Challenges for the week beginning: Monday 11th May 2020


This weeks challenge is: BEES

Did you know that there are nearly 20,000 known species of bee? 


You can do these challenges on your own or with other members of your house. Aim to complete at

least three activities from each section.


Find out where the phrase “busy bee” comes from. 


Section 1: Why do we need bees?

1. Have a go at the bee quiz, feel free to research the answers. 

2. Either use the facts at the end of the challenges or research you own, write an information text about bees. 

3. A day in the life of a bee – write a diary in role as a bee, make sure you not only explain what the bee does during the day, but why they do what they do and how they


4. Read the story of the Bees and the Flies and answer the questions. 

Section 2: Bee Creative.

1. Create your own honeycomb inspired artwork . Eg you can use bubble wrap to print your own honeycomb patterned wrapping paper or art work. 

2. Make a bee and bug hotel for the garden.

3. Craft your own ‘Hunny’ pot ...just like Winnie The Pooh’s. 

4. Create a cartoon bee.

5. Design a poster to raise awareness of the declining bee population and let others know how they can turn their gardens in to bee havens.

6. Find out about all of the beeswax products available to buy. 

7. Using everything you have learnt about bee’s create your own challenge – be creative and don’t forget to share your work / photos with me. 


Section 3: Queen Bee

Story starter – continue the story of the Queen Bee

It was late into the evening when the magic happened.

The forest was the perfect place for a story to unfold.

A sense of mystery filled the secluded wood, as a

swirling, grey fog mischievously crept its way between

the trees.

After days of waiting, her transformation was complete.

The Queen Bee held one of her many children in her

outstretched hand; the moment she’d been waiting for

had finally arrived…

B. Now that the Queen Bee has transformed, she will

have to find/make a new home. Can you draw what

you imagine it to look like? Will the other bees live with     

her?                                                                                        Using the above picture answer the following questions:

  1. Who is the Queen Bee and what are her intentions?

  2. What is the significance of the cage?

  3. Who are the other bees in the picture?

  4. Will they transform as well?

  5. Will the Queen Bee stay in the forest?

  6. What will happen when the bees come across people?

  7. Are these ordinary bees?


Section 4: Food

  1. We mainly think of bees as producing honey, but honey bees are just one of Britain’s 267 species. Find out what changes the colour of honey.

  2. Bake with honey. ie. make cakes or biscuits using honey.

  3. Design a cake which uses sugar syrup.   Did You Know?  Bee keepers feed bees sugar syrup in September to ensure they have enough stores for over the Winter. 

  4. Find out all the foods that bees help provide.

  5. Find out about the anti-bacterial properties of honey.

  6. Bee yourself and cook up your favourite recipe for others to try.


Section 5: Games 

1. Bees have facial recognition and can remember people. Identify famous people from their facial features.  Take a go at this quiz 

2. Honey bees have 170 odorant receptors. Can you identify foods etc from their smells?

3. Sherlock Holmes famously retired to a life of keeping bees. Use him as an inspiration and have

a go at a bee treasure hunt. 

4. Try and follow the waggle dance directions. Worker honey bees do a waggle dance to show the

other worker bees where the pollen is located. The direction of the moves tells them which

direction to fly. Can you follow a set of directions given in the form of a dance? Or create your

own dance with meaning.

5. Bees stay warm in the winter by beating their wings. Do some aerobics (Joe Wicks every day at 9am), check your temperature before and much did you warm up?

6. Worker bees clean and polish the cells in the hive ready for the Queen to lay eggs. Tidy your room!

Bee Facts

1. There are three types of bee – honey bees, bumblebees and solitary bees. There are 24

species of bumblebee and more than 250 species of solitary bee in the United Kingdom.

2. Different bees collect pollen and nectar from different flowers – short tongued bees like open

flowers like daisies and long tongued bees like deep flowers like foxgloves.

3. When a honey bee finds nectar, she goes back to her nest and does a waggle dance to tell the

other bees where it is.

4. If you add up all the journeys made by the many bees needed to produce a jar of honey, it totals over 40,000 miles. That’s nearly twice round the world. 

5. Without bees to pollinate them, bean flowers wouldn’t grow into beans, apple flowers wouldn’t grow into apples and there wouldn’t be seeds to grow into new carrots.

6. We wouldn’t starve without bees but we would have to eat much more rice, pasta and bread. A healthy diet would become much more expensive – some people might not be able to afford it.

7. Without bees there would be no pizza, jam, apple

pie, fruit yoghurts, juice, or most types of fruit and vegetables. There would be hardly any herbs

either, so food would be less tasty. 

8. A bumblebee pollinates a tomato flower by pulling it downwards, putting its tummy against it

and buzzing. The pollen then falls onto the bee’s fuzzy tummy.

9. Most of our tomatoes are grown in huge greenhouses. The growers buy hives of

bumblebees, which they put inside to pollinate the tomatoes.

10.In pear orchards in China, there are so few bees that people need to pollinate the pears by hand. They climb through the trees with ‘pollination sticks’ made of chicken feathers, dip the sticks into bottles of pollen and touch the stick to each of the billions of blossoms

11. Some plants tempt birds to eat their seeds by surrounding them with a filling meal full of vitamins and energy – a berry. In most cases, the bird digests the pith and juice but the seed can’t be digested. It can be dropped many miles away in the bird’s poo. The seeds can then grow into new plants. 

13. A robin could eat a large white caterpillar, which has been munching on some cabbage-  which is pollinated by bees. ‘Robin eats large white caterpillar which eats cabbage’ is a food chain.

14. Pollination by insects is the main way that three quarters of the UK’s flowering plants make

seeds. Fewer bees would mean fewer of these plants and fewer of all the animals and birds

that eat berries, seeds and insects. We’ve lost 97 per cent of our wildflower meadows since

the 1930s. Wildflower meadows have been turned into farmland to grow food for people.

Bigger fields are worse for bees because wildflowers and nesting sites are pushed to the


15. Scientists are finding that chemicals are affecting bees’ health when they feed on plants

sprayed or treated with pesticides. There are also pests and diseases that weaken bees.

16. Houses, supermarkets, offices and roads have also been built on wildflower meadows. Climate change is making the weather more changeable – causing floods, droughts and high winds. The weather can be warmer or colder than is normal for the time of year. All this makes life more difficult for bees.

Click on the image for more bee craft.

Click on the image to do the celebrity face-merge quiz.

Honey bee

Bumble bee

Solitary bee

Leaf cutter bee

Click on the image to learn  about bees as pollinators.

Miner bee

Click on the image listen to the story Please, Please the Bees

Click on the image for the Story of the Bees and the Flies

Click on the image for answers to the Bee Quiz.

Click on the image for answers to the Flies and the Bees

Challenges for the week beginning: Monday 4th May 2020



What is engineering?

Engineers are problem solvers.  

The work of engineers can be experienced in all parts of our daily lives, your alarm

clock, making a telephone call on your mobile, riding a bike, flying in a plane, walking

across a bridge and even wearing perfume or aftershave!

Engineers solve scientific and practical problems which affect all aspects of our lives.

Practically every item you use will have been engineered. Have a look around your

house see what things have involved engineering, think about why they were needed

and maybe how they were created.


You can do these challenges on your own or with other members of your house. 


Section 1: Famous Engineers – complete 2 of the challenges from Section 1

1. Can you think of any famous engineers, what did they make or invent?

2. Can you think of any famous fictional engineers? Add photo of Doctor Who and Iron Man

3. Research a famous engineer.

4. Write a biography of either a real or fictional engineer.

5. Role play interviewing an engineer (real or fictional). 

Section 2: Types of engineering


Here are the descriptions of 15 branches of engineering that provide important jobs for people around the world and an activity associated with it. Choose two of the branches of engineering below and complete the activity given. 


1. Civil engineering includes the design and construction of buildings, roads, bridges and dams. It is one of

the oldest forms of engineering and involves further specialist areas such as transportation, water

resources, surveying and construction. Skyscrapers are impressive structures. What does it take to design

a building so tall? Engineers use strong materials and innovative design to push the limits of gravity. They

use special tables to simulate earthquakes and test models of their buildings.

Build your own earthquake table and see how tall you can make a tower out of building bricks, books,

boxes or anything you have.  

2. Mechanical engineering deals with the application of mechanical power and the design of mechanical

systems, machines and tools. Mechanical engineers require an understanding of a number of important principles including those related to heat transfer, energy, fluid mechanics and kinematics.

Find an example of this in your house and re design it making improvements. 

3. Electrical engineering includes the study of electricity and the design of electrical systems like circuits and computer chips. Some of the areas electrical engineers might work in include telecommunications, electronics, signal processing and control systems.

Find an item in your house which is not electronic, consider if it could be improved by using electronics. 

4. Chemical engineering uses science to process raw materials and chemicals into useful forms. Work by chemical engineers can lead to the discovery of important new materials and processes. Chemical engineers design and develop all sorts of products from food and drink to toiletries and medicines. If a chemical engineer works for a food company, they might be making new flavours.

Design a new chocolate bar, thinking carefully about the ingredients you will use. 

5. Aerospace engineering involves the design and construction of planes and space shuttles.

Aeronautical engineering covers craft that stay inside the Earth’s atmosphere (such as

commercial planes) while astronautical engineering covers craft that leave the Earth’s

atmosphere (such as space shuttles).

Write a story involving this type of engineering. 

6. Usually regarded as part of civil engineering, structural engineering involves the design of buildings, large structures and other things that rely on the importance of structural integrity. Structural engineers must pay particular attention to safety because of the huge loads involved.

Use a piece of paper and sellotape to create a structure which will hold/ support a small object eg ball, book. 

7. Genetic engineering involves the manipulation of an organism’s genes. Genetic engineers directly alter genes using techniques such as molecular cloning and transformation.

Find out if this is only used on animals.

8. Biomedical engineering uses specialized engineering techniques in the medical field. It is a relatively new discipline that involves applications such as diagnostic equipment, therapeutic devices, pharmaceutical drugs and artificial limbs (prosthetics).

Write 5 questions which you would like to know the answers to about biomedical engineering – if you can then find the answers to these. 

9. Computer engineering combines computer science and electronic engineering in order to design computer technology from the very small, such as microprocessors, to the very big, such as supercomputers.

Write a poem to explain what you think the world would be like without computers. 

10. Software engineering involves research, design and modification in order to implement fast, high quality software in a range of areas. Software engineers apply a variety of principles and techniques to computers and other products that use software. Explain why you think this is/is not an interetsing area of engineering. 

11. Military engineering incorporates the design and construction of various military structures and devices. Military engineers are involved in activities such as weapons design, minefield clearing and bridge construction.

Design and if possible make a cargo drop for aid.

12. Nuclear engineering involves the application of physics in nuclear power plants, nuclear reactors and nuclear weapons as well as the study of nuclear fusion, radiation hazards, nuclear fuel and other nuclear related technologies. 

13. Forensic engineering involves the investigation of failed structures and materials. When a component does not work as intended it may lead to property damage or even personal injury, forensic engineers work to understand how these failures occurred. Think of examples of this.

14. Reverse engineering is a process used to understand how various devices and systems work. It often involves taking apart devices to study how the internal components work.

Trying doing things in reverse eg write your name backwards, say the date and time in reverse order.

15. Environmental engineering applies various scientific principles and ideas to help provide clean water, minimize pollution and improve the environment. Environmental engineers work in a number of areas that can relate to air pollution, waste disposal, recycling, global warming, water pollution and other environmental issues.

Use anything that would be thrown away(empty bottles, boxes, labels etc) to create a robot. What can your robot do? Let your imagination run wild!


Section 3: Practical ideas – complete at least one of these.

1. Think about why education is important for engineering?

2. Choose one of the areas of engineering and explain why you would like a job in that area.

3. Design a Doctor Who  style “sonic screwdriver” or even “sonic glasses” what would you like to be able to do with your sonic device, either draw or make a model of your invention, what special abilities does it have?

4. Think about something you would like to design that would solve a current problem, either in your house, the local area or globally.

5. Next time you’re ill, would you like to see a doctor or an engineer?  Click here  to read this article and let me know what you think.

6. Come up with your own challenge that you think fits in with the theme of engineering. 


Have fun! 

Click on the image for some engineering challenges,

Click on the image to build your tower.

Click on the image to have a go on the nuclear reactor simulator.

Click on the image to learn more about engineering jobs.

Click on the images to learn more about engineering.

Challenges for the week beginning: Monday 27th April 2020


You can do these challenges on your own or with other members of your house. Aim to complete at least one activity from each section.  Click on the pictures for links to fun activities.


You can discuss these with other people or make notes in your writing book.

1. Who are your personal heroes and why? These can be from any walk of life or fictional or

historical persons.

2. Create a collage or powerpoint or simply have a discussion about these.

3. What makes a real life hero? - Do they need to be strong and tough? 

4. There are lots of professions where people can be considered heroes, such as Army / Navy/

R.A.F./ Police/ fire personnel /doctors/paramedics / sporting heroes etc. Find out more about

their jobs or other jobs not listed here.

5. Find out about local heroes in your community.

6. Create a list of the top 10 super powers. Some examples, Invisibility, Regeneration, Flying,

Speed,X-Ray Vision, Controlling Weather / Water / Fire, ...

7. Catwoman gets her super skills from cats and Spiderman from spiders. Think of what other animals or insects that could make a good superhero and why.

8. A lot of heroes can be recognised with medals, find out what medals are available from different professions and the British Empire to honour heroes. Would you like to receive a medal? Why/ why not?



1. Make a superhero I. D card.

2. Design a superhero of your own. What powers would you have? What costume /disguise would you have?

3. Make a comic storybook.

4. Create a play about superheroes and act it out to the rest of your house or film it.

5. Make a superhero joke book full of superhero jokes. 

6. There are lots of songs called Hero or about heroes, in groups make up a dance to one of these songs.

7. Sing Bananas of the World Unite – see below for lyrics and actions, there are many versions of this available

Bananas unite (place arms over head)
Bananas split (open arms and place at sides)
Peel banana, peel, peel banana (move to left)
Peel banana, peel, peel banana (move to the right)
Bananas to the left (circle arms to the left)
Bananas to the right (circle arms to the right)
Peel it down the middle and (uh) take a bite (grab and pull from out in front of you)
Go bananas, go, go bananas (do a sort of dance in a small circle, look like a fool

8. Write your own song or poem about heroes.


Section 3: SUPER-FOOD 

1. Banana Man gets his powers from bananas design a banana product.

2. Design a cake or cupcakes or biscuits with superhero slogans and designs eg ka chow,

pow, bang, thwack, boom 

3. Popeye eats spinach and Bananaman eats bananas to make their super powers work.

Find out about what super foods there are and what makes them superfoods?  

4. Some foods are said to have medicinal properties – find out what this means and do

any of the foods you eat have this?

5. Make a menu/ dish /meal/ drink using super foods.

6. Design a meal fit for a super hero.


1. Use anything you have at home to either make or design any of the following:

  • superhero puppets – use anything from odd socks, lollipop sticks, yoghurt pots etc

  • your own superhero mask and cape.

  • a superhero doll.

  • Wonder woman has magic bracelet cuffs – make/ design a set.

  • Using recycling make a model of a superhero.

  • your own fancy dress superhero costume.


1. Superheroes need to train to keep up their fitness, strength, speed and reactions. Take part in some daily exercise eg Joe Wicks pe lessons, just dance, create your own circuit.

2. Create and play a superhero version of Duck, Duck, Goose

3. Target practise with a net /goal / wall using a football, scrumpled paper, netball, basketball, tennis rackets, rugby balls, footballs, hockey stick n balls. Set personal targets and see if you can reach them or beat them.

4. Do an indoor or outdoor obstacle course.


Maths Challenges  

Click onto the buttons below to go to your daily maths activities.  Make sure you click on the Maths Hub icon first to watch the day's lesson. Try to work through one lesson a day to keep your skills fresh - do your working out in your work books. 





Have fun! 

Click on the image to read or listen to the book.

Click on the image to listen to the Banana song.

Click on the image to learn how different foods help to keep us healthy.

Click on the image for some super hero craft ideas.

Click on the image to join Joe.

Challenges for the week beginning: Monday 20th April 2020

Thinking about me

You can do these challenges on your own or with other members of your house. Aim to complete at least one activity from each section.  Click on the pictures for links to fun activities.

Section 1: Feelings

1. On your own or with other people in your house, think about the many

different feelings we can have. Then either act or draw them out or make a

mind map of them. Have a go at designing your own emoticons.

2. Think of the things that make you really happy and share .

3. Think of a time when you’ve been really sad and what you have done to

feel better again. 

4. Decorate biscuits using strawberry laces/ buttons/icing anything edible, to create different feelings faces.

5. Do a paint /draw / model a face session and see who the Van Gough in your house is.

6. Do a big thought shower of everything you’ve felt in the past few months.

7. Make playdough people (recipe for playdough at the end) and do facial expressions with them and see who the most realistic is. 

8. Take a square of choc each and sit down peacefully and just let the choc melt in your mouth, think how it feels, tastes etc. This is a great way of thinking in the moment you are in.

Section 2: How do you relax?

1. Think of the ways that you relax at home.  Think bigger than TV and music.

2. Think about how the people you live with relax, what’s the same? What’s different?

3. If you had lots of money would you relax differently? How?

4. How do you think children in less developed countries relax?

5. What things do some people do that you don’t think are good ways of relaxing. 

6. How do you think people in years gone by relaxed? What did they do before there were iPads and Playstations etc?

7. What food or drink makes you feel relaxed? Why?

8. Find an empty pot/ jar (yoghurt pot) and decorate the outside with anything you have eg wrapping paper, wool, sweet wrappers. Then on strips of paper write down the ideas you have had for relaxing or calming yourself. Put them in your jar. When you’re having a fed up day, then you can pick out something you like to do, do it and cheer yourself up, as sometimes when we are feeling down its harder to make a choice about things that will make us feel better.

Section 3: Practical ideas

1. Worry Dolls: research worry dolls and see what you can use around the

house to make one. There is a story that when the Mayan people of Guatemala

have worries they tell them to the worry people and then place the worry people

under their pillows at night. By morning, the worry people have taken their worries away.  

2. Stress Balls: for this you need a balloon, corn flour and a funnel or one made with cardboard to fill the balloon.Use the corn flour to fill the balloon until the base feels firm and it fits in the palm of your hand, then tie a knot. It can then be personalised so use your imagination to make a friend (add wool, googly eyes, felt tips). Expressions can change when you squeeze them.

3. Relaxation Session – you need someone to help with this one. 

You can put some sea music on in the background if you wish, and your helper will read the script in a really calm soothing voice. 

Relaxation Script to use.

Get comfortable. Sit in a supportive chair or lie on your back.

Relax your body by releasing any areas of tension. Allow your arms to go limp... then

your legs....

Feel your arms and legs becoming loose and relaxed...

Now relax your neck and back by relaxing your spine.... release the hold of your muscles all the way from your head, down your neck....along each vertebra to the tip of your spine...

Breathe deeply , drawing air fully into your lungs.... and release the air with a whooshing sound....

Breathe in again, slowly.... pause for a moment.... and breathe out.....

Draw a deep breath in.... and out...

In..... out.....

Become more and more relaxed with each breath....

Feel your body giving up all your worries.... becoming relaxed.... and calm.... peaceful....

Allow your entire body to rest heavily on the surface where you sit or lie. Now that your body is fully relaxed, allow this relaxation to begin.

Imagine you are walking toward the sea.... walking through a beautiful, tropical forest....

You can hear the waves up ahead.... you can smell the ocean spray.... the air is moist and warm.... feel a pleasant, cool breeze blowing through the trees....

You walk along a path....coming closer to the you come to the edge of the trees, you see the brilliant turquoise colour of the ocean ahead....

You walk out of the forest and onto a long stretch of white sand.... the sand is very soft powder.... imagine taking off your shoes, and walking through the hot, white sand toward the water....

The beach is wide and long....

Hear the waves crashing to the shore....

Smell the clean salt water and beach....

You gaze again toward the water.... it is a bright blue-green....

See the waves washing up onto the sand..... and receding back toward the ocean.... washing up.... and flowing back down..... enjoy the ever-repeating rhythm of the waves...

Imagine yourself walking toward the water.... over the fine, hot sand.... you are feeling very hot....

As you approach the water, you can feel the mist from the sea on your skin. You walk closer to the waves, and feel the sand becoming wet and firm....

A wave washes over the sand toward you.... and touches your toes before going...

As you step forward, more waves wash over your feet... feel the cool water on your toes....

Walk further into the clear, clean water.... you can see the white sand under the water.... the water is a pleasant, relaxing temperature.... Cooling you down from the hot sun... cool but not cold....

You walk further into the water if you wish.... swim if you want to.... enjoy the sea  for a few minutes..... allow yourself time to dream and be more and more relaxed...

Now you are feeling calm and refreshed...You walk back out of the water and onto the beach...

Stroll along the beach at the water's edge.... free of worries... no stress... calm..... enjoying this holiday....

Up ahead is a comfortable lounge chair and towel, just for you...

Sit or lie down in the chair, or spread the towel on the sand.... relax on the chair or towel.... enjoying the sun.... the breeze.... the waves.....

You feel peaceful and relaxed.... allow all your stresses to melt away....

When you are ready to return from your trip, do so slowly....

Bring yourself back to the room....

Keep with you the nice relaxed feeling .... feeling ready to return to your day....

Open your eyes, stretch your muscles... and become fully alert... refreshed... and filled with energy

4. Have a go at yoga, there are lots of free videos available click on the image to check one out.


Maths Challenges  

Click onto the Whtie Rose Maths Hub image to go to your daily maths lessons.  Try to work through one lesson a day to keep your skills fresh - do your working out in your work books. 


Have fun! 


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