Summer Challenge

Mr Johnson’s Summer Experiences Challenge has been designed for the Year 6 pupils who are starting with us at Penrice in September. Hopefully you received a printed copy of the challenge during our Welcome Day on the 4th July but don’t worry if not as a PDF copy can be downloaded below.

This page contains useful tips and tricks to help you complete Mr Johnson’s Summer Challenge at little to no cost. These are just a few ideas and there are so many more possibilities! We hope you have a summer holiday that is full of enrichment and we cannot wait to see you in September.


A Football Match
If you don’t have access to sports channels, you can watch the highlights of England’s first and only ever world cup victory in 1966 on Youtube here.

A Tennis Match
Wimbledon is currently happening on BBC One and Two. If you’ve missed Wimbledon then don’t worry! – visit YouTube and watch this recording of Andy Murray winning Wimbledon in 2013. Andy Murray was the first Briton to win Wimbledon since 1936!

An episode of Blue Planet
Blue planet episodes are available on BBC iPlayer here.

A sport at the Commonwealth Games
The Commonwealth Games take place from Thursday, 28 July until Monday, 8 August on the BBC

A real sunset
Beaches are great places to watch a sunset, particularly the North Coast of Cornwall. Perranporth Beach is a beautiful spot to watch the sunset over the sea. Alternatively, Helman Tor near Bodmin is another beautiful place to watch the sun set with 360 degree views of your surroundings and various high points can be found along the clay trails around St Austell.

A Documentary of Your Choice
A number of documentaries are available on BBC iPlayer. An episode of Who do you think you are? and/or any Brian Cox documentary on space are two ideas.


Bake Something

Our students recently baked a Bread and Butter Pudding as part of their entry into the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pudding competition (see above). We’d love for you to have a go at this classic British pudding – extra points if eaten with custard or cream! You can search for recipes in books, online or in magazines (free recipe cards and magazines are sometimes available from the supermarkets).

Go Stargazing
This activity can be done in your very own back garden at night! However, if you really want an immersive experience, Helman Tor near Bodmin is a great place to escape any light pollution and enjoy some stargazing with you parents/carers.

Take Part in a Park Run
‘Parkruns’ are free, weekly, community events that take place all around the world. Saturday morning events are 5k and take place in parks and open spaces for anyone to join in with. On Sunday mornings, there are 2k junior parkruns for children aged four to 14. Details can be found on the parkrun website.

You don’t have to join an official ‘parkrun’ though – we’d love for you to team up with one (or more) friends and/or relatives and go for a run in a park or open space together. This can be as long or as short as you like – all we ask is that you push yourself and encourage those you are running with. There are lots of parks to choose from around St Austell and a full list can be viewed on the St Austell Town Council website here.

Design a Poster for a Penrice Club
We’re super excited for our extra-curricular offering here at Penrice in September. All of our clubs and activities come under the name of Penrice Plus. Take a look at our September 2022 Penrice Plus activities list on this Penrice webpage here. Pick your favorite and design a poster to encourage other students to attend.


Using Public Libraries
You’ll find a wide range of books as well as DVDs, online newspapers, eBooks, eAudiobooks, online magazines, music scores, plays and local information available for free through the public library. There are a wide range of public libraries around Cornwall including one in St Austell where you can read or use the Wi-Fi or a computer for free or, alternatively, borrow some books to read at home.

St Austell Library is located on Carlyon Road and their opening times can be viewed here.

All you need to access all the library has to offer is a library card which is also free. You can find out more on the Cornwall Council website here.

A Newspaper Article
Find out what is going on locally, nationally or internationally from a newspaper. Many can be viewed online or accessed via the library or, if you are unable to find a copy to borrow, can be purchased for £1 and up from a local newsagent or supermarket.


An Aquarium
A lesser-known Cornish aquarium closer to home is Mevagissey Harbour, housed in the old R.N.L.I. lifeboat house. The aquarium is free to enter with donations encouraged. Alternatively, many garden centres have small aquarium areas that you can explore to complete this challenge.

A Forest or Woods
Kings Wood on the road from St Austell towards Pentewan is an area of woodland managed by the Woodland Trust. It is free to visit and there are areas of free parking also. Cardinham Woods on the outskirts of Bodmin is another free entry Woods run by the Forestry Commission (please note a parking charge of £2-3 is required)

Lanhydrock House
Lanhydrock House is a National Trust property near Bodmin. The estate, gardens and house are free to enter for National Trust members and otherwise there is a charge for the house and garden parts only. You don’t need to enter the house itself. You can simply explore this wonderous estate and take in the views (parking charges apply).

An Art Gallery
There are several little galleries selling art in Charlestown and other local towns and villages that are free to look around, including Charlestown Gallery and Cscape Art. Both the Mid-Cornwall Galleries and Falmouth Art Gallery are also free to look around.

A Museum
There are a wealth of museums in Cornwall focusing on topics such as Cornish Heritage, Maritime History and even famous artist/sculptor Barbara Hepworth. However, a museum much closer to home with free entry for Under 16s is Mevagissey Museum. Find out more about village life in Mevagissey in the 19th and 20th centuries in this warm and friendly museum. Note: Admission charge of £2 for adults. There is also a free to enter St Austell Town Museum in the Market House which will hopefully be open again through the summer (closed on Sundays).

A Tin Mine
Tin Mining is a huge part of Cornwall’s heritage. If you had grandparents and great-grandparents that lived in Cornwall then there’s a high probability that they were involved in the mining industry in some form.

Seeing a Cornish Tin Mine will require a bit of travel, so please speak to your parent/guardian. There are a number of mines in Cornwall that you can go down with a guided tour leader, such as Geevor Tin Mine near Land’s End (paid entry). However, you don’t need to pay for entry to a mine to complete this challenge. Just exploring a mine at the very surface can be a very enriching experience. If you are able to, we highly recommend a coastal walk with your parent/guardian to see Wheal Coates Mine on the north coast near St Agnes. It is a beautiful location and you can also tick off the Activity of Go somewhere for a walk with a view, completing two tasks in one!

Truro Cathedral
Truro Cathedral is free to visit all year around. Explore this magnificent religious building and take some quiet time to reflect.


Using the Internet
Researching on the internet is a key skill to learn as you develop through your time at Penrice. We’re happy to point you in the right direction! Try googling the names below, read about them and see how they complete various challenges on your list:
– Richard Trevithick
– Christopher Columbus
– Zeus
– Roald Dahl

Using Public Libraries
You can access free Wi-Fi in the public library and even book a slot to use a computer there. You can also find a wealth of information in the books they house – this is how most research was done before the 1990s, after which the internet became popular.