Christmas Reading

Thursday 2nd December 2021

  • #UKEdChat session 581
  • There are many fiction and non-fiction reading opportunities at Christmas time.
  • Teachers have different attitudes about learners reading over the Christmas break.
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Sing with me…

🎶 Tis the season for timetable chaos, Fa la la la la, la la la la 🎶

… and one of the first things to suffer is reading as TAs and parent helpers are pulled away to create wonderful costumes and staging, and classroom life becomes less predictable as Christmas events take over. Yet, the savvy teacher can use the winter season to their advantage. While this is vitally important for Primary Schools, Secondary and HE colleagues can use similar ideas to add a festival element to their lessons

Outside of the usual reading material, there are opportunities to read both fiction (‘Twas the night before’ anyone?), but also a fantastic way to introduce non-fiction genres. Proofreading Father Christmas’ reply letters (which are inexplicably full of errors to correct) or reading the script of the class Christmas play. Reading instructions about how to make or put up a Christmas tree and reading classic Christmas songs (have you actually read the lyrics to Slade’s ‘So here it is Merry Christmas’?!)

Accepting that the season will shake things up, and shaking them up on your own terms not only gives greater purpose to reading activities, but a break from the norm can also help refocus a class on their reading at a time when refocusing is sorely needed. Not to mention saving the sanity of a teacher whose plans are repeatedly being thrown out of the tinsel-adorned window.

In this #UKEdChat session, which took place on Thursday 2nd December 2021 at 8pm(UK), we discussed how to keep reading going during the busy festival season, how to encourage reading at home over the holiday, how to use Christmas as a stimulus for reading, which books are on this year’s Christmas wish list for your class, and what books you hope will fill your stocking.


  1. Is your school timetable more chaotic than usually in the run up to Christmas? If so, why?
  2. Does your class’ reading continue uninterrupted in the run up to Christmas? If so, how do you make a priority?
  3. What school-based Christmas events and activities can be used to encourage reading?
  4. What are your top tips for using Christmas as a stimulus for fiction reading?
  5. What are your top tips for using Christmas as a stimulus for non-fiction reading?
  6. What is your attitude to learners reading over the Christmas break? How much should they aim for?
  7. What are your favourite Christmas-themed books/stories for your class?
  8. What books are you hoping for in your stocking or Secret Santa gift this year?

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