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Aldercar Infant & Nursery School

AldercarInfant & Nursery School

Where the children are the stars

Embark Award

We are part of the Embark family of schools, which includes a number of other schools across the Derbyshire area.  Children across the Embark schools all have the opportunity to work towards gaining the Embark Award.

What is the Embark Award?

The Embark Award is part of the trust’s commitment to the wider offer for our children. It is made up of 100 activities which our children can complete by the age of eleven. It is based around Embark Trust’s 4 core beliefs of

Family, Integrity, Teamwork and Success.

As our children will leave our Infant school at age seven or eight, they possibly won't have time to complete all of the 100 activities before they leave.  Infant children can aim to achieve their Bronze, Silver and Gold awards, by completing the number of activities below:     

Bronze Award – 30 activities     
Silver Award –  50 activities    
Gold Award – 70 activities.

The activities encourage family learning at home as well as school related activities. Evidence of an activity being completed can be in the form of eg a photograph, a certificate etc. which can be sent to us via class dojo.

Each child has their own folder in class, in which to keep their evidence and place stickers as activities are achieved.  We aim to send activities out during each term. As your child completes an activity we ask that you send a picture via the portfolios section in Class Dojo, adding a comment so that we know it relates to the award.

We hope you will enjoy the different activities as much as your children and ourselves.

The 100 Challenges

These are the 100 challenges, split across the 4 core beliefs of the trust. We have highlighted the ones we feel are age appropriate to our children and would like our children, yourselves and school to work on. ENJOY!


  1. Help to cook a Family Meal
  2. Send School a postcard
  3. Make something with family (eg a model) and bring it/photo into school
  4. Go on family visit and send a picture or write about it
  5. Join local Library, attend with family and then read a book together
  6. Write/e-mail to another member of the Embark Family at a different school
  7. Play a game with another child from the Embark Family at a different school
  8. Visit the theatre either with school or a Family member (YR2 pantomime visit)
  9. Go for a walk in the countryside
  10. Have a family picnic
  11. Interview a family member about their job
  12. Draw a Family tree and speak to a family member about the past
  13. Visit a beach (could be a set-up one), build a sandcastle and take a picture
  14. Build a den (with your family/family member) and take a photo
  15. Attend a sporting event
  16. Attend a visit with another school from the Embark Family
  17. Grow something in your garden to enjoy (eg flowers) or eat (eg beans, carrots)
  18. Visit another country and write a diary
  19. Go to a place of worship with your family
  20. Perform in a school show to the members of your family
  21. Photograph a family pet and describe how you look after/care for it
  22. Encourage all members of your family to write a comment on our school website or social media page
  23. Climb a mountain as a team
  24. Play a board game with your family
  25. Play in the snow and build something e.g a snowman


  1. Raise at least £10 for a charity event
  2. Take part in a charity event out of school
  3. Organise a charity event/ run a stall
  4. Lead an assembly on a worthwhile topic
  5. Clean up the community/school grounds (litter pick, recycling)
  6. Help improve an area of the school
  7. Keep a recycling diary
  8. Make an environmental poster
  9. Help someone in need
  10. Become a mini leader
  11. Care for new child at school/become a buddy (reader) and model good choices
  12. Take care of school equipment (class ‘monitor’ over a period of time)
  13. Teach someone a new skill
  14. Encourage Healthy Eating – create a poster
  15. Promote good hygiene in school/home – create a poster for handwashing/sing handwashing song
  16. Sing in an old people’s home
  17. Make someone in our community smile, make a difference
  18. Online Safety – promote and display appropriate us of IT equipment, report inappropriate use
  19. Follow a nature trail
  20. Hand something in of value that you have found
  21. Write a positive comment on our school website
  22. Help to build a memorial – eg. Remembrance poppies in school grounds
  23. Random act of kindness – appear on our board
  24. Promote British Values – democracy, tolerance and respect
  25. Learn about someone else’s religion in your school or community


  1. Participate in 3 school competitions in a year (virtual if necessary)
  2. Take part in a school camp out
  3. Solve a problem with a group of friends
  4. Attend an after school club for at least 6 sessions
  5. Belong to any team outside of school and show us evidence of this
  6. Take part in an enterprise project in school
  7. Represent the school as part of a team
  8. Represent Embark as part of a team
  9. Take part in a school performance to an audience as a team
  10. Represent your class on the school council
  11. Lead a team of children in school
  12. Convince your teacher over the year that you are an effective team member
  13. Teach another group of children a new skill
  14. Contribute to a team at sports day
  15. Be a Buddy Reader
  16. Receive an award e.g sticker or certificate etc that recognises your team work or helping someone else
  17. Take part in a team activity outside in the dark
  18. Help someone in class who is struggling
  19. Complete a team Project in class with children you don’t normally work with
  20. Build a structure with a team in class
  21. Cook a meal as a team/plan a menu
  22. Learn how to give constructive feedback to a fellow pupil/team member
  23. Show resilience as a team by working together to overcome a difficult situation.
  24. Set yourself a stretch goal
  25. Get a team to set up or scavenger/treasure hunt for children in the Embark family


  1. Learn a musical instrument and perform it to others
  2. Complete a reading challenge
  3. Times Tables – award for improvement
  4. Spellings – award for improvement
  5. Complete a school bike ride over 10 miles
  6. Perform a lead role in a school play
  7. Achieve 25 metres swimming
  8. Write a book/article for the website/school newspaper/song
  9. Appear in the media for something successful or win a competition
  10. Have a conversation in a different language (EAL/sign)
  11. Piece of artwork displayed in a gallery (school gallery)
  12. Raise over £50 for charity
  13. Take part in a triathlon
  14. Attend a school residential
  15. Solve a complex problem
  16. 100% attendance (in a term)
  17. Receive a head teachers award in assembly (25 stamp award)
  18. Receive individual praise from a member of the community (or a school visitor)
  19. Read at the front in a main assembly/performance
  20. Bring in an individual award that you have achieved outside of school
  21. Produce a new invention/idea that makes a difference
  22. Conduct a science experiment and tell us about it
  23. Deliver a power point presentation
  24. Develop one of the following: coding for a new programme, new recipe
  25. Complete work experience and record your aspirations for the future