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Resources Christmas Geometry
Resource Preview Christmas provides an excellent opportunity to develop the children's skills in geometry by linking art and design and maths lessons. The class can produce a range of Christmas themed artwork to demonstrate their understanding of geometric shapes, co-ordinates and position and direction vocabulary. The children can practise combining different media and materials to make a range of Christmas decorations and cards.

You can help the class explore the properties of 2D and 3D shapes by getting them to design and make ornaments to hang on a Christmas tree. The children can draw and use nets to build shapes for ornaments. The class can investigate how to make illustrations for Christmas cards by developing pictures using co-ordinates in the four quadrants. The children can also provide Santa with a set of instructions for Christmas Eve using position and direction vocabulary. Allow the class time to embellish and finish their decorations and cards using a range of art materials to reflect the ideas and spirit of Christmas.

Resource Preview Christmas Tree Baubles
Teaching activities to get the children to build layers of shapes to create Christmas tree decorations. The class can select vocabulary to describe the shapes used to make each decoration.

Recommended Teaching Group: Reception

Resource Preview Snowman Decorations
Maths lesson plan to help the children create a Christmas tree ornament using different shapes and patterns. The class can select and describe shapes used to add features to different snowmen.

Recommended Teaching Group: Year 1

Resource Preview Gift Boxes
Art and Design activity to help the children design and make wrapping paper to use on Christmas tree ornaments. The class can select and complete sequences of shapes to produce wrapping paper for Christmas paper.

Recommended Teaching Group: Year 2

Resource Preview Snowflakes
Art and Design lesson plan to help the children make a model of a Christmas decoration by combining materials, shapes and patterns. The class can identify the properties of shapes used in their snowflake decorations.

Recommended Teaching Group: Year 3/4

Resource Preview Christmas Stars
Maths activity to help the children design and make a hanging tree decoration by combining strips of foils and paper. The class can describe the properties of the star shapes that they have created.

Recommended Teaching Group: Year 5/6

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