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A very merry Metacognitive Christmas

It was great fun to meet with our TM consultants and consider how many ways they could use the Thinking Frames and Thinking Moves to help organise thinking and ideas connected to Christmas. Enjoy the suggestions below and please do share examples from your students with us.


  • Defining what we know about Christmas. RL: What made you think of these events? Why is this important?
  • Sequencing the Nativity story. RL: Why are we studying this story? What does this teach us?
  • Categorise the events and actions of religious believers during Hanukkah, Diwali and Christmas.
  • Compare and contrast two different religious festivals: e.g. Hanukkah & Christmas
  • Sequencing the different events and rituals that now form many of our Christmas traditions e.g. yule log. RL: Do these rituals lose meaning over time?
  • Connecting the Habits of Mind as demonstrated by the characters in the nativity story. RL: What does this teach us?
  • Compare and contrast this Christmas in two different parts of the world: e.g. UK & Ukraine. 
  • Cause and effect of giving to charitable organisations at Christmas: e.g. The Samaritan’s Purse.
  • Think Ahead to Christmas this year. Sequence your build-up to Christmas. Describe how this makes you feel. Zoom-out and consider why this event is important for some people and hard for others. Compare and contrast two points of view.


  • Think Back to Christmas in the past few years? Describing the feelings of Christmas. RL: Does everyone have a similar feeling?
  • Sequencing the character changes in Scrooge from a Christmas Carol. RL: Which event do you think had the most impact?
  • Zoom-In on Scrooge’s feelings during the story. Connecting the characteristics of Scrooge as shown by the three ghosts.
  • Use a collection of old Christmas cards, lay them out and ask students to pick a selection, to sequence them and then use that as a framework to tell a story.


  • Connect your present wish-list and what you think each item might cost.
  • Compare and contrast different shapes for wrapping presents.