Monday, 29 May 2017

Spring 2017

Some half terms are stellar times filled with exciting trips and a feeling of progress being made. Others are slower and this last half term has been one of those. Realistically, we have worked steadily and progress has been made. I find that when I am tired it often seems that we have done little whereas looking back at topics and goals can be more helpful.

Just before the start of the term, we had a trip to the sea especially to look at rock pools. The sea is a long way from London but it was worth going, especially as this term's science is around swimming creatures.

Younger Daughter has been running, each week, with some friends.  This last week, Youngest Son also joined in. Sadly, a nerve root injury in my back means that I haven't been able to join them, so I've had a relaxing time looking after whichever children haven't run.

This week, we have tried to cook potatoes in a home made solar oven. We managed to get the temperature to 70C but failed to cook the potatoes!

Our read alouds have included

  • The Ology which is a summary of theology for children in a beautifully presented book.
  • A Bear called Paddington for Youngest Son's bookclub. This book was very popular.
  • Journey to the River Sea by Eve Ibbotson for Younger Daughter's bookclub. This is a well written book set in the Amazon. I think there are holes in the ending but the children enjoyed the book.
  • My name is Victoria by Lucy Worsley. This is a fun twist on history which Younger Daughter and I enjoyed together.
  • We haven't quite finished Archimedes and the Door of Science. This  book encompasses history, science and maths by someone who is an enthusiast about the subject. We are reading it a chapter at a time during morning time.
Just when I thought that we hadn't achieved much this term, my daughter asked if she could hold a bake sale. She organised, cooked for, decorated and ran a sale in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital almost single handed.

This week is a  UK half term holiday.  We aren't bound by the system but these are a great invention and we are all looking forward to a week to recharge, catch up and see friends.

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  1. Next time she has a bake sale, let us know! It looks fabulous!
    We are reading the Archimedes book too and the boys are enjoying it. I shall look up The Ology - sounds interesting.
    Thanks Sarah

    1. Not sure when the next one will be but will let you know!