Family Challenge 22nd June

Week Beginning: 22nd June 2020


This week is National Picnic Week, so the family challenge is all about fun with food!

Please visit the website below to inspire you to have fun with your family and create the ‘Perfect Picnic’ to have together at some point when the weather is favourable! Or just hold one in the rain instead with umbrellas in true ‘British’ Style!

The picnic has been a firm favourite of Great Britain for many years. The history behind the picnic is very interesting and looking at different photos of the ‘Great British’ picnics from the past is a great

way to see how they have changed over centuries. The word picnic comes from the French word ‘pique-nique’ (first documented in written form in 1692) but it was adopted here and became a favourite past time of the Victorians especially! Feel free to learn more by visiting the following websites:


Whole Family

This week you have a really fun (but potentially messy) challenge to do as a family – we want you to make the tallest jelly you can!! The rules and some jelly information are on the separate document – you will need to use lots of ingenuity as well as your scientific knowledge and understanding. Make sure you plan well! We would love to see the results on the Purple Mash Family Challenge blog!

The Tallest Jelly Challenge

Whole Family

We all love playing with Lego!

Watch the video on the link below to learn how to make Vegetable Lego. Will you choose a crocodile, penguin or even a racing car? You could try to create your own masterpiece. The website below gives more details and instructions.

Vegetable carving involves using a sharp knife. Please ask an adult to do the cutting and you can assemble it.

Have lots of fun! We would love you to post photographs of your creations on the Purple Mash Family Challenge blog.


Family Cooking Challenge

Feeling hungry? Why not have some family fun in the kitchen and make your own pizzas.

The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Chefs have created a pizza recipe and instructions for you on the Countryside Classroom website. There are so many delicious and healthy toppings you can add – make sure you try a few out.

All the resources you need (except the ingredients!) can be found at

EYFS and KS1

Watch this video to learn about Lynn Flavell, who uses fruit and vegetables in her artwork.

Can you copy one of Lynn’s methods from the video to create your own fruit or vegetable repeating pattern picture


Giuseppe Arcimboldo was an Italian painter. He is well known today for painting portraits of people made out of different types of fruits, vegetables, meat and fish.

Below are some examples of Arcimboldo’s work.

Have a go at making your own food portrait. Look at the ‘Arcimboldo design sheet’ (at the bottom of the page). Think about which foods you would use for different parts of the portrait.

Once you have completed your plan, you are ready to complete your masterpiece. You do not have to use real food. You could cut pictures out of magazines or even draw pictures of the food, cut them out and then arrange them to create your portrait.

Try these food themed activities on your tablet or computer.

YR/KS1 – Purple Mash

Pizza or Cake 2Dos – Get creative with your digital art to design your own pizza or birthday cake.

Chef 2Do – Use the MashCam to take a photo of yourself as a chef. Write a sentence about your favourite meal remembering finger spaces (space bar), capital letters (shift key) and full stops. Y1 and Y2 should use adjectives (describing words) and try to use the conjunction ‘because’ to say why it’s your favourite food. Use the sound buttons to record your voice reading your own writing!

This work will be added to a Purple Mash Display Board so you can share your work with your friends. Let your teacher know in the comments box when you hand your work in if you don’t want it to be shared.

KS2 – Code Monkey Adventure

Go to to help a hungry, cute monkey catch his bananas in 30 fun-filled coding challenges! As you play, you will meet different animals that will guide you along the way. You will use code and think outside the box to win as many stars as possible. Good luck!

This resource works on P.C.s, laptops and tablets but not mobile devices.

This challenge is free to play but an adult will need to register you for an account if you wish to save your progress.

Whole Family

Everyone enjoys different foods from all over the world, which is fantastic, but where your food comes from is an essential part of understanding your role in your own carbon footprint. Food that is seasonal in this country and locally produced is a great way to ensuring you are supporting local businesses and farmers and plays a little part in protecting the Earth at the same time. The idea of ‘plough to plate’ or ‘farm to fork’ is so important, especially in the current climate of change and moving forward as a sustainable planet.

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Have a look at some of the foods in your fridge or cupboard……

Do you know where your food comes from?

What country was it grown or made in?

How did it get to the Supermarket?

Did it have to travel on an aeroplane or was it produced in the UK or maybe even Norfolk?

Use an atlas and have a go at locating on a map where the different foods in your house have come from.

How many miles did it have to travel to get to a Wymondham Supermarket?

Use the food miles calculator at to help you calculate the distance your food has travelled.

This is a great chance for you to find out more about the food you eat, the countries which produce it and explore the concept of food miles even more.

Whole Family.

Who doesn’t love a nice picnic? As part of your wellbeing and happiness this week, we thought you could have a picnic with your family. It could be in your garden, a favourite scenic spot or somewhere else! There is a suggestion of ‘extreme picnics’ on the National Picnic Website so if this idea makes you smile, feel free to find somewhere ‘extreme’ to eat your picnic! Make sure you take a photo of your perfect picnic spot and add it to the Purple Mash Family Challenge Blog so everyone can enjoy seeing your happy faces. Spread the happiness and have fun!

Not sure what to pack? Here are some fun ideas for children!

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!