Summer and holiday learning
School might be out, but there are still lots of opportunities for informal learning in the holidays.
In this section of the site, you’ll find advice, information and ideas to keep their minds active and avoid the ‘summer brain drain’! With reading challenges, games for long car journeys, new hobbies to try out and great summer activities, who said summer learning couldn’t be fun?
You can also head over to our Forum where other parents will be able to offer you some great summer learning tips too.
Summer booster packs
Our Summer booster packs are designed to consolidate learning, help your child revise key concepts and keep brains active over the summer. At-home maths and English practice doesn't have to be boring – wordsearches, number puzzles, speed challenges and word play will keep things interesting.
- Year 1 English
- Year 1 maths
- Year 2 English
- Year 2 maths
- Year 3 English
- Year 3 maths
- Year 4 English
- Year 4 maths
- Year 5 English
- Year 5 maths
- Year 6 English
- Year 6 maths
- Transition to Year 7 English
- Transition to Year 7 maths
TheSchoolRun summer booster packs are exclusive to our subscribers, our you can purchase each pack for £3.95 in our Shop.
Our Summer brain-boosting challenges learning pack has been designed to excite interest in the world, enrich learning and stretch children's brains over the holidays. Educational activitist and former head-teacher John Senior has compiled a cornucopia of activities to try (no special equipment needed), so get started today! You could:
- pile a travel-diary hoax
- Be a geometrical gourmet
- Make a weather station
- Grow carrots in a Wellington boot
- Walk to Anchorage, Alaska (without leaving home)
- Produce tiny books
- Invent local artists and artwork
- ... and loads more! All the activities are linked to the national curriculum.
Reading, playing and learning: why summer fun can be very educational
Leisure time to get engrossed in a book (or a great book series), try a new hobby or master a new skill... the long summer holidays are anything but lazy. If you're looking for inspiration, here are a few ideas to get you started:
In your Summer Learning pack you'll find educational activities for all ages (and not a textbook in sight!). Choose from:
- Rainy day delights
- Ways to get creative with day-to-day chores
- Garden investigations
- Tips to take the tedium out of travelling
- Toy-free travel games
- Free (or affordable) discovery days out
- DIY local adventures
Turn off the TV, hide the games console, cancel the theme park visit and get started!