Course Descriptions

Adventurers & DiscoverersAge 5 - 6 Years & Age 7+ Years

Come rain or shine have fun in the outdoors. Activities can include building dens, camps and fires. Come prepared for all weathers i.e wellies, raincoats and hats but hopefully suntan lotion.

Athletics & Summer Games SkillsAge 8+ Years

Athletics and summer games skills including track and field events and rounders.

BalanceabilityReception, Y1 & Y2

Balanceability is a learn to cycle programme aimed at children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 who cannot yet ride a pedal bike without stabilisers. It focuses on movement patterns, gross motor skills and dynamic balance using a balance bike. Children learn how to pick up, manoeuvre, mount and dismount their bikes and then learn the skills to ride a balance bike safely. Once the basics have been mastered, the sessions will focus on improving the children’s gliding, stopping and braking skills preparing them to then ride a pedal bike.

Bikeability 1Age 7 - 9 Years

This fun off road course develops your child’s bike control skills and confidence through cycle games and activities. Children also learn to use their gears efficiently, share space with other riders and develop signalling skills in preparation for Bikeability 2 if they wish to do this course in year 6. All children receive a certificate of participation at the end of the course and their Bikeability 1 badge on achievement of all the skills.

Bikeability 2: Cycling ProficiencyAge 10 Years +

This cycle proficiency road course develops your child’s skills for making independent journeys confidently and safely in low to medium traffic areas. The children cycle to each training site which enables them to learn safe cycling in a group, practise using their gears effectively and reinforce their new road skills. All children receive a certificate of participation at the end of the course and their Bikeability 2 badge if all course outcomes are met.

Brazilian Samba and DrummingAge 8 Years +

Bloco Fogo samba band bring the rhythms, colours and energy of carnival to Holmewood House! In this course, you will learn how to play a variety of samba drums, explore different rhythms from across Brazil and experience performing as a group. There will be a performance on the final day at 12:15

Ceramic PaintingAge 8 Years+

Fun, creative and relaxing. The children will be taught different pottery painting techniques by Leanne of Peachy Pottery. They will paint on a different piece of pottery each day; ending with a final large masterpiece where they can show off everything they have learned. Once all of their pieces of pottery have been fired in the kiln and delivered back to school, you will be able to collect them. Five completed items to take home.

ClimbingAge 6 - 8 Years & Age 9+ Years

Climbing is an all-round sport which uses every muscle in the body and many, many parts of the brain! Our qualified instructor uses the climbing wall to teach children great hand, feet and eye coordination. When children can set their own goals and then continually keep pushing themselves out of their comfort zone to achieve them, it creates great self-esteem. The height can be a limiting factor for some children, but working together, building trust and confidence step by step, will help overcome fears. The children must have their legs covered for climbing so tracksuit trousers are best and due to the harness worn, please do not wear a skirt. Trainers are also required and we recommend they bring a water proof jacket just in case!

CookeryAge 7 Years+

This course is always a hit with budding bakers and keen cooks who manage to produce a scrumptious array of sweet and savoury tea-time treats.  There is always great demand for places so it’s a good idea to check availability.  Long hair should be tied back and a tin or box is required for transporting baked goods.

CraftAge 5 - 7 Years

This is a great course for younger children who want to develop their creative talents. Paper, card, buttons, beads, fabric, felt, paint will all be used to produce a wonderful array of original designs.

Cricket5 - 7 Years & 8+ Years

All elements of the game will be taught.  Batting, bowling, wicket keeping and fielding drills will help develop basic skills.  Small games, net sessions and group work.

FootballAge 5 - 7 Years & 8+ Years

Participants will be put through their paces by our experienced coach, Andy Waterman, practising a range of drills to develop skills in control, dribbling, passing, shooting, goal-keeping and tactical awareness. Football boots if your child wishes, but trainers will suffice as there should be little give in the playing surface, shin pads and a bottle of water are required for this course. Please consider the weather conditions and provide your child with sun block/rain proof jacket.

Gymnastics5 - 7 Years & 8+ Years

This course is for boys and girls from beginners to intermediate levels.  Children learn basic floor skills, incorporating co-ordination skills to enhance body control, balance and rolling moves.  Rebounding skills will be taught, enabling children to use the vault.

Les Mills Born To Move5 - 6 Years

A world of playful movement, music and games. Kids get to learn new moves and build skills that will leave them feeling motivated.

Les Mills Born To Move 7 - 9 Years

A fun, dynamic games and movement experience all to cool music e.g. Rudimental, Katy Perry, One Direction and AfroJack. Gain strength from exercising in a group.

Model MakingAge 8 + Years

The Spitfire vs the ME109, a true dog fighting duo! Spend the week creating accurate plastic scale models of these most iconic fighter aeroplanes. Day 1. Spitfire construction pt 1, Day 2. Spitfire construction pt 2 and finishing, Day 3. ME109 construction pt 1, Day 4. ME109 construction pt 2 and finishing If you attended this course last year, please speak with Mrs Masterson upon booking. This course will require the use of small parts and sharp tools, so a degree of dexterity and maturity is required.

Mosaic MakingAge 8+ Years

Mosaic for kids is a wonderful craft where they can explore a different medium, teaching them dexterity, creativity, independence and self-confidence. They’re creating something completely unique and it will last a life time. Come and have some fun. EXPLORE. CREATE. INSPIRE!

Musical Theatre (The Greatest Showman)Age 6+ Years

You already know all the words to the smash hit film, so why not perform them on stage? At the end of the week, we will put on a mini show offering family members the chance to watch the last 15 minutes of the class on the final day (15:45 for afternoon sessions).

NetballAge 7 - 9 Years & Age 10+ Years

Whether you are a beginner or already an experienced player, you will gain from this course. We will help with all aspects of this popular game and promote fitness and working together with your team.

Play SchemeAge 3 - 5 Years

The Play Scheme runs each week throughout the holiday course programme in the mornings from Monday to Thursday from 9.00am to 12.30pm. Children will be accepted on a first come first served basis, up to a maximum of 15 children. Children can now only be enrolled for the whole week, not for individual days. The Play Scheme is run by members of Holmewood House Nursery and Pre-Prep staff.

Principles of FlightAge 8 + Years

Ever wondered what makes an aeroplane fly? Or what keeps a helicopter up? Come and experience a world of flight and learn how aeroplanes work. Each day you will experiment with different types of aircraft and understand how they fly!

Day 1. The theory of flight and paper aeroplane control surface experimentation,

Day 2. Soar with the birds with Glider flight,

Day 3. Evolve into powered flight with elastic powered aircraft,

Day 4. Corkscrew into the air with helicopters This course will require the use of small part and sharp tools, so a degree of dexterity and maturity is required.

Summer West End WorkshopAges 5 - 13 Years

This summer we bring the ‘West End’ to Holmewood House school. The summer workshops will run from 10am- 4pm Monday- Thursday, focusing on singing, dance and drama from all of your favourite musicals such as Mama Mia, Annie, Matilda, We will Rock you, and many more. We are lucky this year to have our very own Mr Brackenborough who has many years’ experience working in the theatre business as a performing, agent and producer. He is inviting a very special guest from the west end to come and teach some amazing songs and routines from the shows. So don’t forget to sign up quick as we have limited spaces only for the exciting and new west end workshop!

Sugar Craft - Basic Cake Decorating Skills + Teddy TopperAge 9+ Years

On this course the children will learn how to level and split a Madeira cake and then fill the cake with buttercream before covering the cake (and cake board) with sugarpaste using smoothers to give a professional finish. They will also make a sugar teddy model and other decorations of their choice to complete the cake design.

Sugarcraft - Rag Doll ModellingAges 9+ Years

The children will make a large fully dressed ragdoll from sugarpaste. The doll is large sitting at around 5.5″ high and very detailed. The children will use a variety of techniques in order to make the doll and dress it in the colour of choice.

Sugarcraft - WoodlandAges 9+ Years

The children will make a wooden stump cake on a covered cake board, complete with woodland animals using a variety of techniques.

SwimmingAges 4.5+ Years

See separate swim levels and programme details.

We offer you the chance to see how your child has progressed during their swim course by allowing you to come and watch them on their final day. Please bring your child to their lesson as normal and then remain in the Jubilee Theatre. This allows them enough time to get changed and into the pool. Claire Masterson will take you across at 10:10 (for morning sessions) or 13:40 (for afternoon sessions) and you can watch them for the first 15 minutes of their lesson.

Tag RugbyAges 5 - 7 Years & 8+ Years

A team game in which each player wears a belt that has velcro tags attached to it. Learn rugby skills with non-contact competition. Whatever the age or ability, there will be lots of rugby fun!

TennisAges 5 - 7 Years & 8+ Years

The school’s four all-weather courts make it possible to provide instruction to children of different abilities. Players are grouped according to age and ability, and instruction with a qualified coach will cover all aspects of the game.

Ultimate FrisbeeAges 9+ Years

Ultimate resembles many traditional sports in its athletic demand BUT it has a number of unique and attractive features, which makes it particularly attractive to boys and girls. Often described as a cross between Netball and American Football, teams of 7 play on a pitch 100m long and seek to score a touchdown. Players are required to run, change direction, accelerate, jump, dive, catch and throw. Ultimate is a non-contact sport so teams can safely comprise players of different ages, size, competence and gender. The sessions will be delivered by Holmewood House DT Technician, Paul Unwin aka Stig. He has played internationally for GB and recently coached the GB Under 17’s to the 2016 European Championships. He is one of the UK’s most experienced Ultimate Coaches and Ultimate Coach Educators.

WoodworkAges 9+ Years

Sawing, Sanding, Drilling and Gluing. The children will enjoy pure woodwork. No curriculum, just fun.