Month: November 2012

• Our Fun Week with the Trojan Horse

This week has been our  fun week which we have at the end of each of our four week terms.  During a fun week we still accomplish lots of learning by going back to a culture we have studied in the past and looking at some aspect of it in greater depth.  This week we revisited Ancient […]

• Unmuddling Maths – Viking Rune Stones and Probability Part Two

The next day I gave them a bag of runes and asked them to follow the instructions I had typed out on the sheet (click on picture below to enlarge it).  This lesson was about applying everything from the day before and making some predictions based on this knowledge.  They were required to test their predictions and finally […]

• Unmuddling Maths – Viking Rune Stones and Probability Part One

On our family holiday this year, the children came face to face with amusement arcades.  Never having seen anything like it before, they were enamoured and very enthusiastic to spend our money in order to win more back.  Needless to say we did not allow them.  Until, that is, the last day.  It was pouring with […]

• Viking Presentation

Half the fun of putting on a presentation is the preparation, in particular the last couple of hours before guests arrive.  It is at this time all the ideas and hard work of the past few weeks come together and create our dream.  There is a buzz.  It is when everyone in our family, including […]

• How to make a Viking Brooch

In this post I will show you how we made a Viking Brooch for next to nothing 🙂

• Putting Together Viking Dress Up

Dressing up is definitely the children’s area of expertise not mine.  Whilst I may give pointers if I think something is inaccurate historically, mostly I just sit back and watch the process.  Dressing up is a huge part of our presentation and I dread the day when one or more children come and say they […]

• Looking Back – Mesopotamia: The Presentation – Part Four

This is my forth and last post on our studies on Ancient Mesopotamia three years ago. For part one: http://angelicscalliwags.com/2012/10/31/looking-back-mesopotamia-part-1/ Part two: http://angelicscalliwags.com/2012/11/07/looking-back-mesopotamia-part-2/ Part three:http://angelicscalliwags.com/2012/11/14/looking-back-mesopotamia-wrap-up-night-and-visit-to-the-british-museum/ This was our first EVER presentation, so we were still finding our feet a little.  The children had made a papier-mache map of how they imagined a river civilisation to look like using newspaper and a […]

• Exploring Angles and Triangles Viking Style!

Last week we learnt about the Viking alphabet, Runes.  We made a stave and found that every letter of the viking alphabet could be made using one of these as a guide.  The straight lines, angles and triangles made me think that there could be a maths lesson in there somewhere.  I had just ordered […]

• Weekly Wrap Up #10: A Dusty Week

This week has been a bit of a disaster week from the point of school.  We had the plasterers in to plaster the living room and dining area (our main living space)  so the children and I have had to spend the week in the hallway and  mine and Gary’s bedroom which has not been conducive […]

• Vinking Runes

Most of the Viking culture was passed down through word of mouth, however they did have an alphabet called Futhark named after the first 6 letters.  These runes, as they are known, were used by merchants, soldiers, householders and the dead. I did a brief teaching session on runes, only to find out that the […]