Paddington and the Christmas Visitor

Age Range: 5 - 11

Genre(s): Adventure

Paddington discovers a special visitor on the roof of his house on Christmas Eve and teaches him a valuable lesson.

Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Retell the story from Paddington’s point of view.
  • Retell the story from the point of view of ‘Santa’.
  • Role play an interview between Paddington and the journalists at the end of the advert.
  • Role play an interview with ‘Santa’ from this video and ask him about what happened.
  • Read this interview with Paddington and think of some other questions that you would like to ask him. How might he respond?
  • Write a newspaper article about the sighting of Santa and a small bear!
  • Could you write your own story with the title "_____________ and the Christmas Visitor"?
  • Plan and write a new Christmas story that includes Paddington.
  • This story is also available as a book. Which do you prefer?
  • Plan your own Christmas advert that features a popular storybook character.
  • Write an explanation of how Santa’s sleigh got on the roof.
  • Write the story of what would have happened if Paddington hadn’t met ‘Santa’.
  • Write an email from the boy who filmed Paddington and ‘Santa’, describing what he saw.
  • Pause the video at different points and write a description of the setting (e.g. 0:00, 0:03, 0:23, 0:37, 1:16)
  • Take screenshots of different points in the video and write captions and speech / thought bubbles to accompany each image.
  • Write a playscript that retells this story (or part of it).
  • Plan and write your own Christmas advert for next year.


  • Set up a present wrapping activity. What is the smallest amount of paper you need to cover a box?
  • Visit the Paddington online shop and use the prices to make up your own word problems and Maths challenges.
  • If Santa visited all of the houses of the children in your class on Christmas Eve, how far would he travel. Could you calculate the measurement using a map or online tool?


  • Create a game in which Paddington has to deliver Christmas presents to different houses.
  • Use publishing software to create a ‘Wanted’ poster for the Christmas present burglar.
  • Record the rest of the TV news report explaining what was seen on the video.

Design Technology

  • Create a model of Santa’s sleigh.
  • Design (and make) a Christmas outfit for Paddington to wear.
  • Design a pop-up book (or a single pop-up page) that tells this story.


  • Create a storyboard that retells the main events of this story.
  • Make a picture of snowy rooftops like the ones in the story.


  • Make a story map that shows the main events of the story and where they took place.
  • To celebrate the release of Paddington 2, a ‘Pop Up Book’ trail appeared around London. Can you plot the location of some of these on a map?


  • What lesson does ‘Santa’ learn in this story? How does his character change?


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Chiara Mantegazza

Thanks a lot, I just started working on it, great idea!