This Art primary resource gives children the opportunity to make their own Christmas crackers and tree decorations.

Pupils will be challenged to follow instructions to make their own Christmas crafts (Christmas crackers, paper baubles, card stars and festive flowers) and experiment with their own creative ideas and designs. They will also get five top tips on how to have an eco-friendly Christmas.

The teaching resource can be used as a printed handout for instruction in class time, or for display on the interactive whiteboard.

Activity: Ask the children to complete the tasks (or a selection of the tasks), experimenting with their own designs and style. They can be as creative as possible, decorating their designs with different materials, colours and embellishments (such as sequins, glitter, buttons, feathers).

To incorporate the eco-friendly element in their work, pupils could make and decorate their crafts using all kinds of recycled materials – card, crisp packets, bottle tops, used wrapping paper, etc.

 

N.B. The following information for mapping the resource documents to the school curriculum is specifically tailored to the English National Curriculum and Scottish Curriculum for Excellence. We are currently working to bring specifically tailored curriculum resource links for our other territories; including South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. If you have any queries about our upcoming curriculum resource links, please email: schools@ngkids.co.uk

 

This Art primary resource assists with covering the following EYFS objectives from the National Curriculum:

In planning and guiding children’s activities, practitioners must reflect on the different ways that children learn and reflect these in their practice. Three characteristics of effective teaching and learning are: 

  • playing and exploring — children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’; 
  • active learning  children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements;
  • creating and thinking critically  children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things. 

 

National Curriculum Key Stage 1 Art objective:

Pupils should be taught:

  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products    
  • to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space

 

National Curriculum Key Stage 2 Art objective:

Pupils should be taught:

  • to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]

And the following Key Stage 1 Music objectives from the National Curriculum:

Pupils should be taught:

  • experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.

 

This Art primary resource assists with teaching the following Key Stage 2 Science (Year 4) objectives from the National Curriculum:

  • recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things.

 

This Art primary resource assists with teaching the following Expressive arts Early level objectives from the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence:

  • I have the freedom to discover and choose ways to create images and objects using a variety of materials.

 

Scottish Curriculum for Excellence First level Expressive arts objectives:

  • I have the opportunity to choose and explore a range of media and technologies to create images and objects, discovering their effects and suitability for specific tasks. 
  • I can create and present work using the visual elements of line, shape, form, colour, tone, pattern and texture.

 

Scottish Curriculum for Excellence First level Expressive arts objectives:

  • I have the opportunity to choose and explore an extended range of media and technologies to create images and objects, comparing and combining them for specific tasks.
  • I can create and present work using the visual elements of line, shape, form, colour, tone, pattern and texture.

 

Scottish Curriculum for Excellence Second level Expressive arts objectives:

  • I can create and present work that shows developing skill in using the visual elements and concepts.

 

Scottish Curriculum for Excellence Third level Expressive arts objectives: 

  • I can use and combine the visual elements and concepts to convey ideas, thoughts and feelings in expressive and design work.

 

Scottish Curriculum for Excellence Fourth level Expressive arts objectives: 

  • I can use the visual elements and concepts with sensitivity to express qualities and relationships and convey information, thoughts and feelings. I can use my skills and creativity to generate original ideas in my expressive and design work.

 

This Art primary resource assists with teaching the following Early and First level Religious Education in Roman Catholic Schools objectives from the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence:

  • I can recognise Easter and Christmas as special times for the Christian Community.

 

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