Thursday, May 23, 2024
The Big Night

The Big Night

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Ages: 5-11
Sam Collins

“The Big Night” tells the story of the North Star overcoming her nerves to deliver a performance of a lifetime, to the amazement of mum.

Watch this video with your children and then try some of our teaching and activity ideas below.

Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Why do you think the title of this advert is The Big Night? Make a list of alternative titles?
  • Make a table comparing the star’s feelings before and after she looked at her mum at 0:40.
  • Watch the backstage section from 0:00 to 0:08. Write a description of the scene. What descriptive language could you use?
  • Make a list of all the different elements of Christmas shown in the advert. If you were making it, which elements would you include?
  • Write an email from the star’s mum to a friend describing the event.
  • Write interview questions for one of the children.
  • Design a leaflet advertising this christmas show.
  • Write a description of your favourite character’s costume.
  • The director of this advert is Michael Gracey, who also directed The Greatest Showman. What does this have in common with Sainsbury’s advert?




  • Record your own Christmas message, just like the Queen!  ​

Design Technology

  • Design a costume that could be used in this advert. ​



  • Compose your own drum solo. ​


  • Visit this website to find out about the history of the Queen’s speech. How has technology changed? ​

Physical education

  • Work in groups to make a Christmas dance with each person representing a different element of christmas.

Religious education

  • Research some different Christmas traditions from around the world. How might this advert look different if it had been made in another country? What would be the same? ​


  • Watch this video of the children who are in the video. Discuss how the children and parents were feeling. How would you feel if you were in that video? What did the children find difficult? How did they overcome their difficulties?


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