Weekly holiday tasks to help children learn
Prevents regression during holidays
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