Our activity for the class wellbeing calendar yesterday was to create a class story relating to Christmas. We took turns for each pupil to contribute a sentence, we were enoying the adventure so much that when we returned from lunch break the pupils wanted to have another go at adding a sentence.
It was great to see and hear some of their excitement when the story started to take shape and as I typed it onto the screen they were amazed by how much they had written – especially in such a short time! It was a great opportunity to show what can be achieved with the support of friends and when we work as a team.
If you would like to read the story they produced I have copied it below. The words are exactly as the pupils wanted them to be, it was interesting to see the difference in word choice when they were talking about the story rather than having to write it themself.
Once upon a time when it was Christmas Eve, when the snowflakes fell, the children were playing and having joy. They were making snowmen and snow angels in the snow. In their houses they were opening presents from under the tree.
As night time came they had a party with their family and friends. They ate some food and put their stockings out for Santa. They go to bed excited and try to fall asleep hoping that Santa will come. They wake up when they hear Santa coming, they try not to giggle in case he hears them. The children get out of the bed quietly and they sneak downstairs and see Santa and they give him some snacks for himself and his reindeer. Everybody smiles when they see their presents. The children peak through the curtains and watch Santa delivering presents to the other houses and then he dashes off into the night on his sleigh shouting, “Ho! Ho! Ho!” as he flies away.
Santa crashes his sleigh because one of the reindeer had a sore leg and couldn’t fly properly. Luckily Santa had his phone in his pocket and rang through to the elves so they could bring some magic dust. The elves rushed through with the magic dust and poured it onto the reindeer, but they put too much on. The reindeer went crazy and crashed into a famous tower! The tower fell over and the elves had to fix it quickly before anybody noticed. The police came when they heard what was happening and Santa had to explain. The police were not happy and thought that it wasn’t the real Santa and he was taken to jail, which was really dark and damp. The reindeer and the elves had a good idea and tried to break Santa out of jail. The reindeer tried to bite the bars and one of them broke in two. The reindeer freed Santa and the police caught him again. The reindeer and the elves free Santa again without the police noticing. When Santa was free he was able to deliver the presents to the rest of the children in the city.
The elves and the reindeer built the tower back up brick by brick. The police returned to the tower and found the reindeer and they sent them through to animal control. Back at the house, it was morning, the children and their family were busy opening their presents that they got from Santa. The children smiled at each other in joy as they had seen Santa and he still left them presents. They opened their toys and started to play with them, crying out happy tears.
Santa went to animal control to try and free his reindeer but he was spotted by the security camera, he quickly opened the gate with his magic and they all sneaked out. They all flew off in their sleigh laughing merrily as they made their way back to the North Pole.
We have all really enjoyed the activities that the class chose for their wellbeing calendar and it has been heartwarming to see them embrace it so well!
A very Happy Christmas to all in P2/3, I hope that you have some lovely family time throughout the break and I will look forward to seeing you all in the New Year!!!