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Clare Education Centre Challenges for Clare Primary School Pupils

A challenge for every student!! 

These challenges are open to all Primary School Children in Clare only!  

Please note by sending pictures and videos of your challenges you are agreeing to their use in a short video clip of all entries.
If you do not wish your entry to be in the video, please state this in your email/tweet.

Over the next few weeks, we will be posting a series of challenges for Clare Primary School Pupils on our Twitter page and on this webpage.  We hope this might be of some use to schools in planning for the weeks ahead.  These challenges will cover curricular areas such as literacy, numeracy, STEM, Visual Arts.  If you’d like to promote them to your pupils, feel free to do so.  They can ask an adult to Tweet a picture of their work to @ClareEdCentre using the relevant hashtag, if they wish, but this is completely optional.  Have fun!

Challenge 8 is now LIVE!!

Closing date for the eighth set of challenges is Friday, 26th June 2020 @ 12 noon

  1. Baking Challenge 8-  Chocolate Caramel Rice Crispy Treats #ClareEdbake 
  2. STEAM Challenge 8 - Marble Run #STEAMClareEd 
  3. Art Challenge 8 - Curly Summertime Flowers #ClareEdart 

1. Baking Challenge 8-  Chocolate Caramel Rice Crispy Treats #ClareEdbake 

Chocolate Caramel Rice Crispy Treats ClareEdbake

 

2.STEAM Challenge 8 - Marble Run #STEAMClareEd 

STEAMClareEd Marble Run

 

3.Art Challenge 8 - Curly Summertime Flowers #ClareEdart 

Dowload the FULL Art Challenge HERE.

Curly Art Page 1

Dowload the remainder of the Art Challenge HERE.

 

Challenge 7 is now LIVE!!

Closing date for the seventh set of challenges is Friday, 19th June 2020 @ 12 noon

  1. Baking Challenge 7-  Cranberry & White Chocolate Cookies #ClareEdbake 
  2. STEAM Challenge 7 - Build A Bird Nest - #STEAMClareEd 
  3. Art Challenge 7 - Salt Painting -  #ClareEdart 

1. Baking Challenge 7-  Cranberry & White Chocolate Cookies #ClareEdbake 

Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies

 

2. STEAM Challenge 7 - Build A Bird Nest - #STEAMClareEd 

STEAM Nest Building Challenge

 

3. Art Challenge 7 - Salt Painting -  #ClareEdart 

Salt painting 1

Salt painting 2

Salt painting 3

Salt painting 4

Salt painting 5

 

We have a break from the weekly challenges this week.  Some fun activities that you may wish to share with your students
Writing: Fun Writing Prompts for Kids - VIEW HERE
Baking: 
Recipes such as 3-ingredient Nutella brownies and 2-ingredient macaroons - VIEW HERE

STEAM: As part of the CRAFT Maker Space initiative at Mary Immaculate College, Dr Maeve Liston set a series #STEM Challenges that all at home can take part in - VIEW HERE
Art: Easy, 10-Minute Crafts for Kids - VIEW HERE

 

Challenge 6 is now LIVE!!

Closing date for the sixth set of challenges is Friday, 12th June 2020 @ 12 noon

  1. Creative Writing Challenge 6 - No new writing challenge - feel free to do a previous challenge
  2. Baking Challenge 6 Blueberry Muffins #ClareEdbake 
  3. STEAM Challenge 6 - Build A Shoe Tower - #STEAMClareEd 
  4. Art Challenge 6 - Woven Paper Patterns with Carrie Lynam Art Challenge -  #ClareEdart 

1. Creative Writing Challenge 6 - No new writing challege - feel free to do a previous challenge

2. Baking Challenge 6 -  Blueberry Muffins #ClareEdbake 

Blueberry Muffins

3. STEAM Challenge 6 - Build A Shoe Tower - #STEAMClareEd 

STEAMClareEd Shoe Tower

4. Art Challenge 6 - Woven Paper Patterns with Carrie Lynam Art Challenge -  #ClareEdart 

Thanks to the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, Creative Ireland and Healthy Ireland for this initiative 'Get Ireland Making' #GetIrelandMaking.  

View guided tutorial for Woven Paper PatternsHERE.

Woven Paper Patterns with Carrie Lynam Art Challenge

 

Challenge 5 is now LIVE!!

Closing date for the fifth set of challenges is Friday, 5th June 2020 @ 12 noon

  1. Creative Writing Challenge 5 - Fairy-Tale News
  2. Baking Challenge 5 -  Chocolate Cacao Pancakes #ClareEdbake 
  3. STEAM Challenge 5 - Build A Bridge - #STEAMClareEd 
  4. Art Challenge 5 - Perspective Drawing Activity -  #ClareEdart 

1. Creative Writing Challenge 5 - Fairy-Tale News (continued)

Fairytale News

 

This week, Clare Education Centre are encouraging teachers/pupils from 1st – 6th class to use the topic of Fairy-tale News as an inspiration for a short story, comic strip or news article.

  • Perhaps you could rewrite the ending of your favourite fairy tale. For example, what would have happened if Cinderella never went to the ball?
  • Or maybe, introduce a new character to your favourite fairy tale and retell the story with your own twist? For example, what if the wolf in Little Red Riding Hood was actually a bear?
  • Could you write a sequel to one of your favourite fairy tales. For example, what was Goldilocks’s next adventure after she left the bears?
  • Perhaps, an updated fairy tale that incorporates characters from two or more different fairy tales. For example, a comic strip telling of when Pinocchio went on a journey with Puss in Boots and Tinkerbell?
  • Or even, how Covid-19 has impacted on your favourite fairy tale. For example, how are Little Red Riding Hood and Grandma coping with social distancing and other public health restrictions.

Remember to use the 5-step writing process to help you with your ideas –

  • Pre-writing – Think about your story, what you want to say, who will be in it, how will you present it?
  • Drafting – Time to write your thoughts, ideas, the sequence of the story, illustrations etc.
  • Revising – Try to improve your draft, add more detail, add or take out parts, get suggestions from others?
  • Editing – Have I used complete sentences, correct spellings, punctuation etc?
  • Publishing – Time to share!

When you are happy with your piece, take a photograph of your story using any mobile device, and send it back to your teacher for submission to Clare Education Centre. Alternatively, you can ask a grown-up at home to click on the relevant link below to send it to us directly:

Some important things to remember–

  • You can present your story in any form you like – comic book, newspaper article, short story etc.
  • Only use one A4 page max (you can always write less).
  • Ideally write with paper and pen/dark pencil. We need to be able to read each short story clearly from a photograph!
  • Please use Portrait mode when taking the photograph.
  • Please ensure no pupil name, address or other confidential information is visible on the image.
  • Once the story is uploaded, make a note of the unique code. It could be a lucky number!!

The closing date is noon on Friday, 22nd of May. The winning entries will be posted on Twitter (@ClareEdCentre) every Monday afternoon. The weekly winner in each group will receive an O’Mahoney’s voucher for €10.

Happy writing!!

2. Baking Challenge 5 -  Chocolate Cacao Pancakes #ClareEdbake 

Chocolate Cacao Pancakes

3. STEAM Challenge 5 - Build A Bridge - #STEAMClareEd 

Build a b 1

Build a b 2

4. Art Challenge 5 - Perspective Drawing Activity -  #ClareEdart 

Drawing perspective 1

Drawing perspective 2

Drawing perspective 3

Drawing perspective 4

Drawing perspective 5

Challenge 4 is now LIVE!!

Closing date for the fourth set of challenges is Friday, 22nd May 2020 @ 12 noon

  1. Creative Writing Challenge 4 - Fairy-tale News - Write-A-Short-Story (continued from Challenge 3) 
  2. Baking Challenge 4 -  Oatmeal Cookies #ClareEdbake 
  3. STEAM Challenge 4 - Floating and Sinking - #STEAMClareEd 
  4. Art Challenge 4 - Collage-A-Cat (Newspaper Collage) -  #ClareEdart 

1. Creative Writing Challenge 4 - Fairy-tale News

Fairytale News

 

This week, Clare Education Centre are encouraging teachers/pupils from 1st – 6th class to use the topic of Fairy-tale News as an inspiration for a short story, comic strip or news article.

  • Perhaps you could rewrite the ending of your favourite fairy tale. For example, what would have happened if Cinderella never went to the ball?
  • Or maybe, introduce a new character to your favourite fairy tale and retell the story with your own twist? For example, what if the wolf in Little Red Riding Hood was actually a bear?
  • Could you write a sequel to one of your favourite fairy tales. For example, what was Goldilocks’s next adventure after she left the bears?
  • Perhaps, an updated fairy tale that incorporates characters from two or more different fairy tales. For example, a comic strip telling of when Pinocchio went on a journey with Puss in Boots and Tinkerbell?
  • Or even, how Covid-19 has impacted on your favourite fairy tale. For example, how are Little Red Riding Hood and Grandma coping with social distancing and other public health restrictions.

Remember to use the 5-step writing process to help you with your ideas –

  • Pre-writing – Think about your story, what you want to say, who will be in it, how will you present it?
  • Drafting – Time to write your thoughts, ideas, the sequence of the story, illustrations etc.
  • Revising – Try to improve your draft, add more detail, add or take out parts, get suggestions from others?
  • Editing – Have I used complete sentences, correct spellings, punctuation etc?
  • Publishing – Time to share!

When you are happy with your piece, take a photograph of your story using any mobile device, and send it back to your teacher for submission to Clare Education Centre. Alternatively, you can ask a grown-up at home to click on the relevant link below to send it to us directly:

Some important things to remember–

  • You can present your story in any form you like – comic book, newspaper article, short story etc.
  • Only use one A4 page max (you can always write less).
  • Ideally write with paper and pen/dark pencil. We need to be able to read each short story clearly from a photograph!
  • Please use Portrait mode when taking the photograph.
  • Please ensure no pupil name, address or other confidential information is visible on the image.
  • Once the story is uploaded, make a note of the unique code. It could be a lucky number!!

The closing date is noon on Friday, 22nd of May. The winning entries will be posted on Twitter (@ClareEdCentre) every Monday afternoon. The weekly winner in each group will receive an O’Mahoney’s voucher for €10.

Happy writing!!

 

2. Baking Challenge 4 -  Oatmeal Cookies #ClareEdbake 

Oatmeal Cookies

 

3. STEAM Challenge 4 - Floating and Sinking - #STEAMClareEd 

STEAMClareEd Floating Sinking

 

4. Art Challenge 4 - Collage-A-Cat (Newspaper Collage) -  #ClareEdart 

Cat Collage 1

Cat Collage 2

Cat Collage 3

Cat Collage 4

 

Challenge 3 is now LIVE!!

Closing date for the third set of challenges is Friday, 15th May 2020 @ 12 noon

  1. Creative Writing Challenge 3 - Fairy-tale News - Write-A-Short-Story - details HERE 
  2. Baking Challenge 3 -  Rocky Road Bars #ClareEdbake - details HERE 
  3. STEAM Challenge 3 - Tin Foil Tower- #STEAMClareEd - details HERE 
  4. Art Challenge 3 - Mindful Drawing and Colouring -  #ClareEdart - details HERE 

1. Creative Writing Challenge 3 - Fairy-tale News

Fairytale News

This week, Clare Education Centre are encouraging teachers/pupils from 1st – 6th class to use the topic of Fairy-tale News as an inspiration for a short story, comic strip or news article.

  • Perhaps you could rewrite the ending of your favourite fairy tale. For example, what would have happened if Cinderella never went to the ball?
  • Or maybe, introduce a new character to your favourite fairy tale and retell the story with your own twist? For example, what if the wolf in Little Red Riding Hood was actually a bear?
  • Could you write a sequel to one of your favourite fairy tales. For example, what was Goldilocks’s next adventure after she left the bears?
  • Perhaps, an updated fairy tale that incorporates characters from two or more different fairy tales. For example, a comic strip telling of when Pinocchio went on a journey with Puss in Boots and Tinkerbell?
  • Or even, how Covid-19 has impacted on your favourite fairy tale. For example, how are Little Red Riding Hood and Grandma coping with social distancing and other public health restrictions.

Remember to use the 5-step writing process to help you with your ideas –

  • Pre-writing – Think about your story, what you want to say, who will be in it, how will you present it?
  • Drafting – Time to write your thoughts, ideas, the sequence of the story, illustrations etc.
  • Revising – Try to improve your draft, add more detail, add or take out parts, get suggestions from others?
  • Editing – Have I used complete sentences, correct spellings, punctuation etc?
  • Publishing – Time to share!

When you are happy with your piece, take a photograph of your story using any mobile device, and send it back to your teacher for submission to Clare Education Centre. Alternatively, you can ask a grown-up at home to click on the relevant link below to send it to us directly:

Some important things to remember–

  • You can present your story in any form you like – comic book, newspaper article, short story etc.
  • Only use one A4 page max (you can always write less).
  • Ideally write with paper and pen/dark pencil. We need to be able to read each short story clearly from a photograph!
  • Please use Portrait mode when taking the photograph.
  • Please ensure no pupil name, address or other confidential information is visible on the image.
  • Once the story is uploaded, make a note of the unique code. It could be a lucky number!!

The closing date is noon on Friday, 15th of May. The winning entries will be posted on Twitter (@ClareEdCentre) every Monday afternoon. The weekly winner in each group will receive an O’Mahoney’s voucher for €10.

Happy writing!!

 

2. Baking Challenge 3 -  Rocky Road Bars #ClareEdbake

Rocky Road Bars

 

3. STEAM Challenge 3 - Tin Foil Tower- #STEAMClareEd 

STEAMClareEd 1

 

4. Art Challenge 3 - Mindful Drawing and Colouring -  #ClareEdart 

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Challenge 2 now LIVE

Closing date for the second set of challenges is Friday, 8th May 2020 @ 12 noon

  1. Creative Writing Challenge 2 - Write-A-Short-Story - details on how to enter below
  2. Baking Challenge 2 -  Queen Cakes, Fairy Cakes or Buns  #ClareEdbake
  3. STEAM Challenge 2 - Super Spaghetti Structure – Build a Tower- #STEAMClareEd
  4. Art Challenge 2 - Spring Decorations -  #ClareEdart

 

1. Creative Writing Challenge 2 (Challenge 1 extended) 

Write A Short Story 2

When you are happy with the final draft, take a photograph of your story using any mobile device, and send it back to your teacher for submission to Clare Education Centre. Alternatively, you can ask a grown-up at home to click on the relevant link below to send it to us directly.  Please note: Camera upload tool works best in Chrome, Safari, Firefox or Edge. Will not work with Internet Explorer.

Some important things to remember–

  • Only write one A4 page max (you can always write less).
  • Ideally write with paper and pen/dark pencil. We need to be able to read each short story clearly from a photograph!
  • Please use Portrait mode when taking the photograph.
  • Please ensure no pupil name, address or other confidential information is visible on the image.
  • Once the story is uploaded, make a note of the unique code. It could be a lucky number!!

The closing date is noon on Friday 8th of May 2020. The winning entries will be posted on Twitter (@ClareEdCentre) every Monday afternoon. The weekly winner in each group will receive an O’Mahoney’s voucher for €10.

Happy writing!!

 

2. Baking Challenge 2

Queen Cakes Fairy Cakes or Buns 1

 

3. STEAM Challenge 2

STEAMClareEd Spaghetti

4. Art Challenge 2

Thanks to the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, Creative Ireland and Healthy Ireland for this initiative 'Get Ireland Making' #GetIrelandMaking.  

View guided tutorial HERE.

 Art Challenge 2 1

 

Closing date for the first set of challenges is Friday, 1st May 2020 @ 12 noon

  1. Creative Writing Challenge 1 - Write-A-Short-Story - details on how to enter below
  2. Baking Challenge 1 - Bake Gooey Brownies #ClareEdbake
  3. STEAM Challenge 1 - Paper Aeroplane - #STEAMClareEd
  4. The Great Visual Arts Challenge 1 - Printing Imaginative Flowers Using Kitchen and Toilet Rolls -  #ClareEdart

1. Creative Writing Challenge 1

Write A Short Story 2

When you are happy with the final draft, take a photograph of your story using any mobile device, and send it back to your teacher for submission to Clare Education Centre. Alternatively, you can ask a grown-up at home to click on the relevant link below to send it to us directly.  Please note: Camera upload tool works best in Chrome, Safari, Firefox or Edge. Will not work with Internet Explorer.

Some important things to remember–

  • Only write one A4 page max (you can always write less).
  • Ideally write with paper and pen/dark pencil. We need to be able to read each short story clearly from a photograph!
  • Please use Portrait mode when taking the photograph.
  • Please ensure no pupil name, address or other confidential information is visible on the image.
  • Once the story is uploaded, make a note of the unique code. It could be a lucky number!!

The closing date is noon on Friday 1st May 2020. The winning entries will be posted on Twitter (@ClareEdCentre) every Monday afternoon. The weekly winner in each group will receive an O’Mahoney’s voucher for €10.

Happy writing!!

2. Baking Challenge 1

Gooey Brownies

3. STEAM Challenge 1

STEAMClareEd Paper Aeroplane

4. The Great Visual Arts Challenge 1

Art Flower challenge

The Great Printing Challenge

Printing is a fun and exciting way to make art by using our imaginations, and by looking and experimenting with pattern, shape and colour.

We can use everyday objects from around our house and classrooms to make print.

It is fun to experiment with this.

By investigating and experimenting with printing techniques, we can create lots of different art activities and make prints that represent a wide range of plants, animals, objects, and all kinds of objects found in our environment.

What do I need to print?

You can make prints with absolutely anything and everything…

Fruit, toys, cutlery, blocks, vegetables, flowers and leaves, sponges, hands, feet and fingers, bottles and bottle tops and on and on!

Paint is a great medium to use and experiment with when making prints.

Prints can be made on white paper, coloured paper, card and cardboard, wall paper, fabric and t-shirts… the list is endless.

I hope you have fun looking at these lessons and feel inspired to give them a go!

I challenge you to take the lesson and the technique you’ve learned and experiment with it to make some fabulous art work all of your own!

Best of luck and have lots of fun!!

Download step by step guide to Printing Imaginative Flowers Using Kitchen and Toilet Rolls HERE

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