Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Bradford - City of light and real curry

We usually go to Bradford to go in the Media museum,
so I've never explored the city before.

We explored the area know as 'Little Germany',
which was the centre of textile warehousing
in the late 19th century in Bradford.

Rosanna was really surprised when she sat down,
I think she was expecting a comfy seat, not a cold stone sculpture!

We then took the children for their first proper curry.

Geoff and I ordered mild curry,
but Immy went for a medium, notice the pink cheeks!

Warmed up by the curry, we headed into the lights of Bradford.

A real life 'In the night garden'

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

The girls were looking at equations with unknowns, e.g 2x+5=9
I used smarties to replace the x in the equations.
So I'd put 2 smarties(on the paper) +5 =9.
And posed the question, what is each smartie worth?

Next the girls, gave each colour of smartie a value and then wrote an equation, replacing the smartie with a letter.
For example, if they'd used blue smarties, they then wrote an equation with b.
5B + 12 =62,
So the blue smartie had been given a value of 10.

With Reuben and Rosanna, I did smartie addition and subtraction.

Repeating patterns.

Shapes.

Symmetrical patterns.

My husband had never heard the phrase 'Only smarties have the answer'
Do you remember this ad from the 90's?

GLOOP

We made gloop, 2 parts cornflour to one part water.

Roll some of the cornflour into a ball in your hand,
as soon as you stop rolling it acts as a liquid and runs through your fingers.

Pinch and punch the mixture, it feels differently when you apply pressure to it.

It's really therapeutic, rolling, pinching and then letting it run through your fingers.

Even the dinosaurs enjoyed it!

Cornflour is made of lots of long, stringy particles. They don't dissolve in water, but they do spread themselves out. This allows the gloop to act as both a solid and a liquid. When you roll the mixture in your hands or apply pressure to it, the particles join together and the mixture feels solid. But if it is left to rest or is held up and allowed to dribble, the particles slide over each other and it feels like a liquid.