Sunday, August 01, 2010

Our week of learning - 1st August - Wind in the Willows

It's been a Wind in the Willows week here.


Current Readaloud: "Wind in the Willows"

Audio books: Prince Caspian.

Independent Reading: -  "My Gran the Gorilla" by Jackie French

Other: We watched a DVD of "Wind in the Willows" - it was a very cute stop-motion adaptation of it, not an acted version.  

Maths: A trip to the bank to take some money out, and to work out how much more he needs (and how many weeks) before he can buy the DS game he wants.

Science & Technology: We did a series of experiments to do with light inspired by watching the Richard Hammond episode last week.

We refracted sunlight to make a rainbow. 


We tried an experiment to see why the sky is blue.  Ours didn't work but you can see what it's supposed to do here..

We also did the 'straw in the glass of water' experiment to see how light bends.

And for a really cool trick - we used my mobile phone camera to see infrared light.  Check out how at The Happy Scientist.

HSIE (Human Society and it's environment): He's been watching some animal shows on ABC3 this week - Deadly 60 (about the 60 deadliest creatures) and Barney's Barrier Reef.
Creative & Practical Arts: He had his first audition for a production his drama theatre are putting on - of, you guessed it, "Wind in the Willows".  He had to perform part of the script in front of the panel and also sing a song.  It was part of a 2hr workshop and they started to learn a song from the play as well.  He'll find out next week if he gets a role.

PDHPE (Personal Development, Health & Physical Education): Martial arts and archery.

Life skills (cooking, gardening, housekeeping): He made pancakes for breakfast one morning.

Other fun stuff: We watched 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets'.


Kylie said...

I just pulled out some books from our unread stash for this week and I nearly grabbed Wind In The Willows, but left it there.

How was it? Did you enjoy the read? I'm not sure my just turned 6 year old would so I decided to wait. But I'm curious as to what you both thought of it?

Kez said...

We're still going with it (hence watching the DVD so Billy could see the story before his audition). We're reading an adaptation so the language is a bit easier than the original. He's enjoying it ok, but not riveted by it if you know what I mean.

karisma said...

Oh I loved Wind in the Willows when I was a little girl. I used to sing songs to my kids when they were little too. Sweet memories. Good luck Billy, I hope you get the part you are after!

Korina said...

Your week sound svery scientific.... and fun. :-)

Kylie said...

Thanks Kez. :-)