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Rawmarsh Extra

Welcome to 'Rawmarsh Extra' - the home of virtual extra-curricular activities for students.

Rawmarsh Extra

Welcome to 'Rawmarsh Extra' - the home of virtual extra-curricular activities for students. On this page, you'll find lots of fun and interesting activities, challenges and more! Click the buttons below to view the virtual subject related activities!

On this page, you'll find lots of fun and interesting activities, challenges and more! Click the buttons below to view the virtual subject related activities!


Maths Challenges

Do you want to earn some CFPs? Are you good at solving mathematical problems?

Why not have a go at solving the following Maths problems? All correct entries will earn CFPs for taking part and there will be a prize for the overall winner!

All entries must be in by the end of day 18th December 2020.

Pass entry to your Maths teacher – don’t forget to add your name and year group.

Full solutions/method required – answers alone win nothing.

Fancy doing some extra mathematical fun activities?  You might even earn yourself some CFPs!

Each half term we will be running a maths competition. Why not have a go?  Make sure you enter the correct one. (Years 7,8 and 9 – KS3 and Years 10 and 11 – KS4)


  • Competitions not your thing, but like puzzles? Why not go to transom.org and have a go at the “starter of the day”?
  • Literacy in Maths Video
  • You can find maths games on the Nrich.org website or even read some interesting articles about mathematics.  Particular favourites are the ones on the History of maths. nrich.maths.org/secondary


Coral Reefs

12 Questions about Coral Reefs

  1. Where can you find coral reefs around the world?
  2. Describe how coral reefs are like big cities.
  3. What is coral?
  4. Describe the parts of a coral reef food web.
  5. What does symbiosis mean?
  6. Define mutualism and parasitism
  7. Give an example of mutualism and explain how the symbiotic relationship works
  8. List and describe some of the things that coral reefs do for people
  9. In what ways are coral reefs sensitive?
  10. What are some ways that the people of Palau have worked to save their reefs and protect their ocean habitats?
  11. Describe some ways that people are working to protect reefs worldwide
  12. What are some things that you can do to help coral reefs stay healthy and strong?


  • You should try to find out how old the first signs of humans in our country are; how human shape has changed over the years; and what animals lived alongside our ancestors.



  • Try to find out who discovered the bacteria which causes anthrax, and which scientist identified how to prevent the spread of cholera. You can also find out the first scientist to use a microscope to be able to see individual cells.




Reading for pleasure can take many forms – most often, people read novels, silently and to themselves.

But you can also read poetry for pleasure. Use the resources here to see how other people approach poetry in performance. Then, choose a poem you love – and master reading poetry!


  •  Go to that site. Watch the videos, and read the guides/instructions.
  • Use one of the attached anthologies (the PDFs), or a poem you find yourself.
  • Commit the poem to memory, and produce a video of you delivering an effective performance.

There is also our 50 Book Challenge:

You should aim to read as many titles from the list as you can before you leave RCS.

Once you have read a book you should write a short book review of what you’ve read to go on the school website, which includes: background to the book, plot overview, best bit and overall rating. Send these to Mr Skirrow.

Want to be a writer?

The Chaucer Heritage Trust was founded in 1992 and aims to further interest, understanding and appreciation of the works of Geoffrey Chaucer, his life and times and influence. The Chaucer Heritage is hosting its fourth annual writing competition for schools inspired by the works of Geoffrey Chaucer, considered by many to the father of the English Language and England’s greatest medieval poet.

The special theme of the competition this year is Be Careful What You Wish For!


Who can take part?

The competition is open to all students of school age.

The three age groups are:

  •  Junior – 5-10 years old
  • Intermediate – 11-14 years old
  • Senior – 15-18 years old

Age on 31 January 2021. Competitors must include their date of birth on the entry form.


Competition Guidelines

Choose ONE of the following:

  •  A poem or story about wishes coming true
  • A poem or story about wishes going wrong
  • A description of a character who grants wishes



  • Your writing should invoke the spirit of Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales.
  • All entries must be in English.
  • Think carefully about the language – choosing the words which best convey your intended meaning and message.
  • You are encouraged to use everyday language and colloquialisms but if appropriate please include explanations in brackets.
  • Think carefully about the characters in your writing and what they say about the world you live in.


Submitting your entry

  • Submit your poem, story or description here: chaucer.org.uk/submityourentry/ and also to your English teacher
  • Word-count is 500 words maximum.
  • Deadlines – All entries must be submitted by 31 January 2021.


  1. Magazine Analysis


  • Research the codes and conventions of magazine such as masthead, cover line, main image etc.
  • Select a magazine from the images – how has the designer used these codes and conventions to appeal to the target audience?
  • How do you think colour, pictures and language have been used to interest this audience?
  • Design a magazine cover yourself (perhaps based around a hobby you have) try to use all the key codes and conventions.
  • Briefly explain how your ideas are suitable for the audience and why they would interest them in your magazine.
  1. Television

tellyads.com website – this archives television adverts alphabetically and by brand


  • Watch an advert for a brand that you use. This could be Apple/Nike/Samsung etc. can you identify the ways they are trying to persuade you to buy the products in the advert?
  • How is sound used in the advert to influence the audience? What kind of images, colours and settings are used and why do you think this might be?
  • Look at another advert and comment on the differences and similarities between the two. Are there different ways to persuade and audience? Are there common ways that people are targeted across the adverts?

Dr Strange official trailer – Youtube


  • Research the term ‘blockbuster’ and make some notes on the definition of this term.
  • Looking at the trailer how do you think sound and setting have been used to try and interest an audience to watch the film?
  • Using IMDB investigate who was responsible for creating the film, how much the budget was for this blockbuster and how much money the film took worldwide.
  • If you were going to plan an advertising campaign to attract teenagers to watch a new film where would you choose to advertise? How would you go about it? What platforms do you think would be most successful? E.g. social media.



The basics of designing: Student Booklets

Four simple student booklets from the Nuffield Foundation to teach the basics of designing.

  • Booklet one: Deciding what to design and make
  • Booklet two: Developing and communicating design ideas
  • Booklet three: Planning and making
  • Booklet four: Evaluating



What is inclusive design?

This lesson resource looks at the topic of inclusive design and how design can be used to solve problems and support all people in society to engage successfully in the world around them. This resource sets the scene for inclusive design, helping students to understand how products must fulfil a need for a range of users. Students learning and understanding is documented in a series of worksheet based activities which encourages deeper thinking and further development.



Channel 4 living youtube channel

Watch Grand Designs and look at the occupations involved in completing a house through the design stage to handing over the keys. Throughout the programmes, you will see how problem arise and are solved to realise a final outcome


Food & Hospitality


  • The Great British Bake off has started back on Channel 4 so pupils could watch the show and recreate the technical challenge and send pictures through.


The Drama Department would like to remind students of all the amazing resources available to them to further their Drama knowledge outside of the classroom.

As well as the variety of performances shared with you in your Google Classrooms to watch and then analyse through Google Forms, below are just some of the websites available to you to further your Drama knowledge and understanding while at home;


Art & Museums



To improve your knowledge of the Holocaust and get the chance to see some of the most infamous sites of this genocide, visit these tours. There is no task for this tour as the profound nature of the exhibits speaks for themselves.

If you are interested in any further reading about the Holocaust we have suggested a few books suitable for young adults below.

To learn about the code breakers of World War II, take a tour of Bletchley Park…

Task: Who worked at Bletchley Park during World War II and how important was their work? Can you create an information poster about the Code Breakers?

Take a virtual tour through time at the British Museum.

Select the living and dying section of the timeline using the menu on the right.
To link in with our studies into Africa, with the slave trade and later, looking at Civil Rights and Black History, go all the way back in time to 2,000,000 BC on the Africa line (yellow) Have a look at the artefacts found in Africa- read or listen to the information about the artefacts.
  • What do the artefacts tell us about human life in 2,000,000 BC in Africa?
  • What does the whole timeline of the world show us about humanity- do any other continents have evidence of human life going that far back?
  • In which historic time period does most development seem to take place in Africa? Which civilisation was responsible for this?
  • How does ‘civilisation’ in other countries compare through History/Prehistory?
  • If you want to find out more about the origins of humans, watch the series called ‘Mother Earth’ On Youtube!

To find out more about the fight for women’s right to vote, visit these two virtual tours….


Task: Which women inspired others to join the fight for the vote? Research at least one of these women and create a biography of their life OR write an obituary (seen in a newspaper when a person dies) to remember their life and work.



To discover more about the History of the Civil Rights Movement in the USA, take these virtual tours…



Task: Using your knowledge of the Civil Rights Movement and the tours, answer the following questions:

  1. How were Blacks treated in America after the end of slavery?
  2. What methods did various Civil Rights groups use to fight for their Civil Rights?
  3. What was the Windrush and why is it important to our History?

To discover more about the Coal Industry and it’s role in the industrial revolution, take a tour on …

Task: Why was the Coal Industry so important to the Industrial Revolution in Britain? What was the long term impact of coal on the planet?

  • Can you research a local mine/ pit? There were a lot around where we are!
  • Make an information leaflet/ guide book to a local colliery/ mine in the Rotherham area- how much coal did it produce? How many men, horses, children worked in it? Were there any disasters?

If you are interested in war, no matter which, have a look at this amazing museum tour…

Task: Create a fact sheet about any war of your choice. Include details such as the location, cause, impact on people and the world- consequences, and why or how the war ended.


To better understand the impact that the atomic bomb had on the people of Japan and the end of World War II, have a look at the following two tours…


Task: Write a speech to world leaders today to persuade them that the use of nuclear weapons is wrong. Consider your language carefully and use evidence from these two case studies.

Music & Music Technology


As we are unable to participate in fieldwork for the foreseeable future you may wish to look at some of the virtual fieldwork websites.

This will give you a taste of the kind of things you will be doing once we are able to organize field visits once again. There are also some websites that will take you to some geographical games where you can test your basic geographical knowledge.

Have a look at some virtual fieldwork tasks by going on to the links below:

Play geography games by going on to the links below:

There are also virtual tours for museums.


To further your knowledge in childcare you could complete the following tasks.


Create a leaflet for this nursery summarising why parents should use this nursey.

Foundation stage unit primary school youtu.be/thzSxAz2wh8

  1. What activities would children complete at a foundation unit?
  2.  Could you see anything which would help a child transition to the school?
  3.  CHALLENGE – what differences are there between a private nursery and a foundation stage unit?

Create a factsheet about what expecting mothers should expect to see in a maternity ward.

Health & Social Care

To further your knowledge in health and social care you could complete the following tasks.


Create a leaflet for this care home summarising why people should use this care home

Create a factsheet about what you find in an ambulance 

Create a factsheet about what to expect when visiting the ICU


To further your knowledge in PSHE and gain some life skills you could complete the following tasks:


Be a First aid champion  

Create a top tip guide on how to help someone who:

Create a video of you demonstrating sign language skills

This website has a lot of free courses that you could complete. You can complete them if you are over 13 and you will get a certificate if you do them. Any that you complete would be good for CV and personal development.


Religious Education

To further your understating of other religions you could complete the following tasks


Create a factsheet about what to expect when visiting a synagogue

Create a factsheet about what to expect when visiting a mosque

Create a factsheet about what to expect when visiting a Church


Programing Games and Animations at Home

The ICT Department wants to make you aware of some of the great opportunities available to you to improve your ICT programming Skills. A number of companies and websites are offering students the ability to learn how to code, make games and animations while at home.

You will need a computer, laptop or tablet with access to the internet to use these websites. You may need to sign up and create an account, ask a parent for help if you are unsure how to do this.

Below are some of the websites you can use to help you learn new coding skills.


In these strange times, there is a lot that we usually do as a department to promote and enrich language learning that we cannot do.

In the absence of school trips and after school clubs here are a few activities that might just bring a little piece of France, Spain, Germany or another part of the world to you. Choose from the options and make sure that you evidence yourself doing them: take a screenshot, video or photo and send it to us.

1) Download the Duolingo app. Select French and try to complete 5-10mins a day to improve your listening and comprehension skills.

2) Why not try another language as well? It doesn’t have to be a language that we study at school – become a master and teach a teacher what you have learnt.

3) If you have Spotify or another music streaming account – why not search for the French, Spanish or German charts. Listen to a playlist and share it with a friend and your teacher for a CFP.

4) Have a French breakfast – Ask your parents to add pain au chocolat, croissants or a baguette and Nutella onto the shopping list. Maybe even make a bowl of hot chocolate and dunk your croissant French style! Take a photo of yourselves and send it in.

5) The ultimate challenge – prepare a paragraph in French/Spanish or German. Read it aloud and practise it. Record yourselves 4 times, send all 4 to us with the last one being the best. Practice makes perfect.

Careers & Employability

Barclays Lifeskills 

Helping you to get the skills and experience you need for the world of work – have a go with the ‘wheel of strengths’, learn what’s involved in interviews and work experience and start investing in your future. Students aged 14 years and above can register for their own account.



Take the Buzz Quiz

Visit icould.com to take the buzz quiz to learn more about your personality and how this can help determine what sort of work would suit you best.  Once you know if you are a calm and inquisitive sea horse or a strong and organised black bear then you can explore loads of interesting career story videos on the website.



BBC Bitesize 

Whether you’re deciding what to study, taking your exams, planning a career, or just curious, BBC Bitesize will help to explain the world of work, with advice from young people who’ve found the right path for them.



Start as you mean to go on!

Use our own START platform to identify skills and interests, find related courses and jobs and record all your achievements and experiences in your own locker as evidence to support future applications to college and apprenticeships (contact careers@rawmarsh.org for login details).




Learn any of these and video yourself doing them! CFPs for accomplished movements!

Air Walk – www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0mfNWKBQp0&list=RDCMUC-ZaFVre7Koir_VcaM2LpNA&index=2

Criss Cross – www.youtube.com/watch?v=eg-3ybiL6UI&list=RDCMUC-ZaFVre7Koir_VcaM2LpNA&index=3

How to shuffle – www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBZ0Y2t0ceo&list=RDCMUC-ZaFVre7Koir_VcaM2LpNA&index=5     

Heel Toe – www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-9RWQc4tzE&list=RDCMUC-ZaFVre7Koir_VcaM2LpNA&index=7    

Tutting Combo – www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrluSO-Qs0E&list=RDCMUC-ZaFVre7Koir_VcaM2LpNA&index=8       

Learn any of these and video yourself doing them!

Her Majesty’s Theatre Virtual Tour – www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jSyq_tU0KM

Matilda Backstage tour – www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hgBo33xZPk

Tour of The Broadway Theatre! – www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDImoZUblVI

Watch the theatre tours and write 3 observations you have made about them

Aladdin ‘Friend Like Me’ Dance – www.youtube.com/watch?v=21YbMxBRyAk

Learn the tutorial and record yourself completing the dance!