Weekend in Britain is Saturday and Sunday, which are holidays. In some of the other countries Thursday and Friday are holidays due to local culture and customs.
So, typical weekdays for a child are mainly about going to school, homework etc. Weekend is for fun time, family time, weekend getaways, and other activities like attending birthday parties of school friends.
In Britain the typical elementary school student wears a uniform and attends school from September to mid-July. In England testing is given at regular intervals throughout the years. There is a multitude of opportunities to participate in lunch clubs as well as after school activities.
The three stages of Britain elementary education
There are three sections of the British educational system. Early education covers the ages of 3 to 4. Primary school covers the ages of 4 to 11. Secondary school covers the ages of 11 through 18.
Typical Daily School Schedule
Typically, schools run from September to mid-July. For Primary school Registration is the first class. It is used for attendance and announcements and starts the day at 8:55. Students have the same teacher throughout the school day and classes are scheduled for an hour. The first two hours are generally subjects like Math and English.
The first two hours are followed by recess which is generally a fifteen minute break. During that period children eat a snack more often than not brought from home and play the usual childhood games such as Fishy Fishy or Queenie Queenie. After recess there is generally a short spelling test followed by another hour of either Math or English.
After the hour, it's lunch time, which is usually brought from home. However, hot food is sometimes available. It is typically a British staple such as roasted lamb or chicken. Many students are given the opportunity to participate in clubs during lunch period as well.
Subject matter for the last 2 hours is generally quiet in nature. Often it will involve reading, science, history, or computer science.
After school activities
Many schools in Britain offer a wide range of activities for children after hours. Depending upon the school students can take advantage of fun, educational clubs or sports. Clubs offered after school or during lunch vary, but run from computer training, crafts, and sports such as judo.
For the younger students weekend activities are as varied as the students themselves. Historically, there is participation in diving, swimming, cricket, football and cycling. Obviously there are the hours spent on video games and the internet.
Britain has any number of family friendly activities for weekend escapes. Families and children often stroll the many zoos in the area. Weekend trips outside are a great experience. Here are 10 great British zoo suggestions.http://www.visitbritain.com/en/Travel-tips/Britain-for-kids-and-families/Top-10-zoos-in-Britain.htm
For the ultimate weekend there are many local theme parks throughout Britain. One great one is Alton Tower. It has a kid's park as well as high flying roller coasters perfect for the family. There is a park designed with the age of the child in mind. Here are 10 great theme park suggestions. http://www.visitbritain.com/en/Travel-tips/Britain-for-kids-and-families/Theme-parks-in-the-UK.htm
Many British schools offer after school activities to encourage not only academic pursuits, but creative avenues as well. Computer and art classes are often available to encourage lifelong participation. Outside the classroom, there are theme parks, vibrant shopping centers and professional sports.
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