Romans, Rainbows and Rocks

New term means new projects.

Romans are the humanities project of the half term.  Romans and ancient history has been a long time interest so it’s a good one for this time of year.  We’ve done a lot of the bigger days out and we’re not in the mood for anything too crafty as work is busy and we have a very hands on science project.  So basically we’re reading through the Usbourne Encyclopaedia of the Roman World.  Discussing ideas, reading things that tie in and following up some of the internet links as we go.  But basically keeping it very low key.  Might try and read the Eagle of the Ninth trilogy too.

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This week we’ve focussed on early pre-Empire Rome, the founding and the Republic.  Covered 3 of Sam’s favourite stories Romulus and Remus, Spartacus and Caesar (that Caesar book was the first book he ever read I think and he must have read it hundreds if not thousands of times since).

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Besides reading we’ve been researching Etruscans on the web, watching History of Ancient Britain; Celtic Britain (again 😉 ) and of course we visited the Celts exhibition at the British Museum.  I had hoped to make it to Butser Ancient Farm but weather, deliveries and the fact it was closed meant it didn’t happen!

We’re sticking with our ‘How the Earth Works’ theme in science but moving on to focus on rocks, fossils and soils this term.  The job for this week was to set up a rock collection.  I bought some samples using the list from this book as a guide (really good book btw).  We read about them and looked at the various samples with the magnifying glass.

20160108_6 20160108_7 20160108_8 20160108_9 It’s been a week for dodging some very heavy showers.  We have made it to the park a couple of times including the Adventure Playground for home ed session.  Where we saw a rainbow, got wet and muddy and made ‘relax bottles’ and ‘graditude jars/pots’.20160107_3 20160107_6 20160107_7 20160107_8

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We’re looking at length and measurement in Maths and had a bit of fun estimating the length of broken matchmakers before eating them.

We’ve also started an animation course on FutureLearn, the first that Sam has joined in with.  Not got far but looks fun.  He started playing with the stop frame app and there is a video on the Facebook page.

Full and busy first week back, a nice mix of days out/social time and time in pjs 🙂

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