School leaders share their half term advice for parents

For most parents and children, half term cannot arrive soon enough. After a challenging few weeks of home learning, it will represent a much needed break. But what is the best way children can spend the time? Attain talked to four school leaders.

Emma Hattersley, Gareth Jones, Mark English and Emma Goldsmith offer their advice.
Emma Hattersley, Gareth Jones, Mark English and Emma Goldsmith offer their advice.

9th February 2021 — As parents prepare for half term, four independent school leaders have shared their ideas and suggestions with Attain for things to do during this short break.

For Mark English of University College School it is very important to structure the holiday as children will be used to the timetable pattern of school.

"Put things in place over half term," he recommends. "Don't give them lots of empty space."

He also urges a break from screen time as children will have had to undertake so much during the last few weeks as part of their lessons.

Emma Goldsmith of Winchester House urges parents with younger children to enjoy the garden and do some planting.

"Let's plant something, let's see something grow – let's do something which will have an effect in the future," she suggests.

She also suggests doing some vision boards – a collage of ideas for future holidays and things to look forward to once the pandemic is over.

Mark English and Emma Goldsmith offer some tips and ideas for half term.

Gareth Jones of St Andrew's Prep has a clear message: "Forget school for a week and try and switch off from it completely."

He also urges a limit to screen time and recommends as much exercise as possible.

The need for fresh air is a view shared by Emma Hattersley of Godolphin School: "Plenty of outdoor time – even in the rain – put on your waterproofs and go out!"

And her final message is one which no doubt all children and parents will welcome: "Do something different would be my message – mix it up a bit."

Emma Hattersley and Gareth Jones offer some tips and ideas for half term.

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