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Daily Challenge
Tuesday 2nd June 2020

Consider the problem: A local café is currently closed due to social distancing restrictions.
- How could they continue to run their business and make money?
- How might they change the way they serve customers? For example, they might do a home delivery service.
Create a poster to show your solution to this problem.
Extension: Write a business plan including new resources needed, staffing requirements and calculations to show how the café could make a profit.

Reflection Questions

Beginner: What might you need help with in this task?
How can you best explain a problem you are having to someone else – what do they need to know?

Intermediate: Why is research an important part of exploring complex problems?

Advanced: Why is it important to consider a range of solutions for complex problems?
How can we come up with a range of solutions?

Expert: Why are hypotheses particularly important in entrepreneurship and innovation?

Problem Solving
Daily Challenge
Monday 1st June 2020

Imagine you have applied to do your dream job.
What skills would make you good at this job?
What would you need to work on to improve your chances of getting this job in the future?
Ask a family member or friend to interview you, imagining they are an employer looking to hire someone into this role.
How can you speak clearly and use appropriate language, tone and expression to persuade them to hire you?
Extension: ask your interviewer to pose challenging questions. How can you respond positively to challenges?

Reflection Questions

Beginner: How do you think you can put your points in a logical order?

Intermediate: How does the language we use change in different settings?

Advanced: How can you use tone, expression and gesture to make your speaking engaging?

Expert: How can you adapt how you use examples and facts in response to your audience?

Speaking
Daily Challenge
Friday 29th May 2020

Choose a new recipe to try with someone in your household.
Ask your partner to act as 'head chef'.
As they read out instructions, listen carefully and try to follow them accurately.
Questions can be asked to clarify but no peeking at pictures or videos.
Extension: interview other people in your household about the meal. Did they like it? Do they have any feedback to improve it?

Reflection Questions

Beginner: What can you do to help remember three simple instructions?

Intermediate: What causes you to lose focus and concentration when listening?

Advanced: What is the value of summarising what you have heard?

Expert: How can we start to understand different perspectives when listening?

Listening
Daily Challenge
Thursday 28th May 2020

Working with a family member, can you complete an A-Z Scavenger Hunt of Household items together.
Decide which letter items you are each responsible for to complete the task.  
Extension - challenge a friend/family to compete against you in a 'virtual' competition.  
Who can do it the fastest? You could challenge your teacher/class mates and share your results.

Reflection Questions

Beginner: When do you find it easier or more challenging to work with others in a positive way?

Intermediate: Do you have experiences of having supported others, or been supported yourself?

Advanced: What do we mean by an unhelpful conflict?
How can we avoid these conflicts developing in the first place?

Expert: What is worth considering on team morale and motivation?

Teamwork
Daily Challenge
Wednesday 27th May 2020

Ring a friend or family member who might be finding it difficult in these times.
Find out how they are feeling and share how you are feeling.
Work together to share ideas of how to stay motivated.
Extension: lead a coaching-style conversation to support the other person to reflect on how they could improve their mindset.

Reflection Questions

Beginner: How can you explore how other people are feeling through questioning?

Intermediate: How can you support people in your family or friendship circle?

Advanced: What do you think makes mentoring work well?
When does mentoring not work well?

Expert: What are the critical things that a leader can do to maintain motivation in others around them?

Leadership
Daily Challenge
Tuesday 26th May 2020

Set yourself a challenge to get more productive around the home.
For example, you might aim to hang out clothes washing in a certain time, or challenge yourself to create a new household rota.

Extension: think carefully about who you could involve in achieving your plan. Set yourself milestones to ensure you reach your goal.

Reflection Questions

Beginner: How should we prepare and what should we do during the task?

Intermediate: Can you give any examples of when you have learnt from a new challenge?

Advanced: How can you convince people to support you in achieving your plans?

Expert: What is the difference between a plan and a long-term strategy?

Aiming High
Daily Challenge
Monday 25th May 2020

Do something to spread positivity in your local area today.
For example, you could:
- Bake something to leave on your neighbour's doorstep
- Share pictures in your window
- Write a letter to a neighbour
- Create a chalk mural on the pavement outside your home

Reflection Questions

Beginner: Aside from how someone looks, what else might help you to understand how someone is feeling?

Intermediate: What does it mean to say ‘every cloud has a silver lining’? Can you give some examples?

Advanced: What can be the risk of sharing the positive side of a difficult situation?

Expert: When might you have to support others to stay positive?

Staying Positive
Daily Challenge
Friday 22nd May 2020

Choose a messy cupboard or area in your home.
Imagine what it would look like if it was tidier.
Generate ideas for how it could be organised more effectively.
Put your ideas into action and improve the area.
Extension: get different perspectives from other people in your home. How can you use these perspectives to improve your ideas?

Reflection Questions

Beginner: How can you share what you imagine?

Intermediate: How can creativity be used in different areas of your life?

Advanced: Why do we sometimes need to redraft and revise our ideas?

Expert: What types of creative tools might be useful in this task? (e.g. mind mapping, creating a brief, keeping an ideas log over time)

Creativity
Daily Challenge
Thursday 21st May 2020

Read a story or watch a film.
Pause when a character experiences a problem.
Write and/or draw how you would solve this problem, if you were the character.
Continuing reading or watching: how did the character solve the problem?

Reflection Questions

Beginner: How can you best explain a problem you are having to someone else – what do they need to know?

Intermediate: What sort of problems might have more than one answer?

Advanced: What were the main causes of the problem you identified? How can your solution address each potential cause?

Expert: How are hypotheses helpful to us in solving problems?

Problem Solving
Daily Challenge
Wednesday 20th May 2020

Imagine you are campaigning to be your country's leading politician.
How would you make the country a better place to live?
What laws would you introduce?
Create a campaign poster and speech to persuade family members to 'vote' for you.
Extension: ask your audience to pose challenging questions at the end of your speech. How can you respond positively to challenges?

Reflection Questions

Beginner: What is different about speaking to a small group rather than an individual you know?

Intermediate: Thinking about the three broad types of language (formal, informal and technical), which do you think is appropriate in this context?

Advanced: How can you use tone, expression and gesture to make your speaking engaging?

Expert: How can you adapt how you use examples and facts in response to your audience?

Speaking
Daily Challenge
Tuesday 19th May 2020

Choose someone in your household, or a friend on the phone, to interview about their dream career.
Prepare by writing a list of questions (e.g. What do you like about your current job? What is your dream career and why?).
During the interview, demonstrate active listening and make a note of their answers.
Extension: interview two people and critically compare their perspectives.

Reflection Questions

Beginner: How can you check if you understand someone's answer?

Intermediate: How do you decide what to write down, when making notes on something you're listening to?

Advanced: What is the value of rephrasing what you've heard?

Expert: What are some of the questions that might be helpful to evaluate different perspectives?

Listening
Daily Challenge
Monday 18th May 2020

Work with your family to create a meal.
Have a group discussion to decide what you will make.
Assign each person a different role in the kitchen (e.g. chopping vegetables, stirring the sauce, frying the protein).
Work together to make the meal!

Extension: as you eat the meal together, reflect as a group on how well you worked together.

Reflection Questions

Beginner: How should we behave in a kitchen? What do we need to be aware of?

Intermediate: How can you make good contributions to group decision making?

Advanced: How can unhelpful conflicts be avoided?

Expert: What factors should you consider when reflecting on team effectiveness?

Teamwork
Daily Challenge
Friday 15th May 2020

Partner with someone at home or a friend over the phone.
Think about 5 things you each do really well: your strengths.
Share your ideas with one another.
Can you help each other identify a further 5 strengths to add to your own lists?
Complete 3 tasks at home to apply your strengths.

Reflection Questions

Beginner: How do you feel when you are using one of your strengths?

Intermediate: How can you support your family, using one of your strengths?

Advanced: What are some of your weaknesses? How could you improve these?

Expert: How can you stay motivated to work on both your strengths and weaknesses?

Leadership
Daily Challenge
Thursday 14th May 2020

Reflect on your home learning so far.
What have you found easy to do?  
What has been more of a challenge?
Think of at least 4 different ideas which might help keep you motivated to get your home learning work done.
Your ideas could help your class mates with their home learning too - share these with your teacher to share with the rest of the class.

Extension: seek out constructive criticism from a family member or peer. How can they help you improve your approach to home learning?

Reflection Questions

Beginner: How do you know when you have done good work?

Intermediate: Why is it important to be willing to take on new challenges?

Advanced: When do we need to involve other people to achieve our plans?

Expert: What is constructive criticism, and how can it be helpful?

Aiming High
Daily Challenge
Wednesday 13th May 2020

What things make you feel happy?

Create a Positivity Box.
Add photos, objects or notes to represent things that make you feel happy.

Extension: Create a Positivity Box for someone else in your household. Share it with them to help them stay positive.

Reflection Questions

Beginner: How can you tell when someone is feeling positive or negative?

Intermediate: Why is it helpful to cheer people up?

Advanced: What can be the risk of sharing the positive side of a difficult situation?

Expert: How might your emotional response to a difficult situation affect others?

Staying Positive
Daily Challenge
Tuesday 12th May 2020

Look out of your window and pick something at random e.g. a red brick, a small stone, a butterfly.
What does this object make you imagine?
Write a short poem or draw a picture based on what you imagine.

Extension: write a poem inspired by two or more objects.

Reflection Questions

Beginner: When do you use your imagination?

Intermediate: How can we come up with lots of ideas?

Advanced: How can creativity be used in different areas of life?

Expert: Where can we get different perspectives from, to develop our ideas?

Creativity
Daily Challenge
Monday 11th May 2020

Consider the problem: Your local football team needs a new kit. It should be eye-catching and protect players from potential injuries.
1. Draw your design for the new sports kit.
2. Add labels to show materials and how it protects the players.
Extension: Research how much it would cost to make the kit for real and create a costing sheet.

Reflection Questions

Beginner: Who can you turn to in different areas of your life for help?

Intermediate: What are the pros and cons of your sports kit design?

Advanced: Why is it important to consider a range of solutions for complex problems?

Expert: If you were going to launch a sports clothing company, how might a strategic plan help you to be successful?

Problem Solving
Daily Challenge
Friday 8th May 2020

Imagine that you are giving someone a video tour of your home.

Plan where you would take them and how you could talk about different spaces in your home.

Role play giving the tour, or write yourself a script with descriptive language.

Reflection Questions

Beginner: How can you speak clearly in front of a group?

Intermediate: What type of language (formal or informal) is appropriate in this context and why?

Advanced: What are visual aids? How could you use these to support your presentation?

Expert: How could you adapt your presentation based on the response of your listeners?

Speaking
Daily Challenge
Thursday 7th May 2020

Listen to some music and think about how it makes you feel.

Use this to help you do something e.g. draw a picture, get a piece of work done.

Extension: discuss with a friend what their favourite music is and why.

Reflection Questions

Beginner: How do we listen?

Intermediate: Why do you think that eye contact is important to show you are listening?

Advanced: What is the value of rephrasing what you have heard?

Expert: How is your perspective on music different to that of your friend?

Listening
Daily Challenge
Wednesday 6th May 2020

Work with other people in your household to build a model car.

  1. Agree on a design idea.
  2. Divide up the work so everyone has something to do.
  3. Build your car using junk modelling materials (e.g. yoghurt pots, cereal boxes).
Reflection Questions

Beginner: When do you find it easier or more difficult to work with others in a positive way?

Intermediate: What does it mean to take responsibility?

Advanced: What does it mean to support other people?

Expert: How can you ensure that you think about others’ ideas and recognise the value in them?

Teamwork
Daily Challenge
Tuesday 5th May 2020

Design a Chores Charter for your household.

  1. Make a list of different chores that you could help with.
  2. Assign each chore to a different person in your household.
  3. Lead your team to get the chores done!
Reflection Questions

Beginner: What are different emotions? When have you felt these today?

Intermediate: How can you share tasks between people in a fair way?

Advanced: Why is it important for a leader to be able to manage time and resources?

Expert: Why is it important for a leader to be able to manage time and resources?

Leadership
Daily Challenge
Monday 4th May 2020

Set yourself a challenge to get more active.

For example, you might aim to complete 20 star jumps in a row or to run a certain number of laps around the garden in 1 minute.

Reflection Questions

Beginner: How do you know if something is too difficult for you?

Intermediate: Why is it important to be willing to take on new challenges?

Advanced: What resources will you need to achieve your goal? How can you access these?

Expert: Why is it important to think about skills when making plans?

Aiming High
Daily Challenge
Friday 1st May 2020

Create a Positivity Poster to display at home.

  1. Write words and phrases to help people stay positive.
  2. Draw pictures to illustrate each phrase.
Reflection Questions

Beginner: What do we mean by feeling positive?

Intermediate: How can you cheer other people up when something goes wrong?

Advanced: What do people mean when they say to look on the bright side of something?

Expert: How can we find opportunities in difficult situations?

Staying Positive
Daily Challenge
Thursday 30th April 2020

Design a Meal Plan for your household.

  1. Think about foods that people like.
  2. Draw or write about what each meal would include.
Reflection Questions

Beginner: When do you use your imagination?

Intermediate: How can we come up with lots of ideas?

Advanced: How can creativity be used in different areas of life?

Expert: Where can we get different perspectives from, to develop our ideas?

Creativity
Daily Challenge
Wednesday 29th April 2020

Consider the problem: A village has a river flowing through it. Villagers need a bridge to get across the river.

  1. Draw a sketch of a bridge design.
  2. Use junk modelling to build a model of the bridge.

Extension: How strong can you make your bridge? How many pencils can it hold?

Reflection Questions

Beginner: What are the instructions?

Intermediate: What sort of problems might have more than one answer? Can you give any examples?

Advanced: Why is it important to consider a range of solutions for complex problems?

Expert: How might you choose between different solutions to a complex problem?

Problem Solving
Daily Challenge
Tuesday 28th April 2020

Prepare a short speech to present to your family.

Suggested topic: My favourite film.

Reflection Questions

Beginner: What does it mean to speak clearly?

Intermediate: How does the language we use change in different settings?

Advanced: How can you build facts and statistics into your presentation?

Expert: How can you adapt your language, tone and expression to your audience’s reaction?

Speaking
Daily Challenge
Monday 27th April 2020

Listen to an audio book.

Write a review of the book, including a summary of characters and main events.

Reflection Questions

Beginner: Why do we listen?

Intermediate: Do you have any ways of helping maintaining concentration when listening?

Advanced: What is the value of rephrasing what you have heard?

Expert: How can changes in language affect how you feel about something?

Listening
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