Roedean's Virtual Challenges

As we are currently unable to welcome applicants to our site for our Experience Days, this year we have arranged a programme of virtual challenges for those applying for Years 7-9 2021 entry and Year 9 2023 entry.  You do not need to take part in all the challenges (though you are more than welcome to), just one or two that interest you. You will be given the opportunity to discuss any of the challenges you participate in at a later date during interview. 

The schedule of challenges is:

  • Science - 11 September
  • Mathematics - 18 September
  • MFL - 25 September
  • Classics - 2 October
  • English - 6 November
  • Geography - 13 November

Please send any work you complete to tours@roedean.co.uk with the subject "Virtual Challenge - [subject area]". 

Geography - 13 November

Your Task

Your task is to come up with an idea that will help to save our planet.  It can be under any of the following five Earthshot themes:

  • Protect and restore nature
  • Clean our air
  • Revive our oceans
  • Build a waste free world
  • Fix our climate

Successful projects will be original, imaginative and solutions focused.  They should be clearly communicated and realistic, whilst having a big positive impact.  You should back up your ideas with examples, evidence and an explanation of how your idea will work and the impact it will have.  You should also give the sources of any websites or books that you use for research.

You can submit your project in a digital format of your choice, such as video, PowerPoint or pdf.  It’s up to you!  Have a look at the Earthshot website for inspiration.  https://earthshotprize.org/.

We look forward to seeing your project! Submit these to tours@roedean.co.uk by Friday 27 November.

Good luck!

*If you require a transcript of the video, please contact Mrs Barlow on abw@roedean.co.uk. 

English - 6 November

Your Task

Your advert is going to be for a brand new product… the Virtual Reality Book – it’s a digital book where you turn the pages to read the story and the virtual reality headset takes you into the scene you are reading.

Your Virtual Reality Book is going to need a cool name, a logo, and a slogan.  Then you can come up with an idea for an advert that will go on television, and will really make people want to buy the book.

You can either show us your ideas in a storyboard for the advert…or you can actually film the advert yourself.  A storyboard template that you can use is below:

Storyboard template

We look forward to seeing your storyboards or filmed adverts! Submit these to tours@roedean.co.uk by Friday 20 November.

Good luck!

*If you require a transcript of the video, please contact Mrs Barlow on abw@roedean.co.uk. 

Classics - 2 October

Your Task

Your task is to tour Room 4, the Egyptian sculpture room, at the British Museum and answer the questions. To enter the British Museum, click on the link below followed by the link in the PDF to enter the British Museum and then follow the instructions in the PDF. Alternatively, you can enter the tour here

The British Museum Virtual Tour

HINT: the Xs are a good place to stand in order to find out the information for which you are searching!

Extra Challenge

We would love you to create an edible artefact or building, possibly inspired by your visit to the Egyptian sculture room, but it could also be inspired by anything you can think of related to the Classical World. See some example on the video above.

We look forward to seeing your answers and any edible creations you might come up with! Submit your answers and/or photos to tours@roedean.co.uk by Friday 16 October.

*If you require a transcript of the video, please contact Mrs Barlow on abw@roedean.co.uk. 


 

MFL - 25 September

Happy European Day of Languages tomorrow!
In celebration, here is your next challenge:

Your Challenges:

German

  1. Make a list of four German words that have more than ten letters and their meaning.
  2. Find out about five writers, scientists, artists or explorers who are from countries where German is the official language.

French

  1. Your first challenge is to find out the captial cities of ten French speaking countries.
  2. Your second challenge is to list 10 French words that have made it into the English language, for example: chauffeur

Spanish

  1. Your first challenge is to cook a dish from a Spanish-speaking country.
  2. Your second challenge is to find out the name of five dances that originated in Spanish-speaking countries.

We look forward to seeing the results of some or all of the challenges! Submit your work to tours@roedean.co.uk by Friday 16 October.

*If you require a transcript of the video, please contact Mrs Barlow on abw@roedean.co.uk. 


 

Maths - 18 September

Your Task

Your task is to crack the PIN code and unlock your challenge.

The answers to the questions in the video should give you a PIN code.  Once you have finished watching the video and have your PIN code, click on the number displayed down below that matches your PIN code to unlock your challenge.  If your answer is not an option, you may need to try again!

We look forward to seeing your answers to the challenge! Submit your answers to tours@roedean.co.uk by Friday 16 October.

*If you require a transcript of the video, please contact Mrs Barlow on abw@roedean.co.uk. 


 

Science - 11 September

Your Task

Your task is to think of a question that has always fascinated you and either complete some research and/or an experiment that will help you to answer it.

Here are some example questions:

  •  Why is the sky blue?
  •  Why don’t water and oil mix?
  •  Why are giraffes necks so long?
  •  How do magnets work?

Remember to conduct your experiments safely, with guidance from a grown up, and don’t forget to accurately record any results, always consider whether your testing is fair and reference any sources when using others’ research.

We look forward to seeing your work and learning the answers to your fascinating questions! Submit your work to tours@roedean.co.uk by Friday 16 October.

*If you require a transcript of the video, please contact Mrs Barlow on abw@roedean.co.uk.