Sunday, June 28, 2009

Our week of learning - 28th June

English: Lots of reading plus a couple of hours on Spellodrome.

Last year sometime I downloaded an awesome study unit on Treasure Island from the Little Blue School blog. As I tend to do, I printed it out but hadn't gotten around to using it yet. Since we've just started reading Treasure Island again together (we started reading it earlier this year and got sidetracked!), I figured it was time to finally put it to use :)

So we looked at some vocabulary meanings from Treasure Island, and then for the fun bits, Billy made a pirate flag, and picked his pirate name - Captain Mad-eye Fish-lip Peg-Leg Swashbuckle :)

Maths: As well as a couple of hours spent on the Mathletics site, we looked for the first time at 2 digit addition - mainly without carrying, but we did touch briefly on carrying.

Science & Technology: We made a Benham's disc using an old CD, a ping-pong ball, softdrink bottle lid and the template from the RAFT worksheet. A Benham's disc is a certain black & white pattern, which when spun tricks the eye into seeing colour. It was very cool :)

Billy's Joey mob also did science stuff this week - looking at other optical illusions, and making a paper helicopter.

HSIE (Human Society and it's environment): We started reading the "Wonders of Egypt" book, and also watched a series called Pyramid about the building of the pyramids.

Creative & Practical Arts:
The last drama class of the term.

LOTE (Languages other than English): Nothing this week.

PDHPE (Personal Development, Health & Physical Education): Circus class.

Life skills (cooking, gardening, housekeeping): He's been making a few salads on his own to go with dinner this week. It helps if you like very large chucks of carrot in your salad :)


junespider said...

You sound so productive! And organized.:-) With lots of fun stuff too. Love the "big chucks" of carrots-ha ha! You do get some interesting textures and what not when you get the extra "help" in the kitchen don't you?

jugglingpaynes said...

Fun! I love Billy's pirate name. Very creative!

How is the circus class? I used to teach juggling and unicycle at a circus camp. My oldest was practically raised on a single trapeze. :o)

Peace and Laughter,

Kez said...

Junespider - I'm glad I *sound* organised! Surely that's half the battle??! :)

Cristina - his circus class is quite good, he seems to enjoy it anyway. His favourite thing is the devil sticks atm.

Kylie said...

Hello Kez. I miss seeing you guys every fortnight. I couldn't resist telling you about a really easy way to make a great pirate flag. Get some black felt, sew a pocket along one side (big enough for it to slide onto a piece of dowel or broom stick) and cut out a skull from white paper. Colour all the "hollow" bits with black permanent marker and add bandannas etc with red or blue if desired. Use pva to glue on the skull. It dries quite strong and they can have lots of fun with it for years.
Hope you dont mind me adding this to your "comments" section.
Love keeping up with what you're up to on your great blog.

Kez said...

Of course I don't mind you commenting Kylie!! That sounds a great pirate flag - we'll give it a go!

I'll email you soon about getting together - I miss you guys too :(

Magic and Mayhem said...

Oh, it all sounds so fun! We did a pirate unit last year and it was a lot of fun. We learned about famous lady pirates and eventually the kids all came to the realization that they'd all just been a bunch of thugs and got rather down about it! LOL It was an unexpected development!