What have you been doing?

It's great to see how busy some of you have been.  Thanks to Courtny, Abbie, Gabriella, David, Amber, Alessa and Kai for sharing your  pictures, it looks like you're all keeping busy and learning in lots of different ways.

Let us know what you've been up to whilst school is closed.  Whether it's school work, being creative, your own project, baking, gardening or just having fun in the sunshine send in your pictures and we'll share them with the rest of the class.

Keep your minds busy, stay curious and have fun.

Stay well and be kind to each other.

Challenges for the week beginning Monday 13th July 2020


It's Product Design week











Click on the image to watch Kitchen Gun


Your mission this week is to invent your own crazy product and come up with your own funny advert just like Kitchen Gun!


Before you begin, click on the image watch this short video about the design process. 

Now obviously, Kitchen Gun is not a serious product but you can still see the design process at work. See if you can answer these questions: 

1. Why is Kitchen Gun needed?

2. What problem is Kitchen Gun trying to solve?

3. Why does Kitchen Gun solve the problem better than other products?

4. What do you think the ‘design specifications’ were? (What things did the designer want their product to do?)

5. How would you evaluate Kitchen Gun?


Now it’s time to invent your own crazy product using the 10 P’s of product design!


The Problem & The Person 

First, think of the problem that you want your product to solve. It helps to have in your mind an idea of the type pf person who would use this product. Do you need an easier way to tidy your room? A quicker way of getting your home learning done? A sneaky way of staying up late without any grown-ups finding out? Does your dog need a way of taking itself for walkies? Does your goldfish need a waterproof internet connection? Does your next-door neighbour’s vampire uncle need a garlic detector…? The list could be endless! 

Once you have a problem to solve and a type of person in mind, you are now ready to get inventing your product!

The Product

Think, talk about and sketch all your ideas. Decide which one you like the best and do a detailed, labelled  drawing. You can write about your product in notes, bullet points, or full paragraphs – just make sure it’s clear to the reader! It might help to think about the following:

  • What does your product do?

  • Who needs it and why?

  • What will you call your product?


Prototype and Production – this is where where you think about making your product. 

Even if you don’t actually make your product, here’s some things to think about. You can add this information to your design drawing.  

  • Materials – what will it be made out of?

  • Size – how big will it be?

  • Colours and other design features – what might you add to make people want to buy it just because of how it looks?


Promotion – how will you advertise your product and make it look even better than it is!

We’ve all seen those adverts where they make everyday items look better than they are. 





Well now it’s your turn!

Write an advert script for your product. Below is a script for the Kitchen Gun Advert. Remember to identify and include all the features listed below.

Script for Kitchen Gun! Advert

Lady standing in dirty kitchen looking frustrated and fed up

Lady (to camera) this kitchen is so hard to clean, if only there was an easier way!

Enter Derek Bum

Derek (in very enthusiastic salesman voice) Hi! I’m Derek Bum! Say goodbye to daily stains and dirty surfaces with new Kitchen Gun (pulls Kitchen Gun out)

Derek goes to the sink

Derek This sink is filthy! But just three shots from Kitchen Gun (shoots gun 3 times at sink saying BANG BANG BANG with each shot) and it sparkles like neeeeew!

Derek moves to the cooker

Derek Look how it cleans this greasy hob (shoots gun 3 times at hob saying BANG BANG BANG with each shot) GOODBYE DIRT!

Derek moves to tiled areas

Derek Grubby Tiles? (shoots gun 3 times at tiles saying BANG BANG BANG with each shot) (shouting) I LOVE YOU KITCHEN GUN!

Tiles fall to the floor. Derek moves back to the sink

Derek Rusty Taps? (shoots gun 3 times at taps saying BANG BANG BANG with each shot). 

Taps now look clean 

Derek laughs manically / crazily

Derek You can even use it on the washing up (shoots gun 3 times at dishes in dishwasher saying BANG BANG BANG and sound of plates smashing with each shot.)

Shows clean dishes in dishwasher

Derek There, all clean again. New Kitchen Gun! Now with laser sight and night vision for after dark cleaning!

Now Re-Read the script and see if you can spot these key features:

1.) Names in bold of people speaking in bold on the left.

2.) Stage directions in italics (two types)

  • For what is happening - starting on separate lines to show what is happening

  • For how the character speaks – in brackets within the speech. 


To help you promote your product think about including a catchy slogan that’s easy to remember and designing an eye-catching logo to go with it. You can use these in your advert and on your packaging. 


Placement - Think about where you will sell your item. Which shops would it go best in? If it would be sold in a supermarket, what would be alongside it on the shelves / what section would it be in? (Think! You wouldn’t find toothpaste next to sweets… but why not?) 


Packaging – how will you box, wrap or package your product to make consumers want to buy it?

Here you can get to work designing some packaging to make your product appeal to the ‘consumer’ (person / people who will buy it). You can use your logo, slogan and maybe even quote some of the advert script that you have written. For example, for Kitchen Gun you might quote ‘BANG BANG BANG’ or “I LOVE YOU KITCHEN GUN!” It’s up to you. 


Price and Profit – this is where your maths skills come in!

Cost: Your product will cost an amount of money to make. Let’s call that ‘x’

Sale: You need to sell your product for more than it costs to make so that you cover your costs and make some money. We’ll call the sale price ‘y’

Profit: This is the money you make after you have covered your costs. The difference between ‘x’ and ‘y’ is your profit. We’ll call your profit ‘z’

For example: 

Kitchen gun might cost £12.00 to make (‘x’)

If you can sell Kitchen Gun for £50.00 (‘y’) you make £38.00 profit on each one you sell (‘z’)

   Sale   –   cost   =   profit

      y     –      x      =      z

£50.00 – £12.00 = £38.00

This would be a ‘high profit margin’ which means you make a lot of money for each item sold.


Your turn!

First imagine what your product would cost to make. Then decide how much you could sell it for. After that you can work out how much profit you will make on each one sold!

How many do you have to sell to make…








When it’s all over remember… the fun’s not over!


When you see adverts and things for sale in shop, think and talk about these things.

Problem – what problem is this product solving?

Person – who is this product for?

Product – what is this product?

Prototype – what do you think the prototype was like?

Promotion – how have they made you want to buy it or feel like you need it?

Production – how do you think it is manufactured? What materials are used? 

Packaging – how does the packaging appeal to the consumer?

Placement – why is this product for sale here? Where do you think this product should be for sale?

Price – how much does it cost to buy? How much do you think it cost to make?

Profit – how much profit do you think each product sold makes? 


Art club

Join Olaf Falafel for episode 5 of his crazy Art Club! More episodes available on YouTube








Science max 

Still plenty of exciting, informative and fun Science videos from Science Max: A fun way to learn about science with some things you can try at home. Great to watch with grown-ups. For better learning, pause the video and talk about it together, ask questions, stay curious! 


Hip Hop Hamburger

Expand and combine your writing and rapping talent – refresh your skills from last week, take what you have learned and write your own Number 1 Hip Hop Hamburger Hit! (example Hip Hop Hamburger lyric sheet below) 


Freestyle rap game

End word rap game


Click on the image to listen to Stepping on the Cracks by Mary Downing Hahn

Click on the image to listen to White Fang by Jack London

Click on the image to listen to Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Click here to listen to Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling.

Challenges for the week beginning Monday 6th July 2020










This week is a bit of a special week!


It’s over to you to show off your skills for all to see… yes, that’s right, the one you’ve all been waiting for… it’s PUBLISHING WEEK! (Can I get a WHOOP! WHOOP! …no? …oh ok then *sigh*)

The idea is that this week you get together one or two pages worth of “stuff” (Mrs Mercer would kill me if she knew I was using the word ‘stuff’. Shhhh, don’t say anything) to share with each other in Y5 and Y6. Then, after having combined and printed a strictly limited edition booklet of all your shared awesomeness, I will once again climb aboard my trusty bicycle and deliver the booklet to your very door !

Not only will you be able to share some of the most amazing things you have been doing but you will be able to have a good nosey at what everyone else has been up too as well!



More info:

  • This can be anything that you have done since the beginning of Lockdown / home learning.

  • This can be work that you have done via the website – set by your teachers - OR something else.

  • Photos are a great way of sharing (please write a caption to explain your photos)

  • You could type up and ‘publish’ some written work you are proud of.

  • If you have kept a lockdown diary, you could share some entries (!)

  • You can ‘mix and match’ pictures, captions, writing, explanations, lists

  • Please keep it to a maximum of roughly x2 A4 pages worth of stuff

  • Even if you are back at school now, send something from when you weren’t!


If you are struggling to do this, look at the questions below and see if you can answer them. You can type your answers on an email or write them down and take a photo then email it to  mrmcgowan@yhclt.net Please remember to add you name.

  • What have you enjoyed doing?

  • What have you done that you have never done before?

  • Think of something that you learned that nobody taught you?

  • What have you learned from your grown-ups?

  • Which bit of Home Learning did you enjoy the most?

  • What jobs did you help out at home with?

  • What have you been reading?

  • What TV series / films have you been watching?

  • What video games have you been playing?

  • Have you played any other games (board games, card games etc)?

  • What have you done outdoors?

  • What has been you best Lockdown moment?

  • What has been you worst Lockdown moment?

  • Scariest lockdown moment?

  • Best lockdown picture?


You should aim to show what “your lockdown” was like for you. Give your own spin on it. Share your experiences, thoughts, highs and lows. Anything goes. I am really looking forward to seeing and sharing what you’ve been up to.



Other ideas you might want to consider:

  • Write your own short story or one or two events from ‘Diary of a Lockdown Kid’ try and imitate Jeff Kinney’s style

  • Instead of just writing a caption for a photo, write a haiku!

  • Get your grown-ups involved – ask them to help you remember and answer the questions above.

  • Draw a comic strip of your “My Lockdown” and include answers to some of the questions above.

  • Try to sum up your lockdown experience with an acrostic poem using the each letter from the word ‘lockdown’ to start a new line.

  • Think about your lockdown experience in categories; these could be times of day (what you did in the mornings, afternoons, evenings), or activities (home learning, free time, helping), or people based  (things you did when you were on your own, with siblings, with grown-ups, on video calls)

  • Draw a picture, or a series of pictures to share your experiences.

  • Ask a grown-up or sibling to interview you. Record it on a smartphone then write it out. (this is calleda transcript)

  • Interview your grown-up! Ask them all about your lockdown experience from their point of view.





Art club

Join Olaf Falafel for episodes 3 and 4 of his fantastical, zany Art Club! 

Just click on the images below.


Choose from a wide selection of silly science videos. A

fun way to learn about science with some things you can

try at home. Great to watch

with grown-ups. For better

learning, pause the video and

talk about it together, ask

questions, stay curious!

Click on the image to find out mor


As secondary school gets closer check out the BBC Bitesize

guide to secondary school transition.  Just click on the image.

New this week!

Music / Beats / Hip Hop class

Try out some of these hip hop lessons
Get ready to have some fun! Try them on your own or with friends and family!

Click on the images to go to the lessons.

Cadence and flow

Freestyle rap game

End word rap game

Rap Talk


Click on the image to listen to Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse

Click on the image to listen to Cirque du Freak - a Living Nightmare by Darren Shan

Challenges for the week beginning Monday 29th June 2020

Writing Roulette!

It’s a writing game of chance!


Before you read on, get inspired by the amazing poet and author, Benjamin Zephaniah!  Click on the pictures to listen to him read his poem People Need People, I Love Me Mother, Pencil Me In.








Roulette is a game of chance! You never know what is going to happen and the outcome can never be predicted!

Your mission is to use the game of chance to create some writing. 

You’ll have to keep you wits about you, think outside the box and be able to change direction in an instant!


You will need:

  • A couple of old magazines or newspapers – any will do so long as they have pictures!

  • Scissors

  • Paper (optional)

  • Glue (optional)

  • Your big fat fun loving brain!


1.) Go through your magazines / newspapers and cut out 9 pictures. Try and choose a variety of pictures showing different things. 

2.) If you have scissors and glue, stick the pictures to sheets of paper and cut them out again. Try to make them all the same size. This is so that when they are turned over you can’t see the picture underneath or tell what it is by it’s shape. (it will also help the pictures last longer – you’ve going to want to play this more than once!) 

Top Tip: fold a sheet of A4 paper into quarters to make cards the same size. 

3.) Shuffle the pictures face down.

You can play this game by yourself or with other people. You can even play it on a video call, you will just have to hold up each picture so the other players can see them.

4.) Choose a picture at random and turn it over to start your story*.

*Although a story is the easiest way to start this game, you can select and use any genre of writing you like. You will have to decide this before you start to play.

5.) The next person then turns over a picture and adds it to the line. It’s their turn to use the picture to help them come up with ideas for the next part of the story! Make sure it makes sense! 

6.) Try to use 3 pictures for the beginning / setting the scene, 3 for the middle / build up and climax, and 3 for the ending / resolution

7.) When you have finished, see if you can re-tell the whole story using the pictures to remind you.

8.) Shuffle the cards and let the fun begin again! 

Due to technical difficulties we can't upload any more just yet but will have the rest of this weeks challenges up and running as soon as possible.

Click here to learn about the hidden rules of conversation.

Click here to hear Michael Rosen talking to Frank Cottrell-Boyce about writing.

Challenges for the week beginning Monday 22nd June 2020

Greetings Home Learners!

Ohmygoodness you’re gonna *LOVE* this.

More fun for your free-writing book.


Fun with 5 Bums (and a rugby post)!

Who?    What?    Where?    When?    Why?    How?

Find a dice (or write numbers 1-6 on bits of paper).

Roll the dice (choose a piece of paper) and write down one thing depending on what number comes up. Get other people to join in. The more random the suggestions the better!

1  - Who?

2  - What (happened)?

3  - Where?

4  - When?

5  - Why?

6  - How?

For example (I just asked some teachers!)

1 – Who? Iron Man

2 – What? Went on a bike ride 

3 – Where? Under a blanket

4 – When? Last Thursday

5 – Why? Because it was a rainy day

6 – How? Because they tripped over


Your mission now is to think, talk and then write a 5 sentence story using this information.


Here’s mine:

It was late last Thursday when Iron Man had the idea. He had spent most of the day crying under a blanket; lockdown was really getting to him. It was only when he heard a loud hammering on the roof, that he finally crept out to discover it was only the rain. As he ambled towards the front door, he tripped and fell hard into his bicycle, which was leaning against the wall in the hallway. “A Bike ride!” he thought, “that’s what I need!.”

Once you’ve got your story Try to write it in half as many words (then half it again…. And again!! How small can you get it? Three words? One word? 

Here’s my effort: 



Late last Thursday, Iron Man decided to go on a bike ride. He had been crying under a blanket all day and it had started to rain. As he got out from under his blanket he tripped and fell into his bicycle. “A ride!” he exclaimed, “I’ll do it!”

Half again

Last Thursday Iron Man, who had been hiding under his blanket during the rain, tripped over on his bicycle and decided to go for a ride. 

Half again!

Iron Man went on a bike ride in the rain last Thursday after hiding under his blanket.

…and again!

In the rain, Iron man rode his bike after tripping over.

…and again!!

Iron man rode his bike in the rain.

…and again!!!

Iron Man’s bike ride.

…and again!!!!

Bike ride.

…and again!!!!!



Now you can go the other way… try and write it in twice as many words! Then double it again… and again! You never know, if you keep going like this you might end up with a best-selling novel before you are 16! (Remember me when you’re rich and famous!)  Remember to think about your writer's toolkit when extending your story:

  • use a wide range of punctuation to give your writing pace and help it make sense

  • vary your sentence starters, sentence length and construction to keep your writing interesting

  • choose your vocabulary carefully to have an effect on the reader - great writers can make you laugh, cry, shout, or even tremble in fear!

  • remember show don't tell

Related learning that’s up for grabs:

  • You can play this game over and over again with a different ‘5 bums and a rugby post’ every time! 

  • You can ‘talk’ your stories with people in your house – you don’t always have to write them down. 

  • Take turns in adding the next bit – write the story together!

  • Get someone else to write a story with the same information and see how they are different.

  • Think of a story that you have read or that you know. Can you write it in 5 sentences? 5 sentence Harry Potter maybe!? Can you get it down to even one word!? 

  • Pick a small chapter from a book and do the same.

  • Start a story with just one word (!) and see how far you can grow it! You can introduce the ‘5 bums and a rugby post’ gradually.




You can still be writing your Haiku Diary! Send you best ones to mrmcgowan@yhclt.net


Please also email your ‘5 bums and a rugby post’ stories! I look forward to reading them!


Also, If you have anything else that you have been doing at home that you would like to share, send that too! 


More learning fun. 



Ever wondered about how you get someone to cook you tea just by saying “I’m hungry!”

surely it would make more sense to say “Cook me tea!” the secret, hidden rules for

conversation are fascinating!


Click on the image on the right to find out more about the hidden rules of conversation

then see if you can spot the rules when you hear people talking and experiment with

flouting the rules of conversation just for fun. 


(WARNING! This is tricky stuff, watch with an adult and pause to chat!)


Michael Rosen

Michael Rosen is a hilariously funny and sometimes moving poet

and storyteller.  If you haven’t already discovered Michael Rosen

and fallen in love with with his work click on the picture to visit his

Youtube channel - have fun!


Living in Hull we all know about and are proud of the work of William Wilberforce.  But what do you

know about the lives of the people he fought for?  What about other people who fought for the

freedom of those who were stolen from their homes and families in Africa and sold into slavery? 

Here is the story of Harriet Tubman who was born into slavery but escaped and dedicated her life to

helping others escape to freedom at great risk to herself.  Click on her picture to learn about her

story.  Use the internet to research what life was like for people sold into slavery - see if you can learn

about more heroes like Harriet Tubman who risked their lives to help others and end slavery. 

Share your findings with me at mrmcgowan@yhclt.net


Ever wondered what would happen if you could

do the science experiments we do in class on a

truly massive scale?  No more need to wonder

check out the Science Max channel for some

awesome science videos. 

Just click on the picture.

I Made a Robot

I made a robot

out of boxes and cans

with buttons for its eyes

wooden spooks for its hands.

The robot's mouth was a burger box

I painted it all red.

One day I wasn't looking

and it clonked me on the head.

Michael Rosen

Harriet Tubman


Click on the picture to go to episode 2 of Olaf Falafel's Art Club.

Click on the image to listen to The Boy Who Made the World Disappear by Ben Miller.

Challenges for the week beginning Monday 15th June 2020

Hello Home Learners!

Welcome to home learning Mr McGowan style!

Over the next few weeks I’m going to be working on providing you with some fun stuff to do at home. 

If you have any questions, comments or anything you would like to share you can contact me at mrmcgowan@yhclt.net

Really hope you enjoy it ☺ 

PS you should receive a mysterious (well… not really!), unmarked, brown envelope delivered through your door on Monday to help you on your way… 


This weekstart your own 

(truly, totally awesome) 

Haiku Diary - yay!

Haiku [hi-coo] is a really cool form of Japanese poetry. 

Here is an example from the book ‘Brown Girl Dreaming’ by

Jacqueline Woodson.















This week, your mission is to start a Haiku Diary!


You can write anything from one Haiku a day to as many as you like to describe several aspects of each day. You could even write a Haiku about your dinner:

Sausages to eat

For tea again. If only

We had some ketchup.

You can write silly haiku, thoughtful haiku, haiku to express feelings and emotions, haiku that paint pictures with words. Anything goes! Your diary is your own. Aim to write at least one a day but be warned, they are addictive and fun! Once you’ve mastered the art, why not teach them to a parent, carer or sibling? 

Video games are

What I’ve played during lockdown,

It drives my mum mad!

What exactly is a Haiku?


It’s a short poem that doesn’t rhyme. The thing that makes it special is that Haiku always have 3 lines; the first line and the last line are always 5 syllables, the middle line is 7.


  1.  Each line is not a separate sentence!

  2.  When writing or reading haiku, you should pause more at the end of each line than you do at the punctuation. So the Haiku about my dinner would read like this: “Sausages to eat (pause) for tea again if only (pause) we had some ketchup”

  3. The idea of Haiku is to express one idea or describe one picture, scene or event in a way that helps the reader feel like they’re there. 

Related learning that’s up for grabs:


You can do as much of this as you like. Follow your own interest. If you come across something that interests you, find out more! If you have your own ideas…use them! Explore, experiment, investigate, play, enjoy writing!  

Use the internet to find out more about Haiku.

Research Japan and Japanese culture. What can you find out? One way of doing this might be to find and watch some Japanese Anime (cartoons similar to Pokemon in style). Always check content is appropriate with an adult. 

See what other Haiku poems you can find. 

Are there other specific forms of poetry that follow patters like Haiku? Can you find any examples?


Please do share, to the email above, any haiku you are particularly proud of (remember to include your name in the email) and I will compile them and send some out with next week’s home learning ☺ 


I am also hoping to ‘publish’ a booklet of some of the work sent in before the summer holiday so that you can see and share all your amazing writing. There will be more information about this later on. 




If you haven’t seen it already, I strongly recommend Olaf Falafel’s Art Club! There are 10

episodes to choose from ☺ 

Click on the image

it takes you to Kwame Time -

Learn about haiku!

Click on the image for Olaf Falafel's Art Club.

Click on the image to learn about Japan.

Challenges for the week beginning Monday 1st June 2020


This week’s challenge is: TOP JOB


This is your life… The future is filled with opportunity, but with all this choice it can be confusing trying to decide what path is right for you! Try this activity to identify what you’re good at, what you like or don’t like and what  interests you.


Have a go at this first:

  • Divide a piece of paper into three sections: past, present and future. 

  • In each section, write down the things that make up your life.

  • For the past, think about the kind of person you were five years ago – use images, icons, symbols, words, lyrics or photos to describe who you were, what you liked to do and how you felt. Were you shy and quiet, or outgoing and bubbly?

  • Do the same for the present, thinking about how you may have changed.

  • Now think about your future. Where do you see yourself in 10 or 20 years’ time? Will you be living in the same place, have a job or a family, be travelling the world – or all of these things? 

  • Think about how the things you do now might influence your future. For example, a family holiday next year to France might inspire you to take a gap year later on that could give you valuable work experience. 

  • Share your display with your family, but don’t forget to keep it safe – you may need to remind yourself what you wrote down in the future! 

  • Extra challenge - Take it further Now that you’ve identified the things you’re good at and what interests you, have a go at writing your CV).


You can do these challenges on your own or with other members of your house. Aim to complete at least two activities from each section.


Section 1: Discovering your future


Like the sound of a job in advertising? Have a go at designing a logo for yourself that shows who you are

and what you do, and what makes you amazing.  

Remember a logo is a design or symbol used by an organisation to show its identity. For example, our

school logo or your favourite football/ rugby team. How many things are you wearing that have logos?

Think about your trousers, top or trainers. Try the logo quiz. 

Behind the scenes of sport! 

Do you love being fit and active, or are you interested in motivating others to reach their goals? A career in sports science might be just the thing for you. Sports scientists work behind the scenes of sports and fitness in areas such as nutrition, psychology, sports coaching, teaching and physical therapy. Create your own fitness class – one that is so much fun, everyone will want to join in and get fit! 

                                             Create an exercise routine to music of your choice. Your routine can involve any moves you like:                                                   star jumps, running on the spot, spins, tumbles, turns and rolls! If you want to use some sports equipment, you can add in exercises with hulahoops, skipping ropes or foam balls. Make sure it’s fun and that everyone in your house will be able to do all the moves or steps. See how many people you can get to join in! Have fun. 

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Are you someone who’s creative, loves staying up to date with all the latest technology and gadgets, or is always on your computer? Then being a web designer could be just the career for you. Have a go at designing a website for something of your choice eg friends, family, yourself, class, pets.  Think about what you would like to say about your chosen topic and write down the top five ideas. Do you want to have interactive games, activities or songs on your

website? How will you encourage people to join your website? Will you use pictures?

Draw out how your webpage will look, using as many colours and images as you like.

Be imaginative when thinking about the colours, font, images and text you want to use.

Write out an introduction – this should be short and sweet! It will tell people about your

chosen topic and what they will find on your website. 


Section 2: Apprenticeships  

Do you learn better by doing – by trying things out and taking a more hands-on approach? It could be that an apprenticeship is a good route for you. Apprenticeships are open to those aged over 16 and combine practical training with study, so you learn skills on the job. You can do an apprenticeship in a huge range of different areas: media, business, accounting, horticulture, marine engineering, laboratory science, carpentry or law – the list goes on and on! Roll up your sleeves and get stuck in with these tasters of apprenticeships in horticulture and construction.

1. Digging into the future.

Do you like being outdoors, seeing how things grow and caring for the environment? Perhaps you should

consider an apprenticeship in horticulture. This covers a lot of different jobs – creating and designing

gardens, looking after parks and sports grounds, caring for plants or discovering how we can encourage

them to grow better. Have a go at planting some seeds, help look after a house plant or the garden. Take

it further Create a design for your  ideal public garden – will your garden have lots of grass, flowers and

trees? Or will it be like a skate park, with lots of pavement for skating and cycling? 


2. Building your future

The construction industry is part of our everyday lives. Just look around at all the roads, bridges, schools,

skyscrapers, stadiums and airports! Through an apprenticeship in construction you could be a town

planner, site manager, architect or engineer. Build a bridge that is strong enough to support a small ball-

maybe you could be the next top engineer! You could use spaghetti and marshmallows, paper, recycling

waste like tubes and boxes. 


3. Take over the airwaves! 

Are you enthusiastic, creative and bubbly? Want to share your  thoughts, ideas, loves and hates with others? Maybe a career in radio is right up your street! Whether you want to be a newscaster, DJ/presenter or producer, radio offers plenty of exciting opportunities. Have a go at writing ( and recording) a piece for radio – this could be an advert, a news item or a mini drama. Or pretend you’re a DJ on a famous radio breakfast show. Write a script, including details of any sound effects that you want to include – you can’t see a radio advert so you’ll need to think in terms of sound! Perform your script and then listen to your finished piece if you were able to record it. 

4. Extra! Extra! Read all about it! 

Do you enjoy writing, getting all the facts of a story and keeping up to date with the news? Have you thought about a career in journalism – perhaps writing for a newspaper, a magazine or online? Have a go at writing an article for a newsletter about anything of your choosing eg Hull FC signing Tracy Mercer as their new coach, life during lockdown from an 11 year old’s perspective. Challenge create an exciting newsletter about your anything you want.  Your newsletter can include news articles, upcoming events, comment and debate – for example, where should you go on your first day trip? It could also have cartoons, jokes, weather reports, sport and community issues. Think about the layout of your newsletter. You could start with one main news article about what you have been up to recently and add a short book review, a small article about an event happening in your community, information about some upcoming events out and a cartoon or jokes section. You can include photos or draw pictures. Make it colourful and eye-catching so people will want to read it! Top tip When writing your article, keep in mind that people will usually want to know the answer to these questions: who, what, where, when, why, how?  Who was the event for?  What was it about?  When did the event/campaign take place?  Where did the event/campaign take place?  How did the event/campaign go?

5. Going global 

Have you ever thought about travelling the world and exploring new places? A job involving

travel could be just what you’re looking for! There are lots of options when it comes to jobs

involving travel: you could be a travel writer, tour guide, international school teacher,  au pair,

pilot or international development worker. Choose a town, city or country – it could be

anywhere in the world! You will act as a tour guide for your chosen area. To be a tour guide,

you should find out information about the place, such as:  where the town/city/country is, 

famous landmarks and tourist attractions,  local food traditions, how you would get there and

travel within the place, what makes this place different to where you live. Have a go at

planning a tour that would interest visitors. Include all the information you have learned about the place, including the route you might take through the city or country and how long it would take to travel. Further challenge - Now take the rest of your household on an imaginary guided tour!

6. Helping hands 

There are a lot of jobs that you can do in the voluntary sector, many of which benefit communities or people in need. Volunteering may be something you could do both now and in the future. What exactly is volunteering? Volunteering is working for an organisation without pay because you agree with their aims and want to support their work. Charities or other organisations that don’t make a profit need the help of those who are willing to give their time and energy for free. Volunteers can also learn a lot from the experience and gain valuable work skills that they can use to continue a career in the charity sector or in other jobs. Find out about some international charities such as UNICEF, Plan International, Greenpeace, Doctors Without Borders, Action Aid or the Red Cross. What do they do? Who do they help? What global problems do they address? 

Decide which global issue is most important to you and make up your own global charity, dedicated to fighting that cause. This could be ending poverty, helping street children, providing girls with an education, preventing global warming or stopping animal cruelty. Who would you like to help around the world? What would your charity be called and what would its main aims be? 

Begin your first campaign. What can your charity do to help your cause? For example, if your cause is the environment, you could organise a recycling drive or do some litter picking. Or, if your charity wants to fight poverty or homelessness, you could write to your MPyou support. 

Click on the images below to learn more about the different charities.  Is there a different charity that you support?






Section 3: After work

Story starter – continue the story of batmans evening off

After work, Batman always called in at his favourite café in Gotham City. We all have different

ways of relaxing; a game of sport, watching television, going for a bike-ride…Batman’s was

enjoying a steaming hot cup of coffee whilst reading the newspaper.

Batman looked forward to having an evening off, however evenings off didn’t always tend be

that relaxing.

Ring ring…Ring ring…Ring ring…There was a call from the phone behind the counter…


1. Does his evening turn out to be relaxing or does he have to go out and save lives?

2. Who is on the end of the phone?

3. Gotham City (where Batman lives) is a place where everyone always seems to be sad or

in trouble. Do you think that in our world there is more happiness or sadness?

Section 4: Take on the future

1. When I grow up I want to be… 

Play this game to get you thinking differently when it comes to possible careers! Sit with your family in a circle and pick a person to go first. The first person says, ‘When I grow up I want to be… …something beginning with A – ‘an architect’. The next person repeats the first job and adds one beginning with B – for example, ‘When I grow up I want to be… an architect, a builder…’  Go round the circle. Everyone repeats the previous jobs and then adds something beginning with the next letter in the alphabet. See how far you can progress before you get it wrong! What jobs did you come up with? What jobs appeal to you? Try it this way If you get through the whole alphabet, start the game again using actions, as well as words, for each job. 

2. Make your mark

Design a bookmark that represents your future and reminds you of your goals and potential every day. Draw something that you want to be in the future. For example, you could draw yourself as a doctor, a businesswoman, or a world traveller. On the back of your bookmark, write some steps that you could take to help you achieve this goal – for example, work hard, develop my interests or volunteer at  a local charity. Decorate your bookmark however you wish. 4. Use your bookmark as a reminder of your goal and what you need to do to achieve it.

3. Future treasures 

Make a treasure chest (use an old box) about your future. Make your treasure chest personal to you by decorating the box with your names or pictures. Write a list of your personal goals. What would you like to have achieved when you reach a certain age – 25? 35? 45? Make sure they are realistic goals that you believe you can achieve. You can also include short term goals to set you on the path for achieving a long term goal. What can you do right now to work towards those goals further down the line? Put your lists in the treasure chest.

4. This is me! 

It can be difficult to remember all our achievements – make a list so you can keep track of all the fantastic things you have done! You could include photos. For example, playing a musical instrument, wearing medals or sports trophies you have won, holding certificates you received for passing an exam or learning a new skill – anything you feel has been an achievement for you! 

5. The voice of change 

No matter what we want for our future, we all need a safe and happy place to be. It might be your own street, your country or the whole world – but it’s important to be aware of the world around us and protect our global future. This activity will give you the chance to speak out about the issue that is important to you and begin to make a change! 

Pick one topic – either from the list below, or another topic that you are particularly passionate about. Explain  why you feel that yours is the most important global issue. Now design a campaign to tell your household about the issue and encourage them to take action. Make sure you have a clear message so people can understand exactly what your topic is. Then tell people what they can do about the issue or how they can help to change things. 

The issues 


Poverty - Right now there are 1.4 billion people in our world living in extreme poverty – this means that billions of people are surviving on less than £1 ($1.25) a day. The tragic reality of this, according to UNICEF, is that 22,000 children die each day due to poverty.





Racism - Racism is the belief that race or ethnicity accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is better than others. This results in bullying, discrimination or prejudice based on race.  

Have you heard of Black Lives Matter, or seen the protests that are going on in the US and around the world at the moment demanding true equality for black, asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people?  Tackling racism is everyone's responsibility.



Climate change -  Carbon dioxide and other fumes from things like cars and factories are causing the earth to heat up. This will have a devastating impact on nature and people, particularly the world’s poorest – already it is causing soil erosion, landslides, severe storms, extremes of drought and flooding, which will force people to leave their homes and lands. 







Endangered animals - According to WWF, the most endangered animals around the world are tigers, polar bears, mountain gorillas, bluefin tuna and giant pandas. They are at risk from climate change, their homes being destroyed and poaching. 

Click on the image to learn more about sports science.

Click on the image for the logo quiz.

Always stay safe online - click on the image for e-safety advice.

Click on the image for gardening projects.

Click on the image for more construction projects..

Click on the image for exploration activities with Google Earth

Click on the image to learn about the Global Poverty Project.

Click on the image to find out what you can do to tackle racism.

Click on the image to learn about Friends of the Earth.

Click on the image to listen to the story.

Click on the image to learn about the work of the World Wildlife Fund.

Challenges for the week beginning Monday 1st June 2020

This week’s challenge is: SPACE.


Since the dawn of time humans have been fascinated by the night sky and dreamed of travelling to far-off galaxies. From Galileo to Gagarin, HG Wells to Star Wars, space has inspired people of all nationalities and backgrounds.

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.


Section 1: Life in space

1. Ever fancied bed and breakfast on Venus? Find out about some of the planets in our

solar system. What are the different environments like on them? How far away are they

from the Earth and the Sun? 

Imagine you are the Space Tourist Board. Come up with different adverts, such as

posters, leaflets or jingles, to advertise a planet of your choice. 

2. Space taste test - What do astronauts eat? 

When people travel into space or live on a space

station, they need enough food and water to keep

them healthy. They will have only a small amount of fresh food for the first few days of a mission, so most of the food will be preserved in some way. Think about the foods which you like, are they available dried, tinned and fresh, for example apricots or tomatoes. 

Which would be better as part of a healthy, balanced diet? 

Design a menu for your own space meal. You are allowed to use only one item of fresh food; the rest must be dried or tinned food. 

There are weight limits for what can be taken up in a spacecraft. Do you think tinned food or dried food and water would be heavier? Think about the rubbish produced too.

​3. Space to exercise. Astronauts stand on vibration plates for 10–20 minutes a day to help keep

their bones strong. This technique is now being used back on Earth to help people who suffer from

bone problems such as osteoporosis. But how do you keep fit in zero gravity? 

Because astronauts in space are weightless, their muscles don’t get used very much and begin to

waste away. To combat this and keep healthy, astronauts need to exercise every day. The

weightless environment also affects which types of exercise are effective. Imagine you are a sports

scientist designing a training programme for astronauts about to go to the International Space

Station for six months. Decide which types of exercise would help the crew to keep their muscles


4. Complete the New Explorers Reading activity, no need to write on the screen or print, just write your answers down in your exercise book. This text extract and questions are from a previous SAT’s paper. Click here for reading activity.

3. Ice cream comets – adult support needed!

Comets are often described as ‘dirty snowballs’ because they are made of ice and contain things like rocks and dust. This activity is your chance to make some edible comets. 

You will need:

  • 1 medium strong resealable food bag 

  • 1 large strong resealable food bag 

  • 5 cups full-fat milk 

  • 1tbsp caster sugar

  • 2–3 drops vanilla essence 

  • 5 cups salt 

  • Ice cubes 

  • Small cookies such as raisin or chocolate chip 

What to do 

1. Pour the milk, sugar and vanilla into the medium food bag and close the seal. Put enough ice cubes in the larger food bag to fill it about one third full and add the salt. Put the smaller bag inside the larger bag. 

2. Seal the larger bag and then, taking care to hold the top of both bags, shake for about five to ten minutes. You will know when your ice cream is ready, as the milk mixture in the smaller bag should feel hard! 

3. Take out the smaller bag containing your ice cream and carefully rinse off the icy salt water on the outside. (Use very cold water to do this or you will melt your ice cream.) 

4. Crush two or three cookies and mix these together in the bag with your ice cream. How does it taste?

Section 2: Infinity and Beyond

​A. Did you know that space is a very beautiful place? Space telescopes and cameras can capture wonderful images, which have inspired many artists, writers and musicians. Look carefully at some images from space:





What do you see? Think about the shapes, colours, textures, emotions and so on. How have artists used images like these to create pieces of art? 

1. Create your own space art. Try using different media to develop a message about space and how you feel about it. This could include collage, quilling, mosaic, glitter and glue, metallic pens, printing, paint, crayons, pastels and so on. You could take it further by using your ideas to make posters or gift cards.

2. Use the images you have found to inspire your writing, write whatever they inspire you to write, a story, a letter, a diary entry, a report, an email etc

3. Get musical, using the artwork you have discovered write a song or create a piece of music that you think tells the story of the  artwork. Use anything to create the music, pans, spoons, bottles, rip paper, technology – let your imagination go. You could also change the lyrics to a current song. 

B.  "To infinity and beyond!" was Buzz Lightyear's classic line and has seen a variety of usages. Not only on T-shirts, but among philosophers and mathematical theorists as well. Standard definition: Without limits, limitless, sky's the limit (e.g. limitless possibilities, etc.). Make a list of some of your favourite lines from films, tv programs, you tubers etc. Choose an appropriate line to then design a product for. For example I might design a new pair of armbands that say ‘Just keep swimming’ – from Finding Nemo. 

C. Explore the NASA kids website - just click here.

D. Design your own space character then either write a story, design a comic strip of write the theme song for them. 

Section 3: Moon landing


Story starter 

“Houston come in. Houston come in. This is Apollo 11. We have touched down on the surface of the moon. Over.”

“Apollo 11, this is Houston. You are clear to begin your mission. Over.”


Gazing around in a state of awe and wonder, the astronaut stood and

admired what he saw. Outer space was a thing of pure beauty: a never-

ending chasm of blackness, illuminated by stars that sparkled like beautiful

diamonds.  He took a few steps forward, smiling at the joy of the feeling of

weightlessness that never ceased to amaze him. Happy that his oxygen

levels were high and his friends were close by, the astronaut set about his

mission. All seemed to be going well, but then the warning alarm on the ship

sounded… “Houston. Houston come in! Houston, we have a problem…”


1. Can you continue the story of the Apollo mission to the moon?

2. Imagine you are exploring the surface of the moon as an astronaut. Can you draw what you might see?

3. Using the above picture answer the following questions:

  • Can you describe what it might feel like to be walking on the moon?

  • It is extremely expensive to send a man/woman into space. It is even more expensive and dangerous to send people to the moon: it hasn’t been attempted for many years. Do you think it is important that we try to understand more about space and the moon?

  • In the year 2013, 200’000 people from 140 different countries applied to take part in a special project: to become the first people to live on Mars in the year 2023. Do you think that living in space is something that might one day be considered ‘normal’? Is it something you would like to do? Can you make a list of reasons for/against living on Mars?


Section 4: Pick and mix

1. MIRI (Mid Infrared Instrument) is an infrared camera and spectrometer. Spectrometers are scientific instruments that measure the different ‘colours’ or wavelengths of light. Scientists use the results to find out what the stars are made from. Try this activity and see a rainbow, whatever the weather! You will need Small cereal box (25g variety pack size) An old CD (unpainted so that you can see through it if you hold it up to the light) Scissors Sticky tape Black card/paper Ruler Pencil/pen 

What to do 

  • Take an empty cereal box and cut a slot at a 45 degree angle on one of the long sides near the end. (It is easier to cut the box if you squeeze the two sides of the corner together.) This is where you will slot in your CD. 

  • On the short edge nearest the slot, cut a hole that enables you to look at the CD (the eyepiece). This needs to be about 1cm wide and 2cm long. If you make a small piercing first with a pencil/pen, cutting is easier. 

  • You now need to make a very small slit in the opposite side to the 45 degree angle slot to let in light. To do this, cut a wider slit and then tape two small rectangles of black paper over this, leaving a gap of less than 1mm. You will need to aim this slit at a good light source when you look through the eyepiece. 

  • Slot the CD into the first 45 degree slit. You should see light from the other slit reflected onto the CD, which splits it into the seven colours of the rainbow. Tilt the box up and down to see the spectrum – the different components that make up visible light. 

2. On a clear night, go outside and look at the sky above you. It will take about ten

minutes for your eyes to get used to the dark. What can you see? Most of the points of

light are stars. Depending on how clear the night sky is, you might also see some

planets, man-made satellites, galaxies and even the International Space Station! Planets

that you can easily see with your naked eye from the UK are Venus, Mars, Saturn and

Jupiter. They are in a slightly different position each night compared to the stars around

them (which is how they were first discovered). To find out exactly where they are, look

on the internet. 

Venus and Mars - If you see a bright ‘star’ near the horizon at dawn or dusk, it is most

likely the planet Venus, which is sometimes called the morning or evening star. Mars looks like an orange star in the sky.

Satellites - These move across different parts of the sky in a straight line. Sometimes they seem to get fainter and ‘wink out’ as they travel. 

Shooting stars (or meteors)- Sometimes the Earth travels through a cloud of dust in space that has been left behind by a comet. These particles of dust burn up as they come through the Earth’s atmosphere, making streaks of light in the sky. 

                                  a. Find out about the constellations you can see in the night sky at different times of year. Use star charts                                    or planispheres to help you. On a clear night, go outside and make your own constellation map. Add in                                        the names later, when you’re back inside. Take it further Look up at the Moon. Now try looking at it                                                through your legs. What happens?

                                  b. A rocket needs more than just astronauts to get it into space! Did you know that there are thousands of                                    people working on space projects, and that they come from all sorts of backgrounds and career fields?                                        Think about the different specialists you would need to design, build, launch, promote, run and analyse a                                    space mission. Next come up with a list of the people who support them in their work. Think about the                                          different working environments, safety, catering, storage, resources, computer/IT support, finance and                                          so on.              

c. Try to draw your own space station or space lab design, including rooms for all of the specialists and enough space for all the tasks to be carried out.                                                                                                                 

d. Would you like to work in space or supporting a space mission? Choose a favourite job from your lists. What knowledge, qualifications or experience would you need to do that job?

e. The space probe Cassini-Huygens reached Saturn in 2004. Huygens then separated from Cassini

to land on Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. Huygens had very small antennae so it couldn’t send signals

all the way back to Earth. It had to send a signal to Cassini, which relayed it to the European Space

Agency on Earth (ESA), then NASA, then the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh (ROE). Have a go at

Morse code to send a message to someone in your house, you could use claps, a jar full of dry

beans etc to make the noise needed, just agree on what the noise for a dot and a dash will be (eg

clap for dot, click for dash).  How did you get on? Imagine how difficult it is to send messages all the

                          way from Saturn! Problems with relaying messages happen in real life; scientists have to work out where the                              mistakes are so they can correct them.  Spacecraft instructions and signals are actually sent in binary code.                                This has only two digits, 0 and 1, unlike our normal number system, which has the digits 0-9. Binary code is                                used in computing because the two digits, 1 and 0, can be represented by something being ‘on’ or ‘off’. Find                                out more about binary code and how to use it.

                          f. Did you know that a model of the solar system is called an orrery? Recreate the solar system using anything                             you want, this could be balls, sweets, fruit, toys etc. different sized balls or pieces of fruit.  

                          g. Is anyone out there? Despite hundreds of science fiction books, films and TV series,

no sign of alien life has ever been confirmed. But that doesn’t mean no one’s looking! If you were the first

person to be contacted by aliens, how would you describe humans to them? You can only communicate

through words, such as an email, text or voice message. Prepare a description of humans for an alien.

Your technology becomes much more advanced, so you can now send and receive pictures. How would

you use images to help you describe what humans are like? Try creating a visual message. Did you find it

easier using pictures?

h. Create your own space themed task, don’t forget to share your work with us. 

Click on the images below to learn more about space.

Click on the image to learn about exercise in space.

Click on the image to find out what it would be like to live on the moon.

Click on the image for ten facts about Halley's Comet.

Click on the images to see more art inspired by space and space travel.

Click on the image for an online planisphere.

Click on the image of the Cassini probe, for help with Morse code.

An orrery.

Click on the image to learn about binary code.

Why is Mars red?

What is a black hole?

Has a shooting star ever landed on someone?

Is Earth the only planet with life?

Why isn't Pluto a (major) planet anymore?

Challenges for the week beginning Monday 18th May 2020

This weeks challenge is: CHOCOLATE

Did you know chocolate is originally from South America, and the beans of the cocoa tree have been used to make it for thousands of years. The Mayan and Aztec civilizations in Mexico didn’t eat chocolate – they drank it (often cold). Aztec Emperor Montezuma was said to demand as many as 50 cups a day!
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.

Section 1: Buy, buy, buy.
A. Are you influenced by chocolate adverts? Think about 2 or 3 chocolate bar adverts you can remember (or look
online) these could be posters, tv adverts, online adverts etc. Write the name of the chocolate bar

in the middle of a thought shower and write your answers to the following questions around the

thought shower:

 What was your first reaction to the advert?
 Do you think it was aimed at someone your age, or someone different (like

adults or young children)?
 Did you want to eat the product or not?
 Do you want to buy this chocolate more than you did before you saw the


After you have done this for your chosen chocolate bars, explain which advert

you think was the best and why?  Here are some examples for you to watch – have fun

B. Choose a chocolate bar or box of chocolates you wouldn’t normally buy – one that doesn’t look appealing to
you. Think about what it is that puts you off – maybe it’s the colour, name, slogan or design. Redesign the bar to make it look amazing, then come up with an advert to get people to buy it. This could be a magazine advert, billboard poster or even a tv/ internet advert. Get creative, go wild and don’t forget the catchy slogan.

C. Feeling inventive? Invent your own brand – new chocolate bar and make it a success.
Think about the following:
1. Target audience- who is your chocolate bar for? Eg cartoon- crazy kids, text-mad teens or ladies who love luxury.
2. Flavours – what goes with what? Try biscuits, nuts, mint or even popping candy.
3. Brand name – what will it be called? Think of a name that will get people interested.
4. Packaging – what will the wrapper look like? How will your bar compare to others on the shelf? You could make it bright and snazzy, or go for the high-class look. Have a go at drawing your packaging or even create it. Have fun.


Section 2: Fair’s fair.

A. Find out what is meant by Fair trade.
B. Have a go at the Fair trade quiz.
C. Complete the Fair trade reading comprehension.
D. Did you know? Most of the cocoa beans for our chocolate come from

the Ivory Coast and Ghana in Africa, and Indonesia in Asia. How much of

the money you pay for your chocolate bar do you think goes back to those who grew the beans?

Imagine a sharing bag of chocolate buttons cost £1. How much of the £1 goes to the following people?
 Farmers growing the crop in Ghana
 Ghanaian government
 Supermarkets/ shops
 UK government (HM revenue & Customs)
 Chocolate-making company

Once you have worked out how much you think each of the above should be given check your answers by clicking on the image of the cocoa beans.
E. Lots of people know that there are Fairtrade products out there that ensure growers get a fair deal,

but some people still need to be persuaded to buy them – why do you think this is?
How would you persuade people to buy fair trade?
Do you think supermarkets should be made to only stock fair trade products? Why/why not?


Section 3: Save our habitat!

A. Story starter

“Leave us alone! This is our home!” the animals all declared as one.  The humans didn’t seem to care…

Can you continue the story?  Or, can you persuade the humans to leave the animals alone?  This could be a persuasive poster, leaflet or even a letter.
B. Can you draw a picture that shows:
            1) the animals’ home before the diggers came along, and
            2) what the scene looks like after the humans have finished on the site?
C. Using the above picture answer the following questions:
            1) What is a habitat?
            2) What is happening in the picture?
            3) Do you think it is fair?
            4) Which animals can you see?
            5) What country do you think the picture is from?
            6) Do you think there are any important messages to take from this picture?
            7) If you were driving the digger, how would you feel? What would you do?


Section 4: Pick and mix
A. It’s quiz time! How much do you know about all things sweet? Can you work out the sweets and chocolate bars
from these cryptic clues?
1. One of the planets
2. You’ll find them on a cardigan but not on a jumper
3. A favourite feline
4. Where nine and ten both come
5. Another name for ten pin bowling
6. Travelling musicians of times gone by
7. A tall bus
8. Wobbly infants
9. Nickname for a small Northern terrier
10. It’ll make you roar
11. It’s not a puffin
12. Separate
B. Did you know cocoa pods grow on trees, and cocoa beans are the seeds inside that are used to make

chocolate. But the Aztecs mainly used cocoa beans as money! Everybody used this cocoa bean currency, but
only the emperor and the nobility were allowed to drink the chocolate. Find out more fun facts about the Aztecs
and use these to create a chocolate board game. Think about:
 What will you call your game?
 How many chocolates should the players start with and how many will they gain or lose on each turn?

 How do you win the game? Is it the person that gets to the end first, or the one who has the most
chocolates left?
Design your board. Here are some ideas for squares you could land on.
 The emperor comes to visit you – make him a mug of chocolate! Lose some chocolates.
 You sell a pot you have made – gain some chocolates.
 You prepare tasty tortillas for your family – move forward one.
 You need to make an offering to the gods – lose some chocolates.
 You win a pole-climbing competition! Gain some chocolates.
 You have to buy maize to feed your family – lose some chocolates.
 Ouch! You’ve put too much chilli in your food – miss a go.
 Perhaps you could decorate the board with Aztec art.

C. Research how chocolate is made.
D. Survey people in your house to find out their favourite chocolate. Expand this by asking other family members
and friends next time to you phone/ skype etc.
E. Bake/ cook with chocolate.
F. Eat some chocolate.
G. In the early 1500’s Spanish explorers started to conquer South America. They found out about chocolate and
brought it to Europe, but only royalty and very rich people could afford it – queen Marie Antoinette of France
drank hot chocolate every day and had her own chocolatier. Nowadays, chocolate is for everyone, so plan a
chocolate party. Design invitations, think about the ideal location, decorations, costumes, catering and games.

Click on the image to watch the advert

Click on the image to learn about Fairtrade.

Click on the image for the quiz.

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 after...how 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.