English, Literacy and Library – Holiday Activities

English and Literacy Activities


Reading is a great way to pass the time over the holidays. Explore new worlds, meet new friends in the form of characters, go on exciting adventures, slay dragons and beasts, hunt for lost treasure, attend a school for Witchcraft and Wizardry…all from the comfort of your sofa! Here is a way to access books and reading material online for free:

Sign up to Derbyshire Library Service for free to get immediate online access: https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/leisure/libraries/using-your-library/joining/joining-the-library.aspx. Once you’ve signed up you can access a wealth of eBooks, eMagazines, eNewspapers and audiobooks: https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/leisure/libraries/ebooks/ebooks-emagazines-and-eaudiobooks.aspx.

Alternatively, hundreds of audiobooks have been released for free on Audible! These excellent audiobooks can be found at: www.audible.co.uk.

Open Library also has a great range of non-fiction reading and literature: https://openlibrary.org/.

Project Gutenberg is the place to go for older or traditional literature: https://www.gutenberg.org/.

Access the Wizarding World of Harry Potter from home at: https://www.wizardingworld.com/collections/harry-potter-at-home.


Task A: A Story from your Initials

  • Find 10 things in your house that start with the first letter of your name.
  • Write a story that includes those 10 things.
  • Draw a front cover that includes 1 of the items you found.
  • Give it an interesting title.

Task B: Covid Poetry

Write a limerick or haiku summing up the coronavirus or being in social isolation

Task C: Poetry into Media

Create a mini film set for a film version of a poem you have studied OR make your own film version.

Task D: Famous Family

Compare each member of your family to a character from TV, film or a book. Explain why they are similar to that character.

Task E: A Positivity Poster

Create a poster filled with the words which make you and others happy to display in your bedroom, front window or garden.

Task F: The Future

Write about how our world should or could change after Coronavirus. What lessons will have been learned? Will we value our freedom differently? Will we value each other differently?

Library Activities

Here are a selection of fun activities for students of all ages:

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