Extra curricular activities and after school clubs

Trentham Bucket List Challenges

Extra Curricular Activities

Trentham Bucket List


Awards are open to students across the Academy. There are 150 challenges in total.



  • Bronze – 2 from each subject area (28 challenges)
  • Silver –40 challenges (with at least 2 from each subject)
  • Gold – 75 challenges (with at least 2 from each subject
  • Trentham Star – 120 completed


We will arrange rewards activities over the year for students that achieve each of these milestones.


House points will be awarded for those that complete each stage and there will be more points available for the silver, gold and Trentham star, with each contributing to your house’s points for the year.


Any evidence for activities must be recorded and presented on your iPad or as a Firefly blog.


Activity Area Date
1.           Carry out one act of kindness per month e.g. mowing the lawn or shopping for an elderly person. Record in a diary and get it signed off by the person for whom you have acted.

2.           Visit a religious site (building or place) and review the experience to include a photograph or postcard.

3.           Make one contribution to charity per month (this could be time or money) Record ‘who, why, how, information about the charity’.

4.           Make a poster or information leaflet about a famous Saint.

5.           Find out a recent religious event in the news/media and produce a mini–report outlining your own views on the matter.

6.           Make a poster or information leaflet about a famous Religious figure

i.     Martin Luther King

ii.     Trevor Huddleston

iii.     Jackie Pullinger

iv.     Dalai lama

v.     Aung san suu kyi

7.           Find out a recent religious event in the news/media and produce a mini–report outlining your own views on the matter.

8.           Research and create an information leaflet about one of these philosophers from the list:

i.     Plato

ii.     Aristotle

iii.     Thomas Aquinas

iv.     Jeremy Bentham

v.     Joseph Fletcher

vi.     John Newman

9.           Learn to spell a quantity of words for participation in a spelling bee.

10.         Speak to someone in a foreign language.

11.         Listen to the lyrics of a song and be able to translate them and/or sing/play acoustics in class or on ipad.

12.         Use referenced online sites to research a cultural aspect of the French/German speaking world.

13.         Watch and comment on a film in French/German.

14.         Watch a foreign football match with the commentary in a different language and identify new phrases you have picked up.

15.         Visit a large public library – how to use a library properly.

16.         Visit a place of English literary interest (Blue plaque status).

17.         Analyse a film as if it were a book that you have read in lesson and write a short essay on any aspect of it.

18.         Experience the theatre – modern drama.

19.         Experience Shakespeare at the theatre.

20.         Visit a childhood museum – link with autobiographical writing.

21.         Visit Stratford/complete the Shakespeare trail in Stratford.

22.         Visit the national war museum – understanding contextual information.

23.         Visit a university library or archive to find out how to research and cross reference information.

24.         Independently read a 19th century classic novel.

25.         Read a classic 19th century early sci-fi novel (e.g. War of the Worlds, The Time Machine).

26.         Read 2 book series from the ‘100 books to read’ list.

27.         Read 10 books from the ‘100 books to read’ list.

28.         Read 20 books from the ‘100 books to read’ list.

English / Literacy
29.       Playing the keyboard, ukulele and percussion solo and in a duet.

30.       Using iPad GarageBand instruments as an ensemble.

31.       Sing and record yourself!

32.       To see instrumentalists perform live.

33.       Attend an extra curricular activity that Trentham put on.

34.       Extend skills on keyboard, ukulele and drums.

35.       Experience the musical theatre.

36.       See a live band.

37.       Record a performance in a studio (at school) or use Garageband to master your own composition.

38.       Create a Garageband track just using samples you find online.

39.       Create a Garageband track without any musical instruments and just using any sounds you can record on your iPad.

40.       Listen to an album by the Beatles and record your thoughts about the best tracks.

41.       Listen to an entire album from the 70’s.

42.       Listen to an entire album from the 80’s.

43.       Listen to an entire album from the 90’s.

44.       Listen to a classical piece of music.

45.       Listen to a vinyl record and a digital record, write a piece on what you think is the most enjoyable piece of music.

46.       Join a club.

47.       Experience camping.

48.       Complete three activities, that would normally be done for you, independently.

49.       Do a sponsored walk and raising money for others.

50.       Listen to an orchestra.

51.       Visit somewhere outside Stoke.

52.       Be able to cook a basic meal.

53.       Sew a button on.

54.       Send a formal email .

55.       Start a new hobby.

56.       Wash your own clothes.

57.       Be able to follow a bus timetable and catch a bus.

58.       Enter a City wide competition.

General self-development
59.       Learn 5 constellations in the sky and be able to use the plough to find the North star for navigation.

60.       Observe the moon over a month, photographing it on each observation to show how the moon changes phase.

61.       Draw a picture of the moon as viewed through a telescope or binoculars.

62.       Observe a planet through a telescope and photograph it on a phone or iPad.

63.       Woodland walk: record observations and keep a sketch pad of what you have seen.

64.       Visit Jodrell bank.

65.       Summarise a current science article.

66.       Create a fun backyard experiment (with an adult and film it to share with others).

67.       Visit a Science museum or Space centre.

68.       Read and feedback on a science article.

69.       Watch David Attenborough and write about places you would like to visit to see wildlife.

70.       Carry out an independent experiment and write about it and take pictures.

71.       Watch the Big Bang Theory and research something they are talking about and record your findings on your iPad.

72.       Read science article on stem cells and feedback to teacher/class.

73.       Watch a science fiction or scientific film and comment on the scientific accuracy or facts you learned. A science fiction film would include Armageddon or Jurassic Park.

74.       Visit wildlife centre/zoo, recording pictures of observations, identify endangered species and the breeding in zoo programme.

75.       Improve on 3 fitness tests in school activities.

76.       Complete a fitness program independently.

77.       Attend an after school sports club.

78.       Watch or participate in a competitive fixture.

79.       Write an extended project about why you love a particular sport.

80.       Sign up to a fitness tracker and track your fitness progress.

81.       Participate in a minimum of two sporting clubs/teams during games or trials.

82.       Watch a live sporting event (either in person or on the TV) and  review the experience, giving a ‘highlights’ (photos/ video/ written commentary/analysis).

83.       Watch a fixture and publish a report.

84.       Write an extended project about a sport of your choice, you should include a brief history, summary of rules/laws, scoring, positions, competitions etc.

85.       Watch a School fixture and publish a report that can be used on the school website.

86.       Involve yourself in the running of an extra-curricular club. This can be for lower years at Trentham or in primary schools.


87.       Investigate topical Computing issues (Could be based on the topic that you are doing).

88.       Investigate influential people in computing and prepare a report.

89.       Develop coding skills and have a go at basic programming (i.e using Swift Playgrounds on your iPad).

90.       Attend a coding club at school or out of school.

91.       Use Raspberry Pi in school.

92.       Make a natural sculpture/land art inspired by Andy Goldsworthy.

93.       Photograph a natural phenomenon (e.g. rainbow, spiders web, ice/frost).

94.       Visit an art exhibition/gallery and evaluate your visit.

95.       Document a journey in any media (e.g. film, photography, drawing/painting).

96.       Make a piece of artwork about an artist you do not yet know about.

97.       Create a plastercine sculpture.

98.       Make a natural sculpture/land art inspired by an artist of your choice.

99.       Photograph movement.

100.    Visit an art exhibition/gallery and evaluate your visit.

101.    Make a piece of artwork about Stoke on Trent.

102.    Make a natural sculpture/land art inspired by your hobbies/experiences.

103.    Photograph time.

104.    Make a piece of artwork inspired by your favourite artist.

105.    Find 5 ways design has made life easier.

106.    Explore how recycling has been used to improve products.

107.    Develop understanding of a new design process or skill.

108.    Improve how your family recycles.

109.    Design your dream house.

110.    Research a new smart material.

111.    Photograph a product you consider to be good design.

112.    Photograph and analyse bad examples of design.

113.    Explore the work of a designer/inventor/engineer.

Design and Technology
114.       Shopping – write a list, estimate the cost to ensure it’s within budget.

115.       Complete a data project of your choice.

116.       Investigate numbers of different cultures.

117.       Complete a functional skills project.

118.       Number presentation – four operations, including fractions, decimals and percentages.

119.       Visit several banks/building societies to look at different accounts available for students.

120.       Investigation into Fractals (subject challenge with Art).

121.       Geometry and measures presentation – shapes, angles, units of measure.

122.       Investigation into Fibonacci.

123.       Investigate your family tree.

124.       Investigate the history behind an old local building.

125.       Create or compare/contrast maps showing the potteries 50, 100 and 200 years ago and describe the differences in an iMovie.

126.       Visit a museum and create an iMovie about an era of history you have learned about.

127.       Download a virtual reality or interactive app about a period of time and share it with you class.

128.       Local – Visit all of the towns in Stoke-on-Trent. Can you find and photograph the centre of each town?

129.       Nature – Buy a packet of seeds and vegetables and plant an area of your garden. Photograph the results.

130.       Cook some of your own vegetables and eat them.

131.       Can you find signs of each letter of the alphabet. Photograph them and create a whole sentence.

132.       Places- Visit a few of the following. Photograph the surroundings and explain how they make you feel: Woodland, Supermarket, Town Centre, Football game, Swimming pool, Kitchen. Local Park, sand dune, Garden.

133.       Research and create a presentation on wildlife that live in 5 of the areas above.

134.       People – Be overtly helpful to people. Smile and help as many people as you can and open lots and lots of doors for people. Map where you went and make a record of what happened.

135.       Get a scratch map and scratch off where you have visited.

136.       Local – Find and photograph statues of famous people from Stoke-on-Trent. Also take a wax rubbing of the information plate.

137.       Nature – Learn the names of different types of trees and find examples in your local area.

138.       Work out how many stairs you would have to climb to reach the top of Snowdon. How long would it take you?

139.       People – Find out about a neighbour or relative. Where have they been to, where would they like to go to?

140.       Plan your dream holiday and how much you would have to save for it by the time you are 18 and able to go!

141.       Create a case study from your most recent holiday

142.       With a parent / carer, explore some of the GeoCaching locations in Stoke-on-Trent

143.       Create a record of ‘smells’. Map the different smells over the course of a week

144.       Places- Visit a range of places. Create a ‘Happiness Map’, to show how happy people seems to be.

145.       People – Raise money for a charity that helps people in another other country.

146.      Cook your family a meal.

147.      Cook your friends a meal.

148.      Serve up a delicious desert.

149.      Serve a three-course meal.

150.      Make your parents/carers breakfast in bed.

Food Technology

At Trentham, we aim to make homework an activity that is of value to your child, such as reviewing prior learning, preparing for future learning or providing work that allows us to assess your child’s progress. We also want our students to leave Trentham having experienced more than just a standard curriculum. We want them to leave with a love of learning and a thirst for new experiences.

With this in mind, staff and students have worked collaboratively to develop the ‘Trentham Bucket List’. This is a set of activities linked to each subject area and beyond, that we would love our students to have experienced before they leave Trentham. The list is 150 activities long, some may have already been completed by students and some may be a challenge for particular students to achieve. Therefore, we are rewarding students not for completing the list but for reaching certain milestones.


  • Bronze – 2 from each subject area (28 challenges)
  • Silver – 40 challenges (with at least 2 from each subject)
  • Gold – 75 challenges (with at least 2 from each subject
  • Trentham Star – 120+ completed

Students need to gather evidence of the activities using their iPads (pictures, video, audio etc) and will upload the evidence to their own blog in their ‘Personal Section’ on Firefly. We will be rewarding, with special enrichment activities, those students that reach the key milestones. Previous rewards have included film writing workshops and film screening and setting up geocaching trails.

The Trentham Bucket List activities cannot be submitted in place of homework set by staff, as this must always take priority, but it can be completed throughout the year. The list itself is ever evolving; we would love ideas for activities to come from parents, students and staff. We would also welcome any support in running activities that you feel would be a great experience for our students.