigate the differences between and importance of the four seasons.

In this Experience, your class will learn:

  • How weather changes across the four seasons of winter, spring, summer and autumn.
  • How changing seasons affect animals and nature.
  • How people adapt to seasonal change.

6. Arctic

Travel to the Arctic and learn all about life in the northern tundra. Go on a hunt with sleds and huskies, and investigate the changing geography of the icy environment.

In this Experience, your class will explore:

  • How people in the Arctic live and rely on natural resources for food, shelter and more.
  • The effects of global warming on Inuit communities and the North Pole.

Key Stage 2

7. Stone Age

Learn about the winter solstice and ancient winter festivities with our Stone Age Experience, which transports children back into prehistoric Britain.

In this Experience, your class will learn about:

  • Survival in Stone Age Britain — stone shelters, making fires and hunting a woolly mammoth.
  • The tools & weapons used for hunting and flint-mining in the Stone Age.
  • The art and religious sites made by Stone Age people, including Stonehenge.

We hope schools enjoy using these Experiences this winter. If you’re interested in trying now>press>play for your school, you can book a free trial today through our website.