Spring Challenge 2020

Write a story that begins with the line “Sunlight spread through the forest as a moist brown nose poked out of the hole in the ground sniffing the fresh spring air…” Read the story out loud to your family and friends.

Links to: Creative writing.
Learning Destination: Your local library.
Duration: 1 hour
Learn how to build a Bee B & B.
Find out how on the RSPB website. If this activity isn’t suitable for you, pick another from their list of suggestions.

Links to: Conservation
Learning Destination: Pets At Home
Duration: 2-4 hours
Build a model of a castle. Use cardboard boxes and other items you find at home. Make some furniture to go into the castle. Decide who lines in the caste and what period of history it is from.
Links to: History
Learning Destination: Castle
Duration: 2 hours
Research any other country in the world. Find out as much information as you can about the country at this time of year. What is the weather like? What are the children your age likely to be doing? What is school like?
Links to: Geography
Learning Destination: Your Local Library
Duration: 1 hour
Make some paper aeroplanes using different designs. Take them outside to fly them and find out which one travels the furthest. How could you designs be improved?
Links to: Physics/Design & Technology
Duration: 1 Hour
Go for a walk through the countryside or in your nearest woods or forest. Draw pictures of all the different  flowers that you find there. When you get home try to identify the types of flowers using the internet of the library.
Links to: Ecology
Learning Destination: Forestry Commission Forests
Duration: 1 hour
Keep a weather diary for one week. Record the weather conditions at the same time of the day each day; morning, lunchtime and evening for example. Decorate your diary with drawings or painting of the weather.
Links to: Meteorology
Duration: 2 hours 
Create a piece of art using items found in the kitchen. You could use dried pasta or cereals. Mount your artwork in a home-made frame and give it a title.
Links to: Fine Art
Learning Destination: Your nearest Art Gallery and Museum.
Duration: 1 hour
In your garden or another outdoor space make yourself a flower box. Be imaginative, you could fill a bucket or other container with soil. Plant some flower seeds and record the results. Keep a log of which seeds you planted, which ones grew and which ones didn’t. Why do you think this is?
Links to: Horticulture/Environmental Science
Duration: 3-5 hours 
Research your favourite actor or TV presenter. How many and what shows or films have they performed in? What do you know about their life? Why do you enjoy their work? Create a fanzine with all the information in.
Links to: Drama and Performance/ Journalism.
Duration: 1 hour
Create a musical band. What items in your house could be made into musical instruments? Get together with friends and perform a song for your family
Links to: Music
Duration: 2 hours
Find out as much as you can about Sir Charles Hastings using the internet and your local library. Imagine you are Sir Charles and write an imaginary diary entry.
Links to: History
Duration: 2 hours
Design a brand new computer game! Develop the storyline and invent the characters in the game. Draw some screen shorts of the game in action. What age range is the game for? Is it similar to any other games that already exist?
Links to: Game Art Design
Duration: 1 hour
Make some hot cross buns.
Keep a record of how you did it. What were the ingredients and how much did they weigh? Did you measure them in ounces or grams? Try making bins with different flavours. Which is your favourite?
Links to: Food & Culinary Arts
Duration: 1.5 hours
Practise miming certain actions. For example; walking a dog, opening a present or waiting for a bus. Put your actions into a sequence and perform a mine show for your family and friends.
Links to: Drama and Performance
Duration: 2 Hour

So… You have decided to take up the challenge!

Here are some rules

If you have a Children’s University Passport To Learning, you will receive 1 hour for each of the activities you complete.

You must provide evidence of each activity you complete to your school. There are many different ways to display your work, for example:

  • Photographs
  • Write a diary/newsletter/scrapbook
  • Draw a picture/poster
  • Make a voice/video recording
  • Bring your creations in to school
  • Tell us when you completed it, who with, what steps did you take etc.