Inspire and Challenge Tasks

Hulme Hall is proud of its inclusivity, and we are committed to ensuring that all of our pupils fulfil their potential and make the most of all the opportunities available to them. We encourage all pupils to develop intrigue and enquiring minds with the hope to inspire pupils to challenge themselves both inside the classroom and out.

With this in mind, these Inspire and Challenge tasks allow you to access work easily in pursuit of challenging yourself.

Simply go to the subject you wish to complete further study in, then depending on the school term, pick the level of challenge you wish to complete (Bronze, Silver Gold).

You can either start with Bronze and work your way up to Gold or you can go straight for Gold, allowing you to choose which level they want to challenge yourself with!

Once you have completed the work, submit it to your subject teacher for them to review and you will then receive a Bronze, Silver, or Gold award.

English

Gold Challenge:

Write the opening part of a story about a place that is severely affected by the weather. 

Silver Challenge:

Write a story opening in which a dramatic event occurs. 

Bronze Challenge

Describe a place that has had a long-lasting effect on you. 

Science

Gold Challenge:

  • Write a news report about what you think is the most important scientific discovery. 
  • Read the book “Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World” by, Rachel Ignotofsky and write a book review.  

 

Silver Challenge:

  • Visit the Museum of Science and Industry and write a diary of your visit.  
  • Create a wormery or ant farm. Take a picture and write down your observations. 

Bronze Challenge

  • Download an app to identify stars and constellations. What did you see? 

Art

Gold Challenge:

  • draw and shade an array of objects in an arrangement, for example bottles, vases, and food on a table, considering what is in the background: a window, wall or objects? 

Silver Challenge:

draw and shade a vase of flowers on a table, ensuring to capture the table, keeping the background simple, focusing on the detail in the flowers and table.

Bronze Challenge

Draw and shade a realistic apple with a shadow that is positioned correctly 

Spanish

Gold Challenge:

  • Speaking 

    Produce a 1½ minute presentation on either a familiar topic or a topic that you are very interested in. Either give your presentation to the class or record yourself on audio to play to the class. 

Silver Challenge:

  • Collect a Spanish magazine from Mrs Hughes and choose three articles that interest you.  

 

  • Read through the articles and fill in the table below. Remember to use the reading strategies below to work out meaning: 

 

Prediction 

Look at the pictures and the title and any subtitles.  What do you think the text is about?  

Skim reading  

Read the whole text once through to add to your gist understanding. Don’t stop when there are unfamiliar words. 

Cognates 

Highlight all the cognates (words that look like English words) 

Starred words 

Look up the meaning of the starred words in the vocabulary section. 

Related words 

Are there any words you did not immediately recognise that look like other Spanish words you already know?  

e.g   se acuesta is probably something similar to me acuesto 

Context 

If you know most of the words in a sentence – is it possible to guess the meaning of the word you don’t. What would logically fit? 

Dictionary 

When all else fails – use a dictionary. Make sure you don’t just look at the first word the dictionary gives – check context.   

Note down new vocabulary 

Write down ten new words you’ve learnt from your reading task 

 Reading Table here

Bronze Challenge

  • To independently research and present information relating to a Spanish speaking country of your choice.  

 

  • Use the board (Click Here) to research that country, finding out as much of the information as possible. (Monopoly boards available from Mrs Hughes) 

 

  • You will need to use a variety of websites to find your information. 

Psychology

Gold Challenge:

  • Speaking 

    Produce a 1½ minute presentation on either a familiar topic or a topic that you are very interested in. Either give your presentation to the class or record yourself on audio to play to the class. 

Silver Challenge:

  • Create a summarised description of a research study of your choosing and submit to Mrs Spragg (see attached Describing a study sheet for tips) 

Bronze Challenge

  • Find a piece of psychological research in the form of a journal article that interests you and discuss with Mrs Spragg

Food and Nutrition

Gold Challenge:

Using a book from the library or the internet find a recipe that you like. Write a step by step plan of the recipe, and then cook it at home for your family. Ask your family to review the dish and then write an evaluation of the end result.

Silver Challenge:

 Design a questionnaire to find out what your family would like for a themed Sunday lunch. Use your data to create a three course menu based on a country of your choice, and cook it for them.  

 

Bronze Challenge

Find two newspaper or magazine articles that cover the topic of food. Read them, highlight the key points and write a short paragraph about what you have learnt from it. 

French

Gold Challenge:

Speaking 

Produce a 1½ minute presentation on either a familiar topic or a topic that you are very interested in. Either give your presentation to the class or record yourself on audio to play to the class. 

Silver Challenge:

Reading  

  • Collect a Spanish magazine from Mrs Hughes and choose three articles that interest you.  

 

  • Read through the articles and fill in the table below. Remember to use the reading strategies below to work out meaning: 

 

Prediction 

Look at the pictures and the title and any subtitles.  What do you think the text is about?  

Skim reading  

Read the whole text once through to add to your gist understanding. Don’t stop when there are unfamiliar words. 

Cognates 

Highlight all the cognates (words that look like English words) 

Starred words 

Look up the meaning of the starred words in the vocabulary section. 

Related words 

Are there any words you did not immediately recognise that look like other French words you already know?  

e.g  ‘il sort’ is probably something similar to ‘je sors’ 

Context 

If you know most of the words in a sentence – is it possible to guess the meaning of the word you don’t. What would logically fit? 

Dictionary 

When all else fails – use a dictionary. Make sure you don’t just look at the first word the dictionary gives – check context.   

Note down new vocabulary 

Write down ten new words you’ve learnt from your reading task 

 Reading Table here

Bronze Challenge

Cultural learning 

  • To independently research and present information relating to a French speaking country of your choice.  

 

  • Use the board (Click Here) to research that country, finding out as much of the information as possible. (Monopoly boards available from Mrs Hughes) 

 

  • You will need to use a variety of web sites to find your information. 

 

  • Present your work to Mrs Hughes in written form – make it as attractive as you can. 

History

Gold Challenge:

Medieval history 1250-1500 

Create a presentation/lesson about a person or event from the medieval period and present to Mrs Burge/the class 

Silver Challenge:

Medieval history 1250-1500 

Create a one-page profile of a person or event from the medieval period and submit to Mrs Burge

Bronze Challenge

Medieval history 1250-1500 

research a person or event from the medieval period and discuss with Mrs Burge

IT

Gold Challenge:

Issues and impacts of computing 

Demonstrate using any software, how computers have an effect on your daily life

Silver Challenge:

Issues and impacts of computing 

create a presentation of issues/impacts and the future of computing 

Bronze Challenge

Issues and impacts of computing 

watch the movie Snowden and write a report on how he had a huge impact on the world using Microsoft Word

Music

Gold Challenge:

Become a Music Ambassador and regularly attend termly rehearsals for one of the school’s vocal groups: Lion Voices (boys only) or HHGS Singers. Then take part in termly music concerts to share your work with an audience. 

 

Silver Challenge:

Become a Music Ambassador and assist in the organisation of school concerts in a role of your choice such as Stage Manager, Production Assistant, Sound Engineer, Marketing Manager, Lighting Technician, among others. You will be part of a team that liaises with the school’s Music Co-Ordinator for the organisation of events during term time. Speak to the Music Co-ordinator to be assigned your role and task. 

 

Bronze Challenge

  1. Performance Pathway: pick a music piece or song you enjoy listening to – check your playlist – of any style (including rap) and learn to sing/rap it or play it on the instrument of your choice. You can work on your own or in a band. When you are ready, share your performance with the school by either: performing in a school concert or assembly; or video recording your performance to submit it to the Battle of the Bands competition.  
     
  1. Composition Pathway: create your own music using the instrument of your choice or any music software such as Bandlab or Logic Pro. You can do this on your own or in a small group. Then share it with the school by either: performing in a school concert or assembly; or video recording your performance to submit it to the Battle of the Bands competition.  

Geography

Gold Challenge:

Create a project based on this statement: 

The landscape, traditions and culture of the UK vary hugely from place to place. 

 

Within your project, you should  find out about one place in the UK that would be a good destination for a school trip. Where is it located? What is it like and why would it be a good place for a school trip? 

 

Silver Challenge:

Create a project based on this statement: 

The landscape, traditions and culture of the UK vary hugely from place to place. 

Within your project, you should answer the question:  What and where are the UK’s main tourist attractions? 

Bronze Challenge

  1. Create a project based on this statement: 

    The landscape, traditions and culture of the UK vary hugely from place to place. 

    Create a project based on this statement: 

    The landscape, traditions and culture of the UK vary hugely from place to place. 

PE

Gold Challenge:

Create a project based on this statement: 

The landscape, traditions and culture of the UK vary hugely from place to place. 

 

Within your project, you should  find out about one place in the UK that would be a good destination for a school trip. Where is it located? What is it like and why would it be a good place for a school trip? 

 

Silver Challenge:

Watch the video ‘London 2012 Legacy Stories. Create a short presentation, highlighting the long-term benefits of hosting The Olympic Games.

Bronze Challenge

watch the movie ‘Bend it Like Beckham. Write a few paragraphs on how the film offers a message of hope to young people to follow their dreams; how it tackles the issues of racism; why it is important for women to have equality in a sport traditionally dominated by males.

Drama

Gold Challenge:

Write a play based on one of these Greek myths using some or all the conventions of Greek theatre. Share with the class.

Silver Challenge:

Research Greek Theatre, the Greek Chorus and conventions of Greek theatre.

Bronze Challenge

Read a Greek Myth such as Prometheus and the Theft of Fire, the Naming of Athena or Theseus and the Minotaur. Discuss your choice with me.