We had a very productive start to the term even if I was still sketching out a plan for science this morning! After Easter productive days are usually on the scarce side so every good day is always a welcome surprise. The fact that Sam’s alarm clock went wrong and got him up before 7 might have been a big factor.
His online Maths required some quite complicated mental arithmetic and took way longer than usual but he did well. Luckily this was balanced by his written maths involving no written maths and instead following some instructions for origami using vacabulary such as parallel, perpendicular.
This is how science is done. For English Sam made a map of an imaginary place to use for story telling. I read aloud from a My Story book, Mill Girl whil Sam made the map. Then we read from a history textbook and did some of the questions verbally. It’s a KS3 book as the only thing I could find that covered what I wanted in the level of detail we wanted. Planning to use the whole scheme in future as we do seem to be drifting towards being more book based.
We rounded off history with a documentary about the Industrial Revolution over lunch. Afternoon was science based with looking at tunnels. We made a syphon. Which worked impressively but I was too busy trying to stop the living room getting soaked to manage a photo. Next job was a steam powered turbine. I wsn’t so convinced this one was a likely success and I was right. Maybe US origami paper is different to Uk version as lets just say ours didn’t like steam 🙂
Aquifers and looking at groundwater pollution came next with more success. Final bit of science was more a bit of fun. We had been reading about the Channel Tunnel and how they dug from either side and met. I gave Sam measurements to place his sticker on one side of the card and reversed them for me. Then poked a pin through the centre of mine to see if we’d managed to match up. No where near! Our tunnel was heading for the Netherlands we think 😉