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Enrichment & Projects

Enrichment & Projects

Ideas For Activities

One of the main challenges of the coming weeks is going to be finding ways to successfully spend large amounts of unstructured time. For anyone this is hard, but for young people it is even harder. We see this as part of our pastoral support at this time and we aim to keep in contact with our families on a regular basis. 

At PACA we really enjoy our enrichment activities and our wider interests. We want to continue to encourage these during our forced closure, and we want to use the creativity in our community.  We will continue to collate and disseminate ideas for enrichment and we are going to draw on ideas from our school community to share these ideas - so please email your Head of Year with any ideas you think could be shared with others.

Why not take our Emoji quiz ?

Or the Tie Die Challenge

Or take part in the Virtual Sussex School Games 2020 

It's an exciting programme of sport competition running throughout the summer term, where you can represent PACA along with your friends and family. Maybe we will be crowned Sussex champions! You can see our PE teachers tips and attempts on the PACAPhysEd Instagram page.

Take The PACA 100 Lock Down Challenge

How many of the PACA 100 can you complete under the lock down?  The items in bold are those which you might be able to try.


Art Club

Why not try one of the latest Art Club challenges?

Fish Puppet

Pencil Case

Weaving Worm


Baking bread

Check out this video https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/paul_hollywoods_crusty_83536 


Making a cake


For the jam

·       500g/1lb 2oz strawberries, hulled and halved

·       500g/1lb 2oz jam sugar

For the sponge

·       175g/6oz unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus extra for greasing

·       175g/6oz caster sugar

·       3 large free-range eggs, beaten

·       1 tsp vanilla extract

·       175g/6oz self-raising flour

·       300ml/10½fl oz double cream

·       icing sugar, for dusting


1.    For the jam, place the strawberries in a large saucepan and crush with a potato masher.

2.    Add the jam sugar and heat gently, stirring continuously, until the sugar dissolves.

3.    Keep stirring, increasing the heat, bringing it to a full rolling boil, one that bubbles vigorously, rises in the pan and cannot be stirred down.

4.    Start timing and boil for four minutes only. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

5.    For the sponge, preheat the oven to 190c (170c fan)/ 375f / Gas 5. Lightly grease the tins with butter.

6.    To make the cakes, cream the butter and caster sugar together until the mixture is pale and light. Gradually add the beaten eggs, mixing well between each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl from time to time. Add the vanilla extract and mix to combine.

7.    Sift the flour into the bowl and fold in until the mixture is glossy and smooth.

8.    Divide the mixture between the mini sandwich tin cups and level with a teaspoon.

9.    Bake on the middle shelf of the oven for about 15 minutes until golden-brown and springy to the touch.

10. Leave the cakes to cool in the tin for two minutes and then ease onto a wire cooling rack and leave to cool completely.

11. Whip the cream to soft peaks and spoon into a piping bag fitted with a small plain nozzle.

12. Cut each cake in half horizontally with a bread knife.

13. Pipe one dot of the cream in the middle of each cake base and the rest in dots around the edges. Drizzle the jam over the cream, place the sponge tops on and lightly sift icing sugar over the cakes. 

Active Sussex

Active Sussex have teamed up with REBOOT, providing young people and their families access to local sports and activities, directly into your homes. The below schedule of activities are free to access.

Check out Mr Mellett's assembly on enrichment ideas and things we can be doing during the lock down ... including some cooking (of course!). 

Mr Flynn's Riddles

Missed the latest brain-teaser? Just thought of the answer to last week's? Catch up with them all on the PACA YouTube channel.

Holiday Ideas

We put together some ideas for the days around the Bank Holidays to keep you active, having a laugh and enjoying time together. They may also work for weekends!

Jobs its OK to ask the kids to do!

Mow the lawn https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JK1Wn9sORbs 

Cleaning the car https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEHSam2P3F0 


There are so many Art Activities out there for you to try, our amazing art department have put together a few for you. You can see them on the following link. And this one too.

Or try these that we found on the internet





We all know that being physically active is an important part of keeping us all stress free and happy. At this time it’s never been so important. We think that you should take some time each day, go out for exercise but also stay indoors.

Virtual Sussex School Games has launched recently. Each week there will be four different challenges based on a particular sport. Scores are submitted on Friday at midday using the web site below.

Check out the hockey challenges on https://www.activesussex.org/virtual/. It would be amazing to see lots of students and staff getting involved. We will be uploading videos on our google classrooms but also on the PE instagram @pacaphysed.

Get involved, let Ms Austin know your scores, submit your scores and if you can, share your videos! 

Check out the links for other ideas:

Home work outs each day https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ

Learn the Otis dance https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC58aowNEXHHnflR_5YTtP4g

How to hand stand https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j3mxEK1pvU

A little Yoga https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twDBxdmjCA8

Some kid friendly stretches https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDKoImoankT86hzgpXwx2aw

Super power exercises for the young and young at heart https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SE0BaJiKuo


Check out the BBC Young Composer: 30 Second Composition Challenge

The ultimate escape!??????

Check out this escape room competition.

There are also some great ideas and fun challenges on the Aldridge Foundation's Instagram account


Click here for a list of the 100 fiction books everyone should read before leaving secondary school.


Staying Active While At Home

Getting exercise and staying active when your routine has changed and you are at home is important to how you feel and how you learn. Here's some advice to help:

Advice From Sport England on how to stay active while you're at home

PE With Joe daily live workout on YouTube


Other Website Supporting Home Learning 

The UK Government Department for Education has compiled a list of websites to support home learning during this time. They have published the list here. The list contains free sites and some sites that require schools to have already bought into the programme. There are resources for primary and secondary age students.