Friday, 11 December 2015

Home education: A golden syrup mini project

We love golden syrup, so much so, we did a mini project about golden syrup.
We found out about golden syrup is made.
We read the bible story featured on the tin.
We baked with golden syrup
We drew pictures of the tin.

And finally with made Crunchie!

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Playmobil Antarctic Explorations.

 The children got 'Polar explorers for kids' for Christmas, and I had decided we'd start using it when it snowed.

  In 1772-1775 Captain James Cook got within 100 miles of Antarctica.
On his second voyage, Cook became the first explorer to cross the Antarctic circle. In 1775 Cook headed home disappointed that he had not found Antarctica, and in his report wondered if it really existed.

By 1880 ships travelled to the seas around the Antarctic to capture and kill the thousands of seals that Cook had described. The first man to set foot on the Antarctic was a seal hunter.

1820 Bellinghausen, Smith, Bransfield and Palmer all see different parts of Antarctica on separate expeditions.

1839 James Clark Ross voyages to find magnetic south.

 Robert Scott and Roald Amundsen race to the South Pole 1910-1912
Every country wanted to lay claim to as much of Antarctica's land as possible.
We retold the story of the race between Scott and Amundsen using Playmobil, with great success!
James Cook was the first person to cross the Antarctic circle.

I then set up two teams of playmobil figures, one team representing Scott's British team, the other  Amundsen's Norwegian team.
We compared each team, before we read the story of each man's expedition.

 This is Scott's team.
Although Scott knew nothing of Amundsen's plans to the South Pole, Scott had to rush his preparations, because other countries were also preparing to explorations to the South pole.
  • Didn't have time to train his men how to ski.
  • Failed to select the best dogs.
  • Selected both ponies and dogs.
  • took motorised sledges (which had never been tested in extreme conditions).
  • Large team of 65 men.

 This is Amundsen's team
He kept his plan to be the first to the South pole a secret and raised funds for his journey, by telling people he was off to the North pole.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Ice Skating; First competition.

Excited, nervous and all the feelings in between.
This weekend Imogen and Jemima have their first ice skating competition.

They began synchronized skating about 8 months ago.
 With matching tights, dresses, scrunchies and smiles 
they will
pivot, intersect and spin. 

Good Luck Team Ignis xxx

Sunday, 11 January 2015


Recently, I've been encouraging my two younger children to use their imagination and reinvent their toys, many of which are never used!

We certainly don't need the latest themed toys and I'm not going to buy them all.
So as we took the Christmas decorations off the tree we created Queen Elsa's castle...
Bye bye Barbie's dream house.
Hello Frozen castle.
 Queen Elsa's bedroom,

 We used silver tinsel and snowflakes.

 And guess what?
Rosanna still doesn't play with it, but she had great fun creatively making it and it's not cost us an extra penny.


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