Previous - Autumn Term 2016

14th December

In the lead up to the holidays, the children have begun making a table decoration to take home.  Some of the children had practised their flower arranging skills a couple of weeks ago, using oasis material to create arrangements for the classroom.  

Next week, for our last day of term, parents and siblings have been invited to join us for our French lesson.  So today was a bit of a rehearsal for the songs we are going to sing which contain weather words and 4 new seasonal winter/Christmas songs - a good challenge for all of us, involving several quick changes of hats!


13th December

The prevalence of wobbly molars has led to an interest in finding out more about teeth.  

Our 2 are presenting their research to date to the pre-school children, with molar masks they have created. 

It was the children’s choice to put on a play for the younger ones.  This was an interesting experience of working together to produce something creative - important learning in and of itself in terms negotiating a process, collaborating on ideas and thinking about the ages and stages of the audience, prioritising and making good decisions on how and where to spend time.   There was good learning, too, that more research was needed for it to be a piece of work that they could be truly proud of - so a work in progress.     


8th December

As a result of their discussions about the Nativity, some of the children followed up to explore the symbols of different religions.  


This prompted a very interesting discussion with one of our volunteers about Hinduism.   



6th December

We had the second seasonal outing to Waltham Place organised by a Home-Ed mum - thank you.  We saw the oxen who are trained to work on the farm, together with atypical sheep who refuse to be herded.  We learnt about wool and the (messy and long) process of turning a fleece into yarn and had a lovely afternoon making felt and learning felting techniques.  


The Ox Yoke


30th November

The children have been collecting pictures of buildings through time to add to the paper timeline that we have created.  We spent some of our morning trying to date these.  The challenge question to the children is to think about some of the possible reasons why we have so few examples of buildings up to 1000 AD.   


29th November

This is work introducing the comma - as you can see, the children thoroughly enjoyed creating their (very long) list, using the little environment from the Children’s House - good practice in thinking up lots of juicy adjectives too.



28th November

Following on from a child’s interest in Egypt, we discussed the importance of the River Nile for many different reasons, looking up the atlas and thinking about agriculture, paper, communication and trade.  We re-enacted bartering - thinking about what neighbouring countries might have to barter and trade in return.

We had an impromptu cooking session, baking Egyptian pastries to a historical recipe  - still warm from the oven, with honey glistening, they looked so enticing.  However, the verdict on the caraway seeds was not overwhelming the following day (from parents and children alike)! The polite adjective used was, ‘Interesting.'


23rd November

The children have been doing a lot of work on time and this gives us the opportunity to discuss AD/BC, the Nativity, decades, centuries and millennia.  We have created a time line with the bead chains and string - to experience these in relation to each other.  


15th November

Practical Life and Maths - we turned learning about cm and meters into practical maths - providing the Children’s House with a re-covered display board.  Grace and Rosalind have also completed the re-creation of the continents for the board to help provide context for the younger children when they add their animals, buildings and foods of the world.  

 

14th November

Our work this afternoon focused on light:  the children were examining what was transparent, opaque and translucent - with objects in the environment.  This was a piece of sustained work and the children made some very interesting observations.  They enjoyed the ‘spooky hands’ demonstration too.

It was too wet to do the Long Black Strip outdoors so we used a Bill Bryson technique instead to discuss the elapsed time between the coming into being of the Universe, through the introduction of the first single celled life forms to the arrival of human beings.  This is in readiness for the telling of the 3rd Great Story later this week.   


9th November

The children have been experimenting with viscosity and fluidity today and we had our own viscosity races.  The older children debated what we needed to do to make the experiment a fair one and managed the recording.  The younger children decided on quantities and were responsible for timing.  

Our French lessons have started well.  We are all enjoying the learning of new songs and the acquisition of lots more new vocabulary.  


3rd November

Today we had the singing of the hierarchies - quite spontaneously, the girls set the names of the hierarchies to music - great fun!

We misread the recipe for making crystals - it should be 3 parts sugar to 1 of water, not the other way round!  That’s why experiments are called experiments.   We have started over again.  

Wooden Hierarchical Material -The Musical!


9th October

The bat biscuits that we cooked for Halloween are awesome.  


17th October

We are doing follow up work on the Great Stories that we have heard so far.  Today’s demonstrations and experiments have been based on the different states of matter.   We have made solutions and explored when these become saturated and super-saturated.  We have started to make crystals with a super-saturated mix of sugar and water.


4th October

We are holding open events within the School and it is so lovely to see our children welcoming visitors confidently, showing them around proudly and helping visiting children feel at ease.  


27th September

Our second Great Story - The Story of Life - lead into lots of discussion and thought provoking questions about the natural laws of eat, grow and make others like yourselves, fossils and extinction.

Our Active Kids order arrived today and we tried out the tennis rackets!  Great fun.  We are very grateful to all who donated their vouchers to us.   Thank you. 


26th September

A Home-Ed mum organised an apple day at Waltham Place near Maidenhead.  Everyone had a fabulous day - pressing apples, feeding the pigs - the list of highlights is long. 

 

21st September

The children took part in the first elementary Montessori Great Story - the Story of the Coming of the Universe.  Some of the more experienced children will practice extra demonstrations and experiments over the next week to show to their classmates.  

7th September

Back to school!  Harry shared a weaving technique from an Anglo Saxon day he attended.  We were all hooked and enjoyed sitting round telling the stories of our summer whilst creating our own woven chain.  We discussed ‘what makes us happy’ and reproduced our thoughts by drawings and words for our display board.  French started well - the children have remembered a lot of words and have obviously been practising over the holidays.



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