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Time to Do Marvellous things

Juggling homeschooling with work and running the home (and perhaps the odd bit of 'downtime'!) in lockdown doesn’t come easy. This is why we've put together some ideas, activities and links on this page that might just help.

The information has been provided by teachers and includes their own personal recommendations.

This page will be updated so that together we can help to keep each other going in 2021.

40 engineering and science challenges

As part of British Science Week Mr Thomas would like to draw your attention to 40 fantastic engineering and science challenges from the engineers at Dyson.

Download your challenge cards here.


Blob Opera

Create your very own opera inspired song with Blob Opera - amazingly no music skills are required! This is an entertaining machine learning experiment by David Li in collaboration with Google Arts & Culture.

Many thanks to Mrs Hunter for this amazing musical experiment.

Compose your opera here.


Headmaster's Podcast
(TDM Assembly - 12/02/21)

Revisit the Headmaster's half-term assembly in which he talks about the significance of the date 12/02/21, evolution and his adventures in the rainforest of Brunei.

Listen now.


Art from all angles

Mr Mellor would like to draw your attention to this short 360 VR film showing the creation of the world's first large scale 3D printed sculpture.

As part of 'From Life' at the Royal Academy of Arts, Jonathan Yeo takes you inside his studio and explains his process in creating the portrait. Put your cardboard on and experience the future of portraiture in virtual reality.

View 'From Virtual to Reality' now.


Dr Emeka's Essential First Aid

A series of short films presented by Dr Emeka Okorocha which explore some key skills for administering first aid.

Topics include: how to make an emergency call, how to help someone who is choking, relieving the pain of a suspected broken bone and administering CPR.

These short films are divided into two groups: KS2 (for use with pupils aged 7-11) and KS3 (suitable for use with pupils aged 11-14).

Find out more here.


Explore the British Museum from Home

When the British Museum first opened its doors in 1759, they proudly declared themselves a place for ‘all studious and curious persons’. It’s a mission they’re still dedicated to – even if you can’t visit in person at the moment. With that in mind, they've developed many ways in which you can explore their galleries and collections online.

The Museum is the now world’s largest indoor space on Google Street View and you can go on a virtual visit to more than 60 galleries – perfect for creating your own bespoke tour around your favourites. See highlights like the Rosetta Stone in the Egyptian Sculpture Gallery or discover gems like the beautiful textiles in the Sainsbury African Galleries.

Thank you to Mrs Lewis for sharing this gem.

Find out more here.


The Big Garden Birdwatch begins this weekend

Mrs Lloyd would like to share with you the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend (29-31 Jan). It's a calm and peaceful way to spend some time with your family. You can find all the information you need and log on at the RSPB website here.


Improve your reaction times

Mr Dixon would like to share an activity recommendation which takes us onto a virtual basketball court to improve our basketball skills and reaction times. Homecourt: Basketball Training is a free app with daily basketball routines and lessons that evolve as you improve over time. Mr Dixon would like to draw your attention to the New Ordered Reaction Drill which is a fantastically fun way to improve your reaction times!

Find out more here.


Something to do on Saturdays

Book a free online tour of the Palace of Westminster or on Tuesday evenings find out about how parliament works. WOW. Very informative and perfect for Year 8 pupils and aspiring scholars in Y6&7. There are weekday afternoon and evening tours too.

Find out more here.


Deep Science @ The National Marine Aquarium

Mrs Sigley would like to share with you her recommendation which takes us to The National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth. Over the next 6 weeks they are delivering free live sessions on ‘Deep Science’ (Fridays @ 1:00pm – 1:20pm), followed by Mermaid Tails (Fridays @ 1:30 – 1:45pm). Meet the Aquarium teachers and amazing animals as well as stopping in at the AquaLab to explore the science behind the animated ocean exploration tv series ‘The Deep’ (CBBC @ 12pm on weekdays).

http://bit.ly/AquariumLessons.


Would you like to design your own rocket?

If you're inspired by the news that NASA is testing its Artemis rocket engines, check out our very own rocket scientist, Bertie, who has already had his own successful launch!

See more here.


Earthquake in the Classroom

Mr Dixon and Mr Griffiths would like to share with you a project they did with Year 6 last term to finish off their work on 'Why Earthquakes Occur?' There were some fantastic designs, and a lot of fun was had! Well done Year 6.

We think this might be a brilliantly fun activity if you're looking for something to do this weekend.

See what happened here.