LET'S HAVE SOME FUN!
THIS WEEK - 20 TO 26TH JUNE - IS NATIONAL SCHOOL SPORTS WEEK
Although there will not be able to be any school sports days this year, there are still lots of fantastic activities you can do at home or in the garden - check out the websites below for some great ideas:
What is the Summer Reading Challenge?
The Summer Reading Challenge, presented by The Reading Agency and funded by Arts Council England, encourages children aged 4 to 11 to set themselves a reading challenge to help prevent the summer reading ‘dip’.
Each year the Challenge, delivered with the support of public libraries, motivates over 700,000 children to keep reading to build their skills and conﬁdence.
This year, Silly Squad, the Summer Reading Challenge 2020, will celebrate funny books, happiness and laughter. Children taking part in the Challenge will join the Silly Squad, an adventurous team of animals who love to have a laugh and get stuck in to all different kinds of funny books!
The 2020 Challenge will feature bespoke artwork from award-winning children’s author and illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson (Amelia Fang; Evil Emperor Penguin; I Don’t Want Curly Hair).
With the disruption caused by COVID-19 and the impact of social distancing on schools and public libraries, the 2020 Challenge will launch as a digital activity to keep children reading over the summer and support parents and carers with children already at home. The Challenge will run from June to September, launching with a week of activity from Monday 1 June and culminating in an official launch day of curated events on Friday 5 June 2020.
The digital Challenge will be free to access, featuring games, quizzes and digital and downloadable activities to incentivise and encourage children and their families to take part in treading related activities at home. Although library buildings are closed, libraries will also continue to deliver the Challenge through virtual services and e-lending platforms.
With school life disrupted and many children missing the company of their friends, this year’s fun-filled Summer Reading Challenge will be all the more vital as a way of helping parents and carers find fun, family-friendly activities, maintain literacy levels and create a safe space for children to connect with their peers.
The Book Trust website has got lots of lovely interactive books to read online (or watch with signing), including many children's classics, such as 'Owl Babies' and the 'Hairy Maclary' series. On their pages you can also watch videos, play games, win prizes, test your knowledge in book-themed quizzes, and even learn how to draw some of your favourite characters.:
Confined to the house? In self-isolation? Why not have a go at one of these great indoor scavenger hunts? Can you find everything on the list? Can you make it in to a family competition - who can collect everything the quickest?
And if you are able to get outside safely (following government guidelines of course!), here's a scavenger hunt for the garden:
Looking for some super Science activities?
Check out the "Stem (science, technology, engineering & mathematics) Learning" website for a range of fun, hands-on activities for families to use at home, suitable for all ages from 4 to 16
Oldham Sports Development team will be setting a daily challenge for all the students who are missing out on P.E. lessons over the coming weeks. There will be various activities aimed at keeping students active throughout the lock-down. This is open to all Oldham Children, from 4-16 years old, and will include physical activities, dances and links to other sites/social media.
Children will also be able to see clips/videos from their usual sports coaches.
If any parents are interested, please follow Oldham Sports Development on Twitter @VolSportOldham.
A Message from Kaizendo Karate
We all know that regular physical activity contributes to good mental health, so while schools are currently closed we are offering three free VIRTUAL karate classes Monday - Friday (at 10am, 2pm & 6pm), and one class on a Saturday morning (at 10am). We run the virtual classes via software called ‘ZOOM’, which is really easy to set up. Our programmes are not 100% physical but our unique "Personal Development" programmes offer a good balance of self-improvement and physical fitness, and we are also actively encouraging parents to join in as well.
So what do potential students need to do?
Either call or send a text message to 07739746 836, or email firstname.lastname@example.org - explain that you would like to access the free, online karate sessions.
Alternatively, you can message us on our Facebook group - Kaizen-Do Karate - and request access to the virtual classes.
Why not try some Yoga while you are at home? It will keep you fit and healthy and help you relax too!: