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Waingels Challenges- Week 5

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Week 5: Monday 11th May 2020

Our word this week is: DETERMINATION

This week is/was due to be National Vegetarian Week. Did you know that:

· Up to 6% of the UK population classify themselves as vegetarian.

· Recent figures for the amount of meat (not including fish) consumed by individuals in the UK is 79.3kg per year

· In the past 4 years the number of vegans in the UK has grown from 150,000 to 600,000.

Why not challenge yourself to go a whole day this week without meat? Maybe look up some vegetarian recipes and send us a picture of what you make?

Enterprise Challenge

Determination is so important when we want to achieve something. It’s very easy to give up quickly – just look back at how many New Year’s resolutions have been made and broken not too long afterwards! I’m no exception!

DetermindSo what is determination? and how does it help us?  I’ve put together a few links I’ve found about people you will know / have heard of and their thoughts about determination.  I’m sure you’d be able to find many more!


Famous Failures:


Kobe Bryant Interview:

Denzel Washington:

Ronaldo Video:

Aryton Senna:

So for this week's challenge...

I would like you to share with us how you’ve shown determination. When did you not give up, even when it would have been easy to have done so? How did you feel afterwards?

Some ideas to get you thinking…

  • Have you done the 2.6 challenge? Been out running / exercising? How have you managed to keep going – even on those days that it’s been raining?
  • Tell us when you dragged yourself out of bed even when you didn’t want to. Was it as bad as you thought? Or did you push through it and reap the rewards?
  • Have you been struggling with that dance move in TikTok? Did you persevere? Did you nail it? Share your experience!
  • Were you determined to do a piece of school work, even though it was really tricky? How did you feel when you finally got it done? Tell us all about it!

Sharing our stories keeps us connected. Makes us realise that others are feeling the same way that we do and there’s a lot of comfort to be found in that. So keep in touch and share with us how you’ve been determined in LockDown.

Literacy Challenge

Word of the Week: Doggedness

Write a story showing why we compare determined people to dogs.

  • There are some fantastic synonyms for determination. Find some and create a word cloud using these.
  • Set yourself a reading goal this week and achieve it!
Numeracy Challenge

Shopping Basket

This problem will need more than one attempt and some determination to solve:

A student goes into a supermarket and buys three items.

It has been a while since they have used a calculator and they multiply the cost (in pounds, using the decimal point for the pence) instead of adding them.

At the checkout they say, "So that's £5.88" and the checkout attendant, correctly adding the items, agrees.

Can you find the values of the three items?

Need help getting started?

Getting closer?

Different way?




More Combinations?  

STEM Challenge

Balloon Rockets (Credit: mersey STEM)

You will need:

· Drinking straws

· Balloons

· A peg

· Sticky tape

· Stopwatch

· Washing up liquid

· Two chairs

· Measuring Tape

Blow up the balloon, fold over the neck and secure it with the peg it to stop the air coming out. Thread the string through the straw. Tie the string to two chairs about 2 metres apart. Stick the balloon to the straw as illustrated in the diagram.


Remove the clip from the neck of the balloon and watch your rocket zoom away. One person measure the distance the balloon travels and one person time how long it takes the balloon to travel to a stop. Make a note of the time taken / distance travelled. Repeat the experiment after covering the string with washing up liquid to see what effect friction has.

More explanation here

Music Challenge 

Music 1

Music 2

Drama Enrichment

Every week there are productions being streamed for all ages across the Internet for free!

Follow @PerfArtWaingels on twitter to keep up to date with the latest performances and plays.

Week ALL   NT Live  Shows Must Go On

English Challenge The Young Walter Scott Prize
Art Challenge Toilet Roll Challenge
Balloon Challenge James Dyson Foundation Challenge Cards