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Topic Challenges 22.02.2021


Challenge 1 – Science: Structure of a Plant.
This half term we will be looking at Plants in Science. We would like you to look at the structure of plants.
First have a look at the information on BBC Bitesize where you will find a video and also a mini quiz.
Next you can use the sheet provided or you can draw your own flower. We would like you to label it and write what each part does.

Below is a list of what the children could write.
Root – Get water from soil.
Leaf – Helps get sunlight to make food.
Stem – Helps the plant to stand.
Flower – Attracts insects to the pollen.



Challenge 2 – History: Design a Coat of Arms
In History we are going to be looking at knights and castles. So we would like to learn about and
design your very own coat of arms. If you watch the video below it will let you all about what a coat
of arms is and how to draw your very own.
You can draw your own template or you can use one of the ones below.
Challenge 3- History: Features of a Castle
We are looking at features of a castle. Please take a look at the Powerpoint to learn all about the
different parts of a castle. Afterwards you can choose either to complete the labelling sheet below
or you can build you own castle out of Lego etc. and label it.
Challenge 4 – RE
For the next few weeks please watch the open the book videos. If you have any questions you could discuss them with someone in your family, or write them down and hopefully we can discuss them soon when we return together. 
Challenge 5 – PSHE
Try a cosmic yoga session
Choose an animal to colour
animals and listen to some soft music while you colour in.
Listen to a mindfulness story Try to listen to
this lying down with your eyes closed.
Challenge 6 – Music
Learn a new song from Record a video of you singing
along – add costumes if you want to!

Topic Challenges 03.02.2021


We have put 7 challenges in the Topic section this week. Please let your child choose at least 3 to do.


Challenge 1 – Science: Animal Bodies

We would like you to think about animal bodies. Some animals might have the same body parts as us (humans) where as other animals might have different body parts to us. Have a look through the two powerpoints which look at animals with similar/different body parts. After you have completed these have a go at the worksheet provided.

Challenge 2 – History: Old and New Farming

As part of our farming topic, we will be looking at how farming has changed, from past to present. We would like you to first look through the powerpoint  and learn about different farming techniques and machinery. While you are going through, have a think about what similarities and differences you can see. Afterwards, you can have a go at the cut and stick sheet. If you do not have a printer you can simply draw the pictures on a sheet of paper under the correct headings.

Challenge 3 – RE: What is forgiveness?

Have you heard this word before? What do you think it means?

Have you seen the Lion King? The main character is a Lion called Simba.
You are going to play a clip from The Lion King. In the film, Simba runs away from his home, Pride Rock, because he thinks that he has done something wrong. When he has grown up, Simba has to make a decision – whether to face up to his past and return home to sort out the problem, or stay where he is.

Answers in red!

What does Simba decide to do? Return home to sort out his problems. Was that the easy choice or the hard choice? The harder choice.  If he has done something wrong, what will he have to say to people when he returns home? Sorry.

That is asking for forgiveness. When someone says sorry for what they have done wrong, you can choose to forgive them and accept the apology or you can stay cross and upset with them. Why do you think it is hard to forgive someone? Because they have upset you, hurt you, made the wrong choice, made you feel cross etc. Do you think it is better to forgive someone or stay cross? It is hard to forgive but it is harder to stay upset and cross.

Talk about the story of the Lost Son – Who had to make the difficult decision like Simba to go home and sort out his problems? The younger son. Who had to do the forgiving? The father and the older son.

Christians believe in a God that forgives. The lost son is a parable Jesus told and has a hidden meaning. The father in the story is like God who forgives easily but sometimes people are more like the older son and find it harder to forgive. Christians believe that when they pray to God and say sorry, that is asking for forgiveness.

How do you think it feels when you are forgiven for a mistake you made?

Challenge 4 – PSHE: Needs and Wants -Money

The purpose this week is to stimulate discussion about how families may prioritise spending on essentials and to help children understand that when money is scarce there are choices and sacrifices that may need to be made.

• Using the 9 cards ask the children try to place the cards into a diamond formation, putting the things that are the most important need (things you cannot do without) closest to the top and the things that are less essential or something that is a want towards the bottom. Some may be both wants and needs, these can take the centre positions. There is a blank diamond for them to substitute one of their own ideas.

• You will want to discuss and negotiate the position of the cards. It is this process that is the key point of the activity. It is more important that the issues and differences are discussed rather than deciding on an outcome.

• Encourage them to discuss where they have put them and why they have prioritised the things they have.

-Take a photo of your diamond if you want you share it with your teacher.

Challenge 5 – ICT: Safer Internet Day 9th February

The following resources have been provided by to promote conversations about online safety. It is important to start having conversations early on about what the internet is and how to keep yourself safe on the internet.


Detective Digiduck and the Smartie the Penguin PowerPoint are stories to introduce ideas about safety around the internet

Children can draw pictures about what they learnt about keeping safe on the internet.


Alternative home learning activities can be found on following the link below.


Challenge 6 – Music

Most pieces of music have a story in them. Some of the stories are in the words of songs, some are in the way the music makes you feel or the sounds it makes. Find a piece of music that you love and draw me the picture of the story that you think it tells and how it makes you feel. Challenge – find a piece of music without words to tell the story.

Some ideas if you are stuck.

Challenge 7 – PE

Children at school are active for an hour a day (not including PE lessons) as well as walking/cycling/scooting to and from school. Please make sure during your home learning you make time for physical activity and brain breaks during your home learning. Some ideas (that I am sure you aware of!) are -

Bike rides, playing in the park, family game of football, scooter rides, learn to skip with a skipping rope, walking/hiking, create your own workout to your favourite songs, dance party/disco, hula hooping.

Ideas for home and outside activities -

Joe Wicks – live workouts

Dance -

Yoga -

Topic Challenges 20.01.2021


Challenge 1 – Science: Animals 

For Science this week we would like you to think about animals. For the first task we would like you to identify and name a variety of animals. We would like you to match the name of the animal to the photo. You can either print the sheet out or you can draw and label them on a piece of paper. 


Afterwards we would like you to learn all about carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. We would like you to go through the power  point provided which will explain all about this. We would then like you to look at the sheet provided and put the animals into groups. Again, you can either print this off or create your own table and drawings on a piece of paper. 

Challenge 2 – Geography: Where in the world does your food come from? 

Your Geography task this week is to learn where in the world your food comes from. We would like you to have a look at the food in your home and record the different countries that they come from. We would like you to do this as a tally chart.  

We have included a world map so you can see where the countries are located. You can have a discussion about where the majority of the food comes from? Where it doesn’t come from? Why it might come from that country? How it might be transported from that country all the way to Evesham? 

Challenge 3 – Art: Still Life Drawings

Your Art task for this week is do a still life drawing, just like the artist Paul Cezanne. Initially you can research his artwork online and specifically look at his still life drawings of fruit. Once you are familiar with his work, we would like you to pick a few different fruits to draw. If you look at the tips we have provided below this will help you with your artwork. Once you have drawn it we would love for you to colour it in very carefully. 

Challenge 4 - RE

What is a parable?

Read the story of the Lost Son again. Remind the children that the story is a parable with a hidden meaning and Jesus was trying to tell his followers what God was like by telling a story about a father who is loving, forgiving, misses his sons, keeps his promises etc.

How do you show someone you love them?


Get your child to draw an outline of a grown up that is special to them e.g. mum, dad, nan or uncle (or use the outline given) . Inside the outline write/draw what the grown up does or says to show that they love them. On the outside of the outline write/draw what they do or say to show that they love their special grown up. Draw out the meaning that love goes both ways.


How do Christians show they love God?


Draw pictures of what Christians do when they worship to show they love God. You may want to watch the video more than once. Ideas might be – go to church, pray, sing songs, read the Bible.

Challenge 5 - PSHE: I know the difference between a need and want.

Go around your house. What things do you need in your house? These might be things to help keep you safe like doors or clean like the bath or fed like a cooker. What things do you have in your house that are just things you want? These might be some or their toys, treat foods, pictures on the wall.

Children can record in drawings and words what they have found. e.g.

Talk with your children about the difference in things that we need and things that we want. If they could only choose to keep the need or the want column – which would they choose and why? If they chose the need column – how do they feel about not having the ‘wants’ and if they picked the want column - how could they live without what they needed?

Helpful Information



Joe Wicks YouTube Channel has lots of brilliant activities. All of his ‘PE with Joe’ videos from the first lockdown are on there, plus he has filmed ‘Kids Workouts to do at Home’ more recently. From Monday, he will also be doing live workouts every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9am, so tune in to wake up, shake up and start the day with some fun.

Remember a little bit of exercise each day is good for your mind as well as your body and will leave you ready for learning!



Starting on Monday 11th January, each week day on CBBC,  three hours of primary school programming will start from 9am. This will include BBC Live Lessons and BBC Bitesize Daily, as well as other educational programming such as 'Our School' and 'Celebrity Supply Teacher' and much loved titles such as 'Horrible Histories', 'Art Ninja' and 'Operation Ouch'.

Whilst we don't recommend you spend the entire morning watching TV(!), it's a good idea to have a little brain break and to watch some of these programmes that interest you or record them to watch at lunch time or after school time.

Topic Challenges 06.01.2021


Challenge 1 - Food Groups

For Challenge 1 we would like the children to think about different foods groups. Have a look through the powerpoint and discuss the different types of food. You could talk about which ones they like? Which ones they eat a lot of? Which ones do they not eat a lot of?

Once they have understood the different food types, get some food items out of your kitchen and get the children to sort them into the different food groups.

Challenge 2 – Design a Farm

For Challenge 2 we would like the children to think about what they might find on a farm. You could talk about animals, barns, tractors, crops etc. There is a great series called ‘Down on the Farm’ on BBC iplayer which would give the children some help. Link below.

Once the children have an idea of what they might find on a farm we would like them to design their very own farm. They can decide how they might do it (draw, paint, 3D model) and what they want on it. If they want to challenge themselves further they could label what each part is.

Topic Challenge 3 - The Lost Son

Look at the pictures.

How are the people feeling in each of these pictures (Don’t forget to look at any people in the background!)? What do you think is happening in the story?

Choose 1 of the pictures.

What questions would you like to ask these people (Try to pick one for each person)?

Read the story of The Lost Son with a grown up (PowerPoint). Looking at the pictures, can you find the Father, the older brother and the younger brothers? How do you know it is them?

The Lost Son is a parable, which is a special sort of story that was told by Jesus to help people learn or understand ideas. Parables might be harder to understand than some other stories because they have hidden meanings. They can seem to be saying one thing, but are really teaching something else. Who do you think the Father is? What special meaning do you think this story teaches Christians?