May holidays activities

Design a ParalympicGB Mascot Competition

There is also a design a Mascot Challenge Presentation which gives information on the design and purpose of the mascot. There are primary and secondary learning presentations that explore the following:

  • What is a mascot?
  • What do you know about the Olympic and Paralympic Games mascots?
  • What does a mascot do?
  • What makes a good mascot?
  • What does ParalympicsGB represent?
  • Can you design a mascot for the ParalympicsGB?

Robotics Drawing and Story Writing Competitions for Children

There are two competitions inviting UK primary children to share their creative works inspired by all things robotic. The competitions are hosted by the EPSRC UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems Network as part of UK Robotics Week (22nd – 28th June), a 7-day celebration of robotics science spanning hundreds of public events and activities up and down the country.


These competitions are designed for you to complete at home.


The “Once Upon A Robot” writing competition is open to all Key Stage 2 children (aged 7 - 11 years old), and challenges you to write an 800-word story featuring any kind of robot you imagination can conjure. The story could take place on Earth, in space or even on another planet!


For the “Draw A Robot” competition, children in Key Stage 1 (aged 5 – 7 years old) have the chance to draw a robot that they’d like to see in the future. The robot could be designed to accomplish any task or job – the sky’s the limit! The children will be able to submit a robot drawing, up to 200-word description, and five key features (labelled on the drawing).


The two new competitions will be judged by robotics experts from the ESPRC UK-RAS Network, plus two very special invited literary and art  and design judges. The drawing competition will be judged by Zoë Smith, Producer at Tate Kids, and the writing competition will be judged by award-winning writer AF Harrold, author of The Imaginary and the popular Greta Zargo series.


There are fabulous prizes on offer, including a Makeblock Programmable robot kit (courtesy of Pipebots), a Thames Komos Robotics Experiment kit (provided by Brains on Board), plus some unique and exclusive prizes courtesy of our guest judges.


The competitions close for entries on the 8th June 2020


For more information, details of prizes, judging criteria and to submit an entry, please visit or click on the image below.


Colouring Competition
Fancy entering this competition set by the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service?  All you have to do is print off the picture, colour it and send it off to them.

Black History Competition

Looking for a fun and educational activity to do at home? This competition is for you! And we have some amazing prizes into the bargain! 

The 100 Great Black Britons competition created in partnership with Patrick Vernon OBE and sponsored by NEU is open to all age groups. It’s a fantastic way to encourage your children to explore and learn more about Black British History and how it helped shape Britain.
For this competition you will need to create a unique piece of work, drawing, poster, short story, video or artwork. It’s your chance to get creative and celebrate 100 Great Black Britons and their legacy.

We also want to encourage parents and teachers to share their resources and lesson plans and help make this a fun and educational activity not only during the current lockdown but also as a school resource for the future.
Click on the link below to find out more.
Check out the Critters challenge from our computing partners at Knowsley. Remember to share any great creations you make.