Gainsborough Extra

Welcome to ‘Gainsborough Extra’ – the home of extra-curricular activities for students.


What's on in Gainsborough?

Discover Gainsborough – A Walk Through Time

Visit the Gainsborough Heritage site to see more!

Positive Futures – Lincolnshire

Positive Futures uses sport and physical activity to engage with young people in deprived communities.

Click here to get involved!


Maths Challenges

Do you want to improve your maths but are unsure how? Access MathsWatch!

You can log on to MathsWatch to gain access to a wealth of video content and questions to help you improve your maths. If you need your login just email Mr Wood (email address below).

Do you want to earn some extra CFPs? Solve some maths problems and challenges!

WhiteRoseMaths is filled with maths problems which encourages learners to think about how to model their solutions in a visual way. They are excellent to work on with siblings and parents so you can explain your thinking. Solutions sent to Mr Wood will earn CFPs for the extra effort.
If you want to challenge yourself and really test out your maths skills then you can have a go at some of the questions from the UKMT Maths Challenge. These challenges can be tricker and make you think. Solutions sent to Mr Wood (complete with some working out) will earn CFPs for the extra effort.

Maths is everywhere! There is no end to the patterns and shapes in the world around us, from sunflowers to road signs to beehives to broccoli: if you see something mathematical then we’d love to see it. Take a photo and email it to us to earn a CFP for the effort and be entered into our half-termly prize draw for the best three photos.


Coral Reefs

12 Questions about Coral Reefs

  1. Where can you find coral reefs around the world?
  2. Describe how coral reefs are like big cities.
  3. What is coral?
  4. Describe the parts of a coral reef food web.
  5. What does symbiosis mean?
  6. Define mutualism and parasitism
  7. Give an example of mutualism and explain how the symbiotic relationship works
  8. List and describe some of the things that coral reefs do for people
  9. In what ways are coral reefs sensitive?
  10. What are some ways that the people of Palau have worked to save their reefs and protect their ocean habitats?
  11. Describe some ways that people are working to protect reefs worldwide
  12. What are some things that you can do to help coral reefs stay healthy and strong?
  • The Natural History Museum has a plethora of exhibits that help us to understand the living world around us. Have a look at the Lives of ancient Britons exhibit, and find out just how life for humans has changed on our shores: Click Here!
  • You should try to find out how old the first signs of humans in our country are; how human shape has changed over the years; and what animals lived alongside our ancestors.
  • The Science Museum offers great insight into how Science has affected and improved our lives. The exhibition on Science and Technology on Medicine charts how medicine and healthcare has advanced and helped improve our daily lives. Click Here!
  • Try to find out who discovered the bacteria which causes anthrax, and which scientist identified how to prevent the spread of cholera. You can also find out the first scientist to use a microscope to be able to see individual cells.
  • The Science Museum also has a brilliant youtube channel, with hundreds of videos about science and technology. Their Science Stories playlist has videos all about the latest developments in Science. Click Here!
  • Virtual Field Trips can offer an insight into parts of the world that have barely been explored. Click Here!
  • Watch the video on Coral Reefs, and answer the questions on the worksheet, or just take a tour around part of the world that interests you. Each Virtual Tour comes with an activity sheet for you to complete.


Reading for pleasure can take many forms – most often, people read novels, silently and to themselves.

But you can also read poetry for pleasure. Use the resources here to see how other people approach poetry in performance. Then, choose a poem you love – and master reading poetry!

  • Go to that site. Watch the videos, and read the guides/instructions.
  • Use one of the attached anthologies (the PDFs), or a poem you find yourself.
  • Commit the poem to memory, and produce a video of you delivering an effective performance.

Creative Writing Competition

YEAR 7 and 8
In collaboration with children’s author, Alex Milway, and to celebrate our Creative Writing Skills book hitting Amazon, we are thrilled to announce our second annual Creative Writing Competition for children!

Competition Challenge:
Write a 500-word story, which starts with the sentence, “There was no doubt about it; I would have to go back.”

  • The entry must be a fictional short story.
  • It must be no more than 500 words.

If your child cannot type their story, you are welcome to scan their handwritten story and email it to Please complete the online form as well, using the link below, and add to the form that you have emailed the story separately by email.

The deadline for entry submission is midnight April 30th 2021.

YEAR 9, 10 and 11

Now in its seventh year, the BBC Young Writers’ Award with Cambridge University invites all young people in the UK aged between 14-18 years to submit stories of up to 1,000 words.

Write and format your short story as per the following instructions:

  • One entry per writer
  • Written in English (with a Gaelic/Welsh version if appropriate – see Entry Terms and Conditions, clause 9)
  • A maximum of 1,000 words
  • Original fiction on any topic
  • Typed on a computer
  • Any font, 12pt, black
  • Double spaced
  • No page numbers
  • Include a front page, which details the Title of Story and the Word Count
  • Do not include your name anywhere on the story (unless you are submitting a typeset file and it is unavoidable).

Save the short story as an Adobe PDF, with the Title of Story in the file name. If your story has been typed into Microsoft Word you can save as a PDF by clicking File -> Save As, and then selecting .PDF from the dropdown menu underneath the file name field.

Complete the Entry Form online at – including uploading your short story document. 

The deadline for receipt of entries is 9am (GMT) on Monday 22 March 2021.


How aluminium sand casting works: (Engine cover)

“Sand Casting is a metal casting process that uses sand as the molding material. Over 60% of all metal casting is made using this process, and has been used since around 1600BC. In this video watch the process of turning sand to cast an aluminium engine cover in under 10 minutes!.”


Using a metal lathe and milling machine to make an “8 Ball”.

“This video demonstrates how metal lathes and milling machines are used to shape pieces of metal to incredible accuracy. Watch how a piece of metal can be turned, cut and shaped into a perfect ball.”


Blow moulding to make plastic bottles:

“Millions of plastic bottles are used every single day. In this video watch how injection moulding and blow moulding is used to rapidly create plastic bottles and other plastic containers.”


How It’s Made Hand Tools:

“In this video you will be shown how hand tools such as screwdrivers and chisels are mass produced in factories. You will be taken from start to finish, learning about all processes involved in turning stock pieces of steel and acetate into precise hands tools, all at incredible speeds. 


How SSD’s are made:

“Solid state drives are this generation’s hard drive. They do away with mechanical parts and rely solely on electrical processes to store huge amounts of information. We use these everyday in our laptops, phones and tablets because they are much quieter and faster. Learn how complex circuitry, memory chips and expensive metals are used to create solid state drives capable of holding thousands of Gigabytes of data. “

Food & Hospitality

Food & Hospitality – Virtual Extra-Curricular

  • You can create an information sheet on the layout used and the furniture and the aesthetics of the restaurant.  Click Here!
  • MasterChef is Back on BBC. There is also Junior MasterChef Australia, along with MasterChef Junior USA on W. Watch these shows and take inspiration from the dishes created and have a go at creating your own dishes. Think about the flavours and presentation of the dish. Alternatively, you can produce a recipe card for any of the dishes.


Drama – Virtual Extra-Curricular

The Drama Department would like to remind students of all the amazing resources available to them to further their Drama knowledge outside of the classroom.

As well as the variety of performances shared with you in your Google Classrooms to watch and then analyse through Google Forms, below are just some of the websites available to you to further your Drama knowledge and understanding while at home;


  • Stonehenge is an amazing place of ancient people.  It is well worth a visit in real life or virtual! Click Here!
  • View some of the best 17 Art Museums in the world with a variety of art works from ancient masters to the modern day. Click Here!


To improve your knowledge of the Holocaust and get the chance to see some of the most infamous sites of this genocide, visit these tours. There is no task for this tour as the profound nature of the exhibits speaks for themselves.

If you are interested in any further reading about the Holocaust we have suggested a few books suitable for young adults below.

  • Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum- The Holocaust Y8/Y9 Click Here!
  • Anne Frank’s House- The Holocaust Y8/Y9
  • Hitler’s Canary – Sandi Toksvig
  • Anne Frank’s Diary
  • The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas- John Boyne
  • When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit- Judith Kerr

To learn about the code breakers of World War II, take a tour of Bletchley Park…

  • Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes- Code Breakers Click Here!

Task: Who worked at Bletchley Park during World War II and how important was their work? Can you create an information poster about the Code Breakers

Take a virtual tour through time at the British Museum.

Select the living and dying section of the timeline using the menu on the right.
To link in with our studies into Africa, with the slave trade and later, looking at Civil Rights and Black History, go all the way back in time to 2,000,000 BC on the Africa line (yellow) Have a look at the artefacts found in Africa- read or listen to the information about the artefacts.
  • What do the artefacts tell us about human life in 2,000,000 BC in Africa?
  • What does the whole timeline of the world show us about humanity- do any other continents have evidence of human life going that far back?
  • In which historic time period does most development seem to take place in Africa? Which civilisation was responsible for this?
  • How does ‘civilisation’ in other countries compare through History/Prehistory?
  • If you want to find out more about the origins of humans, watch the series called ‘Mother Earth’ On Youtube!

To find out more about the fight for women’s right to vote, visit these two virtual tours….

  • Museum of London- women’s suffrage Y8 Click Here!
  • Historic England- deeds not words exhibition about Suffragettes and women’s suffrage Y8 Click Here!

Task: Which women inspired others to join the fight for the vote? Research at least one of these women and create a biography of their life OR write an obituary (seen in a newspaper when a person dies) to remember their life and work.

To discover more about the History of the Civil Rights Movement in the USA, take these virtual tours…

Task: Using your knowledge of the Civil Rights Movement and the tours, answer the following questions:

  1. How were Blacks treated in America after the end of slavery?
  2. What methods did various Civil Rights groups use to fight for their Civil Rights?
  3. What was the Windrush and why is it important to our History?

If you are interested in war, no matter which, have a look at this amazing museum tour…

Task: Create a fact sheet about any war of your choice. Include details such as the location, cause, impact on people and the world- consequences, and why or how the war ended.


To better understand the impact that the atomic bomb had on the people of Japan and the end of World War II, have a look at the following two tours…

  • Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum- End of WW2 Y8/ The Cold War GCSE Click Here!
  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum- End of WW2 Y8/ The Cold War GCSE Click Here!

Task: Write a speech to world leaders today to persuade them that the use of nuclear weapons is wrong. Consider your language carefully and use evidence from these two case studies.



As we are unable to participate in fieldwork for the foreseeable future you may wish to look at some of the virtual fieldwork websites.

This will give you a taste of the kind of things you will be doing once we are able to organize field visits once again. There are also some websites that will take you to some geographical games where you can test your basic geographical knowledge.

Have a look at some virtual fieldwork tasks by going on to the links below:

Play geography games by going on to the links below:

There are also virtual tours for museums.


To further your knowledge in childcare you could complete the following tasks.


Create a leaflet for this nursery summarising why parents should use this nursery.

Foundation stage unit primary school

  1. What activities would children complete at a foundation unit?
  2.  Could you see anything which would help a child transition to the school?
  3.  CHALLENGE – what differences are there between a private nursery and a foundation stage unit?

Create a factsheet about what expecting mothers should expect to see in a maternity ward.

Health & Social Care

To further your knowledge in health and social care you could complete the following tasks.

Create a leaflet for this care home summarising why people should use this care home

Create a factsheet about what you find in an ambulance 

Create a factsheet about what to expect when visiting the ICU


To further your knowledge in PSHE and gain some life skills you could complete the following tasks:


Be a First aid champion  

Create a top tip guide on how to help someone who:

Create a video of you demonstrating sign language skills

This website has a lot of free courses that you could complete. You can complete them if you are over 13 and you will get a certificate if you do them. Any that you complete would be good for CV and personal development.


To further your understating of other religions you could complete the following tasks


Create a factsheet about what to expect when visiting a synagogue

Create a factsheet about what to expect when visiting a mosque

Create a factsheet about what to expect when visiting a Church


ICT – Virtual Extra-Curricular

Programing Games and Animations at Home

The ICT Department wants to make you aware of some of the great opportunities available to you to improve your ICT programming Skills. A number of companies and websites are offering students the ability to learn how to code, make games and animations while at home.

You will need a computer, laptop or tablet with access to the internet to use these websites. You may need to sign up and create an account, ask a parent for help if you are unsure how to do this.

Below are some of the websites you can use to help you learn new coding skills.


Although we are living in challenging times there is much you can do to extend your language learning as we slowly get back to normal.

1) Download an app like Duolingo and select French or Spanish – try to complete 10 minutes per day to improve your listening and comprehension skills.

2) If you have Spotify or another music streaming service  – why not search for the French or Spanish charts. Listen, look for the lyrics and translate. Or just listen. Share what you have found with your teacher.

3) Like cooking? Use YouTube to look at recipes in French  or Spanish. Students made Crêpes during lockdown using YouTube that looked fenomenal! Have a French breakfast – ask your parents to add pain au chocolat, croissants or a baguette and Nutella onto the shopping list. Maybe even make a bowl of hot chocolate and dunk your croissant French style! Take a photo of yourself and send it to your teacher.

4)  Look for films to watch in French or Spanish on YouTube, Prime and Netflix. You can also use the menus on a lot of DVDs to change the language to French and Spanish.

5)  Play games on line using / or Language-Gym. Your teacher will have invited you to your own Language-Gym classroom.

6)  The ultimate challenge – prepare a paragraph in French or Spanish. Read it and practice it. Record it 4 times and send it to your teacher with the last one being the best. Practice makes perfect. Use  

And remember, when we are fully back to our usual provision, in school you will have the opportunity to watch films, eat food from the countries you are studying and take part in a French or Spanish food or culture trip. 

Careers & Employability

Careers & Employability – Virtual Extra-Curricular

Barclays Lifeskills 

Helping you to get the skills and experience you need for the world of work – have a go with the ‘wheel of strengths’, learn what’s involved in interviews and work experience and start investing in your future. Students aged 14 years and above can register for their own account.

Take the Buzz Quiz

Visit to take the buzz quiz to learn more about your personality and how this can help determine what sort of work would suit you best.  Once you know if you are a calm and inquisitive sea horse or a strong and organised black bear then you can explore loads of interesting career story videos on the website.

BBC Bitesize 

Whether you’re deciding what to study, taking your exams, planning a career, or just curious, BBC Bitesize will help to explain the world of work, with advice from young people who’ve found the right path for them.

Start as you mean to go on!

Use our own START platform to identify skills and interests, find related courses and jobs and record all your achievements and experiences in your own locker as evidence to support future applications to college and apprenticeships.



KS3 Dance club on Thursday Break!

Will be on google classroom. 11.30-11.50. Cameras don’t need to be on but a parent or carer needs to be at home.

  • Air Walk – Click Here!

    Criss Cross – Click Here!

    How to shuffle – Click Here!

    Heel Toe – Click Here!

    Tutting Combo – Click Here!

    Learn any of these and video yourself doing them!

    Her Majesty’s Theatre Virtual Tour – Click Here!

    Matilda Backstage tour – Click Here!

    Tour of The Broadway Theatre! – Click Here!

    Watch the theatre tours and write 3 observations you have made about them

    Aladdin ‘Friend Like Me’ Dance – Click Here!

    Learn the tutorial and record yourself completing the dance!