Activity & Support Programme

2021-2022 Activity & Support Programme

Details for our new activity programme are below - we've tried to fit in as much as possible during the school holidays however have kept the Wednesdays free as our Junior Children in Care Council have their meetings on those days (find out more about the CICC here).  All activities will be fully risk assessed and we will make sure there are covid safe measures in place.  

If you have any questions about any of our activities please don't hesitate to get in touch with us on

Our activity and support programme consists of the following:

  • Education & Opportunity Activities which will generally take place during school holidays that focus on a range of academic, personal and independence skills and for KS4 there will be focus on preparing young people for post-16 pathways.
  • Interventions which provide extra support to our children and young people through a variety of different resources available to us.

Activities / Events

Overview: (scroll down for more info for each day)

October 2021
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
25th 26th 27th 28th 29th
Y3 to Y6 - 2 Way Virtual Big Telescopes Y10 & Y11 - Cospaces & VR   Y7 to Y9 - Robot Wars R to Y2 - Halloween Forest School


February 2022
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
21st 22nd 23rd 24th 25th
Y7 to Y11 - Code-A-Drone Y3 & Y4 - 3, 2, 1 Lift Off!! R to Y2 - I'll Huff & I'll Puff Y7 to Y11 - Catapults Y3 to Y6 Daresbury Labs Visit


April 2022
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
Y1 to Y9 -  Y10 & Y11 - The Chocolate Challenge   Y5 to Y9 - Safety Quest R to Y4 - Minibeast Hunt


May / June 2022
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
30th 31st 1st June 2nd June 3rd June
R to Y2 - Eat Fit & Move It Y3 & Y4 - Wacky Rally   Bank Holiday Bank Holiday


July 2022

(Summer Week 1)

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
25th 26th 27th 28th 29th
  Y6 - Moving Up   Y11 - Next Steps  


August 2022

(Summer Week 4)

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
15th 16th 17th 18th 19th
R to Y3 - Sweet Science & Super Slime Y4 to Y9 - Forensic Science & Awesome Aerodynamics   Pre-School -   


October Half Term 2021

Monday 25th October 2021 Tuesday 26th October 2021 Thursday 28th October 2021 Friday 29th October 2021
2 Way Virtual Big Telescopes Cospaces & VR Robot Wars Halloween Forest Schools
Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 Years 10 & 11 Years 7, 8 & 9 Reception, Years 1 & 2

Learn about the Solar System, meteorites and constellations by taking part in this interactive workshop by Daresbury Labs.  Learn all about the “James Webb Big Telescope” and investigate light, mirrors and infrared cameras.  


* To develop an understanding of how telescopes are used within science and space exploration. 

* To explore how science and technology has an economic, social and cultural impact upon society. 

Immerse yourself in a digital world of your own design.  Use online digital software to create a virtual workd in just about any setting imaginable - from fantasy lands to virtual museums.


*  To create a virtual world of your own imagination and design.

*  To use an inbuilt coding programe to add animation nand interaction to these worlds.

* To share your online "stories" with others.

Design and make a robot-powered chariot to compete in a dramatic race to the finish line. Which robot will be the last one standing? 


* To learn about the chariot builders of the past. 

* To work as a team when designing and making their own functional chariot.  

* To use Sphero robots accurately and strategically during the making process. 

A child led woodland adventure. Linked to the theme of Halloween, with activities led by children's imaginations and interests linked to a story.


* To take part in outdoor activities promoting well-being and communication.

* To work together – building relationships.

* To use problem-solving skills.

* To explore the area imaginatively and create their own stories.

Curriculum links:

* Science – Asking relevant questions and using different types of scientific enquiries to answer them. Describe the movement of the Earth and other planets relative to the sun in the solar system. Taking measurements using a range of scientific equipment.

* Skills & Careers – Develop a basic understanding of the world of science and its associated careers (observing scientists working within the lab).

Curriculum links:

* Computing – Develop and apply problem solving, design and computational thinking skills.

Computing – Have practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve problems.  Can evaluate and apply information technology.

* Skills & Careers – Develop a basic understanding of VR and game design technologies (and associated careers). 

Curriculum links: 

* Design Technology – Develop their ideas through discussion, sketches and diagrams. Select and use a wider range of materials and components. Evaluate their ideas and products against their own criteria. 

* Computing – Design programs that accomplish specific goals.  

* PSHE – Working together as a team in order to achieve a specific goal. Listening to the ideas of others.  

Curriculum links:

* PSED/PSHE - Confident to try new activities, to work together and to talk about their ideas and take other’s ideas into account.

* Communication and language / spoken language – Maintaining attention, joining in with discussions and bringing narrative to their experiences.

* Science – Exploring the environment.

* Expressive arts and design/art and design – exploring and using different materials.

* Imaginative play – bringing imagination into play.

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February Half Term 2022

Monday 21st February 2022 Tuesday 22nd February 2022 Wednesday 23rd February 2022 Thursday 24th February 2022 Friday 25th February 2022
Code-A-Drone 3, 2, 1 Lift Off I'll Huff & I'll Puff Catapults Daresbury Labs Visit
Years 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11 Years 3 & 4 Reception, Years 1 & 2 Years 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11 Years 3, 4, 5 & 6

Have a go at coding a mini-drone to make it take off, fly, turn, do stunts, take photos and land safely. Put your new skills to the test in a series of challenges. 


* To learn to code a mini-drone. 

* To solve problems using IT.  

Take inspiration from the Saturn V rocket - Design and build your own rocket and ‘launch’ it outside using compressed air. Use slow-motion video footage to watch it fly all over again! 


* To learn the forces involved in overcoming gravity. 

* To design and build a rocket from bottles and other materials. 

* To evaluate your final designs and suggest improvements. 

Building on the classic tale of the 3 Little Pigs – Children will work together to build 3 buildings using different materials before each is tested by ‘the big bad wolf’. 


* To develop an ability to work together. 

* To experiment with different tools and materials. 

* To evaluate their own builds. 

* To create digital records of the investigation. 

Work as a team in order to build a large-scale working catapult. Experiment and test the accuracy of your new machine by launching a series of projectiles – Which team can make them fly the furthest?  


* To investigate the role of trebuchets and catapults. 

* To design and build a large- scale working catapult from different materials. 

* To develop communication and team-building skills. 

Join us on a visit to Daresbury Laboratory in Warrington. You will be guided by a real-life scientist as you take part in many interactive, hands-on experiments within the lab. 


* To develop an understanding of key scientific principles.  

* To take an active part in scientific investigations.  

* To observe a working scientific laboratory in action. 

Curriculum links: 

* Computing –  design, write and debug programs to accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller pars 

* Computing – use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output.  

Curriculum links: 

* Science – Compare how things move on different surfaces. Using results to draw simple conclusions, make predictions for new values, suggest improvements and raise further questions.  

* Design Technology – Understand how key events and individuals have helped shape the world. Generate, develop, model and communicate ideas.  

Curriculum links: 

* PSED/PSHE – Confident to try new activities and work together as a team and share ideas. 

* Communication and language / spoken language – Maintaining attention and contributing to discussions. 

* Expressive arts and design / Science –Experimenting with materials and developing an understanding of the world around them. 

Curriculum links: 

* Design Technology – Build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make products for a wide range of users. Critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others. 

* PSHE – Developing their ability to work as a team in order to achieve a set goal. Listening to others and respecting their opinions.  

Curriculum links: 

* Science – Asking relevant questions and using different types of scientific enquiries to answer them. 

* Science / Maths Using results to draw simple conclusions. Identifying differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes.  

* Skills & Careers – Develop a basic understanding of the world of science and its associated careers.  


April Spring Break 2022

Monday 4th April 2022 Tuesday 5th April 2022 Thursday 7th April 2022 Friday 8th April 2022
TBC The Chocolate Challenge Safety Quest Minibeast Hunt
Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 Years 10 & 11 Years 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9 R, Years 1, 2 , 3 & 4

Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate!!! Work in teams to design and make your very own box of chocolates - taste testing will be required! Develop marketing strategies and your own branding for your product prior to pitching it to our judging panel. Which box of chocolates will they prefer?  


* To work as a team in order to design and make a brand-new product. 

* To develop an awareness of different careers - product development and marketing.  

* To evaluate a product in terms of its success criteria.  

A visit to Safety Central, a purpose-built interactive centre to explore a range of safety themed activities including; fire, road, electricity, travel, cyber, building site, water safety, accidents at home, bullying, 5 ways to well-being, healthy eating, the countryside code and first aid. The day begins and ends with an interactive quiz to test knowledge and understanding before and after the visit.  


* To learn essential life skills 

* To develop an awareness of how to stay safe and help others through role play activities, scenarios and interactive sessions. 

Children will take part in a mini-beast hunt, pond dipping session and bee themed activities learning all about different insects and their habitats. Encouraging identification skills, number skills and speech, language and communication as they learn about the natural world around them. 


* To learn how to classify minibeasts according to their characteristics.  

* To develop an understanding of the word ‘habitat’ and how these vary.  

* To demonstrate care and sensitivity when handling living creatures in their natural habitat.  


Curriculum links: 

* Skills & Careers – Experience of different roles in the product development, marketing and branding industries. 

* Design Technology – Use research and exploration to identify and understand user needs. Select from and use specialist tools, techniques, processes, equipment and machinery precisely. 

Curriculum links: 

* PHSE – Confidence building and self-expression 

* PSHE – intrapersonal skills – Building confidence and resilience. 

* PE skills – Links to personal health and promotion of physical sustainability. 

* Improved mental health and well- being. 

Curriculum links: 

* Science – Observe closely, using simple equipment. Identify and name a variety of common creatures (minibeasts). Identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited. 

* PSED/PSHE – Confident to try new activities and work together as a team and share ideas. 



May Half Term 2022

Monday 30th May 2022 Tuesday 31st May 2022
Eat Fit & Move It Wacky Rally
Reception, Years 1 & 2 Years 3 & 4

An activity packed day exploring healthy eating and exercise.  We’ll be playing games to reinforce healthy options as well as testing out our senses during a taste testing activity.  We’ll also explore a range of activities that will get us moving. 


* Learn about healthy eating, exploring healthy choices and make your own healthy lunch. 

* Explore our sense of smell, touch and taste in taste testing of different foods. 

* Look at different way to keep active – not just through exercise! 

Build your own balloon car racers and experiment with the design before entering it into the Wacky Championship Rally. There will be prizes awarded to the car that travels the furthest, the one that goes the fastest and the one with the best design.  


* To build cars which are propelled by balloon power.  

* To experiment with designs and explore factors that would affect how fast or how far a car goes as well as how it looks. 

Curriculum links: 

* PSHE – what makes a healthy lifestyle including benefits of physical activity, rest and healthy eating. 

* PSHE – recognise opportunities to make their own choices about food, what might influence their choices and benefits of eating a balanced diet. 

* Nutrition – use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare lunch. 

* Science – biology – make use of the different senses to distinguish smells, tastes and texture of different foods. 

* PE Skills – participate in team games. 

* PE Skills – use basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination in a range of activities. 

Curriculum links: 

* Science – physics – Newton’s Third Law, the balloon pushes air out backwards and the car and the balloon get pushed forwards.  

* Design Technology – come up with elements of a balloon car that can be changed which can affect its performance.  

* Design Technology – experiment with different materials and designs to improve a balloon car’s performance.  

* Art & Design – to use a range of materials creatively to design and make a balloon car.  

* Maths – to measure the distance a balloon car travels. 

* Skills & Careers – practical focus on STEM skills. 


Summer 2022 Week 1

Thursday 26th July 2022 Thursday 28th July 2022
Moving Up Next Steps
Year 6 Year 11

A chance to experience an activity they might never have tried before to gain new skills and have lots of fun at the same time!  Specific details of activity to be confirmed nearer the date.  


* To celebrate the end of primary school. 

* A chance for personal development. 

* Offer support around transition to secondary school. 

A chance to experience an activity they might never have tried before to gain new skills and have lots of fun at the same time!  Specific details of activity to be confirmed nearer the date. 


* To celebrate the end of secondary school. 

* A chance for personal development. 

* Offer support around transition to post-16. 

Curriculum links: 

* Transition – Managing change positively and knowing where they can go for support if needed. 

* PSHE – intrapersonal skills – building confidence and resilience. 

* PSHE – intrapersonal skills – communication and team work. 

Curriculum links: 

* Transition – managing change positively and knowing where they can go for support if needed. 

* PSHE – intrapersonal skills – building confidence and resilience. 

* PSHE – intrapersonal skills – communication and team work.

Skills & Careers – exploration of post-16 options


Summer 2022 Week 4

Monday 15th August 2022 Tuesday 16th August 2022 Thursday 18th August 2022
Sweet Science & Super Slime Forensic Science & Awesome Aerodynamics  
R, Years 1, 2 & 3 Years 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9 Pre-School

Learn the science behind sherbet fizz, candyfloss and ice-cream making.  Then explore non-Newtonian fluids, experiment with oobleck and make your own fluffy and clear slime. 


* Make sherbet and ice-cream, carry out a chromatography experiment with sweets. 

* Explain why sherbet fizzes on your tongue and why some sweets taste more sour. 

* Understand how crystal size affects the texture of ice cream. 

* Describe properties of non-Newtonian fluids. 

* Understand how to slow the sinking of an object in quicksand. 

* Make fluffy slime and clear slime. 

Solve a crime using a range of techniques on sample evidence found at the crime scene.  Then experiment with the science behind flight. 


* Carry out ink chromatography, blood splatter analysis and lifting fingerprints. 

* Discover what blood splatter patterns and hair samples can tell you. 

* Understand how casting can help you solve a crime and take a cast. 

* Learn some fun facts about aerodynamics. 

* Construct and launch a rocket, build a hovercraft and have fun making and launching paper planes. 

Enjoy a day-out on The Danny – The North-West's very own Art Deco Steamship. Encourage the little ones to explore all the sights and sounds that this exciting ship has to offer. Take part in different activities including story-time, songs, play and arts and crafts.  


* To use all the senses when exploring different surroundings. 

* To take part in different activities such as singing, play and constructing.  

* To meet new adults and other children. 

* To develop imagination and curiosity through play.

Curriculum links: 

* Science – identify non-Newtonian fluids and describe their properties. 

* Science & Food Technology – explore how heat can change the structure of sugar to make candy floss. 

* Science & Food Technology - applying heat to dissolve and combine ingredients followed by changing a liquid into solid through cooling. 

* Life-skills – Basic cookery techniques and hygiene when handling food items. 

Curriculum links: 

* Science – using straightforward scientific evidence to answer questions or to support findings. 

* Science & Technology – Learning about aerodynamics, the forces acting on a rocket and aeroplane. 

* Science & Technology – Know what an amphibious craft is. 

* PSHE – Team work and communication skills. 

* Skills & Careers - focus on STEM based skills including forensic science techniques and looking at engineering. 

Curriculum links: 

* PSHE – Promoting emotional, social, physical and intellectual development. Creating curious learners with a positive and problem-solving attitude to learning. 

* Language and communication – Encouraging the sharing of thoughts and feelings. Maintaining attention, joining in with discussions and bringing narrative to their experiences. 

* Interaction with others – Learning how to work alongside adults and other children.


Support / Interventions

Intervention Target Group Details

1:1 Direct Work

As requested

1:1 sessions working alongside the Education Support Workers. Targeted support for children or young people who may need additional help within a range of different areas.


  • To provide 1:1 support on a short-term basis.
  • To focus upon different areas, including emotional support.
  • To monitor the short-term impact of these sessions; providing feedback to those adults involved.
1:1 Tuition As requested

Working alongside a tuition agency to arrange after school tuition for a range of subjects should a child or young person request this support.


  • To provide good quality 1:1 support on a child or young person’s identified subject.
  • To provide tuition in more than one subject should it be needed.
  • To monitor progress through reports received from tutors for each session.
Virtual School Website All CIC/CL

Developing sections within the Virtual School website to support children and young people from primary through to post-16 as well as parents and carers.


  • To provide activities and ideas for learning at home and supporting positive mental health and wellbeing.
  • To provide subject specific information including quick guides and links to relevant websites.
  • To provide worksheets for a range of subjects.
  • To provide information and guidance around key stages including Year 8/9 options years and post-16 options.
Activity Packs All Pre-School, Primary & Secondary CIC

Tailored activity packs have been put together and posted out to children and young people aged 0-16 for the Summer holidays with items including books, games, worksheets, arts & crafts and hands on activities.


  • To provide a range of resources to be used at home either independently or with parent/carer support.
  • To support a range of skills and curriculum areas including reading, writing, speaking & listening, maths and mental health & wellbeing.
Storytime Magazine KS1 & KS2 - identified through PEPs and progress / attainment data.

A year's subscription to a story magazine sent out monthly to each child at their placement address.


  • To develop an interest in reading through brightly illustrated magazines rather than books.
  • To develop reading skills through easy to read short stories.
Curiosity Book Club Reception & targeted CIC identified through PEPs and attainment data.

Partnership with local bookstore “Curiosity Bookshop” to provide individualised book parcels sent out to a child’s placement address once a half term for the academic year.


  • To encourage reading at home by providing reading materials that a CIC can read individually or with carers.
  • To tailor reading materials to suit individual needs, levels or reading and interests / hobbies.

Post-16 Opportunities

KS3, KS4 & Post-16

Linking in with different colleges and universities - identifying further education opportunities, courses which are available, campus tours, meeting student reps who are care leavers and taking part in events being run by outreach teams.  Visits to career and skills fairs to look at a range of career options and in some cases to get a hands-on experience of the skills involved in different jobs.


  • To provide young adults with a range of options outside of the school setting.
  • To identify potential further education options or potential careers which may be open to them.


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Halton Virtual School

Halton Borough Council,
Rutland House Floor 1,
Halton Lea, Runcorn WA7 2GW