Family Challenge 15th June

Week Beginning: 15th June 2020


At this time most of you are probably at home much more than usual and so it seemed right to think about our homes and why they are so important to everyone. What is special about your home? Is it the things in it, or is it the people, or is it both?

Some people have to leave their homes and try and find a safer place to live.

Refugee Week is taking place this week, and 20th June is World Refugee Day.

Locally we also celebrate “Norfolk Welcomes.” This is a special event where people in Norfolk try to make others, who have had to flee their homes, welcome.

Remember that there is no expectation for you to complete all these activities. Pick and choose the activities that interest and inspire you.  Have fun, keep learning and stay safe.

Whole Family.

Houses in England have changed over the ages. Have a look at the different pictures of homes and information on homes from the Celts to Modern Day using the website below. Discuss some of the differences you can see. It might be nice to discuss why different materials were used at that time in history or specific designs depending on the needs at the time. How a house is used has dramatically changed over time too and having specific spaces or rooms for cooking, eating, sleeping and entertaining is a relatively modern-day concept. Think about how your family has had to use your home differently in the past few weeks!

Choose a specific period you are interested in and research in greater depth what the houses were like. Remember they are likely to have been dramatically different from each other depending on the amount of money you had, so you might need to refine your searches even further. Do you know the history of your house? This might be something to research, if possible, too.

Whole Family

It is important to remember that homes around the world dramatically differ from one another as well. The climate and natural resources play a huge part in determining the materials, styles and layout. Watch the following video which shows you examples of how houses differ between the different continents and discuss:

Which house you would like to live in and why?

Why has it been designed the way it has? See if you can find other examples of houses from that part of the world to see what else people live in.

What type of house would you design for that part of the world?

Example 1

Whole Family

Have a go at designing and making your own shoebox room.

Use a shoebox or similar as the base for your room. Use resources from around your house to design and make items to go inside your room.

The website below gives some brilliant ideas of different things you could make to go inside your room.

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Whole Family

At the moment our homes are where we work, rest and play – we can’t go on the play equipment in the parks or do our sports activities after school. We all know how important moving is to how good we feel, so can you get inventive with what you have at home to help you keep going? Have a go at the Home Gym challenge document.

Don’t forget about Miss Marriott’s virtual sports day too.

Whole Family

Using someone’s language is a sure way to make them feel at home. Have a look at the posters of “welcome” in different languages. Can you recognise any of the words? Are some of them like our own word?

EYFS/KS1 – can you use the pictures of the flags to help you find out which country the greetings are from?

KS2 – try typing the different words into . You should see a title that says

‘Detect language’ over the left-hand box. If you click at the top of the right box to show English and then type the word you are trying to translate into the left hand box, it will translate the word into welcome and show you which language it has detected. You can also scroll down and click on the little megaphone to hear how it sounds. Can you learn how to say some?

If you look at the slides in the Norfolk Welcome PowerPoint, from 11 onwards you will find some activities using words of welcome.


This website has a video about a dinosaur who has to leave his home, together with his owner Sana who make a difficult journey to come to the UK. There are some activities to try afterwards. There is also an explanation about being a refugee. Choose from a selection of activities to try!

EYFS and KS1

Listen to the story ‘You Choose’ using the link below.

Which house would you choose? What would you put in it? What would your bed be like? Have fun choosing your future home and its contents!

Have a look at the ‘Types of Houses and Homes’ PowerPoint for ideas for houses in the UK.

Use your imagination and draw or paint where you would like to live.

EYFS and KS1

Have a go at the 2Do’s set on Purple Mash.

Can you go to the building site and build your own home? Don’t forget to add a roof, windows and a door.

Use the paint program to design your own house. Which material will you use for the walls? Which material will you use for the roof?

KS2 (some older KS1 children might enjoy this activity too)

Have a look at one of the house quizzes at the bottom of the page.

Use the database set as a 2do on Purple Mash to find the answers to the quiz questions.


If you are not sure how to search the database to find the answers, click this button in the top right-hand corner of the database and watch a video to show you what to do.

The simple quiz has easier questions to answers. The advanced quiz is slightly trickier and involves searching for 2 different criteria to find the answer.

Key Stage Two

Did you know that Freddie Mercury from Queen came from Zanzibar, Rita Ora from Kosovo or that M.I.A came from Sri Lanka?

They were all refugees who came here to make a better life.

If you want to see a band of refugee musicians coming together, look at this video:

KS1 and KS2

Imagine you had to leave your home behind. What would you take if you could only take a suitcase or a backpack? Why not draw a picture of your special things and say why you would want to take them with you?

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The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Rauf is a bestselling book about a boy who comes to England as a refugee. If you would like to hear Chapter One, click on the link below:

Whole Family

What ways do you make someone feel ’at home’ and happy? Have a go at making sure your home is a welcoming environment and a happy place to be this week. You might cook dinner for your parents or run a bath for someone who has come back from work, or tidy up a space to make it feel relaxing. I wonder if they will notice the nice changes.

Family Challenge Blog

If you would like to share any of your work or photos, we would love to see them on the Family Challenge Blog in Purple Mash. This is a private Wicklewood Primary School community blog. You must get parent/carer approval before posting or commenting.

To access the blog, login to Purple Mash and select the sharing tab at the top of the screen. Then select the shared blogs tab and the Family Challenge Blog.

To add a new post, use the green + button or to add kind and positive comments on existing posts use the post comment button. All posts and comments need teacher approval before they are added so please be patient!