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Year 6 Summer Activities

This summer we are offering the opportunity for Year 6 students to get head start on collecting the commendations they receive here at Crookhorn. Below you will find a number of challenges from a range of subjects that you can take part in, which will be checked by staff when you arrive in September.

Students can take part in any number of challenges, but we do encourage that you complete at least one before your September start. Please bring in the evidence of your completed challenge(s) on your first day at Crookhorn, and your tutor will check your work, to award your commendations.

English Challenge 1

During his 2008 presidential election acceptance speech in Chicago, future president Barack Obama discussed a 106-year-old black female voter, and the many changes she had witnessed in her lifetime. He then declared that Anne Dixon Cooper was one of his heroes.

Watch the video link. Listen to how passionately Obama talks about Anne. Now think about who your hero could be. Who has influenced you the most to be the person that you are? It could be a member of your family, a teacher, a sports personality, a celebrity. Anybody who you think and feel has had a big impact on you. Write a speech based on this person and be prepared to share this with a Crookhorn audience in September.

English Challenge 2

In Year 7 and Year 8 you will be studying Shakespeare. To become a Shakespearian expert and to test the knowledge of our current Year 7s, can you create a multiple-choice quiz? It needs to be based on the Life and Times of William Shakespeare, and it needs to be at least fifteen questions in length.

We will then use this in September with the new year 8s to see how much they have remembered from this term’s learning!

Dance / Drama Challenge

With the title of 'Summer Holiday' create a short script/storyboard/film/piece of movement that tells the story of a group of friends who go on holiday together. The events of the trip should be exciting and develop the story and relationships between the friends. The genre of the piece should be clear. Is it a horror, tragedy, comedy etc?  Your piece must end on a cliffhanger or with a surprising twist. Be creative and have fun!

Mathematics Challenge 1

They can use two types of taxi:

  • A small taxi costs £40 for the trip and holds up to 4 people.
  • A large taxi costs £63 for the trip and holds up to 7 people.

Max says they should order 6 large taxis:
1. (a)  So how many small taxis would they need? (b)  How much will the total cost be?

Liz thinks that they can organise the journey more cheaply than this.
2.  Is Liz right?  How many taxis of each type should they order to get the total cost as low as possible?

Mathematics Challenge 2

Security Cameras
A shop owner wants to prevent shoplifting.

  • He decides to install a security camera on the ceiling of his shop.
  • He places the camera in the corner of the shop (at point P)
  • The camera can turn through 360°

The diagram shows a plan view of the shop with ten people standing in it.

  1. Which people can the camera NOT see?
  2. The shopkeeper thinks that 15% of the shop is hidden from the camera. Is he right or not?  Explain. 
  3. (a) What  do you think is the best place for the camera, so that it can see as much of the shop as possible. (b) How you know that this is the best place for the camera?

(A printable version of this diagram can be found at the bottom of this page)

Reading Challenge

Your goal is to complete as many reading challenges as possible over the summer holidays. You can do them in any order and as many as you like. Once you finish a task, colour in the box and move on to the next one!

(A printable version of this diagram can be found at the bottom of this page)


The scientific question that you are going to be investigating is:
How does the surface area of a container affect the speed of evaporation of water?

Part 1: Research & Planning  

  1. What is the chemical formula for water?
  2. What is evaporation?
  3. Draw a particle diagram for solid, liquid and gas
  4. Describe the movement of the particles in a liquid compared to a gas.
  5. In this experiment – what are you changing?
  6. In this experiment – what are you measuring?
  7. In this experiment – what are you keeping the same?


  1. Write a detailed method for your experiment
  2. Draw over the graph a sketch for an impure substance. Explain the difference between a pure substance and an impure substance.
  3. Explain the difference between evaporation and boiling.

Part 2: Completing the experiment  

Set up 5 different containers with the same amount of water in them – leave the water to evaporate and see how long it takes for the water to evaporate. Remember to ask an adult if you need any help. It might be a good idea to use a measuring jug to measure the difference in the water.

(A printable resource for this challenge can be found at the bottom of this page)