Teachers Guide – 5 ways to make the most of October half term. October half term is upon us at last! Here’s our guide to making the most of it.

1 – Sleep.

While it’s tempting to just pull the duvet over your head and sleep away the first weekend of half term, it’s not actually the best way to make up for lost sleep.  Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre have found that the best way to recover from “sleep debt” is by going to bed eight hours before your usual wake-up time, not by having long lie-ins. So put in a few early nights over the holiday and be ready for the second half of term.

2- Eat Right.

Term time often means grabbing a sandwich while you mark some books, eating late after a long day at work or bunging a ready meal in the microwave. Ever picked up a chocolate bar from the garage for dinner because you are just too tired to cook? I have. This half term, make an effort to improve your diet. How about cooking up some yummy homemade soups, stews or chillis and freezing them in lunch sized portions to use for school? It’s a win win situation, not only do you get a warming nutritious lunch, you only have to remember to take it out of the freezer before you go to school, saving precious time in the morning.

3 – Limit work.

Whether you like to have a few days off and then tackle work, or get it over and done with, schedule your work in and don’t let it bleed into other times. Make sure the majority of days are work free. The reason for the half term holiday is that everyone needs a break from work – and that includes you!

4– Get Outdoors.

October is a glorious month to get outside, don’t miss the beautiful display that nature puts on this time of year.  Plus it’s a great opportunity to top up your vitamin D levels.  The weather can be changeable, so make sure you are well equipped with boots, layer up the clothing and don’t forget the waterproofs.  Get the children away from the X-Box by organising an autumnal scavenger hunt in a local park, and schedule in a refreshment stop to keep everyone happy!

5-Don’t break the bank!

October half term can be tricky on the finances. The long, bank account emptying summer holiday is only just over (even if it doesn’t feel like it) and yet you are only three pay packets away from Christmas. So make it a challenge to seek out free and low cost activities.  Search online for “free days out “in your area and see what’s available. It’s often warm enough to picnic in October, so pack up a healthy lunch and save some pennies that way too.  If the weather is awful, catch up on a box set, curl up with that novel you’ve been meaning to read or spend some time on your favourite hobby (no doubt you have neglected it during term time!).

This is a great site for some cheap / free things to do in October http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/school-holiday-deals .