Week of 25.1.21 - Bonus Activities for those learning from home.


Bonus activities for you if you would like to do a little bit more! 

Amazing Humans and Space Challenge 

Watch this BBC short film to find out about the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong and then have a look at the online comic about him. 

Neil Armstrong film  and Neil Armstrong Comic story 

What else can you find out about Neil Armstrong at these links below? 

Neil Armstrong facts

Neil was part of a team who visited the moon. The other men in the team were Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. You can read more about them at the link below. Whilst they were the first men to step on the moon, can you use the article below to find out who was the first person to go to toilet in space?! And how they did that?! 

The Moon Landing facts  

In the film, the animated Neil Armstrong mentions a woman who was partly responsible for putting him in space. Her name was Katherine Johnson and she was an American mathematician who was part of the space team. What else can you find out about her using the links below? 

Katherine Johnson facts    and more Katherine Johnson facts

This link takes you to a copy of a newspaper that was written on the 21st July 1969 - the headline was...


1969 newspaper report 

Write your own newspaper article about Neil Armstrong's visit to the moon or Katherine Johnson's amazing work that helped  to put him there! You can use your computer or you can write on a piece of paper. Send us your newspaper reports to portwaypics@gmail.com 

Flying across the Atlantic Ocean challenge 

We don't think that flying across the ocean is anything particularly difficult these days, before the lockdown there were thousands of planes that flew across oceans every day! Once upon a time though, plane travel was very new and someone had to be the first person to try it out! 

The first female pilot to fly across the Atlantic Ocean was Amelia Earhart. Her first flight across the Atlantic Ocean took 14 hours and 56 minutes! (Modern aeroplanes often do it in around 7-9 hours depending on the route you take) Have a look at this film all about her. 

Amelia Earhart film 

In the 1930s, Amelia Earhart attempted to fly around the world. Have a look at the route she took at the link below.

Amelia Earhart's flight around the world 

You can see from the route that she took, she attempted to follow the equator. The equator is the imaginary line around the Earth which divides Earth into the Northern Hemisphere (where we live) and the Southern Hemisphere. The distance around the equator is about 24,900 miles! (40,000km) 


When she travelled, Amelia had to know about the equator but also about the lines of latitude and longitude in the world. Learn more about these by watching the film at the link below. 

What are lines of latitude and longitude? When you have watched the film, complete the online quiz to test your knowledge. 



Kid Normal Challenge 

Kid Normal is the book by Greg James and Chris Smith. Here's a 'blurb' all about it: 

When Murph Cooper rocks up to his new school, he can't help but feel a bit out of his depth. And it's not because he's worried about where to sit, and making friends, and fitting in, or not knowing where the loos are. 

It's because his mum has enrolled him at a school for superheroes by mistake. And unlike his fellow students Murph has no special abilities whatsoever. But just because you don't have superpowers, it doesn't mean you can't save the day....



Listen to the book by clicking on the picture. 

(Note for mums and dads: this is a link to the Audible website. All children's books are free to listen to on the Audible website for the duration of school closures.) 



Time Capsule Challenge

Some of our Portway families have done this challenge already so keep reading! You are a very amazing human! You are currently living through a very strange period of time which hardly anyone on our whole planet has experienced before! None of us have ever been in this situation before which is why it seems so strange and that's what makes you amazing! 


In the future, people will look back at this time and wonder what it was like. Our final challenge to you this week is to put together a time capsule. You can find more information at the link below. 

Portway Time Capsule 

You'll need a waterproof/plastic container to put all the bits in. You should collect things about your time in lockdown and put everything together with this booklet (click the link above) and then bury it in the garden for someone to discover some time in the future. When a future person discovers your time capsule, they will learn about what it was like to live in lockdown in the years 2020-2021. 

You might want to include some newspaper stories of what's going on in the world, information about the prices of petrol and houses now. You could include information about how people can't travel about and what it's like to have to stay at home all the time You could keep a diary about how you are feeling and how you celebrated any special occasions during lockdown.