Holiday Courses

Summer 2022 Courses - Online

Monday 25th to Friday 29th July 2022

Introduction to Romeo and Juliet. 12+ (11am to 12:15pm)

From forth the fatal loins of these two foes

A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life

Former Arts Journalist Emma Gosnell will be running our 12+ Romeo and Juliet course delving into the themes, language and context of this important GCSE play. As well as discussing all the exciting ideas the play generates, participants will practise analysing Shakespeare’s language and writing their own Shakespearean dialogues. Perfect for GCSE students and anyone who loves words.

11+ Comprehension course. Ages 9 to 11. (09:30-10:45am)

The 11+ comprehension paper requires so many essential skills: inferring from a passage; commenting on its effects; and distilling complex ideas into your own words. This course guides 11+ students carefully through papers from Independent and Grammar schools, and enables them to practice and develop all these techniques in a stimulating and supportive environment.

Non-Fiction writing for exams. Age 9 to 11 (2pm to 3:15pm)

The writing section of the 11+ exams also has questions asking for non-fiction writing skills. Some children feel more adept at answering these. On this course, the group will tackle one element of non-fiction writing a day: writing a diary entry, writing a report, writing a book review, letter writing, persuasive writing and writing a discursive essay. Writing non-fiction still requires using literary techniques to engage and entertain and we will demonstrate and practice these during the week.

Write Your Own Adventure Story. Ages 6 to 7.

On this course the group will be shown how to create their own characters, describe the setting and plot an adventure story arc to follow. They will be encouraged to delve into their own imaginations and play with their own ideas, while being guided to sequence a plot. We will also ask them to illustrate their stories.

11+ Creative writing for exams. Ages 9 to 11. (11am to 12:15pm)

The 11+ creative writing component tests children’s knowledge of literary techniques, their use of grammar and punctuation, and above all, their ability to write fluently. On this course, children tackle one creative writing question a day from a selection of 11+ papers, within a set time limit. We show them how to plan stories or pieces before writing them, how and when to use techniques such as simile and metaphor, and how to achieve that all-important ingredient in their writing: flow.

Monday 1st to Friday 5th August 2022

How To Write An Essay. Part 1. For 12+ GCSE (11am to 12:15pm)

On this course, we explain the structure of essays and how to write one which is persuasive and convinces the reader of the argument put forward. We break down the way essays should be structured and give basic and simple ways of writing a critical analysis of a piece of text. This course is valuable for anyone who is going to sit their GCSEs or who has recently started secondary school.

Catch Up Literacy Course. Years 3 & 4. 09:00-10:15

After the upheaval in school term’s over the past two years, your children might enjoy and benefit from our Catch Up Literacy course. We will use extracts from well-known children’s books, both classic and modern, to revise how to ‘read between the lines’ and recognise literacy techniques. The group will be given writing prompts to help them write their own imaginative stories. They can write in whichever genre they want! We will also cover some essential SPAG and punctuation points and aim to build their confidence in their literary abilities.

Catch Up Literacy Course. Years 5 & 6 (09:30 - 10:45am)

This Catch Up Literacy course will really benefit any Year 5 & 6 students, who need to boost their confidence in reading and writing.  We will use extracts from well-known children’s books, both classic and modern, to revise how to ‘read between the lines’ and recognise literacy techniques. The group will be given writing prompts to help them write their own imaginative stories. They can write in whichever genre they want! We will also cover some essential SPAG and punctuation points, which they will need to know for next term.

Monday 8th to Friday 12th August 2022

Essay Writing Part 2. 12+ and GCSE (11am to 12:15pm)

Language analysis is one of the trickiest aspects of GCSE and something many students fall down on. This inspiring course is designed to help anyone become brilliant at inferring, analysing, and expressing their ideas - however complex - within the context of a well-structured essay. In this follow-up to ‘‘Introduction to Essay writing’, Emma Gosnell will draw on her career in journalism to share expert tips on writing imaginatively and succinctly.

Write A Fantasy Story Ages 10 to 11 (09:30 - 10:45am)

Children love reading fantasy stories and can easily enter the world of dragons, ghosts, goblins and fairies in their imaginations. We will help them take the next step into writing their own fantasy stories on this course, using extracts from ‘The Hobbit’, Ursula Le Guin, and other classic fantasy tales for inspiration.

Write A Story Set in The Roman Times Ages 7 to 8 09:00-10:15

We will base our stories around the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and recreate how this dramatic event would have affected people living in the times of Ancient Rome. This will involve some research and discussion as well as looking at videos together. The group will then be shown how to plot, write, and bring to life their own made-up characters living under the shadow of Vesuvius, and write a news report on the event.