Taskmaster Challenge

Taskmaster Challenge
Week 14
w/b 13th July - Challenge Mr. Henson
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Taskmaster Challenge
Week 13
w/b 6th July - 'Thank You' Trophy Challenge
Once again, you have shown your amazing creativity and imagination with this week's Taskmaster challenge. All of the entries are pictured below and are 'joint winners' of this final challenge - the judges simply couldn't choose between them.  Well done to you all!
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Week 12
w/b 29th June - Moment in History
A massive well done to all of the entrants into the 'Moment in History' Taskmaster Challenge!  I certainly learned a lot from all of your fantastic entries.  Take a look below and some of the amazing models, photos, dressing up and parental involvement that took place this week!
The winners for this week - with a great model of the Great Fire of London - are Ewa (Y4) and Stefan (Y2), well done guys!  But well done to all of you who entered - Taskmaster certificates are waiting for you when we return to school.
Also featured below is...
- Emily (Y5) and Polly's (Y3) recreation of Boudica fighting the Romans
- Fiona (Y2), with the help of her dad, recreating Guy Fawkes' attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament
- Lucy (Y4) becoming the famous female aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart
- Ali (Y3) recreating the launch of the Saturn rocket for the moon landing mission in 1969
- Arthur (Y2) recreating Henry VIII establishing the Church of England during the Reformation
Well done everybody!
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Week 11
w/b 22nd June - Micro-Dens
It has been brilliant to see just how many ingenious and imaginative micro-dens you have all come up with ESJ!  Well done!
Take a look at the photos below which show some of the fantastic building skills and attention to detail that your creations show.  As well as being very resourceful with all of the things you were able to scavenge in your gardens to use as part of your dens, I loved how thoughtful you all were with small extras that made each den look unique.
All of micro-dens really impressed our judges this week - it was extremely difficult to decide on an overall winner.  After lots of discussion, the micro-den built by Emily (Y5) and Polly (Y3) was selected as the winner for its careful construction, colourful details and use of lots of different materials.  Well done girls!
All entries pictured below will earn a 'Taskmaster' certificate when we return to school fully.
Keep up the great work everyone!
Taskmaster Challenge
Week 10
w/b 15th June - Superheroes!
What a 'super' superhero week of amazing designs we had this week - well done everybody!  I was amazed by the imaginative costumes, awesome super-powers and cool accessories that you all came up with.
Check out the photos below to see just some of the superheroes who will be saving the planet in the coming years!
From super-parents and super pets to super wild animals, this week really did have it all!
Our winner for this week, by a whisker (!), is Issac (Y3) and Delia (Y2) who have created 'Super Barney' the Super Dog!  Take a look at this hero in the video below!
I feel that the world is in very safe hands now - thank you everyone!
Taskmaster Challenge
Week 9
w/b 8th June - Tower of 15

It has been a brilliant week of construction in ESJ ‘Taskmaster-land’ with so many fantastic towers being built by you all!  There have been so many different and creative ideas of ways to ‘tower-up’ fifteen objects.  Take a look at the amazing creations pictured below!

I could never have predicted that everything from biscuits and cushions, to board games and spaghetti – indoors and outdoors – would be the inspiration for towers popping up all over Ely!

Well done to everyone who entered – certificates for you all are very well deserved this week.

As ever, deciding on an overall winner was virtually impossible but given that one tower was ‘built’ very cleverly to appear as if it was balanced on someone’s head the weekly winner is Zahra (Y1) for her tower of steel utensils.  As you can see from the photo’s below, Zahra’s tower imitates the women in the Rajasthan desert of India who carry pots of water to and from water holes on their head.  Great work Zahra!

Hope you had fun with this challenge – thank you so much for entering all of you!

Taskmaster Challenge
Week 8
w/b 1st June - A Sheet of Paper

It’s been another brilliant week of amazing entries into our ‘Taskmaster Challenge’ – well done everyone!  Although you all started from the same point, with just one sheet of A4 paper, the creative ideas you came up with were fantastic! 

Take a look at some of the most inspired creations below!  You will see fortune tellers, flying dinosaurs, animals (butterflies, turtles, dogs, cats and a chicken!), a boat, a pen pot, castle battlements and even a musical instrument (piano!).  All entries will receive a ‘Taskmaster’ certificate when we all get back to school.  Well done to…


- Samuel (Y6) – a fabulous fortune teller!

- Aiden (Y5) – an inspired origami pterodactyl!

- Gregory (Y5) - an amazingly delicate origami flower and stem!

- Emily (Y5) – a cleverly crafted piano and pianist!

- Safwan (Y4) - a sturdy paper boat!

- Isaac (Y3) – a very strong looking castle battlements!

- Yasmeen (Y3) - beautifully folded paper lantern and chatterbox!

- Ali (Y3) – a masterfully constructed pen pot!

- Fiona (Y2) – a beautiful butterfly!

- Praison (Y2) – a wonderful origami turtle!

- Imogen (Y2) – a stunning boat design!

- Emilia (Y1) – a super clever origami dog!

- Zahra (Y1) - four delicate and beautifully made snowfalkes!

- Evelyn (EYFS) – a trio of expertly folded animal creations (dog, cat + chicken)!

This week’s winner – who made an amazing concertina spring as long as she could out of her piece of paper is Lucy from Y4.  The spring measured an incredible 180cm when stretched out – not bad from a 30cm piece of paper!  Well done!  Check out her spring pictured below.

See you all in next week’s challenge!

Taskmaster Challenge
Week 7
w/b 18th May - Going Global
It was another absolutely fantastic week of inspired and creative 'Taskmaster' work in the week before half term.  Thanks to all of your entries, I was taken on a tour around some of the most iconic landmarks the world has to offer.  Check out some of the amazing creations below!
Certificates will be waiting for all the designers who this week created famous landmarks out of anything they could find - which included gingerbread, 3D printing and pens and pencils!  From Stonehenge to the Taj Mahal and the Leaning Tower of Pisa to the Great Walll of China (and lots more!) it was a real week to remember for the 'Taskmaster' judges.
Well done to everybody - and especially those entries pictured below that show some of my favourite creations!
The overall winner this week, with a superbly detailed and imaginative version of the Colosseum (in Rome) made from corks, was Aiden from Year Five.  What a great idea!  I love it!  Special shout out too, to Maddy's (Foundation Stage) gingerbread Eiffel Tower which all of the judges thought was absolutely amazing too!  Well done!
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Week 6
w/b 11th May - Beans on Toast
What a week of amazing entries into the 'Taskmaster' Beans on Toast Challenge!  Surely the best week yet!
Take some time to have a look at all of the fabulous 'Michelin Star' quality dishes served up in the photos below.  Well done to everyone who took part - all of your creations put a massive smile on my face during a very busy week!  Thank you!   You will all receive a 'Taskmaster' certificate once we return to school.
Is was almost impossible to select an overall winner... but in the end, Victoria's (EYFS) beans on toast with poached egg, avocado, Parma ham, mushrooms and more won the 'Michelin Star' prize.  Well done Victoria!  Check out her amazing dish below.
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Week 5
w/b 4th May - VE Day 75th Anniversary
A huge well done to all of you who took part in the 'VE Day 75th Anniversary' Taskmaster Challenge last week!  It was fantastic to see so many of you baking, sewing, bunting-making, poster-drawing and much more!  I hope you all enjoyed finding out about VE Day with your family - well done!
Please see the photos below for some of the brilliant work that was shared with us.  All entries will earn a 'Taskmaster' certificate when we return to school.
The overall 'winner' for this week was Minty (Y1) who researched and baked a 1940s recipe for Condensed Milk Cake that was first published in The Ministry of Food leaflet 21, "Making the Most of Sugar". Great work!
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Week 4
w/b 27th April - The Game of Chess

The ‘Chess Piece’ Taskmaster Challenge was perhaps the most tricky so far but that did not stop some fantastic ideas.  All of the entries are pictured below – well done to everyone who took part!

The ‘Taskmaster Rule Book’ has been torn up and all nine entrants have been declared joint winners this week – the creativity was amazing!  Have a look below at chess sets made from different foods, inspired by football, school superheroes, lego, 3D printing and more!  Great work ESJ!

Our winners are…

Laurie (Y3)

Fiona (Y2)

Lucy (Y4)

Thomas (Y6) + Elizabeth (Y4)

Enid (Y1) + Griffin (Y1)

Ali (Y3)

Bethan (Y3)

Noah (Y3)

Taskmaster Challenge - Week 3
w/b 20th April - 'Super-Sized Objects'
Another week of amazing entries into the 'Taskmaster' challenge.  There were so many brilliant 'super-sized' entries - take a look below at just some of them!
This week, there were two 'joint' overall winners...
- Evie'Jean's (Y1) amazing use of the 'forced perspective' photography technique
- Jessica (Y2) and Lucy's (Y1) super-sized information book about their guinea pigs
Well done to all our entrants though, each of whom will receive a special 'Taskmaster Certificate' once we return to school.  Some fo the best are included below for you to see and admire!
You have blown us away again with your creativity - well done!
Week 2
w/b 30th March - 'Posh Bear'
Thank you to everyone who entered the 'Taskmaster' challenge in the week before the Easter break!
Posh Bear is certainly going to be looking more 'Deputy-Head-like' than ever with all of the amazing offices, equipment, clothes and accessories that you designed for him.  Take a look through just some of the fantastic entries below.  
Our weekly 'winner' for this challenge was Bethan from Year 3 who designed and built an amazing office work centre for Posh Bear.  Well done Bethan!  The photos below show just how creative Bethan was - all the work her own (supervised by an adult for safety and guidance!).  Posh Bear is looking forward to visiting you in your classroom when we return to school in the future.
Well done to everyone who entered - certificates will be awarded to you when we are back at school together.
Taskmaster Challenge
Week 1:
w/b 23rd March - Lego Build
A massive well done and thank you to everyone who took part in the Taskmaster Challenge to design part or all of Ely St. John's School out of lego!
There were so many great constructions with amazing creativity and accuracy - we've been blown away by your talents!
Please do scroll down the page to see just some of the fantastic entries.
Everyone who entered will receive a limited edition ESJ 'Taskmaster Challenge' certificate once we are all back at school.
It was really hard to chose a 'winner' - but 1st Prize goes to a team effort from Lewis (Y6) and Bella (Y4) for their design below of the whole school site!
Lewis and Bella win two Fridays worth of guaranteed entry to our school Friday lunch-time 'Lego Construction Club' with Mr. Killick (the club is normally invitation only as it's so popular!) when we're back at school.
Well done again everybody!