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Setting the Scene: What would you like for Christmas?

As appropriate, introduce the video Winning Ticket which shows Chris, Joy and Gizmo going to the shopping mall to see if their ticket wins lots of presents. Before they go in, Chris sees another boy looking through the window. Encourage your pupils to see if they can notice what the boy looking through the window wants to do with the presents (he wants to give them to others) and compare it to what Chris wants (he wants them for himself).

Play the downloadable video Winning Ticket.


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Show Slide 1 of the Powerpoint What Would You Like? and, as appropriate, invite the pupils to tell you what they would like for Christmas.

Show Slide 2 and ask them if they noticed, in the video, what the boy looking through the window wants to do with the presents (he wants to give them to others).

Show Slide 3 and ask them if they noticed, in the video, what Chris wants to do with the presents (he wants them for himself).

Tell them you are going to show them some choices about things they could have for Christmas, for them to think which of the two they would like:

Show Slide 4. Would you rather have a card or a present? Why? What if the card contains a special message that someone has taken time and thought to write for you?

Show Slide 5. Would you rather play with a Christmas puppy or set the table for Christmas dinner? Why? But someone has to set the table, and isn’t it a way of showing that you care about those who will eat dinner together with you?

Show Slide 6. After Christmas dinner, would you rather do the washing up or eat chocolates? But someone has to wash up, and isn’t it a way of showing that you care about those who cooked it for you? 

Show Slide 7 and invite them to reflect on whether Christmas might be a good time to think about what we can give to others – our time, our efforts, our love. Tell them that we will come back to that thought again later, but now here is a short game.

Show Slide 8 and introduce the ‘Odd One Out’ game. NB This will work best if you have one person come forward to play the game, with the other pupils offering suggestions from the floor, because that will enable you to make the key learning point in slides 11/12 most clearly (particularly if the volunteer is a trusted/older person you have pre-briefed so that they act appropriately on those slides to draw out the point).

Show Slides 9 and 10, ask them to spot the odd-one-out and explain why. (Answers: cat because the other three are dogs; parrot because it is the only one that can fly).

Show Slide 11, ask them to spot the odd-one-out and explain why. (Answer: each of them can be the odd-one-out; the apple is the only natural/healthy food, the ice-cream is the only one served frozen, the pizza is the only one served hot, the chocolate in the bowl is the only one that can’t be eaten with fingers). Hopefully the person doing this (and certainly if you have pre-briefed them) will choose one of these and justify why it is the odd-one-out, and then other pupils will suggest that it could be one of the others and justify why, and then other pupils will suggest another… If you have pre-briefed a volunteer they could really act up to show how they keep having to rethink their answer as someone gives them a different viewpoint – which is the key learning point.

Show Slide 12 and invite them to reflect on the importance of thinking again from a different viewpoint.

Show Slide 13 and invite them to hold both of those questions in their minds as they watch the next video about what happens when Superbook takes Chris, Joy and Gizmo back 2,000 years to the first Christmas, when Jesus was born.

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