Weekly hol­i­day tasks to help chil­dren learn

Pre­vents re­gres­sion dur­ing hol­i­days

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SCHOOL REPORT - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

THE sum­mer hol­i­days are un­der way and par­ents are be­ing urged not to let it dis­rupt their chil­dren’s learn­ing.

Head­teach­ers in pri­mary schools of­ten talk about the prob­lems the lengthy sum­mer break has on chil­dren, with the sixweek hol­i­day caus­ing chil­dren to for­get what they have learned and dis­rupt­ing the tran­si­tion to the new aca­demic year.

Pen and Ink Tu­ition, in High Street, Che­sham, is help­ing chil­dren with a sum­mer chal­lenge, open to five to seven-year-olds and eight to 11-year-olds.

Each child that signs up will re­ceive a task to com­plete ev­ery week in Au­gust, be­gin­ning on Mon­day. The fi­nal week’s task will be re­leased on Mon­day, Au­gust 24.

Com­pleted en­tries for must be emailed no later than 6pm on Au­gust 31. All cor­rectly com­pleted tasks will go into a hat from which a Hudl2 win­ner will be drawn on Fri­day, Septem­ber 4.

Founder of Pen and Ink Tu­ition, Penny Fray, who has more than 25 years’ teach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, said: “School hol­i­days don’t have to mean your child puts learn­ing on hold.

“There’s quite a lot of ev­i­dence there’s a huge dip in the six-week sum­mer hol­i­day.

“It’s very much the case that chil­dren spend a lot of time in Septem­ber re­do­ing what they had learned in the pre­vi­ous term.

“This is an op­por­tu­nity for chil­dren to do a bit of writ­ing and maths to keep them tick­ing over.”

She added: “Ed­u­ca­tional days and learn­ing ac­tiv­i­ties also give the op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore new places and sub­jects with kids, and spend qual­ity time to­gether.”

For more in­for­ma­tion and to sign-up, visit www. penandink­tu­ition.co.uk/ sum­mer-chal­lenge. AN au­di­ence was left ask­ing for more af­ter a school pro­duc­tion.

Pupils from Thomas Hard­ing Ju­nior School, in Fullers Hill, Che­sham, per­formed Olivia, a twist on Oliver Twist. Var­i­ous char­ac­ters ap­peared, in­clud­ing Scrooge, Ge­orge Bernard Shaw and El­iza Doolit­tle to ac­com­pany Fa­gin and, of course, Dodger.

Head­teacher Jan Burgess said: “The stan­dard was

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