Wednesday, 22 December 2010

How Santa Really Works

The last few weeks of English lessons have been based upon a fantastic book called 'How Santa Really Works' by Alan Snow.

This wonderful book explains how Santa makes Christmas happen, talking you through the different departments of his North Pole set up, describing the training that the elves must go through and then explaining  his specialist equipment. It also gives top secret information about how he can get around the world to visit every child without being discovered!

It really is a wonderful book and the children loved reading it. I used it as inspiration for various pieces of writing, and I thought I'd share the ideas.

The elves' jobs: We read about the different jobs of the elves and the training that is required to do the jobs well. We then wrote a letter to Santa to apply for a job in one of his departments.

Toys: After reading about the Research and Development departments we designed our own toys for our friends. We drew a picture and labelled them with short explanations of all the special features.

Recount: We recounted an explanation of how Santa manages to deliver all of his presents, describing some of his specialist equipment

Santa's Suit: We produced a labelled diagram of Santa's suit, explaining all of its special features. One child included special pockets for storing mince pies!

Reindeer Food: We watched a video of Santa's reindeer in action ( and then created our own special recipes for reindeer food.

Stories: After watching the Snowman, we wrote a story about the day a snowman met Santa and helped him to deliver his presents.

Have you done any special Christmas writing activities?

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