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To look forward to our holidays.

by Melanie Glover

Suitable for Key Stage 1


To look forward to our holidays.

Preparation and materials

  • You will need eight large pieces of card or paper showing the letters of the word HOLIDAYS.

  • Sunglasses and sunhat, and woolly hat and gloves.
  • Download ‘Holiday’ by Hi-5.
  • Flashcards of a caravan, a hotel, holiday apartments, tent.
  • A rucksack, a sleeping bag.
  • Sand spades.
  • Long piece of blue fabric to represent the sea.


  1. Today in our assembly we will be talking about holidays.

    Eight children stand at the front and hold up the letters that spell HOLIDAYS, then sit down again.

    Holidays are a time when people relax. People share their holidays with friends and family. Holidays are good fun. Holidays can be long or short. Sometimes people have a weekend break. Other times people go on holiday for one or two weeks. Some people go on holiday for longer.
  2. Many people go to warm and sunny places for their holidays.

    A child comes up, takes out the sunhat and sunglasses, and puts them on.

    Some people go to cold places so that they can do things like skiing.

    A child comes up, takes out the woolly hat and gloves, and puts them on.

    Whatever we do, we all have a good time on holiday!

    Play the Hi-5 track ‘Holiday’. The children can sing and do actions to it.
  3. In our class we have talked about our holidays.

    Hold up the flash cards as you mention each item.

    Some children have stayed in a caravan.
    Other children have stayed in a hotel.
    Some children have stayed in an apartment. They might have travelled on an aeroplane.
    Some children have stayed in a tent and have been camping. They might have travelled in a car.
  4. Camping is great fun. You need to take lots of warm clothes with you when you go camping. Some people use rucksacks.

    This is a sleeping bag.

    A child comes up and holds the sleeping bag.

    It keeps you warm when you go to sleep at night in your tent.

    Child opens the sleeping bag and pretends to go to sleep in it.

    Some people take a very small camping cooker with them. Other people cook their food on a barbecue.

    You could build a camp fire to keep you warm.

    Child gets out of the sleeping bag and pretends to keep warm by the fire, rubbing hands. Then sits down again.
  5. When you go on holiday you might stay somewhere near to the seaside.

    Five children come to the front.

    You can build sandcastles.

    Two children pretend to build a sandcastle.

    You can go and swim in the sea.

    Two teachers hold up a long piece of blue fabric, and a child pretends to swim behind it. Then take the material away.

    Or you can just have a paddle and collect pebbles.

    One child bends down and pretends to pick up a pebble.

    Some people like to collect shells.

    A child pretends to pick up a shell and looks at it, then puts it down.

    It is really good fun to be by the seaside.

    Children can sing the song ‘Oh I do like to be beside the seaside’.

    Another good thing about going to the seaside is that you can ride a donkey. And you can eat delicious ice creams. Yum, yum!
  6. Whatever you are doing this summer, enjoy yourself. And if you are staying at home instead, just enjoy yourself and have a good time.

Time for reflection

Ask two children to read the prayer.

Dear Lord,

Thank you for the fun that we have when we go on holiday somewhere.

Thank you for all the good times we have.

Let us remember that it doesn’t really matter where or when we go on holiday.

What does matter is that we share our time with the people we love and that we enjoy being with them.

Sometimes we might wait a long time before we go on our holidays, but we will have a great time.

Help us to remember all that our mums and dads do for us.

They work hard packing our things and saving up money so that we can go.

We thank them for their hard work.

In your name,



‘The Lord’s prayer’ (Come and Praise, 51)

Publication date: July 2009   (Vol.11 No.7)    Published by SPCK, London, UK.
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