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Thursday we finished of the finding out bit about Saxons.  Interesting discussions about artefacts and how having a picture is harder than having an artefact.  We did have some good linking processes to say what an object might show.  We found out about Saxon kings, did a quiz, a timeline and had some interesting conversations about the Bayeux Tapestry and how it was sen by Saxons not Normans.

After this there was some playing, I worked on a painting, the boys did some screen playing and Ben did some drawing of ATC’s.

Friday we didn’t get done what we had planned, partly due to late get up and mainly due to moving round the living room and tidying rooms.  We decided to too the little bits we had left over the weekend or next week.  All in all a good week.

 

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Wednesday Whoopsie….

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We all overslept this morning….well…we slept in as the getting up time was self imposed! We roused ourself and did a little bit on Saxon place names then I cooked breakfast whilst we were making up our imaginary landscapes with Saxon place names.  After hot chocolate, noodles, scrambled egg and boiled egg and toast combos we were ready for a quick bit of gods and religion.

The boys found the similarities between some Christian celebrations and pagan festivals quite  interesting and loved playing the game where we used what we had found out to ID which god or goddess was stuck to our head…..cries of more were heard!

We grabbed some crisps and drinks and watched a few video clips from horrible histories and some other bits we found then found out some more about crime, justice and punishments in Saxon times.  We worked out the weregild that would be awarded for some different injuries and compared modern and Saxon punishments-led to an interesting few thoughts about what a real punishment was for a ‘crime’ and why the Saxons chose certain punishments.

We didn’t get to the nature journal or the 10 minute tasks but that’s OK-we still did have a lot of fun :0)

Maps, Minecraft and Midday Rising!

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Midday and T is up-I chose not to re-wake him as the stuff today is fairly simple and he was obviously tired.  A bit of jigging about of things and B and Ot worked on Anglo Saxons this morning. Did their maps; filled in the missing words and both enjoyed making their Anglo Saxon Villages……Ot chose to make his in Minecraft-it was ace and I was really impressed with the extra little details he’d added into his labels.  B did his as a paper map and then aged it-which he was really pleased with.  We worked on the labels together and how to spell the words.  B has done some lovely handwriting today.  Everyone has just had dinner (popcorn chicken wraps) and are watching a little bit of battle bots before we embark on this afternoon’s adventure.

Did a guided meditation with Elliot and Ben who really enjoyed it-next time I think we will go up to my room where post people and dogs cannot disturb us.  It was a meditation to relax, let go of fears, worries and then to help find a word and symbol for us this year as well as to energise and feel positive. Afterwards, there was lovely discussion with Elliot and Ben; some of Elliot’s comments led to quite a deep conversation about what he felt was important to him this year.  Both of them enjoyed sketching out images from their mediation including maps (Elliot mapped how he felt at different points which was really interesting too), keys, doors they saw and their symbol and words.

We followed this up with a brisk walk with the dogs (managing to be moving for 1hr+).  There was ball throwing and stick battles then back home for some screens and cooking tea!  I have managed to watch the warm up videos for lifebook 2017 which is an art course I am doing this year so hoping to get that underway soon.  Amazingly I actually have tea nearly ready, toad in the hole with roast potatoes and maple/mustard glazed carrots and parsnips!

2017

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Wowzers!  A new year, with a heap of new possibilities.  I am going to try and blog more this year (not hard to do really….once I’ve done this post I think I will have blogged more than last year!).  Currently sat on the sofa with Sherlock (our border collie not Benedict…..although they both could be shortened to BC…) having just squeezed through the plan for the week (we start back on our structured things tomorrow when Daddy goes back to work).

This week we are going to ‘do’ Anglo Saxons….well we’re going to have a quick whizz through the main bits as they’ve been hanging around for ages and we are all ready to move on. Given the big gaps we’re kind of going back to the beginning for a re-cap.  We had been using the CPG books-they are fab in that you read, do and then you’re done but…..not all that inspiring really so we will use the info book alongside some twinkl resources for Anglo Saxons but add in our own activities.

Themed weeks have worked in the past and are a nice way to get back into the swing of things really.

I have a rough timetable for our first week-I timetable it out to make sure it’s reasonable in terms of the amount we’re doing, to make sure to fit in dog walks and also because Ot likes to know the order and time things are happening. We have a screen-bargo until 3pm unless it is for a task we’re doing and no online chat/gaming until after 3pm.

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We’re starting off with thinking about our word of the year, kind of the work to guide and inspire us;  the plan is to brainstorm lots of positive words, use thesaurus etc and then see if there is one that resonates with us.  We are also taking part in a HE art swap on FB and sending illustrated words to other families at the end of Jan so we will be choosing some words for those too.  I am hoping that we get to illustrating our own word or one of the words for the swap this week but will come back to them next week too.  I like this idea better than resolutions and I’m planing to have all of our words displayed where we will see them a lot.

Our Anglo Saxons  is broken down into chunks which generally have a powerpoint or video to watch and some kind of task.  I’ve used twinkl power points for speed and some of their sheets but put in some more interesting tasks.

Invaders:  Look at how the Anglo Saxons got here, watch horrible histories (Hengist and Horsa  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1j7JFIMfu4o).  There is a quick missing word passage that we may do and a map of the different Anglo Saxon Kingdoms.  Then we can have an explore of: http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/zq2m6sg .

Viliage Life: read through the presentation and  use http://www.earlybritishkingdoms.com/kids/saxon_trades.html to find out about some different jobs.  we may create a written advert for an Anglo Saxon job or we may not.   After we’ve been out to walk the dogs and clear our heads, we’ll come back and finish off the  second part of the powerpoint which is about a typical village-this is our main task and we will create it using lego, blocks, paper….whatever with labels.  we may add the people that do the jobs too.  We will use the BBC site to help, and have an explore on http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/saxons.html too.

Wednesday is  a peek into place names (there are aha moments to be found here as we live close to lots of places that have their names rooted in Anglo Saxon times).  We will more than likely make up an imaginary map complete with place names in the style of Saxons. Gods link in nicely with place names as we can find out about the names of the days of the week-we’ll have a bit of fun with a posit game (a bit like head bandz game) where they will have the name of a god or goddess on their head (which they don’t know) and have to figure out who it is using yes or no questions. Crime and punishment will be calculating weregild and no doubt some interesting discussions on which punishments were ‘fair’.  We will settle down with some snacks and watch Beowulf and we have a beautiful book to look at too.

Thursday Morning is a bit of history detecting, looking at artefacts and what they can tell us.  We may listen to History of the world 100 objects.  We will have an investigate here Staffordshire hoard as we saw the hoard  during the summer.  We will have a look at the CPG book too.  Then it’s a look at Anglo Saxon Kings, a quick timeline activity and hopefully time to explore any other things which have popped up that are of interest before we bring it all together in the Afternoon.

By the time we get to Thursday Afternoon we should have enough info, ideas and interests to create our own adobe voice presentation-Anglo Saxons in a minute or near enough-This is the part where we priorities what we’ve found out, by their historical importance and those things of interest to us.

 

 

In amongst that we will also be starting to do ’10 minute tasks’.  These are things that really benefit from little and often-hence 10 minutes every day.

These are our 10 minute tasks this week:

  1. MFL
  2.  maths facts-various apps for X tables (T); B and O prodigy maths
  3.  Nessy (B)/ Typing (O&R) 
  4. sewing/sketching
  5. musical instrument (1:1 lesson session once per week other days independent practice  B-Ukele/recorder; O-Piano; T-Piano)
  6. Computing-various apps/online…..tynker; code combat

There are a couple of things I’m still waiting on log in details for so slightly adapted this week (also we only have 2 days worth of 10 minute tasks this week).

Our nature study is going to be starting our nature notebooks and looking at winter skies.  I’ve found some possible watercolour tutorials to link in with this.  The simple landscape is a good one to start with.

On Friday we will be setting our personal Academic goals……but phrased as I want to do more….I want to do less…… I want to practice…… trying to make sure we build in lots of success;  making our bucket lists and setting up the boys with their own blog-in which they will write every Friday morning……and that is our week…….as with any plan it is uber flexible and it’s going to be interesting to see how it changes and what our week really looks like!

 

 

 

 

 

Getting into the swing of things….

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Yes we are, the morning has gone well.  Looking at what makes a good game led onto using purple mash 2diy and 2diy 3d with gamesbeing made and now in various states of completion.  Handwriting was challenging for Ot and TIg-mainly because they talked more than they wrote :0).  B compelted another Reading Eggs lesson and now has just 7 to do before he has totally completed the final map on Reading eggs.  
An epic dog walk including climbing 20ft up a tree (B), falling knee deep in stinky water (me) Scooting like loonies through mud (Aunty E & B) and crazy mad racing around (Sherlock).  Lots of fun!

January Begins….

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Ahhhhhhh, the holiday’s are over and it’s back to work for Poppa and for us.  A little bit of structure in the morning and whatever takes our fancy in the afternoon is our plan and today has gone well.  Everyone enjoyed finding out about game genres and playing and identifying them as well as making a quick leaflet.  Bit of handwriting and reading comprehension (more challenging for Tig and Ot) quick bit of maths and a diy.org activity and now everyone is pursuing their own interests.  Some walking with dinos watching and Pokemon playing currently. 

Let there be fun in the valley for us!

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A great day out, after a slow start at Sandwell Valley and Dartmouth park.  We picked up my sister E and finally met her new kitten Percy-mega cute!  We deceided to head out to Sandwell Valley as it’s not far and there was something for everyone.  We played on the equipment at Dartmouth park, Ot and Tig enjoyed demonstrating their prowess with the gym machines.  Ate a little lunch then walked up to the smaller play area on the hill with a sandpit where we swung, spun and dug for a while.

 After that it was time to walk the dog!  We headed around the sculpture trail in Sandwell Valley then over to the Priory and Priory woods.  Tig was really good at recognising Hawthorn, and Elder as well as B and Tig noticing Willow, everyone spotted oak and holly and I showed B Ash.  Sherlock managed to dive into an algae covered pond so is very stinky and needs a bath!!!  Everyone was tired out by the time we got back to the car but still managed to find the energy to collect some conkers and have a sneaky cheeseburger or McFlurry from Mcdonalds.


We dropped E of home 

and then headed back to veg out with soem screens-we are all feeling a little tired after this week *yawn*