Christmas presents (Key Stage 1)
Wrap up a selection of different objects. Ask the children what might be inside. Discuss how gifts do not have to be tangible, they can be 'invisible'.
Listen to the carol 'In the Bleak Midwinter', which Christians sing at Christmas time. The last verse of this carol explores the idea of having no expensive or valuable gifts to give to Jesus. The song concludes with the decision to 'give my heart', i.e. love him. Ask the children who they love and how they show their love.
The Christmas journey (Key Stage 2)
Suggest the children act out the journey Mary and Joseph made from Nazareth to Bethlehem before Jesus's birth. Look at how they would travel, what dangers they might have faced, the excitement at Jesus' birth and the many people who came to visit them. You could do this too for their journey fleeing Herod's men and going into Egypt.
Jesus' life (Key Stage 3)
Discuss with the class what the life of Jesus means for Christians, perhaps drawing on students' own lives.
- What do Christians believe about Jesus' life?
- How does this affect the way in which they live their own lives?
Following the study of the Gospel accounts and Old Testament phrophies seen as relating to Jesus' birth, ask the class to produce a piece of extended writing on the theme, 'What does Jesus' birth mean for Christians today?' The collection of quotations on the Jesus' Birth worksheet and The First Christmas video may help students to collect their ideas prior to writing.