Children's Activities

416-419 TUTORS: 416: Ruth Taylor; 417, 418, 419: Sam Dawson

There is never a dull moment on Children's Activities, which this year, features no fewer than 20 different arts and crafts, music, and sporting activities especially for six to nine year olds.

The fun-packed programme of daily activities guarantees variety and enjoyment with a great mix of outdoor sports to get pulses racing. There are also plenty of indoor activities to concentrate minds and encourage dexterity and coordination.

The day runs from 8.30am to 4.30pm, including supervised lunch and snacks, with optional extended care between 4.30pm and 6.30pm. 

Morning activities can include singing, dancing, arts and crafts, games, music, cooking and a variety of different sports such as football, swimming, tennis and hockey.

In the afternoons, there is more arts and crafts, music and sport as well as the legendary foam slide, inflatables and fun Sports Day activities. The emphasis is on taking part, learning different skills, experiencing new activities and - above all - having fun!

After an action-packed day, the extended care programme involves games, shows and a disco. Non-residents will be charged £6 per evening, including dinner.

The week ends with a dance routine performed for parents and grandparents in Court, which is not to be missed!

Your Child in Safe Hands

Your child will be looked after by experienced staff, all of whom have been carefully selected based on their experience, qualifications, character and attitude. Many of our staff are fully or nearly qualified teachers. Everyone holds an enhanced DBS clearance and is fully reference checked.

All children are put into groups of no more than 16, which are each allocated two members of pastoral staff; that's a maximum ratio of eight children to every one member of staff. The care we provide is second to none and is the result of decades of experience in this field.

You can be sure that at the end of the week, your little ones will be happy, fulfilled and will take away memories that will last a lifetime.

Course Notes



Children's Activities is a multi-activity programme designed to provide children with a fun, exciting, educational and adventurous week. The extensive grounds of Marlborough College and the excellent indoor and outdoor facilities provide a perfect setting to allow the children to enjoy unforgettable experiences.

Our carefully constructed day programme (8.30am to 4.30pm) has been designed with all children in mind. It has a balanced combination of outdoor pursuits and challenges, sports and arts and crafts projects. Lunch is included.

The optional evening programme runs from 4.30pm. This is available for both residents and non-residents. After an action-packed day, the extended care programme involves workshops, demonstrations and shows. Non-residents will be charged £5 per evening, including dinner.

Children's Activities aims to provide a memorable and enjoyable experience with first class supervision.



The Children's Activities course has been designed to suit children between the ages of 6 to 9 years old. It has been tailored to meet the needs, interests and abilities of all children. We take careful consideration when putting children into their groups to ensure that they enjoy and can cope with the action-packed week.

Daily Timetable

Morning Session (8.30am - 1.45pm)



Registration in Court


Activity Session 1

Group activities



Drinks and snacks in Court


Activity Session 2

Group activities



Norwood Hall


Quiet Time

Organised activities and Tuck Shop

Afternoon Session (1.45pm-4.30pm)


Whole group activity



Activity Session 3

Group activities


Activity Session 4

Group activities


Check out 1/Break

Drinks in Court

Evening Session (5.00pm-6.30pm)


Activity Session 5




Norwood Hall


Activity time and Departure

Check out 2 in Court



Checking in and out:

Check in: 8.30am - Court


Check out 1: 4.30pm - Court

Check out 2: 6.30pm - Court


Parents can choose to collect their children at either of the check out times. Parents must let tutors know at morning registration when they intend to collect their children. If a parent wishes to pick up their children at any other point during the day this must be discussed and arranged with the Course Team Leader, Orla Sheehan.


Please be aware that children must be checked out by a parent or guardian with their tutor each day. This applies to both residential and day children.

What to bring

It is advisable that children come prepared each day for all activities during the week. The list below includes items we highly recommend bringing each day:



üSports clothing

üWaterproof jacket

üSwimming kit and towel

üSun cream and hat

üWater bottle

üTennis racket (optional)

Morning Session: 8.30am - 1.45pm

After check in, children will be put into their groups. The morning session consists of two activity sessions with a short break in between followed by lunch (included in cost). The morning activities may include the following options:





Dreamland - Songs


Arts and Crafts


Nature activities

Short Tennis

Tutor Hunt


*Multi-Sports include: quick cricket, football, hockey, swimming/water polo, modified games (touch rugby and netball), dodge ball, rounders, ultimate frisbee and bench ball.

Afternoon Session: 1.45 - 4.30pm

After lunch and 'quiet time' children will embark on their outdoor adventure activities. This may run in two sessions, or may consist of a whole course activity rotation. We offer a range of outdoor and adventurous activities where children can challenge themselves in a safe, instructed environment. Activities include: canoeing, swimming, assault courses, orienteering and arts and crafts. These will allow pupils to work effectively as a team as well as providing an opportunity to develop many skills including communication and leadership.

Children will be placed in activity groups depending on confidence and abilities in an outdoor educational environment.

The afternoon session will also include some time set aside for practising the performance for the Friday Exhibition.

Evening Session: 5.00pm (Optional)

Evening activities followed by dinner and quiet time. This will include entertainment, displays, workshops and demonstrations. Non-residents will be charged £5 per day for the evening session.


Course Tutors

Sam Dawson

Sam Dawson

About Sam

Hi, I'm Sam, and I'm looking forward to my 6th year working at Summer School. CA through and through, I love the fun and excitement that comes from the songs and activities that we do here at Summer School.

I'm a prep and senior school science teacher in my day-to-day life, so I've had plenty of experience looking after children of all ages. Not so secretly a big kid myself, you'll be sure to see me having a go on the slip and slide and getting my face painted.

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All courses run for 5 days

WK 1 8 Jul - 12 Jul

WK 2 15 Jul - 19 Jul

WK 3 22 Jul - 26 Jul

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Morning Courses

9.15AM to 12.15PM

Afternoon Courses

1.45PM to 4.30PM

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9.15AM to 4.30PM