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Skills Challenge
Monday 10th August 2020

This week, think of a problem that our society is facing.

What are the main challenges?
What is preventing this problem from being solved?

Research the problem.
Come up with a possible solution.
Identify the opportunities and challenges.

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?

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
Skills Challenge
Monday 3rd August 2020

This week, tell someone about your favourite place. This might be somewhere you went on holiday or a local area near your home.
Write a script or notes to remember what you want to say.
Practise speaking clearly
Use descriptive language
Use body language or gesture to emphasise what you are saying.

Extension: adapt your speech in response to feedback. What went well? How could it be improved?

Reflection Questions

Beginner: How do we know if we are speaking clearly?

Intermediate: Why do we need to think about tone, gesture and expression?
How do these affect the meaning of what someone is saying?

Advanced: How can you adapt speech for different audiences by changing the language, tone or expression?

Expert: How can you change the examples and facts you use to make your speech more persuasive to the listener?

Speaking
Skills Challenge
Monday 27th July 2020

This week, interview 4 different people on the topic: What do you like about Summer?
These people could be family members, friends or other people in your network.
Ask open questions to give them a chance to share lots of detail.
Record what they say in your own way, e.g. notes, drawings or transcriptions.
Extension: compare their perspectives - what might have brought about these differences in opinion?

Reflection Questions

Beginner: How do we listen?

Intermediate: What tricks can you use to save writing words when you’re listening?

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

Expert: Why is it helpful to understand where perspectives come from?

Listening
Skills Challenge
Friday 24th July 2020

Using a learning app or online tutorial, learn to say some basic phrases in a new language.
Listen carefully to the sounds and try to repeat them back accurately.
Extension: can you build this into a short conversation?

Reflection Questions

Beginner: How do we listen?

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

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

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

Listening
Skills Challenge
Thursday 23rd July 2020

Reflect on a time when you have been part of a team.
What was your shared goal?
What job did you take on for the team?
Were there any challenges? How did you overcome these?

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
Skills Challenge
Wednesday 22nd July 2020

Design a Cleaning Rota for your household.
1. Make a list of different rooms or areas that you could help with.
2. Assign each job to a different person in your household.
3. Lead your team to get the cleaning 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: What are good leaders able to do?

Leadership
Skills Challenge
Tuesday 21st July 2020

Set yourself a challenge to get better at something artistic.
For example, you might aim to create a new type of art or write a specific type of poem.
Create a plan of how to get better, including who you will ask for advice and what resources you will need.

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
Skills Challenge
Monday 20th July 2020

Mindfulness exercise...
Step 1: get a piece of paper and draw a swirly line, without taking your pencil off the page. Make it as complicated as you like.
Step 2: using different colours, create a pattern by filling in different shapes you have created in your line drawing.
Step 3: if you become distracted, gently pull your mind away from those thoughts and notice a shape again to put you back in the right frame of mind.

Reflection Questions

Beginner: How could this exercise be used to calm you down if something went wrong?

Intermediate: How could you use this to cheer other people up when something goes wrong?

Advanced: How could this help you to look on the bright side of something?

Expert: How could this help you to find opportunities in difficult situations?

Staying Positive
Skills Challenge
Friday 17th July 2020

Imagine you are a fashion designer.
Design 3 different items for a fashion collection with a shared theme.
For example, you could design T-shirts, hats or shoes.
Extension: get feedback on your designs and adapt them to make improvements.

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
Skills Challenge
Thursday 16th July 2020

Consider the problem: A local charity wants to raise money to support its work in the community.
1. Do research to find a local charity and understand their mission.
2. Think of 3 ways you could help to raise money.
Extension: put your plan into action and raise money for your local charity.

Reflection Questions

Beginner: What are the instructions for the task?

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
Skills Challenge
Wednesday 15th July 2020

Prepare a short speech to present to your family.
Suggested topic: I love my home town/city because...
Extension: after giving your speech, ask your audience if they have any questions. Answer the questions as fully as possible.

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
Skills Challenge
Tuesday 14th July 2020

Listen to someone reviewing a piece of music or film.
For example, you could watch a reaction video on YouTube.
What do they think about the media they are reviewing?
Do you agree with them or have a different opinion?
Extension: are there any potential unconscious biases in their review?

Reflection Questions

Beginner: How do we listen?

Intermediate: What tricks can you use to save writing words when you’re listening?

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

Expert: Why is it helpful to understand where perspectives come from?

Listening
Skills Challenge
Monday 13th July 2020

Create a piece of collaborative artwork.
Work with members of your family or virtually with friends.
Have a group discussion to agree on a form (e.g. paint, digital art or sculpture) and theme.
Assign each person a different task to complete.
Work together to make the artwork.

Extension: work together to present the artwork to a group of friends or family.

Reflection Questions

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

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
Skills Challenge
Friday 10th July 2020

Check in with 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
Skills Challenge
Thursday 9th July 2020

Think of a time when you have succeeded at a task or achieved a goal you set for yourself.
1. How did it make you feel?
2. Create a piece of artwork (e.g. drawing, story or poem) to show how you felt when you experienced this success.

Reflection Questions

Beginner: What does it mean to take satisfaction in success?
Why is that important?

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

Advanced: How do resources help us to achieve goals?

Expert: How can you build in opportunities to celebrate success, when developing long term plans?

Aiming High
Skills Challenge
Wednesday 8th July 2020

Mindfulness exercise...
Step 1: find a space at a window where there are sights to be seen outside.
Step 2: look at everything there is to see - try to notice the colours, the patterns, or the textures.
Step 3: pay attention to movement such as the grass or leaves blowing around in the breeze.
Step 4: Notice the many different shapes.
Step 5: if you become distracted, gently pull your mind away from those thoughts and notice a colour or shape again to put you back in the right frame of mind.

Reflection Questions

Beginner: How could this exercise be used to calm you down if something went wrong?

Intermediate: How could you use this to cheer other people up when something goes wrong?

Advanced: How could this help you to look on the bright side of something?

Expert: How could this help you to find opportunities in difficult situations?

Staying Positive
Skills Challenge
Tuesday 7th July 2020

Imagine you are an interior designer.
Design 3 different layouts for a room of your choice.
You could even create pictures of what this might look like.
Extension: get feedback on your designs and adapt them to make improvements.

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
Skills Challenge
Monday 6th July 2020

Consider the problem: A popular beach has seen a rise in littering and local wildlife is suffering.
1. Do research to understand more about cases like this elsewhere in the world.
2. Think of 3 ways you could help to solve this problem.
Example: you could put more bins along the beach path.

Reflection Questions

Beginner: What are the instructions for the task?

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
Skills Challenge
Friday 3rd July 2020

Set up a video call with someone in your network. For example, a friend or family member who lives in a different household.
Talk for 5 minutes about what you have been doing recently during lockdown.
Try to organise your points into a logical order. For example, you might say events in chronological order.
Extension: how can you make your talk engaging over video call? What things should you think about?

Reflection Questions

Beginner: How do we know if we are speaking clearly?

Intermediate: What is meant by your expression?
How does expression affect the meaning of what someone is saying?

Advanced: How can you use tone, expression and gesture to make your speaking engaging?
Are there things you should avoid in this context?

Expert: How can you adapt the content of what you are saying, in response to listeners?

Speaking
Skills Challenge
Thursday 2nd July 2020

Challenge yourself to listen actively to a topical podcast.
It could be about a news story, your favourite band, a sports team - anything you like.
Then tell someone else what it was about.
Extension: reflect on the perspective taken by the speaker. What is their view on the topic of their speech?

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 we start to understand different perspectives when listening?

Listening
Skills Challenge
Wednesday 1st July 2020

A new restaurant needs help to create a clear brand.

Connect with 3 other people in your network. These might be people at home, or friends who you connect with virtually.

Host a team meeting.

Decide on a name and logo for the restaurant. Can you successfully work together and reach an agreement?

Extension: decide on other, more complicated elements, such as a menu or restaurant layout.

Reflection Questions

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

Intermediate: How do you create an environment where everyone is respected and able to make a full contribution?

Advanced: Why might you need to encourage others to contribute their ideas?

Expert: What are some of the attributes that your team might have?
How can you use this understanding to better support your team?

Teamwork
Skills Challenge
Tuesday 30th June 2020

Imagine you are starting your own business.
For example, you might imagine opening a café.
Write a list of jobs that would need to be done to make the business successful.
For example, in a café you would need chefs, cleaners, cashiers and wait staff.
What skills would people need to do these jobs well?
Design a perfect employee for each role.
Extension: who in your network would be good at each job and why?

Reflection Questions

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

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

Advanced: How can we understand what we need from people carrying out particular roles?

Expert: What are the critical things that a leader can do to maintain motivation in their teams?

Leadership
Skills Challenge
Monday 29th June 2020

Set yourself a challenge to learn a new skill, by following an online tutorial.
For example, you might follow a tutorial on YouTube to make a piece of origami art, or follow a kitchen tutorial to learn a new cooking technique.
Extension: get someone in your household to offer constructive criticism on what you have learnt. Use this to develop the skill further.

Reflection Questions

Beginner: How should we prepare and what should we do during the task, to work carefully?

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

Advanced: Why do we need resources to complete tasks?

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

Aiming High
Skills Challenge
Friday 26th June 2020

Create a cartoon strip to show what Staying Positive means to you.
For example, you might feature a story about someone managing their emotions following a setback, or looking on the bright side of a difficult situation.

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
Skills Challenge
Thursday 25th June 2020

Design a new brand of cereal.
Success criteria:
- It can be eaten with milk
- It is low in sugar
Create a piece of marketing to advertise your new cereal (e.g. a poster, social media post or TV advert).
Extension: work out how much it would cost to make and decide on a price for your cereal.

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
Skills Challenge
Wednesday 24th June 2020

Consider the problem: Your local town or city is keen to build a new landmark to celebrate a local hero.
1. Do research to identify someone to celebrate. Why is this person worth celebrating?
2. Use junk modelling to build a miniature statue of this person.
Extension: Write a summary of why you chose this person to celebrate.

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
Skills Challenge
Tuesday 23rd June 2020

Research a recent news story. This could be about a person, event or place.
Prepare an at-home news broadcast to share with your family.
Write a script or notes to remember what you want to say.
Practise speaking clearly and using informative language.

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
Skills Challenge
Monday 22nd June 2020

Listen to a new song, paying particular attention to the lyrics (words) in the chorus.
Listen carefully twice and then try to write down the lyrics by singing the song in your head.
Extension: what is the song about? What is the main message behind the song?

Reflection Questions

Beginner: How do we listen?

Intermediate: What tricks can you use to save writing words when you’re listening?

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

Expert: Why is it helpful to understand where perspectives come from?

Listening
Skills Challenge
Friday 19th June 2020

Work with other people in your household to build a model of a local landmark.
1. Agree on a landmark to build and discuss how you will build it.
2. Divide up the work so everyone has something to do.
3. Build your landmark using junk modelling materials (e.g. yoghurt pots, cereal boxes).
Extension: set yourself a time limit. Halfway through the build, reflect on your progress and reallocate roles.

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
Skills Challenge
Thursday 18th June 2020

Ask people in your family about their strengths and talents.
Create a poster to celebrate the strengths and talents in your family.
Extension: Analyse people's strengths, based on your knowledge of them, and add an additional strength per person. Share this with them - do they agree with your analysis?

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
Skills Challenge
Wednesday 17th June 2020

Set yourself a challenge to help a charity or local cause.
For example, you might aim to raise a certain amount of money, or spread awareness about an important issue.

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
Skills Challenge
Tuesday 16th June 2020

Reflect on a time when you faced a setback.
For example, you might have been injured during a sports tournament.
Create a poem or piece of art to show how you felt at the time.
Extension: write about how you overcame the setback.

Reflection Questions

Beginner: How do you feel when something goes wrong?

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
Skills Challenge
Monday 15th June 2020

Create a storyboard for the next blockbuster movie.
You might base your ideas on your favourite film/characters, or think of a brand new idea.
Include images and writing to detail the main events in the movie.
Extension: use different creative tools to develop your ideas. For example, you could create a mind map or listening to music as a creative stimulus.

Reflection Questions

Beginner: How can you share what you imagine through drawing pictures or diagrams?

Intermediate: How do we know if an idea will make something better or not?

Advanced: When are mind maps useful?
What other visual creative tools have you come across?

Expert: What are stimuli?
Why are stimuli essential in the creative process?

Creativity
Skills Challenge
Friday 12th June 2020

Consider the problem: How can we improve the environment?
1. Research to find out more about this problem.
2. Create 3 solutions.
3. Write or sketch to show how your proposed solutions might help solve the problem.
Extension: write a hypothesis for one of your proposed solutions, including how you would go about testing it.

Reflection Questions

Beginner: Where are some of the different places you might find extra information?

Intermediate: What sort of problems are most difficult to solve?

Advanced: What do we mean by secondary effects?
Why is it important to consider these when working on complex problems?

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

Problem Solving
Skills Challenge
Thursday 11th June 2020

Connect with someone in your family or wider network.
Agree on a topical article, report or book that you will both read.
Then, spend 30 minutes discussing your perspectives on what you have read.
Extension: choose an area of the topic you disagree on and extend the conversation into a debate.

Reflection Questions

Beginner: How do we know if we are speaking clearly?

Intermediate: How can you find out what listeners already know?
How can you use this understanding?

Advanced: How do you know what someone listening to you is thinking or feeling?

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

Speaking
Skills Challenge
Wednesday 10th June 2020

Challenge yourself to listen actively to someone speaking.
It could be a poem performed by someone else, a news item or an interview.
Then tell someone else what it was about.
Extension: reflect on the perspective taken by the speaker. What is their view on the topic of their speech?

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 we start to understand different perspectives when listening?

Listening
Skills Challenge
Tuesday 9th June 2020

Research a culture that is different from your own.
Create a poster or blog post celebrating what you have learnt.
Your research could cover:
- people and events throughout history
- food, art and popular culture
Extension: explore diversity in your own networks. Do you connect with people whose experiences might be different from your own?

Reflection Questions

Beginner: What does diversity mean?

Intermediate: What does it mean to be inclusive?

Advanced: What does it mean to discriminate?

Expert: How do you create an environment where everyone is respected and able to make a full contribution?

Teamwork
Skills Challenge
Monday 8th June 2020

Reflect on something you are talented at. For example, cooking, singing or being super organised.
Create a lesson plan to teach this talent to a younger friend or family member.
Your plan should include:
- a learning objective (what they will have learnt by the end of the lesson)
- a list of activities to do in the lesson.
Extension: build in a reflection opportunity to support the learner to self-assess.

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
Skills Challenge
Friday 5th June 2020

Start a skill exchange with a friend or member of your family.
Choose something you can teach and learn.
For example, you might teach a parent to play a video game, and they might teach you to cook a meal.
Extension: Make a plan for your progress and what you would like to achieve each day/week.

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: How can you identify your skills? How can you identify those of others?

Expert: Why are feedback loops important, and can you give some examples of how they might be used?

Aiming High
Skills Challenge
Thursday 4th June 2020

Identify 3 things you are grateful for today, things that have brightened your day.
They can be small things or big things.
Create a poster or piece of artwork to share these positive things with those around you.
Extension: use this as an opportunity to spread positivity throughout your network. For example, you could post your artwork on social media and encourage others to do the same with things they are grateful for.

Reflection Questions

Beginner: Why do we have emotions?

Intermediate: How can you identify opportunities in difficult situations?

Advanced: What do you need to do so that your suggestions will be well received?

Expert: How can you manage your emotional response to best support others?

Staying Positive
Skills Challenge
Wednesday 3rd June 2020

Think of your favourite movie or story.
Can you come up with a better title or an alternate ending?
Share your ideas through writing, drawing or role play.
Extension: seek out a range of stimuli to inspire your ideas (e.g. pictures or music).

Reflection Questions

Beginner: How can you share what you imagine through drawing pictures or diagrams?

Intermediate: How do we know if an idea will make something better or not?

Advanced: When are mind maps useful?
What other visual creative tools have you come across?

Expert: What are stimuli?
Why are stimuli essential in the creative process?

Creativity
Skills 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
Skills 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
Skills 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
Skills 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
Skills 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
Skills 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
Skills 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
Skills 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
Skills 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
Skills 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
Skills 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
Skills 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
Skills 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
Skills 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
Skills 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
Skills 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
Skills 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
Skills 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
Skills 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
Skills 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
Skills 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
Skills 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
Skills 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
Skills 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
Skills 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
Skills 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
Skills 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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