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Skills Challenges

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Either on your own, or in a group invent a brand new type of chocolate and design the wrapper.


  • What type of chocolate do you want to use? (For example, dark, white, milk)
  • Do you want any additional flavours? (For example, mint)
  • What do you want to call your chocolate?
  • What information do you need on the wrapper?

Extension: Present your new chocolate to other members of your family or friends!

Reflection Questions

Getting Started: How can you share what you imagine?

Intermediate: How can you come up with lots of different ideas?

Advanced: How can you combine different ideas to create new ones?

Mastery: How can you help someone else to be creative?


Consider this problem: Imagine you and your friends or family are in a shrinking space.

You need to:

  1. Choose 2-3 people to join you.
  2. Use a rope (or something similar) to make a shape on the floor that everyone can fit into.
  3. Slowly shrink the space every 1-2 minutes.
  4. Generate a range of solutions to figure out how to keep everyone within the shrinking boundaries.

Extension: Try again, but include more people in the shrinking circle!

Reflection Questions

Getting Started: What are the instructions?

Intermediate: How can you come up with lots of possible solutions?

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

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

Problem Solving

Imagine you are providing the voice over for a documentary about life in your household.

Go from room to room and talk about who and what is in the room as if you were the narrator of a television programme. If you can, record your ideas and play it back to other household members to make them smile.

Challenge: Reflect on how clearly you spoke.

Reflection Questions

Getting Started: How do we know if we are speaking clearly?

Intermediate: As you speak how can put your points into a logical order so you can be easily understood?

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

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


Challenge yourself to listen actively to someone. This means you should try to understand what the person is saying, be able to respond and maybe even reflect on what was said.

It could be a family member, friend or even a teacher.

Once you have listened, tell someone else what that person told you.

Challenge: reflect on why active listening is important.

Reflection Questions

Getting Started: How can you make sure you are listening carefully?

Intermediate: What does it mean to summarise what you have heard?

Advanced: Why is summarising or rephrasing what you have heard useful sometimes?

Mastery: How might changing the language (words) used affect how you feel about something?


Research a culture or religion that is different from your own.
Then, create a poster or blog post celebrating what you have learnt.

You could include:

  • Important people
  • Historical events
  • Food, art and popular culture.

Challenge: Consider why having an understanding different cultures, ideas or religions is important when working in a team.

Reflection Questions

Getting Started: When do you find it easier (or more difficult) to work with others in a positive way?

Intermediate: Have you helped make decisions with others?

Advanced: How can you encourage others to help out too?

Mastery: What is an 'unhelpful conflict'? How can you avoid this when working with others?


Design a new chores 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 jobs done!

Extension: do this for another household activity or routine.

Reflection Questions

Getting Started: How can you find out about how others are feeling about something?

Intermediate: How can you find out more about strengths and weaknesses in others?

Advanced: How might you be able to motivate others to improve their weaknesses?

Mastery: What kind of leader would you like to be?


Set yourself a challenge to complete during the week!

It doesn't matter how big or small the challenge is. Once you have decided on the challenge, create a plan which outlines what you will do each day to achieve it.

Extension: Set yourself a monthly or even a yearly challenge.

Reflection Questions

Getting Started: 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 might you need to achieve your goals?

Mastery: What steps do you need to put in place to make your goals happen?

Aiming High

Either write down or draw a picture showing what Staying Positive means to you.

For example, it could mean someone managing their emotions following a setback, or looking on the bright side of a difficult situation.

Challenge: Around your definition write down an example of how you have stayed positive during the week.

Reflection Questions

Getting Started: How does this activity make you feel?

Intermediate: How could you use this activity to feel more positive when something goes wrong?

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

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

Staying Positive
Pick your child's experience level to begin

Getting started

For those right at the start of their journey to begin building essential skills with your support.
The Getting Started stage is suggested for children in early primary school. This stage is also a good place to begin for a child or young person who is new to building their essential skills or wishes to revisit the skill with your support.


For those more confident with essential skills to practise further with you and accelerate learning.
The Intermediate stage is suggested for children in late primary or early secondary school. This stage is also a good place for an older child or young person to continue building their essential skills with your support.


For those using essential skills regularly to work more independently on strengths and areas for improvement.
The Advanced stage is suggested for young people in secondary school. This stage is a good place for a young person to begin building their own essential skills on their own, with help from online tools and resources.


For those looking to independently improve essential skills to prepare for future learning or careers.
The Mastery stage is suggested for young people who are about to leave secondary school or college. This stage is a good place for a young person to continue building their own essential skills on their own, with help from online tools and resources.