So we visited Blists hill with the intention of interviewing people but it was rather busy. Despite this we managed to chat to the policeman, the man in the squatters cottage and do lots of looking about. We ate chips on the canal side and watched some huge carp, bought sweets from the sweet shop, found out about candles, knocking off time, iron, coal, talked about all sorts of things, bought some bread from the bakers and generally had a good first day. Found a great app to make the pics look old-the boys had a go at using it-really easy. Printed these out and ordered, chose our favourite and added some speech bubbles to a few.
Tuesday was the trial meet up at Walsall wood which had a good turn out, enough families to hopefully get a weekly meeting going although Tuesdays class with another meet up so we’ll have to see how that goes. The boys went swimming with dh a bit after lunch which game me a bit of time to try to get to know people and sound people out about how often etc.
Popped into school for the day to stick up the displays, see C and G to talk through the mantle stuff and other bits and bobs with my teacher hat on.
For the rest of the week we did a bit of handwriting, some times tables practice, wrote some drop in sentences read a little bit about the workhouse, watched some vile Victorians and El got her results. She missed an A in psychology by 1 mark which really annoyed her but she’s looking forward to uni.
dh took the boys to Foxhills for an hours fishing which they really enjoyed, catching about 5 each-bream, roach, gudgeon and keen to go again.
B has been doing some practicing of his initial letters and we’re ready to start set 4 now.
We’ve moved the bunk beds to the front room and the back room is now playroom/shared space for art, computing etc. It’s much tidier and the bedrooms have a bit more space. I need to sort out a lot of my craft stuff, especially the dolls house things and actually complete them! This basically took 2 days to do, and actually be tidy and sorted out-the playroom took a whole day…..!!!!! Beware any who make mess in there!
We visited Blists hill again on Sunday, complete with clipboards and some stuff to find out to get us to look at some of the places we hadn’t. The clay mine was fab-forgot how good this was. Next time we must try to get to the school room at 12!
Victorians has snuck into week 5 and today we generated words about Victorians, then read through some info about Blists hill, played some word games and re-did our think of as many as we can in 3 minutes. They doubled the number of words and verbally exceeded 30 in 1 minute each. After that we talked about child labour and the governments reviews and interviews in 1840, we read an extract about a boy called Stephen from Staffordshire who worked in a coal mine. They then told me the main parts and I sketched them on a whiteboard with key words and pics. We used the iPhones to take pics of each key part with the boys posing. Then we connected the iPhone to the TV and using comicbook we created a comic book page showing some of the main bits of his statement. We got a lot out of the discussions of how he was feeling, what they thought about it, what they thought life would be like and also they learned how to use the app, save the pics and email so we could print using my computer. They’d need to practice this again but the end result was brill. Def. think that making some comics using this method would be good fun and lots of learning!