Gainsborough Extra

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

On this page, you’ll find lots of fun and interesting activities, challenges and more! Click the buttons below to view the virtual subject related activities!


Maths Challenges

Do you want to earn some CFPs? Are you good at solving mathematical problems?

Why not have a go at solving the following Maths problems? All correct entries will earn CFPs for taking part and there will be a prize for the overall winner!

– All entries must be in by the end of day 18th December 2020.

Pass entry to your Maths teacher – don’t forget to add your name and year group.

Fancy doing some extra mathematical fun activities?  You might even earn yourself some CFPs!

Each half term we will be running a maths competition. Why not have a go?  Make sure you enter the correct one. (Years 7,8 and 9 – KS3 and Years 10 and 11 – KS4)

  • Competitions not your thing, but like puzzles? Why not go to and have a go at the “starter of the day”?
  • Literacy in Maths Video
  • You can find maths games on the website or even read some interesting articles about mathematics.  Particular favourites are the ones on the History of maths.


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.



The basics of designing: Student Booklets

Four simple student booklets from the Nuffield Foundation to teach the basics of designing.

  • Booklet one: Deciding what to design and make
  • Booklet two: Developing and communicating design ideas
  • Booklet three: Planning and making
  • Booklet four: Evaluating

Click Here!

What is inclusive design?

This lesson resource looks at the topic of inclusive design and how design can be used to solve problems and support all people in society to engage successfully in the world around them. This resource sets the scene for inclusive design, helping students to understand how products must fulfil a need for a range of users. Students learning and understanding is documented in a series of worksheet based activities which encourages deeper thinking and further development.

Click Here!

Channel 4 living youtube channel

Watch Grand Designs and look at the occupations involved in completing a house through the design stage to handing over the keys. Throughout the programmes, you will see how problem arise and are solved to realise a final outcome

  • Take a browse at the inspiration wall on level 5 take an existing product and try to develop and improve the design. Click Here!
  • Walk around the construction site and look at the jobs which need completing. Try to think about what safety signs should be put up around the site to minimise the risk to employees. Click Here!

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.


Languages – Virtual Extra-Curricular

In these strange times, there is a lot that we usually do as a department to promote and enrich language learning that we cannot do.

In the absence of school trips and after school clubs here are a few activities that might just bring a little piece of France, Spain, Germany or another part of the world to you. Choose from the options and make sure that you evidence yourself doing them: take a screenshot, video or photo and send it to us.

1) Download the Duolingo app. Select French and try to complete 5-10mins a day to improve your listening and comprehension skills.

2) Why not try another language as well? It doesn’t have to be a language that we study at school – become a master and teach a teacher what you have learnt.

3) If you have Spotify or another music streaming account – why not search for the French, Spanish or German charts. Listen to a playlist and share it with a friend and your teacher for a CFP.

4) 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 yourselves and send it in.

5) The ultimate challenge – prepare a paragraph in French/Spanish or German. Read it aloud and practise it. Record yourselves 4 times, send all 4 to us with the last one being the best. Practice makes perfect.

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!