Last week’s final Yorkshire session focused on North Yorkshire.
We made model lighthouses to commemorate Flamborough Head the oldest complete lighthouse (around 1670) in England. Never lit a newer one stands nearby.
I am a big fan of using as many different media as possible in art work. The more unusual the better.
Today’s geography group was West Yorkshire and focused on Pontefract – Liquorice Town according to our book. Turns out I am the only one to like Pontefract cakes. However, they had more fun playing with making liquorice pictures than they’d had with the eating.
House by me – yes I do forget this is for the kids at times.
Then to mark Halifax as well and despite being the only adult in the house, we made a very simple toffee, with limited success. Edible but very sticky – was only sugar and water we were dubious at best. Special award goes to my friend who did not panic when she returned to find me dangling her 3 yo over the hob so he could have a go at stirring boiling sugar!
I think Yorkshire may be big enough to see us through to the end of term 🙂
Today we were on South Yorkshire. The book focused on Sheffield and it’s connections to steel and silver and… nudity.
Decided that metal work was the way to go 😉
So we made some lovely butterflies and dragonflies from foil, wire and beads.
Another day of being adaptable and winging it. Geography group was a very interrupted affair, lots of dashing outside at the sound of engines to catch (or try to) sight of planes – stupid council picked bad timing to mow the verges, grr.
After a late start (so late we managed lunch first) we moved on to Lincolnshire. It was from a Lincolnshire apple tree that the falling apple supposedly fell to inspire Newton’s theory of gravity. So after discussion of gravity (which they all knew anyway), tieing in to local events too we made parachutes for Lego men.
A piece of plastic postal bag with slits cut in the corners and wool tied through, with the four ends tied around a Lego figure. They did need a bit of fixing with tape as they took a battering.
Realised that I’d skipped Derbyshire on our journey around England with our Geography group so we backtracked.
Derbyshire=Peak District in my mind.
We looked at a relief map of England and discussed how it worked with the different colours. Compared to Scotland and Wales and decided England is flat and Wales is Epic!
Then we made salt dough maps.
I’d photocopied a map of England and cut it out and glued it on card for each child. They covered it in a thin layer of salt dough and then built up the relief based on the map.
There followed some general playing with dough.
This scene was reenacted many times in our house when Jack was younger. Having got out the bows and arrows for me he gave us a quick reminder yesterday before heading off to school.
Yesterday’s Geography group took us to Nottingham. So we had to do Robin Hood of course.
We did some outdoor cooking. Having decided that hunting a deer was too much like hard work we settled for s’mores.
Followed by some archery practice at the target Sam had drawn on my fence (yes it has got the obligatory smiley face in the centre). Somewhere along the line the boys gained a really good plastic bow, which has quite a good action – takes some practice though.
Then they built Nottingham Castle from wooden bricks and through bouncy balls at it to attack and destroy. I had intended to be more organised and construct a catapult but for various reasons that never came about. Looking on the positive kids didn’t care, throwing was fun, and I have a catapult building session in reserve.
This week’s Geography group on Leicestershire focused on the National Space Centre.
We made balloon rockets across my living room (no photo, I was balancing on a chair).
Investigated forming moon craters by dropping bouncy balls in flour.
Made puffy paint from pva and shaving foam and made moon pictures.
This was followed by lots of mess and they made impromptu ‘reverse pictures’ – spread the puffy paint everywhere and then drew in it. Brilliant stuff, so very tactile.
A really fun, very messy session 🙂 Trying to work out what county I can tie filling a paddling pool of shaving foam to play with into!
Geography group fell on St George’s Day this week. So we had to bring aspects of that in. The fact that Northamptonshire is home to Althorp, the family home and burial place of Diana, Princess of Wales ‘England’s Rose’ gave us the tenuous link.
We made felt roses from a kit (I don’t advise it they were tricky).
I fancied doing this but didn’t have time to go and buy a cheap noodle.
One of those times when the day was saved by Pete’s amazing ability to absorb and recall facts and my slightly compulsive tendency to hoard craft supplies.
The day began with a brainstorming of what we could come up with of interest to do with Bedfordshire. Having discounted planes as we had focused on them recently, I was at the stage of planning how we could build a model airship when Pete came out with Luton FC are called the Hatters!
A quick Google search discovered that according to Wikipedia “The hat making industry began in the 17th century and became synonymous with the town. By the 18th century the industry dominated the town. Hats are still produced in the town but on a much smaller scale”. Since this was the last Geography group of term what else could we do but Easter bonnets 🙂
Wednesday really didn’t go as expected. That isn’t really a bad thing. Although in reality we did end up being quite close to the plan despite my willingness to abandon it completely, rather thanks to the stubbornness of a 6 year old girl. But when they are keen roll with it 🙂
Illness and work commitments depleted numbers so I cancelled Spanish. When friend showed up late I ran out to meet her, while the kids were still in the car to give her the option to head to Paulsgrove instead. Kids had other ideas…so in they came to play 🙂
While they were eating lunch I picked up some craft stuff for them to do with the view that we’d save the ‘lesson’ for a week until the others were back. No my original plans sounded more fun apparently! Well had to go with it.
After the shortage of ideas last week for Hertfordshire there was so much we could do for Buckinghamshire. In the end knowing I had this in the cupboard we settled on Bletchley Park and a day of codes and ciphers.
We made an Enigma machine and coded their names.
Semaphore could have gone on all afternoon! This is Sam spelling SAM 🙂
Jack had created a picture code for them.
And we finished with some keyword ciphers. Sam decoded a nice message inviting him to a party and send one saying …’my bum stinks’… sigh! Such a boy!