baboshka app         Baboushka

         Subject:           RE / English

         Topic:               Christmas, Baboushka, Russia, Bethlehem, Jesus, Kings, Religious Education, English, Story, Nativity, Mary,

         Audience:        KS1/2

         Question:        Why didn’t Baboushka follow the kings to Bethlehem?

         Author:            Lynne Flint


This mystery aims to teach children about the Christmas story and the people involved in Jesus’ birth. It uses details associated with the Nativity story and mentions some of the symbols and traditions related to the Christian festival of Christmas.

Religious Education objectives covered:

  • Talk about the Christmas story and the impact it has had on the world.
  • Talk about how Christians believe that Jesus is God’s gift to the world.
  • Use religious vocabulary associated with the nativity story.
  • Talk about the mystery of the events of the nativity.

Throughout this mystery, children will have the chance to use the vocabulary associated with the nativity story/Jesus' birth and understand the worldwide impact of the topic.

English objectives covered:

  • Becoming very familiar with key stories, fairy stories and traditional tales, retelling them and considering their particular characteristics.
  • Making inferences on the basis of what is being said and done.
  • Predicting what might happen on the basis of what has been read so far

This mystery can be used alongside the story of Baboushka to predict and infer reasons for events during the story. Children can use the clues to infer what this could mean in relation to Baboushka’s actions. They can predict what she may do from clues given and what has already been read.