It’s extremely hard not to grin from ear to ear watching John Lewis’s #BustertheBoxer Christmas advert this year. Whilst The Man on the Moon told a very important story, this year’s more upbeat message has landed very well indeed.

We’ve heard from many teachers how fond their pupils are of Buster and his friends. So, what better way to shepherd that positive energy than to focus on some related and inspired lessons? Every year Bringing Skills to Life, John Lewis’s Primary education programme, creates a series of classroom activities which support pupils to dig deeper into themes from the advert – including the charity Partnership angle, this year being The Wildlife Trusts.

The Wildlife Trusts believe that every child should have the opportunity to experience the joy of wildlife and get closer to nature. From protecting green spaces in towns and cities; to ensuring native woodland creatures, like those featured in the advert, have the right environments in which to flourish. John Lewis want to protect wildlife and give more children the chance to enjoy nature.

The festive and cross-curricular resources support teachers and parents to:

  • Discover, create and test materials for the ultimate mini-trampoline
  • Use science to make basic night vision goggles
  • Turn an outdoor space into a wildlife haven
  • Make festive animal print gingerbread.

You can view and download them all here.

Thousands have downloaded these resources already, which just goes to show there is serious appetite in education to harness popular media to inspire classroom learning.

And on that positive note, Merry Christmas from everyone here at Hopscotch.

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