Challenge 1: 
Tate Kids Gallery Exploration
You are invited to enjoy exploring the depths of Tate Gallery's artists page and find examples of artists who you think fall under each of the statements about 'What is Art?'
  • It's not just drawing...
  • It's not just happy...
  • It's not just acceptable...
  • It's not just pretty...
  • It't not just in galleries...
  • It's not just images...
  • It's not just realistic...
  • It's not just for art lovers...
  •   Give your reasoning. You might say, for example, Paula Rego's images are not JUST images, they are also stories that tell us about life and traditions in Portugal, where she is from.

Challenge 2:
Musician Research Project
You are invited to watch the video of Sheku Kanneh-Mason.
  • What are your first impressions of this musician? 
  • What instrument is he playing?
  • Who do you think composed this piece of music?
  • What genres of music influenced this composition?
  • How has your impression of Sheku changed?
  • What opportunities has music opened up for him?
  • What do you think motivates him?
  • What do you think have been his biggest challenges?
Finally, watch this clip. 
  • How can you perhaps relate to Sheku?
  • How might he have inspired you?
  • What questions would you like to ask him and his family if you could?
  • What words of support and encouragement could you offer him?
Now, write to Sheku Kanneh-Mason. No doubt he would love a letter in which you express the thoughts and feelings you have had during this exercise. Miss Adams will send him and Chineke orchestra all the letters she receives by May 12th.  
Challenge 3 

Become the best SWIMMER you can... even from your own living room.


Miss Adams invites you to join in her online swim school. It will be aimed at Y5 and Y6... but everyone is welcome to take part, families, siblings, grandparents. Everyone!


You will learn how your BRAIN is where it all begins!!

You will become a calm BREATHER... Although Mr Harrold has a heart of steel he would never be so terrible as to make you hold your breath and run around the field. Neither should a swimming teacher. I'll ensure you breathe!!! We'll take a playful approach, with or without goggles on

Challenge 4 UPDATE - Y1 Cycle Path Exhibition: It is taking shape. Notice some new additions next time you pass by on the cycle path..


Challenge 5 UPDATE - Bristol Bike Project Story - WIN A BIKE!!! 

Super exciting news! The Bristol Bike Project are going to MAKE A BIKE to give as a PRIZE for the child who writes the best Bike Ride Story. 

Submit your story by May 29th.


Challenge 6

FishpondsRecords - Create a musical collaboration with a professional musician


You have the chance to collaborate with some incredible, creative professional musicians from different musical backgrounds. Using sounds made by you each musician will very generously compose a unique track for our school community, perhaps before the summer holidays so long as their situation allows. 


WHAT YOU WILL DO?: Make a 5-10second sound recording on your phone/device that fills you with joy.

  • First experiment... play... and explore... sounds made by your voice, instruments or things at home or in the garden. You're free to get creative!
  • Record your favourite sound for 5 to 10 seconds on your device or phone 
  • If possible, please leave a moment of silence at the start and end 
  • Finally send your recording in an email to Miss Adams's new PPA email address by May 29th - which will be shared here soon!

At the end of May the sound bank will be sent to our amazing musicians for them to transform into their own original FishpondsRecord using looping, layering and other musical magic. 

The musicians will be doing this voluntarily, spending their energy with kindness for our school, whatever comes we'd like to say a big school-wide thank you to them!

Here is a sneaky peek at one of our collaborators, Simon Panrucker, looping  sounds in a live stream for his tracks called 'Brand New Socks':

Simon also makes music for the Cartoon Network:

Thank you Simon!! 



Challenge 7 

Music Staff Notation Quiz 

See if you can use your maths and music minds to answer this staff notation quiz. 


Challenge 8

Swimming Lessons - Brain

Steven Shaw is a leading swimming coach. What are his 4 principles of swimming? What state of mind does his video show us is best for becoming one with the water?

The Royal National Lifeboat Institute or RNLI's 'Float and Breathe' video teaches us the importance of being able to calm your mind in water. 

What can calming your mind enable you to do?

Now try out some calming breathing with Bulldog. Notice how your body feels at the start compared with the end of the exercise.

Next swimming lessons we will explore different helpful techniques to keep a calm rhythmic breath in water.



 Challenge 9

 3D Drawing                                                   

Have a go at recreating your own 3D artwork. 

  • Notice which lines are the same lengths as the artist draws.
  • Notice which lines are parallel to each other.
  • Notice how many tones the artist uses for shading . 


Challenge 10 

Consider and compare Mona Hatoum's 'Routes II', 2002 and Barret Lyon's 'The Opte Project: Mapping the Internet', 2003.

  • What do you see in both of these artworks? Describe.
  • How are both of the artworks similar?
  • How are they different?
  • What does each artwork make you think of and why?
  • Which artwork do you find most interesting and why?
  • Write 3 questions you would like to ask one of the artists.




Challenge 11

Create an Avatar for a local animation collaborative project.

Collaborate with a local animator to make a stop frame animation altogether, with children from other schools. You will need your parent to email the Bubbly Hands organiser to enrol and then you'll get to work, designing your own avatar to be a part of the animation. What an amazing chance! See the information sheet for all the details and thanks to Miss Cahill for the heads up!!

Bubbly Hands


Challenge 12

Minute of Music Challenge 

Follow the information on this link to listen to the quality of sound (the timbre) made by Bristol band, Snazzback. Then see if you can discover some things around your house that can create a similar timbre. Click here for more info from the producers of the sound archive, called Minute of Listening.  

Having difficulty with that link? Try this video of Snazzback:


Bristol MoL Challenge #1


NOTICE: PPA Email now in action


The PPA email is now open for Miss Adams to receive your Art and Music homework and to address any questions you might have about the Creative Challenges found here on the website:


Up coming Art homework is to draw three sketches a day and email your three favourites to Miss Adams along with the reasons why you chose them. What made it a real challenge? Have you captured a likeness? Did you notice something new or intriguing?

Email your sketches by May 21st. In the email subject put your YOUR NAME + YEAR GROUP + ART HOMEWORK


Up coming Music homework is to complete Challenge 6 (above) which is to make a 10 second sound recording that brings JOY! 

Email your sound over by Jun 1st. In the email subject put YOUR NAME + YEAR GROUP + CH6,


Here is help on how to attach a sound recording to an email:


Challenge 13

Swimming Lesson - Sustainable Breathing Pattern -  and no water up nose! 


Many people find breathing in water difficult for good reason. Have you ever had water go up your nose? It feels horrible. That just doesn't happen at any other point in the day when breathing feels comfy, does it? Just imagine how breathing feels when you're watching TV or sleeping. It's automatic, relaxed and rhythmic. In and out, in and out. What makes breathing feel comfy is the in and out breathe work equally, taking turns to supply your body with new air and get rid of the old air. But because having our face in water can make us focus lots on where the next breath IN is coming from, we often forget to do the equally important bit of breathing out! And remember to feel comfy, and to make space for all that new air - a deep breath in can only ever come after a deep breath OUT. Make sense? 


Watch this video. Here is a handy trick to prevent water from going up your nose ever again and a brilliant way to master achieving that calm rhythmic swimmer's breathing technique. All you need to do is HUM! Literally hum a tune. With your mouth closed tightly, when you hum guess where air comes out of... Got it? Your nose! Yip, noses are like one way streets. If air is coming out of them, water can't go into them. 


Face in the water with nose bubbles + face out the water to breathe in = a calm, rhythmic, sustainable pattern that swim the seven seas.


Give it a go and see if you can find your own deep breathing pattern just like this lady:


Challenge 14

Create a cartoon superhero.

Learn from the professional cartoonist, Dave Gibbons, that the real skill behind drawing is not the marks you make but the way you see and notice things. He has many more tips in this interview and demonstration for you to enjoy and run with. : )


Challenge 15

Dinosaurs! Guess the animal drawn by Paleo-artist C.M.Koseman


A palaeontologist is scientist who is an expert on fossils, often fossils of dinosaur bones from thousands of years ago. In fact the word 'paleo' means ancient, or very VERY old in Greek.


A paleo-illustrator or paleo-artist is someone who DRAWS what the dinosaurs were MOST LIKELY to have looked like when they were alive. But because they can't draw them from real-life dinosaurs, there are many disagreements and big discussions about for instance, a dinosaur's colour, texture, shape and even whether it had fur or feathers.


C.M Koseman is the paleo-artist who reveals how drawing from a creatures bones alone can lead to unrealistic ideas of their appearance. He drew these weird looking creatures by studying only the bones of three living animals, that I'm sure you will know.

Can you guess what they are? 


Top: _e_ _a

Left: _ _ _p_ _n_

Right: _hi_ _

Next, try to draw your own T.rex. Maybe you could create a series of variations by changing the colour, texture and T.rex's patterning each time