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Bonus Activities!

While everyone is staying safe at home with their families, there are lots of exciting opportunities to try different things.  Whether you’re interested in sport, science, art - the list is endless. We will try to bring you ideas of fun activities you can do at home with your family.

 

This page give you links to some of the cool things to do which the staff have found while preparing your home learning. Click on the heading to take you to the web pages with more information.  We will keep updating this page so pop back every now and then to see if something catches your eye.

 

Big Dreams on Screen

 

Did you know that the first Puffin books were published in 1940? Since then millions of children have grown-up dreaming of flying snowmen, chocolate rivers and borrowers under the kitchen table. Over the years Puffins have inspired re-imaginings across stage and screen. So to celebrate our biggest birthday yet we've launched a competition with , Into Film to inspire today's young storytellers!

The winning entry will be turned into a real film and premiered in your local cinema during the Into Film Festival in November 2020 with a special screening for the whole class. The winner will also get 80 Puffin books for their school! 10 runner-ups  also get lucky Puffin goody-bags filled with books.

 

365 Days Wild Story Competition 

Do you love nature?  Love writing?  Why not consider entering this wildlife writing competition to discover the UK’s next top wildlife storyteller. It’s really easy to get involved and we’ve got some incredible prizes up for grabs from our partners, including BBC Wildlife, Opticron, RSPB and BEAR Nibbles. Winners from each category will be published in a future issue of BBC Wildlife!

 

Royal Mail Thumbs Up Campaign

Would you like to say thank you to your Postman or Post lady?  Royal Mail have a thumbs up campaign, and their website gives you templates to download, print and colour to put up in your windows at home to say a big thank you to them

 

World Rugby School of Ruck

If you love rugby, then this is right up your street!  Each week the clever chaps at the World Rugby Museum will be adding fresh activities for children aged 5-11 to do at home.  Their resources are family-friendly, don't require a teacher or prior subject knowledge. There’ll be fun and diverse activities to do.  All activities will all be loaded as pdfs, accessible at home from mobiles/laptops and most activities won’t even require a printer!

 

Fancy a visit from a wild animal?

This activity requires a device with a camera.  Just type an animal’s name into google e.g. Lion and then press view in 3D.  Less than 30 seconds later you could have a Lion in your living room!  You can take pictures of yourselves with the animal and can walk around the animal to see it from all angles.  Fancy getting up close to a Great White Shark?  Well this could be your chance.

 

Science Activities, Games and Resources

If science is your thing then take a look at the National Science Museum.  They have a whole host of activities to bring the wonder home so that you can explore science and maths with hands-on activities the whole family can do together.

 

National Geographic Competitions

This is where you’ll find some of the biggest, newest and craziest competitions. From terrific toys, brilliant book bundles, movie merchandise and much more, you’ll find exciting new competitions for kids each and every month. It’s also where we host our super UK photo competition — where you could bag a dream trip to destinations such as Costa Rica and The Bahamas!

 

Remember you MUST ask your parents’ permission before entering these competitions - Good Luck!

 

Calling all Budding Artists

 

National Portrait Gallery - Magical Journeys

A specially commissioned activity book of portraits and illustrations inspired by favourite writers such as Roald Dahl, J.K. Rowling, Douglas Adams and Malorie Blackman. 

 

National Portrait Gallery - Super Heroes

My Superheroes, 2012; the Gallery’s first hospital activity book illustrated by Marion Deuchars including the following sitters: Sir Francis Drake, Michael Faraday, Mary Seacole, Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton and Emmeline Pankhurst.

 

National Portrait Gallery Activity Book - Playful Portraits

Playful Portraits, 2019; our most recent activity book designed by award winning illustrator Quinton Winter. This book takes as its theme Rebels, Believers and Dreamers, and includes contemporary sitters Mala Yousafzi, David Weir and Ben Whishaw, alongside historical sitters such as Octavia Hill and William Blake.

 

Chrome Music Lab

Chrome Music Lab is a website that makes learning music more accessible through fun, hands-on experiments.  Different areas of the site will allow you make simple musical experiments.  For example, Song Maker, the newest experiment in Chrome Music Lab, is a simple way for anyone to make and share a song they have composed.

 

Barefoot Computing 

Fun and creative activities built by teachers to help you guide your child through fundamental parts of the computing curriculum without the need for screen time. The site includes everything you need to get started with activity sheets and accompanying materials.

 

History Podcast 

A History storytime podcast for created for children by 7 year old Sophie, 4 year old Ellie and their Daddy. Exciting stories of knights in shining armour and their battles. Henry VIII, the Tudors, Romans, World War 2, George Washington, Columbus and more. Even amazing stories of animals in history like elephants, dogs, cats and pigeons. Stirring stories of love and betrayal. Strong women and how they changed history. Real life narrative history

 


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