Clubbing together – ideas for breakfast and after school clubs

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By Janet McPheeSenior School Improvement Adviser at Perterborough LEA

When school’s out, what exactly do you do with the children? With no curriculum to follow, it’s time to unleash your creative side!

Nature walk

Breakfast activities

1. Nature walk

Use an early walk around the school grounds to stimulate discussion with the children. Depending on the environment and time of year, use this time to name trees and plants and talk about the changes you see in them on a daily/weekly basis. If the school is fortunate to have a wildlife area, focus children’s interest in the insects and other animals that inhabit the area.

Build up a collection of non-fiction books about trees, birds and insects that children can take with them on their walk and refer to. Afterwards, allow the children to express themselves on paper by drawing or writing about what they have seen. If space allows , have a pinboard area dedicated to ‘breakfast’ children where these drawings can be displayed for others to see.

2. Setting the table

Setting the table

If there are sufficient funds available, invest in a tablecloth and mats (and anything else that makes a table look good for breakfast!). Spend time showing children how to lay the table. Transfer this responsibility to the children so that it becomes their job. Talk about how a table might look different when set for lunch or tea. Find pictures in magazines that show different table settings for the children to look at and talk about.

3. Different tastes

During breakfast, talk about what people in different countries eat at this time of day. Try to introduce some of these new foods for children to try. Enlist parental support in this, as there might be an opportunity for some of them to bring in different breakfast foods.

Depending on facilities and if appropriate, plan on making some breakfast food from scratch maybe once a week with the children for them to try. Pancakes, porridge oats and French toast are three easy suggestions. As a spin off from this, children might like to make their own ‘real’ breakfast menus and perhaps a recipe book.

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