10 ways primaries will celebrate a Covid-safe Christmas

From lip-sync battles to socially distanced grottos - primaries share their creative plans for a Covid-safe Christmas

Amy Gibbons

Christmas tree in classroom

'Tis the season to be...planning a lip-sync battle?

After an unusual year – to say the least – it's fair to say this Christmas will be like no other.

But, with a show of dedication that really shouldn't surprise us, given the sheer scale of ingenuity that schools have demonstrated this year, primaries up and down the country are refusing to let the pandemic stop the fun.


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Asked by Twitter forum Primary Rocks how they are planning to celebrate the festive season with Covid restrictions in place, teachers shared their visions for everything from virtual pantos to bubble dinners to class lip-sync battles.

So prepare the twinkly lights, Santa hats and turkey trimmings, everyone – Christmas 2020 is going nowhere.

But how exactly are primaries planning to celebrate a Covid Christmas?

1. Virtual pantos and Christmas concerts

Christmas just wouldn't be the same without a good singalong. But fear not: many primaries are planning online alternatives to the traditional school concert, including one primary where children will be performing carols in sign language. Virtual pantos are also proving popular.

2. Reindeer visits

Rudolph and co. will be making an appearance at many schools this season – including Jamie Nairn's primary in Northampton.

3. Bubble Christmas lunches

Turkey, spuds and sprouts. What more do you need? There's no appetite for busy school lunches this year, for obvious reasons, but lots of primaries are planning dinners for individual bubbles.

4. Santa's grottos

We can't leave Santa out. One school has organised three Santas and three grottos for the different phases, so Father Christmas himself can join the party.

5. Festive socks...all month

This one's pretty self-explanatory. Festive from your head to your toes!

6. Nativity plays

The traditional Nativity is a hallmark of so many primaries across the country at Christmas time – so it's great to know some schools have found a way to tell the story despite restrictions being in force.

7. Christmas jumper days

No excuses – dig out your ugliest jumper and get in the Christmas spirit.

8. Christmas postbox with quarantined post

If you'd suggested quarantining Christmas cards this time last year, you may have been accused of enjoying a little too much mulled wine. However, after the strangest year anyone can remember, it seems a perfectly reasonable way to wrap up 2020.

9. A whole week of Christmas

You can't accuse this school of lacking festive spirit!

10. Christmas-themed lip-sync battles

Sounds chaotic. We love it.

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Amy Gibbons

Amy Gibbons

Amy Gibbons is a reporter at Tes

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