The Gruffalo’s Child

Yesterday we went to watch The Gruffalo’s Child on stage. Sam loved it.
The big, bad mouse so he does exist! And has been added to Sam’s substantial soft toy collection.

After that there was time to play on the Guildhall steps.

And time to ponder. See the cogs whirl.

Then down to Gunwharf for some shopping and an ice cream.

Back over the harbour for drama and then home for an early night.

A ‘breezy’ walk

After a day inside we nipped out for an evening walk to get some fresh air. It was very, very fresh!

Adventure Group – Share a Story Month

Yesterday at Adventure Group all the kids bought along a book they had enjoyed and told the group about it. The children all seem to be growing in confidence in this sort of situation and it is lovely to see.
Here is Sam sharing his ‘Gladiators’, he seems to have sent Oscar and Finn to sleep though 🙂

Once the sharing had finished they decorated fabric bookmarks.

Jack was very pleased with his.

The finished masterpieces.

Then time to play.

Before piano and an early night as Jack had a headache and wasn’t up to Cubs.

Investigating Habitats

This week we have been looking at foodchains and how different animals evolve to different habitats.

We have measured this tree and estimated it’s age. Based on conversation with elderly neighbour we reckon we were about 5 years out which wasn’t bad.
We have been investigating what creatures we could find in the undergrowth of the garden.

And designing predators to survive in a chosen habitat. This is an alien designed to hunt humans on earth.

As you like it

Shakespeare featured large in our house last week. I came down with a 24hr bug on Tues night, so Weds was spent watching David Tennent as Hamlet on DVD.

Friday we went to watch the Globe Theatre on tour perform ‘As you Like it’ in the garden of Portsmouth City Museum.
Sun was out and a good time was had by all.

We had time for a quick wander around the local history gallery afterwards.

Then met Pete at Gunwharf for a hotdog and ice cream. And for Pete and I to count our lucky stars we are not 17 anymore, 6.30pm on a Friday night place was teeming with idiotic, hormonally charged teenagers!

Adventure Group – Fair Trade Bananas

This term we have taken a calendar of ‘national days/weeks etc’ as a bit of inspiration for activities.

Last week was ‘Fair Trade’ we opted to look at bananas since about 65% of the bananas eaten in the UK come through Portsmouth and the boats are a familiar sight the kids can relate to.
We looked at the map and identified some countries where bananas grow.
Then we looked at some photos of the journey of bananas from tree to supermarket.
We then identified the key people involved in the chain and showed how money passed down the chain. We talked about how Fair Trade meant that those at the bottom of the chain received a fair wage.
Then we did a bit of Caribbean story telling through song and dance.
Thank you to Susie for the photos.
Now having got a week behind in posts it is time to go and prepare the bits for this weeks group.

Filling in the gaps

Aside from Camping most of what we have been doing since Easter is standard run of the mill work and play. We’ve had usual home ed group, drama, cubs and rainbows (where boys get a couple of hours playing with the other guider’s children).

While Jack was on camp I got out the electricity set to keep Sam entertained.
And we made a helicopter. The kit has stayed out for most of the week and we’ve had some fun playing with it.
Jack has carried on with his Maths and History courses and started Book 2 of the Science and English books.
The first chapter of English looked at Snow White and a factual piece based on snow. As
well as comprehension and grammar exercises he has done a number of creative writing exercises inspired by the texts, such as this acrostic poem.
Sam has begun working through Schofield and Simms Mental Arithmetic book alongside the Key Maths.

English, and Sam is working through his reading scheme well. When we are out and about he is starting to sound out street signs and words he sees to himself. Reading is coming on in leaps and bounds.
Also been continuing with worksheets from his Developing Literacy books

mixed up with some Schofield and Simms Writing and Comprehension practice.

We are still looking at Ancient Egypt.
We’ve been reading about food.

Watching dvds about Tutenkhamen, Cleopatra and Ramses the Great.

Playing games.

Decorating masks (Baker Ross)

and sarcophagi (Baker Ross again)

and making amulets (charity shop about 3 years ago)

Which I accidentally burnt (they were red, yellow and blue when they went in)

The boys have both had little fevery bugs which luckily we 24 hour things, so there was cuddling …

…and reading. Since we went to watch Midsummer Night’s Dream Jack has got in to reading the Shakespeare stories.

Poetry has always been a favourite.

We’ve read about and discussed voting systems, and looked through all the election leaflets before going to vote.

We’ve built and painted Airfix planes. Still have cockpits and transfers to add.

Jack’s new book came, so he was happy.

We had a trip to Southampton where I cheered up a poorly Sam (he was fine when we left the house …) with a trip to the Build a Bear Factory.

Adventure Group – World Fire Fighters Day

Fire brigade came along to Adventure Group today.

The let the kids play with hoses.

Have a sit in the engine.
Crikey doesn’t he look grown up!
Jack looking at the equipment in the front seat.
At they got out their kit to tell us about it.
Then time for lunch and a play.

On the ferry home we saw a very big boat doing something at a Gosport Marina.

Then it was time for piano. Jack has now finished the first level of the course he is following and loves it.
Then Cubs, but just as Jack was going I think tiredness finally caught up with him and I ended up staying and bringing him home 10mins in as he had a headache.