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Dovecote Challenge

Over the coming days, we will be posting a number of outdoor - related challenges for you to try. 

We would love to see and hear how you get on, but please remember to stay safe and follow the social distancing guidelines! You can email any comments or photos to mrnicholls@dovecote.school, we would love to hear what you have been up to!

1. Get recycling! After weeks of lovely weather, we finally have some rain which means getting outside isn't so much fun. How about seeing if you can do some recycling - this might mean: sorting through the rubbish and putting it into the correct bins; starting a compost bin; or, finding clothes or toys you no longer need to pass on to someone else. 

2. Go cloud spotting: This could be spotting shapes such as faces or animals in the clouds. What's the strangest shape you've seen? Or research different types of clouds. Can you spot cumulus, stratus or cumulonimbus?

3. Tree identification: Whilst out for your daily exercise, how many different types of tree can you spot? Using the leaves is often really helpful. Oak, holly and sycamore should be very distinctive, but what other types can you find? Which is your favourite?

4. Make a sculpture: Another one for when out on your daily exercise - create a sculpture using fallen leaves, twigs, stones, etc... Research artist Andy Goldsworthy for inspiration!

5. Spot a constellation: Stay up late to see the stars! One of the first to be seen is actually a planet - but which planet is it? Can you find orion, ursa major or cassiopeia?  Can you find the North Star? What is it also known as? 

6. Make a map: Draw a map of your house, garden, favourite park or even your route to school. You'll need to come up with a scale and a key. Remember that North should be at the top of the page!

7. Read in an interesting place: What is the most interesting [but safe!] outside place you can find to read a book? We would love to see how you get on with this one!

8. Make a sundial: What is a sundial and how does it work? Do some research and see if you can make one for a sunny spot in your garden. Once you've made it, can you use it all day instead of a clock? 

9. Build a shelter: Using branches, blankets, or tarpaulins. In the house, garden or local woods. It doesn't really matter where, as long as it safe to do so. How many people can you fit inside it? Would you stay dry if it started to rain?

10. Fifteen minute run: Find somewhere safe to get out and running. How far can you run in 15 minutes? 

11. Landscape photographer: Do you have a favourite view from the places you have been to on your daily exercise? Try to capture it in a photo. We can't wait to see the results!

12. Wildlife identification: Find evidence of the birds and animals that live near you. What could they be? A badger set? Bird nest? Woodpecker holes? 

Dovecote Challenge Resources

Use this poster to help track your progress through the challenge (downloadable PDF below):

Follow these links to find some resources to help you with completing the Dovecote Challenge

Cloud Spotting Guide: https://www.thoughtco.com/types-of-clouds-recognize-in-the-sky-4025569

Tree Identification: https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/trees-woods-and-wildlife/british-trees/how-to-identify-trees/

Stargazing: http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/tv/guides/bbc_stargazing_live_star_guide.pdf

Sundial: https://stemplayeveryday.com/sundials/

Wildlife Identification: Follow this link https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2020/01/nature-scavenger-hunts/ or look at Scavenger Hunt documents below.

Parents, if your child has completed each part of the challenge, why not award them a Dovecote Challenge Certificate, downloadable below.


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