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Wellbeing challenge check in

Date: 2nd Jun 2020 @ 9:14am

Good morning!

How did day 1 of our exercise challenge go ? Here's one of our exercise superstars playing basketball.

Well done to you if you also did some exercise !

If yesterday didn't quite happen for you, that's ok . Today is your day ! Let me know how you get on:


Mrs Harriott


Quiz 2.6.20

Date: 2nd Jun 2020 @ 8:57am

Happy Tuesday everyone !

How did you get on with yesterday's quiz question ? Well done to Naomi, Zarak, Maddison , Heer and Ganesha who all used their research skills to find the answer : The Taj Mahal, India.

Many of our winners also found additional information about the history of the building ! Great work smiley

Today's building is :

10 Things You May Not Know About the Eiffel Tower - HISTORY

Can you find out what it is called and which European city it is in ?

Let me know your answer: Ealhomelearning@ravensbury.manchester.sch.uk 

Mrs Harriott

Wellbeing challenge 1.6.20

Date: 1st Jun 2020 @ 10:51am

Hello and welcome back to the start of our final half term of this school year !

As you know, Mrs Glover has been setting us wellbeing challenges to keep us feeling positive and productive over the last few months. It has been fantastic to look back at all the photos you have sent her showing your creative work!

For the next few weeks, Mrs Glover is lucky enough to be going into school each day to teach as we  start opening up the school to certain year groups, so I'll be setting your wellbeing challenge.

So, here's your challenge for this week:

Can you set yourself an exercise goal for the week and try and do a different  exercise each day? It could be going for a walk with your family, making up a dance , going on a bike ride, jumping on your trampoline, doing an online workout like Joe Wicks or doing 30 star jumps in your kitchen!

Use the chart below to record your exercise each day ( or just write it on a piece of paper if you do not have a printer) and send it in to:Ealhomelearning@ravensbury.manchester.sch.uk . If you would like to share  a photo during the week ,send it in too and I can post it on the blog for others to be inspired to try your idea !

I can't wait to see who can be an exercise superstar!

Mrs Harriott

Weekly Exercise Goals Chart (25 Sheets Per Pad) with Stickers ...

Quiz 1.6.20

Date: 1st Jun 2020 @ 9:54am

Good morning!

Hope you had a restful half term holiday?

Well done to Heer, Ganesa and Maddison who all correctly identified the flag that was the former flag of Northern Ireland, with the capital Belfast. Northern Ireland  is one of the four countries of the UK along with Wales, Scotland and England.

For today's quiz , can you find out the country in which this building was built between 1631 and 1648? 

Email your answer to: Ealhomelearning@ravensbury.manchester.sch.uk

Taj Mahal | Definition, Story, History, & Facts | Britannica

Good luck!

Half term wellbeing challenge

Date: 25th May 2020 @ 10:58am

Hello and happy half term!

I'm not going to be posting a daily challenge for you over half term but here is something you can do  if you like. It's a funny time right now and it's one we may want to look back on in the future to remind oursleves what we did, how we felt and how lucky we are when it's all over. So I've attached a time capsule template for you use so that you can record some of these things, either by writing or drawing it's up to you.

You can either print it out, do it on a computer or just draw our each page for yourself. Do as much or as little as you chooe and feel free to share anything you do on EALhomelearning@ravensbury.manchester.sch.uk

Stay safe,

Mrs Glover


Quiz 21.5.20

Date: 21st May 2020 @ 10:32am

Good morning,

Well done to everyone who identified yesterday's flag which was of course the flag of Wales with a dragon on it. Naomi, Heer, Ganesa, Maddison and Zarek all got it correct once again, I dread to think how many house points we now owe them when we get back to school, we may have to have some new ones made so that we have enough! laugh (sorry Mrs Hughes!)

Today's quiz

What country is this the flag for? Can you tell us any languages that they speak in this country either now or in the past? Also there's a link to the country of the flag that Mrs Harriott posted yesterday, can you tell us what it is?

Good luck!


Wellbeing challenge 21.5.20

Date: 21st May 2020 @ 10:14am

Good morning, I hope you all found some way to enjoy the sunshine yesterday. I sent a lot of time in my garden and I have to admit even though I applied plenty of sun cream, I’m still a little pink! I hope you were all more careful than me.

We’re almost at the end of the week and today is the last kindness based challenge as I have something a little different for tomorrow.

I hope that you have been experiencing some acts of kindness this week as today my challenge is to write a kindness acrostic poem. This is where you use each letter of the word you choose to start a sentence or word.

I’ve attached a file that has a few different kindness words to use for your poem so you can choose one or choose more than one you like! As always if you can’t print then don’t worry, you can write it out on a piece of paper or even type it on a computer like I have.

I have chosen the word caring. Here is my poem.

Cooking for other people

Asking people how they are

Returning peoples phone calls and messages

Interest in what friends and family are up to

Niceness goes a long way!

Going the extra mile for those you love

As always please e-mail your poems to EALhomelearning@ravensbury.manchester.sch.uk

Mrs Glover

Past challenges

I'm very impressed with all the origami hearts you've all been making, some of you even made both hearts like I did! Here they are along with some other past challenges.



Wellbeing challenge 20.5.20

Date: 20th May 2020 @ 9:53am

Good morning,

Wow what a day! The weather forecast suggests it could get as hot as 26 degrees today! I can’t wait to get out there and enjoy it although I’ll definitely be putting on some sun cream!

Today’s activity is linked to kindness again and involves making a little present for either someone else or yourself. Today‘s challenge is to make an origami heart.

To start with you will need a square piece of paper and it will be easier to follow the instructions if it is decorated or coloured on one side.

Here is a YouTube video telling you how to make a square from an A4 piece of paper.


Then you have a choice of making 2 different hearts, one flat and one 3D. I made both and prefer the flat one and found it a bit easier but it’s up to you which you do.

Here is how to make the flat heart (my first picture) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnV262Egucw

Here is how to make the 3D inflatable heart (my second picture) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CN4oPm9bCWE (then at the end you have to blow it up using the little hole at the bottom)

I can’t wait to see your hearts! Remember to e-mail them to EALhomelearning@ravensbury.manchester.sch.uk

Mrs Glover

Past challenges

I've really enjoyed reading about all your kind acts in your hearts from yesterday and I love how some of you are mentioning clap for carers in your kind acts for others! Here are the ones I've been sent:

Quiz 20.5.20

Date: 20th May 2020 @ 9:35am

Good morning ! Hope you are able to get out in the sun  today as it's set to be a scorcher !

A big round of applause for our flag winners from yesterday who are : Naomi, Zarak, Heer and Ganesa. Great work ! They knew that the flag was Japan, with its capital Tokyo . The other city in Japan with the same letters is Kyoto.

Here's one for today:

( Mrs Glover thought my last question was very tricky, so here's a slightly easier one for you.smiley)

Which country in the UK has this flag and which mythical creature is on the flag? Let us know by emailing : Ealhomelearning@ravensbury.manchester.sch.uk

Flag of Wales - Wikipedia

Good luck !



Quiz 19.5.20

Date: 19th May 2020 @ 11:00am

Good morning,

Wow yesterday's flag challenge was difficult! In fact I'm not even sure on one of the answers so keep an eye on the blog and I'll add it on later! 

Well done to Maddison, Heer and Ganesa who knew that it was the Egyptian flag! Everyone had slightly different ideas on who lived there 5000 years ago and I'm not 100% sure what answer Mrs Harriott had in mind so I'll update this as soon as I know!

Update - Mrs Harriott was thinking of the Anicent Egyptians who lived there 5000 years ago, I think some of us were trying to make it too complicated! :-D

Today's quiz

What flag is this? What is the capital of the country? Which other city in this country uses excatly the same letters as the capital city? (also known as an anagram)

As always let us know what you think the answer is on EALhomelearning@ravensbury.manchester.sch.uk



Wellbeing challenge 19.5.20

Date: 19th May 2020 @ 10:25am

Good morning,

I hope everyone is well and taking good care of their mental health this week. We are still looking at kindness today and how important kindness is to keep everyone happy and healthy. Today's challenge will hopefully help everyone to see that kindness is all around us and I bet there are things that others do for us (and that we do for others!) that we barely even think about.

Today we're going to draw a kindness heart.

First of all draw a large heart on a piece of paper. Then on the left hand side write all the things that people do for you that are kind, all in different colours. Then on the right hand side write all the kind things that you do for others in different colours. If you can't think of many then maybe have a think of things that you could do. The acts of kindness could be as simple as just smiling at someone or saying good morning.

Here is mine if you would like to steal some ideas!

If you would like to share your kindness hearts then as always please feel free to e-mail me on EALhomelearning@ravensbury.manchester.sch.uk

Past challenges

Thanks to Mrs Iqbal who sent me her kind acts for the week!

Well done to the children that are still sending in their mask designs as well as their kindsness acts (one here has even made his mum a cup of tea and some biscuits!)


Wellbeing challenge 18.5.20

Date: 18th May 2020 @ 10:39am

Good morning everyone, its the start of a new week!

Thank you to everyone who has sent their amazing face mask designs, I've been blown away once again! Have a look below to see what you have all done.

This week it is Mental Health Awareness week so I will be posting some activities linked to this. Mental Health means looking after yourself to make sure that you are happy and healthy. The theme is kindness and involves being kind to yourself and others.

For today I've attached a little booklet for "The power of kindness" where you have to draw or write what kindness means to you and then write (or draw) 5 kind acts that you can do this week (it says month but I think we can squeeze them all into a week!) The acts of kindness can be either being kind to yourself or being kind to others. Perhaps a mix of both would be nice. If you can't print out the booklet then you can just type or write them out like I have :-).

Kindness to me means doing something nice to make somebody feel good and loved.

The 5 things I am going to do are:

1. Make my husband some cups of tea

2. Send a friend a little message through the post to cheer them up.

3. Phone my mum for a chat.

4. Have a nice relaxing foot spa while I watch one of my favourite films (for me)

5. Buy myself a litle treat while I'm out shopping, maybe some nice chocolate! (also for me!)

As always, please let me know what your ideas are by e- mailing  EALhomelearning@ravensbury.manchester.sch.uk

Mrs Glover

Past challenges

Look at all these fantastic face masks! :-D




Date: 18th May 2020 @ 9:24am

Good morning !

Hope you have had a fantastic weekend.

Mrs Glover set us a tricky flag challenge on Friday ! But, we love a challenge and Naomi smiley correctly identified the flags as Demark (Danish), Norway ( Norwegian) and Sweden ( Swedish) and the connection is that sometimes these countries are grouped together with Finland and Iceland and called Scandinavia. 

Well done also to Michelle, Heer , Ganesa and Zarek who also got most of the information right ! Great work !

How about this one for today: Can you name the country and who lived in the same area around 5000 years ago?

Flag of Egypt - Wikipedia

Good luck everyone !


The Boy at the Back of the Class Chapter 21

Date: 15th May 2020 @ 10:30am

Good morning year 6- can you believe we are on chapter 21 already. If you have missed any just go back on the blog to look for any chapters you may have missed. This chapter gave a lot away about the narrator of the story. Did you pick up on the clues yesterday? 


Today I would like you to write down as much as you know about the narrator so far. Are they a boy or a girl? What do they look like? What are they interested in? Who do they like? What sort of character traits do they have? Brave for example. Remember to give evidence from the text to support your answer where possible. 

You might need to look back at other chapters to help you remember everything about them. I will award 5 house points for the person who responds with the most detailed description. 

Send your work to...

Year 6 @ Ravensbury




Wellbeing challenge 15.5.20

Date: 15th May 2020 @ 10:15am

Good morning and happy Friday! End of the week already! Fingers crossed we get some sun this weekend.

My last wellbeing challenge of the week is a creative one in case you want to spend some time on it over the weekend.

I’d like you to design your own face mask. As we know, face masks are being worn by many people at the moment to keep help them safe. If you had to wear one, what would you like it to look like? You can have whatever you want on it and make it as crazy as you like!

I’ve attached a template if you would like to use it but don’t worry if you don’t have a printer, you can just draw one like I drew mine! Here is mine for you to have a look at, now if only I could sew…

Please send me your designs as I’d love to see them! EALhomelearning@ravensbury.manchester.sch.uk

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Glover

Past challenges

Thank you to Heer who sent me this joke:

There were two boys who were going to school and they were late.The teacher asked why they were late.One said I was looking for my money that i lost. The teacher asked the other boy why he was late.He said I put my foot on his money.

and to Tomasz for these jokes:

What is a pirate's favourite letter?


What do you call an alligator in a vest?

An investigator!

and to Theodosia for sending me a lovely video of her telling me jokes such as:

What do you get if you cross a tiger with a porcupine?

A slow poke!


Quiz 15.5.20

Date: 15th May 2020 @ 10:01am

Wow I can’t believe how many people are doing our quiz and emailing with such fantastic answers! Thank you to all of you, it really makes our day hearing from you.

Well done to Michelle, Heer, Ganesa, Maddison, Zarek, Faith, and Naomi who all knew that is was the flag of The United States of America and the capital was Washington DC. You named many different people such as Elvis Presley, Donald Trump and Barack Obama (sorry to the person who said Justin Bieber, he’s actually from Canada! We’ll let you off thought as you got the rest of it right J )

Since it’s the weekend I’m going to give you 3 different flags to name! I’m also looking for a link between them all. Bonus point if you can tell me which language they speak in each country.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Glover

Wellbeing challenge number 14.5.20

Date: 14th May 2020 @ 10:21am

Good morning everyone,

I've had a request to make the font on my blog a little easier to read so that some of the younger children can have a go at reading it themselves which is a fantastic idea, so hopefully this will be a bit easier to read!

I hope people enjoyed yesterdays challenge, I know that some people did the Jason Manford quiz at 1.30 so if anyone didn't get the chance to watch Friday the turtle or had any problems accessing the Facebook live video then here it is on YouTube today: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvhZZq0UnJI

Today's challenge is one that will hopefully make you and others around you smile. I want you to tell someone a joke! In fact, I think you should try and make as many people laugh as possible! Laughing is very good for both your health and wellbeing and it's certainly one of my favourite things to do, especially if I'm feeling a bit sad.

If you don't know any jokes then have a look at these:



Here are some that I like!

What do elves learn in school?

The elf-abet.

Why didn’t the skeleton go to the dance?

He had no body to dance with.

Please e-mail me on EALhomelearning@ravensbury.manchester.sch.uk with your best jokes or any stories of making people laugh.

Mrs Glover

Past challenges

Thanks to everyone who has sent me pictures of them doing a few of the past challenges, here are a few of them!


Quiz 14.5.20

Date: 14th May 2020 @ 9:10am

Hello everyone!

A massive well done to: Faith, Navaeh , Michelle , Maddison, Zarek , Haya and Naomi  who all correctly identified the flag was Italy and its capital city, Rome. There were lots of landmarks and foods too - the leaning tower of Pisa and pasta were just two of the suggestions.
5 house points to you all when we get back to school !

How about this flag ? Can you name the country, capital and any famous people who come from this country? Email us on : Ealhomelearning@ravensbury.manchester.sch.uk if you know the answer. Good luck !

Flag of the United States - Wikipedia


Quiz 13.5.20

Date: 13th May 2020 @ 10:58am


Well done to Maddison and Faith who both knew that yesterday's flag was of Pakistan - capital of Islamabad - and that you can say hello by saying Asalaam-walaikum or Salam.

Well done to Heer too who had also e-mailed us to tell us about last Friday's flag being the Union Jack and also telling us all about VA day.

5 house points to all of them when we go back!

Today's quiz

What country does this flag belong to? What is the capital? Can you name a famous landmark anywhere in this country and name a food that is eaten there?

Remember to e-mail us on EALhomelearning@ravensbury.manchester.sch.uk to answer!

Wellbeing challenge 13.5.20

Date: 13th May 2020 @ 10:39am

Good morning everyone,

I'm sorry I didn't post a wellbeing challenge yesterday but I was in school! I meant to do it the night before but then forgot and had an early night ready for school yesterday, oops! Sorry about that but I'm back today and have a choice of 2 for you to do to make up for it.

You've been very creative lately (please see the past challenges below!) so I'm giving you something a bit different today. One is i you would like to relax and one is if you would like to have a bit of fun.

The first challenge is to do Jason Manford's comedy kids quiz at 1.30pm today, available from the following YouTube link. If you can't do it at 1.30 then it will be up for a few days after. and if you want more then have a look on his YouTube channel for past quizzes! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhVLZjO7Tms

The second challenge is also at 1.30pm although I think you can watch it later if you're not free then! The National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth are doing Turtle Time! A live video of their Green Sea Turtle who is called Friday. I always find watching sea animals very relaxing so you could watch it, learn some facts about turtles and then have a go at drawing the turtle. Ths live video will be on facebook so you'll have to ask an adult to log in to their account if they have one. https://www.facebook.com/NationalMarineAquarium/live/

Please e-mail me to let me know how you did in the quiz or any facts or pictures you have of the turtle! EALhomelearning@ravensbury.manchester.sch.uk

Mrs Glover

Past Challenges

I've been blown away by the effort you've gone to with these challenges (people have even dressed up!) and every time I get emails with pictures of your challenges it really cheers me up so thank you! Here are some pictures I've received over the last couple of days, thanks to everyone who's sent me one!

Quiz 12.5.20

Date: 12th May 2020 @ 9:47am

Hello !

Congratulations to Faith who correctly identified the flag of Australia , with the capital city of Canberra. The majority of people speak English in Australia  and there are many Aboriginal languages in use too.

Here's today's flag. If you know the country, its capital and how to say 'hello' in any language spoken there , email us : Ealhomelearning@ravensbury.manchester.sch.uk

Flag of Pakistan - Wikipedia

Good luck !

Quiz 11.5.20

Date: 11th May 2020 @ 11:00am


Well no one e-mailed us with the answer to Friday's quiz (I think maybe because it was a bank holiday weekend so you were all taking a well earned break!) but the flag was the Union Jack which is the flag for the United Kingdom; made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The capital is London and VE day is to celebrate 75 years since World war 2 ended.

Today I'm giving you a flag that actually looks quite similar to the Union Jack but what country is it for? What is the capital? What language do they speak?

Remember to e-mail us on EALhomelearning@ravensbury.manchester.sch.uk if you know the answer!

Wellbeing challenge 11.5.20

Date: 11th May 2020 @ 10:36am

Good morning everyone,

I hope everyone has had a lovely weekend! I spent a lot of time in the sun, in fact possibly a bit too much time! I also had some delicious food and lovely video chats with some of my friends.

Thanks again for all your wellebing challenge e-mails. It really cheers me up whenever I get one and see what you've all been up to!

Today's wellbeing challenge is actually Miss Bryce's idea so thanks Miss Bryce! It's a creative one and is to design your own superhero.

Who would they be?

What would they do?

What would they wear?

Have a think about what is important to you and then either draw, make or write about your superhero.

See the attached picture file for all the details and how it relates to Banksy.

Remember to e-mail EALhomelearning@ravensbury.manchester.sch.uk to show me pictures of your superheroes!

Past challenges

Some fantastic origami by all the pupils who gave it a go, well done!


VE Day quiz

Date: 8th May 2020 @ 10:05am

Good morning on this Bank Holiday Friday!

Well done to Sophie who knew that yesterday's flag was Brazil, capital Brasilia. The main language in Brazil is Portuguese, although German , Ticuna, Kaingang and Kaiwa Guarani are also spoken.

Here's today's flag. Email us if you know what the country and capital is AND what VE Day is.


Good luck !

Wellbeing challenge number 19

Date: 7th May 2020 @ 10:25am

Good morning,

Yet another lovely sunny day! I'm looking forward to getting out in the sun later although I actually got a little bit sunburnt yesterday! Remeber that suncream!

Today's challenge is a creative one, I'd like you to try a bit of origami. Origami is the art of folding paper and while it can be a bit tricky, it's also quite a nice relaxing activity once you know what you're doing and you end up with something that looks amazing. You could even make a few things and use them to decorate your house!

What you need for all origami is a square of paper, either plain or patterned. If youre not sure how to turn a piece of paper into a square then have a look here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPxi1dIWRws

Then you could take some time to decorate your paper if you like before you fold it.

Then this is a fairly simple one to get started, a butterfly https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWjEYlMZnhE

Just follow each instruction carefully and the good thing about watching a video is that you can rewind it as much as you like! If you're not a fan of butterflies then feel free to have a look for something else on the Red Ted Art channel.

Here's my butterfly that I've just made. It's not perfect but it's the first time I've ever done it so I was quite impressed with myself!

As always I'd love to see pictures of what you've made or of any past challenges, e-mail EALhomelearning@ravensbury.manchester.sch.uk to send them or even just to let me know what kind of challenges you prefer so I can make sure I'm doing ones that people like :-)


Past challenges

Thanks to all the children who have sent me pictures, you've all been very busy which is great to see!

‘We create, We explore,

We care, We soar’


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