Monday, 2 December 2013


Winter has well and truly arrived (Met √Čireann says it is safe to say so at last!) so here are some lessons for the winter season!

We looked at an image of winter and discussed how they knew it is winter. Then we played a game of Cluiche Kim using the following PowerPoint.
The activity following the PowerPoint involved crossing out the things that did not belong in winter and circling the things that did in their workbook. Early finishers then had to draw more things that you might see in winter. The children then proceeded to bring in new things for our winter nature table from home.

We discussed the ways that birds keep warm in winter and looked at pictures of birds using feathers for insulation (after feathers were mentioned as one particular way to keep warm).
I then showed the children another way that birds avoided the cold – migration.
I showed them the PhotoStory I created  about Wally the Swallow and questioned them on it afterwards.

The children then drew two pictures side by side of the two ways that birds keep warm in winter.

We helped teddy get dressed for the winter weather using items from the magic bag and explained why he would wear these things.   We then discussed how teddy would keep warm if he lost his warm winter clothes (e.g. food, heating, exercise). The children mimed different things you could do to keep warm and the class guessed what they were miming. We drew all of the 4 things that would keep teddy warm in winter in separate boxes on our sheets.

We read and discussed the ‘Snow Bears’ book and following this, we sequenced events from the story on the IWB, discussing the vocabulary of: beginning, middle, end, first second, third, last. The children also drew their own storyboard for the story.

We also discussed winter in the past. We talked about ways that people lit and heated their homes in winter in the past and also how they heated their food during the winter. We looked at laminated pictures and sorted the old pictures from the new pictures. We then completed this worksheet, labeling each as either old or new:
We filled a white sock with a large ball of newspaper and followed it with a small ball of newspaper. We then twisted the top of the sock around a good few times and folded it down on top of the snowman’s head to make a hat for him. We added buttons, eyes, a nose and some children added cardboard (cereal box strength) arms to his sides.
 I showed the children two winter themed pictures of an inside and outside scene. We talked about sounds you might hear in each scene. I played Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons: Winter’ for them and asked them to choose which winter scene they hear in each section of the music i.e. the blizzard picture or the indoor picture by the fire. Following this, they pretended their fingers were falling snow and moved them in time with the music as they listened again.   

We also sang the song ‘Winter Clothes’ as a transitional activity.


  1. Hi SJ. Thanks a million for all your fantastic ideas! Is there any chance you could put up the link to your youtube channel? It's blocked on my school's internet and I'd love to convert it! Thanks again!

    1. Hi, the video about Wally the Swallow is uploaded only to blogger I'm afraid! If I get a chance I will upload it to Youtube in the coming week. Sorry I can't be more helpful! The other song 'Winter Clothes' is not mine, but can be found at