Fun extra activities 2019 - 2020

Miss Pilling

We have put a page together where all of the fun activities that children can do if they would like to can be kept together. We would also love to see what you have been doing so send us a picture to and we will upload them to the gallery.


500 words Black Lives Matter writing competition

TV presenters Angellica Bell and Michael Underwood have just launched a brand new 500 Words competition.

Children between the ages of five and 13 are invited to submit their creative writing on the theme, Black Lives Matter.

You have to live in the UK to take part in the contest, however, entries from children of all ethnicities and backgrounds are welcome.

Those who are looking to enter the competition aren't limited when it comes to what they write about. Submissions can highlight everything from personal experiences to what entrants have learned about racism in recent times, or conversations they've had about it.

It's an opportunity for children and young people to share their thoughts on a really important issue in a creative and imaginative way. Click on the link below to find out more or to enter.


The Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge is the biggest annual reading promotion for children and this year (for the first time ever) they’re going digital! The challenge to read and enjoy books is still the same, but we’re pulling out all the stops to get you involved in new ways. For 2020, Silly Squad is all about funny books, happiness and having a laugh. Click the image below to get rewards, play games and earn badges as you discover awesome books to read this summer!


First News

Lots of children love our weekly First News delivery, you can dowload a copy to read at home below:



Free Books

The National Literacy Trust have put together a lovely book called The Book of Hopes which includes an extrodinary collection of short stories, poems and pictures fromm over 110 writers and illustrators! Writers that have contributed to this book include Anthony Horowitz, Michael Morpurgo, Jacqueline Wilson and Axel Scheffler.

Click on the image below to access The Book of Hopes- dedicated to doctors, nurses, carers and everyone currently working in hospitals.

Audible have made lots of online books free during school closures. This is a great way to allow the children to read a variety of interesting books. Also, sign up to Manchester Libraries to receive their newsletter which includes lots of free eBooks and a daily story from David Walliams. 

Other books that may help your child deal with any fear or worry include the books shown below. Click on the picture for more book recommendations.


Calling all Harry Potter Fans...

Are you a huge Harry Potter fan like us? The Wizarding World have found some well-known faces to read extracts from all seventeen chapters of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone for you to enjoy. Who better than Harry Potter himself, actor Daniel Radcliffe to start it off with Chapter 1? Click on the Harry Potter icon below.
Luckily, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is also one of the lead titles on Borrowbox. You can either read along or let Stephen Fry read you the whole story.

Also, there is a BRAND NEW J.K. Rowling book called The Ickabog which you can read for free if you click on the Ickabog picture.

Art Challenges





Rights Respected Schools

At Varna, we are a Rights Respecting Schools which means that we believe and follow Unicef's rights for children. Unicef have created fun, supportive activities to help children learn about their rights during this difficult time.

Each week we will add a new article with related activities for you to complete. Click on the links below to access the activities and to learn more about Rights Respecting Schools follow this link

Article 31- Rest, Play, Culture, Arts

Article 29- The Goals of Education

Article 23- Children with Disabilities

Article 30- Minority or Indigenous groups, culture, language and religion

Article 42- Knowledge of Rights

Article 19- Protection from Violence, Abuse and Neglect

Article 15- The Freedom of Association

Article 28- The Right to Education

Article 14- Freedom of Thought, Belief and Religion

Article 7 - Birth registration, Name, Nationality and Care

Article 12- Respect for the Views of the Child

Article 24- The Right to Healthcare

Article 17- Access to Information from the Media

Rights of the Child

A RR poem by Mrs Hargreaves


Writing Challenges

Have a go at as many of these as you can - we'd love to see the work you've done when we're back at school! These files are quite big so be patient when they are opening, it can take a couple of minutes.

Once they have opened up, click on Slide Show and then From Beginning and off you go!






Calling All Scientists!

We know how much you all enjoy your science lessons, so here are some science investigations you can do with your family. They cover a variety of enquiry types and are fun to do. You can record this in your home learning books or email photos of you doing the investigations. We look forward to seeing your scientific work.

Click on the picture below!


Calling all Coders!

Here is a Scratch activity for you to try at home. Click on the box to begin!

We have now have 2 more Challenges:


Reading at Home

Reading for just ten minutes a day has been proven to have loads of positive effects for children. The Read Manchester team has collected together an amazing array of online resources to make it easier for you to get stuck into a good book or reading activity while they’re indoors. Click the link below for links to activities, games, free ebooks and audio books.

Online Resources recommended by Read Manchester


Relax Kids

At Varna, we use Relax Kids to help support our children with their emotional and mental health, providing children with strategies to become resilient, mindful and calm. For more information on Relax Kids click here:  Ms Oakes has provided us with a free Calm Pack to support our children during this difficult time, click the link below to download the calm pack.

Relax Kids Calm Pack


Speaking and Listening

Click below for some family learning games and activities, which you can do with all of your children, regardless of their age. These activities are great in expanding your child’s vocabulary development as well as speaking and listening skills. The activities promote quality time together as well as supporting children who have Speech and Language needs. 

Speaking and Listening Games


Fun extra activities: News items

Fun extra activities: Gallery items

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