A bit behind here but…
Last Saturday was Jack’s drama classes show so we all headed over to Portsmouth.
While Jack’s class did some last minute practice, the rest of us went to Victoria Park.
Jack was a narrator in the play and played several background parts. Here he is as a mouse.
And with his certificate
No photos but a good busy weekend
We went into Portsmouth and Jack spent the book voucher he had won.
Jack started a new drama class at the Theatre Royal in Portsmouth. He seemed happy enough with it, and I had time to browse the fabric shop in my own time, I’d say bliss, but the shop is poor. Perhaps I should have signed him up for lessons in Havant although not sure I could sustain the damage weekly Hobbycraft visits would do to my bank balance!
Then it was straight home and to piano.
Boys went out to play with friends and then it was time for Dr Who.
Sunday and Jack went to a water fun day with cubs. Which for him meant several goes on the kayaks, he loves kayaking. Came home very wet, not sure what did more damage capsizing or a tremendous thunderstorm when they were on the way home.
Sam went over the road to play. First time I had let him go without Jack.
Peaceful evening watching football and reading rounded off a good weekend.
For once we begin the academic year with Jack working at the level he would be at school. We’ll ignore the fact that in some subjects this is our second or third curriculum.
The plan is to spend less time focusing on Maths, English and Science and introduce new subjects and do more project work.
Realistically I suspect that this is not enough to last the year but we will bulk out, with Maths puzzles, try some test papers and probably start on some KS3 Maths books we have, if necessary.
Last year I did a lot of work with Jack on writing for different purposes and audiences (everything he was writing sounded like it came from a Diary of a Wimpy Kid book) and it has definitely paid off. However, he is a bit fed up of writing exercises so this year the aim is quality not quantity. I hope to encourage him to start planning a bit more.
We have also time for reading built into our days so we aim to read the books linked to the comprehension exercises in to Jack’s English book.
Jack wanted to use these
I’m not impressed. So the plan is to take the themes from it and expand them into projects.
Plan is to look at;
These books form the core of our extension work
Both boys will be working together on Minimus.
These books are excellent because they work alongside each other. The books address the same themes in the same order, but obviously the work in Book 1 is more in depth than that in the Elementary book. This means we can study the main ideas and vocab together but boys can work at their own level.
Jack is doing drama lessons at New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth.
I hope to do a bit of music appreciation using this
Plus Jack has fortnightly piano lessons.
We will look at different artistic works and produce pieces inspired by them.
Jack is quite keen on the idea of these and as long as he remains so I will leave the entirely within his control.
He is starting with one about the seaside.
Yesterday was Jack’s drama class’s end of year production.
Don’t get me wrong I love seeing Jack in the end of year play but in practice I hate the actual day.
The theatre is in a town north of Portsmouth, takes taxi (no buses that early on a Sunday), ferry and 2 buses to get there. Leaving at 8 to get there for 10.15 for morning rehearsals. Then we have to hang around until 12 before they open the theatre (and they are always late) and it’s in a massive housing estate with nowhere to get coffee at 10.30 on a Sunday morning, nowhere to sit and it kept pouring down;(
Then we have to sit through 4 plays on very uncomfy seats, whole thing goes on for well over an hour with presentations. Final play was I guess 11-14yo, some of whom had been having lessons for 8years apparently and you couldn’t hear a word! 20 mins of my life watching other peoples tweens and teens mumbling at the floor is not what I call fun.
On the positive side, slightly biased but I think, Jack’s play was again by far the best. On the whole the kids all projected their voices so you could follow it (only one of the 4 you could) and they all knew their lines to perfection. I am trying to move Jack to a new drama class in September as the class is very small and the rest of the class are 6/7 yo girls. But very sad about it as his teacher is absolutely brilliant. But although he is happy there feel he needs to be in a class with older kids for him to get the most out of drama. If anyone knows any good local (inc Portsmouth) classes love to hear of them.
Back to Sunday, Jack was a Lion Tamer who lost his lion. He seems to have a bit of a gift for comic timing and did really well. Proud Mummy moment — all the fuss was completely worth it.
Jack as Rudolpho the Lion Tamer
For the last week and a half I have found myself trapped in a never ending cycle of decorating and tidying up. Boys have more or less been left to their own devices.
Jack has pleased me by pretty much keeping up with his timetable independently. Work may not have been up to quite the standard as it is if I am standing over him, but from where we were a year ago when he was unable to do anything unless I was sat right next to him he has come a long way and I’m really pleased with him.
We managed to fit in going to play with friends while I had Rainbows.
Caught up with friends we hadn’t seen for a long time at the park.
Scooted to drama.
Had parent’s evening at drama
where Jack got a certificate.
Jack also kept himself busy with some National Geographic kits we’d bought in the January Sales.
A skull has fallen apart but here’s the anatomy set.
And a working water pump based on Archimede’s Screw.
They have also made friends with some of the kids in the Cul-de-Sac opposite so have been over there to play at any chance.
Jack did some probability and Sam finished his shape book.
Jack wrote a report on yesterday’s HMS Victory tour (see post below).
Sam did the worksheets I’d copied from his English books.
I had picked up a number of books from Oxfam over the summer that were obviously a teachers stash. Among them were a collection of photocopiable worksheet books called ‘Developing Literacy
’ they have quite a few different ones but with a bit of topping up from Amazon marketplace we now have the Word, Sentence and Text level books for all of infant school. Since Christmas we have been using them to add anothe dimension to Sam’s English.
Then we had been sent lots of printable worksheets by the education officer who had led Weds’ workshop.
We redid the spelling your name out in flags activity as we’d mislayed and I got the impression they had not exactly understood it at the workshop.
and did a wordsearch
Then on Jack’s suggestion we printed out more of the flags, coloured them and cut them out and used them to ‘write’ messages.
Jack’s says ‘You are a dork’
Mine says ‘What do you want for lunch’.
Conversing through flags meant the discussion on lunch took a long time. So after a late lunch we had time to clear up and do a quick tidy before off to drama.
The walk to drama is too far for Sam so it is either bus or taxi. Since we have a bus pass this week, despite the rain, we opted for bus. The bus gets us there 35 mins early so we went for a walk in the little bit of woodland near the school. .
Unfortunately we met a friendly, but large and bouncy dog who knocked the boys over and terrified them. They are nervous of dogs anyway because this is not the first time it has happened. The owner was very apologetic but it does annoy me — dog might be friendly but if they can’t control it, it needs to be on the lead.
When I’d got them cleaned up a bit and calmed down, Sam joined Jack in his drama class. Whether he wants to join in long-term we’ll see…