My usual answer to this question is that Holiday School is a mixture of fun activities and literacy work. Our aim is that children can enjoy socialising whilst maintaining reading and writing skills during the long school holidays. However, sometimes our pupils explain things more clearly than we do and here is a pupil’s eye view, kindly shared by his mother
When my son came out of the Tomorrow’s Generation Holiday School he asked why it was called a holiday school when you did no work. I asked him to tell me what he did that day and here’s what he told me.
First we used all sorts of stuff to design our own crab – we did cutting, sticking, gluing, painting and using your imagination. At the same time we all got to know each other.
Secondly we listened to a story about a crab and a whale and talked about it. It was good because Carole didn’t mind us interrupting her. In fact she liked it.
Then we read through lots of fun and interesting things about sea life and highlighted the bits about habitat, what food they eat, whether they are omnivores, carnivores or herbivores. We read out our facts and wrote them on a big sheet of paper.
Then we made cool stuff with Lego.
Then we played a board game and went for a walk looking for things that looked like our sea creatures. I could see them everywhere – in the walls and the plants!
After lunch we went through the alphabet with Debbie, saying the sounds and names of letters and we did songs about the days of the week and months of the year. We then raced to put them in order with the cards.
We played a game called Rhyme Robber where you pick out words that rhyme and it’s really fun.
We played a great game about syllables where you race to the numbers that tell you the number of syllables in a word. That definitely wasn’t work.
Next we made a sea creature model out of clay, doing it all by ourselves.
We then listened to another story and picked out rhyming words and alliteration.
So actually, mum, we literally did no work whatsoever and you should talk to them about calling it something different.
Phew!!! I feel exhausted just reading about it. Thank you to our lovely pupil for such a detailed review.
We are now taking bookings for our Harry Potter themed Summer Holiday School, 13 – 15 August, 2019. Bookings are welcome for one, two, or all three days. Please contact me for further information or to make a booking: firstname.lastname@example.org