Rediscover Summer Activities from the DfE

Rediscover Summer activity booklet
The Rediscover Summer home activity booklet provides primary school age children
with free and fun ideas and activities to do, both at home and outside, with friends
and families this summer.
It aims to inspire children and families to get out and about, and make the most of
the summer safely. With this in mind, some of the activities may, depending on the
age of the child, need the help or permission of a grown-up to ensure they can be
enjoyed in a safe way.
We have left it to parents’ and carers’ discretion, to decide which activities would be
best done accompanied, based on the needs of their child.

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Today is…

STAYING HOME: No fans at the Tokyo Olympics - Front Row Soccer

The Olympic Games start

Tokyo will host the Olympics Games this year but they should have taken place in 2020.

Tokyo and Olympic Games 

  • Did you know that this is Tokyo’s third (3rd) time to be awarded the Summer games?
  • First time was in 1940, but due to the war between Japan and China they were moved to Helsinki before being cancelled due to World War 2. Second time was in 1964 and third will be in 2020! 
  • Tokyo’s fourth (4th) time to host Olympics: Tokyo 1964 Summer games, Sapporo 1972 and Nagano 1998 Winter games. 
  • Tokyo is the First (1st) city ever to hold Paralympic games for the second time! (First one in 1964, which was the first Paralympic games in the history of Summer Games).

The Mascots 

  • Trust the students: The final choice of Mascots, was left to the hand of millions Japanese students. 
  • The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games mascot is styled with the Ai (indigo blue) Ichimatsu pattern from the Tokyo 2020 Games emblem, a tribute to both the respected tradition and modern innovation of Japanese culture. MIRAITOWA has a personality inspired by the Japanese proverb, “learn from the past and develop new ideas”. MIRAITOWA is cheerful and remarkably athletic, with a very strong sense of integrity. It has a special power to instantly teleport anywhere it wants.
  • The name MIRAITOWA is based on the Japanese words “mirai”, meaning “future”, and “towa”, meaning “eternity”, representing the wish that the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will lead to a future of everlasting hope in the hearts of everyone around the world.

Symbols – Infinity

The Heritage zone includes sites used during 1964 Summer Games.
Heritage zone and Tokyo Bay area form two intersecting circles symbolizing infinity, and Athlete’s village will be built at the intersection. 

Sports and Events

  •  While the first modern Olympic Games started with 9 sports, 33 will be held in Tokyo 2020. (In total 339 events!)
  • Tokyo will host 5 new sports: Baseball/softball, Karate, Skateboarding, Sport Climbing, Surfing, while 15 new events will enrich the existing sports, including mixed-gender competitions.
  • “Greenest” Gold Medals ever! About 5.000 Medals will be made out of recycled old cell phones! 

Tokyo City

  • Robots are expected to welcome guests at Tokyo airport.
  • Tokyo has more than 5.000 sushi bars to welcome Olympic visitors. 
  • 882 rail stations within which, 282 subway stations will easily transfer guests to venues. 

24 Facts about the Olympic Games

1. The first Olympic Games took place in the 8th century B.C. in Olympia, Greece. They were held every four years for 12 centuries. Then, in the 4th century A.D., all pagan festivals were banned by Emperor Theodosius I and the Olympics were no more.

2. However, the athletic tradition was resurrected about 1500 years later: The first modern Olympics were held in 1896 in Greece.

3. In ancient Greece, athletes didn’t worry about sponsorship, protection, or fashion – they competed naked.

4. Back then, the games lasted five or six months.

5. Women have been allowed to compete in the Olympics since 1900.

6. From 1924-1992, the Winter and the Summer Olympics took place in the same year. Now, they’re on separate cycles and alternate every two years.

7. Only four athletes have won medals in both the Winter and the Summer Olympics. Only one of them, Christa Ludinger-Rothenburger, won medals in the same year.

8. During the 2012 London Games, the Olympic Village required 165,000 towels for a bit more than two weeks of activity.

9. The official languages of the games are English and French, complemented by the official language of the host country.

10. Tarzan competed in the Olympics: Johnny Weissmuller, an athlete-turned-actor who played Tarzan in 12 movies, won five gold medals in swimming in the 1920s.

11. From 1912-1948, artists participated in the Olympics: Painters, sculptors, architects, writers, and musicians competed for medals in their respective fields.

12. During the 1936 Berlin Games, two Japanese pole-vaulters tied for second place. Instead of competing again, they cut the silver and bronze medals in half and fused the two different halves together so that each of them had a half-silver and half-bronze medal.

13. The Olympic torch is lit the old-fashioned way in an ancient ceremony at the temple of Hera, in Greece: Actresses, wearing costumes of Greek priestesses, use a parabolic mirror and sun rays to kindle the torch.

14. From there, the torch starts its relay to the host city: It is usually carried by runners, but it has traveled on a boat, on an airplane (and the Concorde), on horseback, on the back of a camel, via radio signal, underwater, and in a canoe.

15. The unlit Olympic torch has also been taken to space several times.

16. The relay torch and the Olympic flame are supposed to burn during the whole event. In case the flame goes out, it can only be reignited with a backup flame, which has been lit in Greece as well, and with never a regular lighter!

17. The 2012 London Games were the first Olympics in which all participating countries sent female athletes.

18. The following sports are (sadly) not part of the Olympics anymore: solo synchronized swimming, tug of war, rope climbing, hot air ballooning, dueling pistol, tandem bicycle, swimming obstacle race, and plunge for distance. Luckily, live pigeon shooting was a one-shot and only part of the 1900 Olympics in Paris.

19. The five rings of the Olympic symbol – designed by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, co-founder of the modern Olympic Games – represent the five inhabited continents of the world.

20. The six colors – blue, yellow, black, green, red, and the white background – were chosen because every nation’s flag contains at least one of them.

21. The Olympic Games have been hosted by 23 different countries.

22. The first official Olympic mascot was Waldi, the dachshund, at the 1972 Games in Munich.

23. The 2016 Games in Rio marked the first time the Olympics were held in South America.

24. During the 17 days of the 2016 Summer Olympics, 10,500 athletes from 205 countries represented 42 different sports and participated in 306 competitions in Rio.

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Sheffield Libraries Reading Challenge

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Children’s University

Sheffield & District Junior Football League - News - Help Your Club Develop  - Become part of the Children's University?

How can you earn CU credits this summer?

  • Bears of Sheffield – Earn 3 CU credits for taking part in a special activity that compliments the trail:
  • CU Festival of Fun – Over 65 FREE activities over the summer holidays, all earning CU credits with a Passport to Learning:
  • CU Summer Passport Activity Newsletter – details of activities being delivered by our Learning Destinations across Sheffield and beyond:
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    Sheffield CU Inspirational Stories – End of year special!

    A message from Katie at the Cu.

    We know this year been really challenging for you in LOTS of different ways. Despite this, we are really pleased to announce that we have awarded over 3,500 Bronze level awards, 2,800 Silver level awards and 2,500 Gold level awards to our fantastic Sheffield children and young people during the pandemic as well as awarding many more CU credits in between!

    We are SO impressed with the continued commitment to voluntary learning, whether that be home learning challenges, zoom gymnastics in the garden, virtual scouts groups, at school based activities or with our fab Learning Destinations now they are back up and running. As always, we are SO proud of all our wonderful CU members and their resilience during the past 18 months.

    Another person who knows all about overcoming barriers to succeed is 19 year old Yorkshire born Jodie Ounsley who is the first deaf female rugby player to be selected for an international squad and represent England at Rugby Sevens.

    Profoundly deaf from birth, as a child she soon developed a determined mindset and the resilience to overcome barriers. Her positive view on life has led to lots of successes on her journey to becoming an international professional athlete. Whilst some would say her hearing was a disability, Jodie views it as a strength that has given her the opportunity to connect and reach out to children and young people to inspire the next generation.

    We hope to bring you more from Jodie as we celebrate the Rugby League World Cup, which due to the arrive in Sheffield this Autumn, but in the meantime, Jodie has recorded a special end of year video to congratulate our CU members on all their efforts and to share her inspirational story too! It is definitely worth a watch so click here to view:!

    Happy summer holidays! 🎉😎☀🌴

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    Today is…

    1969 Moon Landing - HISTORY

    The Anniversary of the Moon Landing

    Over 50 years ago, three men on the Apollo 11 mission landed on the moon – for the first time in history! It was a momentous event that caught the attention of the world. Here are some amazing facts about the space race and the moon landing. 

    1. The moon is 238,855 miles away from Earth. Even whizzing through space at super-high speed, it takes more than three days to get there.

    2. Out in space, away from Earth, there is no gravity holding astronauts down, so they float around in their spaceships. Sometimes called zero-g.

    3. The lunar module, Eagle, was so small that there was no room for seats. While Eagle dropped 60 miles to the moon’s surface, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin had to stand up.

    4. The landing site that Apollo 11 crew had chosen was an area called the Sea of Tranquillity, which looked smooth and safe for landing. This isn’t a sea as we know it. It’s a lunar mare – a large plain formed long ago by a volcanic eruption.

    5. When Neil Armstrong landed the lunar module, there were only 30 seconds of fuel left. Yikes!

    6. Neil Armstrong was supposed to say ‘That’s one small step for a man’, but he forgot to say ‘a’. Instead, he said the now-famous words, ‘One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind’.

    7. Gravity on the moon is only one-sixth as strong as gravity on Earth. If you jumped on the moon, you’d go six times higher. Wow!

    8. While Neil Armstrong may have been the first man to set foot on the moon, Buzz Aldrin was the first man to go to the toilet there, using a special tube in his spacesuit!

    9. An amazing woman called Katherine Johnson carried out the calculations that made the mission to the moon possible and got the astronauts home again. Katherine’s incredible achievement made it possible for other women and people of colour to follow in her footsteps, breaking down barriers of race and gender.

    10. While he was still working for NASA after returning from the moon, Neil Armstrong helped invent computer navigation technology called ‘fly-by-wire’, which is still used in spacecraft and aeroplanes today.

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    Today is beginning of…


    The second Eid festival of the calendar year, commemorating the willingness of Abraham to obey God.

    Eid ul-Adha (‘Festival of Sacrifice’) is one of the most important festivals in the Muslim calendar.

    The festival remembers the prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son when God ordered him to.

    Visit BBC Bitesize to learn more

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    Today is …

    Nelson Mandela death: A life in pictures - BBC News
    Nelson Mandela: His Written Legacy - HISTORY

    Nelson Mandela Day


    Apartheid…Apartheid an Afrikaans[1] word meaning “the state of being apart”, literally “apart –
    hood” was a system of racial segregation in South Africa enforced through legislation by the
    National Party (NP) governments, the ruling party from 1948 to 1994, under which the rights,
    associations, and movements of the majority black inhabitants were curtailed and Afrikaner
    minority rule was maintained. The government segregated education, medical care, beaches, and
    other public services, and provided black people with services that were often inferior to those of
    white people.

    Townships….In South Africa, under Apartheid, the term township came to mean a residential
    development that confined non-whites (Blacks, Coloureds, and Indians) living near or working in
    white-only communities. Soweto is a well-known example.
    Regent….A regent is the informal or sometimes formal title given to a temporary, acting head of
    state in a monarchy.

    Kraal…Kraal is an Afrikaans and Dutch word for an enclosure for cattle or other livestock, located
    within an African settlement or village surrounded by a fence of thorn-bush branches, a palisade,
    mud wall, or other fencing, roughly circular in form.

    ANC…The African National Congress is the Republic of South Africa’s governing political party
    since the establishment of multi-racial democracy in April 1994.

    National Party…The National Party was a political party in South Africa and was the governing
    party of the country from 4 June 1948 until 9 May 1994. The policies of the party included
    apartheid, the establishment of a republic, and the promotion of Afrikaner culture.

    Pass Laws…In South Africa, Pass laws were a form of internal passport system designed to
    segregate the population, severely limit the movements of the black African populace, manage
    urbanisation, and allocate migrant labour.
    martial law….is used by governments to control the public by use of the army

    Robben Island…a small island in Table Bay west of Cape Town home to the notorious prison.
    Robben Island is now a world heritage site

    Kaross Traditional Dress….cloak without sleeves made of animal hide traditionally worn by a chief

    Xhosa…one of the official languages of South Africa

    Mandela was born on 18 July 1918 in the village of Mvezo in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. His father was a local chief. He was given the forename Rolihlahla by his father. It a Xhosa name which means ‘pulling the branch of a tree’ and also a colloquial term for “troublemaker”; in later years he became known by his clan name, Madiba. Mandela grew up with two sisters in his mother’s kraal in the village of Qunu, (pronounced [ˈkǃu ːnu] where he tended herds as a cattle-boy, spending much time outside with other boys. Neither of his parents could read or write and it was unusual for black children to go to receive a western education but his mother sent him to a local Methodist school when he was about seven. Mandela was given the English forename of “Nelson” by his teacher which was a common practice in those days because the British colonials did not find African names easy to pronounce.
    “No one in my family had ever attended school. On the first day of school my teacher, Miss Mdingane, gave each of us an English name. This was the custom among Africans in those days and was undoubtedly due to the British bias of our education. That day, Miss Mdingane told me that my new name was Nelson. Why this particular name I have no idea.” — Mandela, 1994

    Facts about South African schools under the apartheid regime:

    The schools reserved for the country’s white children were of Western standards and the education was both mandatory and free. 30% of the black schools did not have electricity, 25% no running water and less than half had plumbing. The education for Blacks, Indians and Coloureds was not free. In the 1970s governmental spending on black education was one-tenth of the spending on white.

    When Mandela was about nine, his father died of a lung disease. His mother took Mandela to the “Great Place” palace at Mqhekezweni, where he was taken under the guardianship of the tribe regent, Chief Jongintaba Dalindyebo. Although he did not see his mother again for many years, Mandela felt that the regent and his wife treated him as their own child, raising him alongside their son Justice.
    In December 1940, aged 22, Mandela found that the regent had arranged marriages for him and Justice; dismayed, they ran away together to Johannesburg. Staying with a cousin in one of Johannesburg’s townships, Mandela was introduced to the ANC activist Walter Sisulu, who helped to get him a job as a clerk at a law firm Mandela became increasingly interested in politics and more aware of the unfairness of South African society of the time. In August 1943 Mandela marched in support of a successful bus boycott to reverse bus fare rises. Continuing his higher education, Mandela signed up to a University of South Africa course, workingon his law degree at night.

    Black people were forced to live out of town in townships and travel to work by bus. Some of the townships were a considerable distance from the city. Conditions in the townships were very different to where the white people lived. Long hours, low pay mostly in jobs like housemaids, cleaners, gardeners, etc.
    The pass book laws meant black people in South Africa had to carry a pass in order to visit white
    areas. Mandela was an active part of the anti-pass campaign in which Africans burned the passes that
    they were legally obliged to carry. From the 1960s, the pass laws were the main tool used by the state to arrest and harass people opposed to its policies. Nelson Mandela was one of those arrested and charged with treason.

    March 1960
    One of the demonstrations was fired upon by police, resulting in the deaths of 69 protesters in the Sharpeville massacre. In solidarity, Mandela publicly burned his pass as rioting broke out across South Africa, leading the government to proclaim martial law. In present-day South Africa, 21 March is celebrated as a public holiday in honour of human rights and to commemorate the Sharpeville massacre.

    Mandela and other activists were arrested and imprisoned without charge several times. On one occasion he went on the run for 17 months before being arrested by the police. He was eventually charged with high treason. Mandela defended himself wearing the Kaross traditional dress. On 29 March 1961, after a six year trial, the judges produced a verdict of not guilty. This verdict was very embarrassing the government and made them more determined to lock him, and others like him, up in prison.
    Although he was successful in winning the Treason trial, the following year he was arrested again and this time was convicted of conspiracy to overthrow the state, and sentenced to life imprisonment and sent to Robben Island jail

    Mandela served 27 years in prison, initially on Robben Island, and later in two other prisons. An international campaign called for his release and put pressure on the South African government. He was finally released in 1990 and Nelson Mandela then negotiated with President F. W. de Klerk to abolish apartheid and establish multiracial elections in South Africa.
    Mandela led the ANC to victory and became South Africa’s first black president in 1994

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    Messages to Year 5

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    Year 6 Memories

    As we approach the end of another school year and before they move on to secondary school, we asked the Year 6s to think about their time here at Prince Edward. Here are some of those memories.

    My time at Prince Edward Primary School has been truly amazing and memorable. One of my very favorite moments with my friend was in lunchtime games club (with Mr. Sieczkarek) when one of my friends (India) got tricked into giving away all of the coins that she had gained. It was so funny and we were laughing so hard after as she couldn’t even work out how she had lost her coins. Another one of my favorite memories was during our time at Whirlow Farm in year 2 when we got to ride on the beautiful ponies. I still remember that mine was called Ruby. After the trip I begged my mum for weeks to get me a pony! I will miss this school and my friends but I am looking forward to going to secondary and meeting lots of new people.


    During my time at Prince Edward, my favorite club I attended was in Year 5 called Razzmatazz. Every Friday I would be so excited to go and see my teacher Miss Cloud and all my friends we would dance until our feet would hurt. My favorite year group would be Year 6 because of all the wonderful amazing teachers. This year has been so exciting and unpredictable. I can’t wait and see what Year 7 has for me next but I will miss Prince Edward a lot.


    A stand out memory of my time at Prince Edward is when I got Pride of Prince Edward. I remember sitting down on the floor crossing my fingers every Friday hoping my name would be called out when Mr Sieczkarek read out the mentions. One day in Year 4, he shouted out Amber Class and we all gasped. Then he said it was a girl and everyone turned around and looked to me. When my name was read out, I just remember standing up in front of everyone and feeling so proud of what I’d achieved.


    From the whole time at Prince Edward, I will never forget when me and Valerie were at Castleton and we were having a midnight snack and Miss Dawson came in and asked in a cheeky voice “OOO you having a midnight snack, are you?” and she took one of the biscuits and left, after miss Dawson left me and Valerie started crying with laughing while shocked. I am really proud when I achieved the Pride of Prince Edward while my parents were watching, I can’t thank everyone enough! Another one of my favourite moments was when it was lunch time and me and Larna were imitating a secondary English teacher, I hope I get nice ones next year!

    Thank You to everyone at Prince, I will miss you.


    I have really enjoyed year six because of all the exciting things, opportunities and memories, I have made this year. One of my favorite topics this year was World War Two because it was interesting to learn about something that happened a long time ago. I am really looking forward for our year six residential to Kingswood. I loved signing T-shirts and the different topics throughout year six. I will miss my friends and classmates that are not going to the same school as me. I am looking forward to going to my new secondary school, learning new things and making new friends. I will never forget my time in Prince Edward and all the memories that I have made. So, if you feel nervous don’t worry and keep you head high and enjoy your time in year seven.


    One of my favourite memories was learning about World War II. We had person come in called Andy and he taught us how to crawl around and learned how to sneak into enemy bunkers and place ‘bombs’. I loved learning about the story of Chinese New Year and we also wrote a story about it. It was fun to try new kinds of foods aswell when we tasted Chinese food. I hated the ducks rolls though and I thought that the noodles were dry. We also did some art, drawing symbols and oxes to celebrate the ox this year. I have had a great time in Year 6 so far and can’t wait for Kingswood, it is going to be so much fun. We have been doing a sport called rounders which I find very good. Sporty, tiring, fun-this game is fun to play because you try to bat a ball and then run to different points.

    My actual favourite day was leavers/ t-shirt being signed, we also had a ice cream truck come in and we all got ice pops and ice cream plus a class photo and goody bags.

    I’m going to miss the teachers at Prince Edward because they have helped me through this Year 6 year, thank you teachers.


    In year 6, I’ve enjoyed the Chinese New Year food tasting, rounders practice and taking part in the athletics competition ( even though the next day my legs were aching!) I also enjoyed all the class reads including: Noughts and Crosses, Welcome To Nowhere, The London Eye Mystery and Goodnight Mr Tom, these books were amazing. I would recommend these to anyone who enjoys reading. One of my favourite moments in year 6 was doing hockey in P.E. These were THE best moments of my life during  my time here at Prince Edward.


    This year will be something I can’t forget, I won’t be able to forget my friends and the time we’ve spent together. Chinese New Year is one of my favorite pieces of learning because of the art we’ve done. I would really enjoy learning more about Harriet Tubman: I’m really interested about her history and things she went through. Even though I’ve done lots of home learning about her, I still feel like there is more. I also want to start learning about Anne Frank too – her life seemed really inspiring too. Like before, I have done lots and lots of research of her and her life.

    My favorite book that we have read this year is Noughts and Crosses. It is about racism but reversed which I thought was interesting. I mostly like it because it holds a nice storyline and I need to read the next 3 books! My favorite book that I am reading at the moment is Please Look After Mother which is by a Korean author, Kyung-sook Shin, which is a book about a character called Sonyo who is a wife and mother of five grown children but then all of a sudden, she goes missing. Only recently, we have written an improved and re-written version of Dangle which I enjoyed.

    I will miss Prince Edward.


    I am going to miss a lot of things about this school. A lot of my memories come from year 6. Everything is something to remember. My favourite memory is learning about history topics like World War 2 and Ancient Egypt. We have read a lot of interesting books. I really enjoyed playing hockey and handball in PE. I adored painting a lot of art, specifically the Chinese New Year work, I learned so much more from science and it was very interesting. I loved doing the drama workshop; it was very entertaining! I hope somehow I will come back to say hello.


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