Fives!

Holiday time approaches, which in many cases means many weeks without any contact with English. Dave Holmes has some suggestions to keep Primary pupils aware that English is all around them whether they are in class or not.

Author: David Holmes

RTEmagicC_Fives.jpgWhatever hobbies and activities children may do to fill those long, summer weeks, chances are they will be coming into contact with English more than they realise. Whether it be a song, film, computer game or even a slogan on a T-shirt in a shop by the beach, you can be sure English will be there in some form or other. Formal homework at holiday time is inevitably unpopular but if we keep it light, manageable and within their interest sphere, it doesn’t have to be dull.

Asking our pupils to sit down and create lovingly crafted pieces of English work in their holiday time is, in most cases, fairly unrealistic. However, the raw material they collect on their travels can be a valuable resource when they come back to class in September. A little preparatory work in the final class of the summer term, followed by some simple and fun holiday-time ‘research’ (which does not require being indoors sitting at a table for long periods) and then some follow-up language work which draws on – and, importantly, values – their holiday work makes the task manageable and ends up generating much more language and language awareness in the long run.

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