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Autumn 2 - What was Christmas like over 100 years ago?

What was Christmas like over 100 years ago?

 

This half-term the children are going to be immersed in all things Christmas! We are going to be learning about where our Christmas traditions come from and if the Victorians celebrated Christmas in the same way we do, over 100 years ago!

 

In English, the children will be making Christmas crackers and writing instructions for other people to follow and also writing a diary entry as a Victorian child on Christmas day. They will look at the story of A Christmas Carol which was written by Charles Dickens. 

 

In our Learning Challenge lessons, we will be making Christmas crackers and traditional Victorian Christmas decorations. We will learn about various traditions such as Christmas cards, Christmas trees, Christmas carols and more!

Victorian Christmas - Make Your Own Victorian Christmas Crackers

The Christmas cracker was invented in Victorian Britain by a sweet shop owner called Thomas Smith. Wanting to take advantage of the increase in confectionary sales at Christmas and inspired by a sweet he saw on a trip to Paris – a bon-bon wrapped in tissue paper with both ends twisted - he came up with the cracker.

Victorian Christmas - Make Your Own Victorian Tree Ornaments

Learning Challenge/English

 

In our Learning Challenge lessons, we have been making Christmas crackers using a template. Once they are finished, we are going to write about how to make them! Today, we started off by writing an introduction about Christmas crackers!

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