book review: ‘The wild way home’

This book has been on my reading list for a while and I must admit, being a year 3 teacher and the fact that it’s set in the Stone Age – a year 3 history objective – was also a big draw. Major tip authors, if you can base your book around a school topic, you’re onto winner!

Honestly, I wasn’t expecting to love this as much as I did! I didn’t want it to end and regularly got annoyed with myself when I was too tired to continue reading! The story is really beautiful. At first I wasn’t convinced by the sudden transition to the Stone Age but then I was utterly transported and convinced by the adventure and turmoil the characters went through that I didn’t care. I LOVE the voice Sophie has given to Harby, the Stone Age boy and the utter pain the family go through really pulled my heart strings to a point where one page, a page that’s really stuck with me, I nearly cried. As a mum I could feel the mothers cries and Charlies panic.

I was very excited to learn that there’s a sequel coming and I will definitely be reading that one! Would highly recommend this book! off you go, go buy it!!

A word on 3D printing in the classroom

As computing and STEM lead in my school and owner of a 3D printer, I’ve found myself using 3D printed resources a fair amount. My first classroom resources we simple toilet pass medals for the children to wear as well as star of the week medals to take home and keep. I’ve slowly grown out of these, mostly due to the children often leaving them in the toilets! and after lockdown, I’ve found my classes ability to ‘hold on’ very low. So I just let them go now!

What I’ve really enjoyed doing is creating resources the children will actively use. In our year 3 science, we cover (albeit briefly) about teeth. So I enlarged an STL file of a full set of teeth and allowed the children to play about with them using play dough. It was a really great way for them to see what the different types of teeth do and created some lovely discussions and vocabulary. I’ll definitely be using this again and be on the hunt for other science resources I can make.

Over Christmas this year, I worked on a prop for the classes Viking topic in history. This long boat took a LONG time to make and paint. totally not worth the time taken but I enjoyed making it. We didn’t use it in the end as we went into lockdown and it just didn’t lend itself to remote learning.

One thing our 3D printer is being massively used for a t the moment, is printing mini robots. My husband is a secondary computing teacher and uses them as rewards. I’m thinking about now introducing them into my classroom too as ‘Reading Robots!’. I’ve tried Pokemon cards before as reading rewards but they ended up being a problem on the playground so at the moment I’m apprehensive about introducing these.

Honestly, we love our 3D printer and use it all the time. it really has turned into a great tool for the classroom and I’ve even introduced the children to the design process using Tinkercad. It’s a hit in my STEM club, as well as the 3D printing pen!

Trying to stay positive…

Trying to stay positive at the moment is hard. I think I’m doing OK then all of a sudden it hits – and I hit out on those I love. It’s like I’m trying to sabotage the good things I have. I liked this quote I found, it’s a good reminder to get on up and grow instead of sink.

Playing about with animation

Trying to learn new art skills at the moment and really push myself. I’ve always loved animation and the new feature in Procreate 5 is such an amazing tool! I had the idea to do a really short Gif – hand drawn to see what it would look like. I’m pretty pleased with the results and am already thinking about what I could do next…

Franklin the Dragon!

How could I not buy ‘Franklin’s flying bookshop’ when it came out? (my youngest son is called Franklin BTW!) Apart from the dragons name, it’s beautifully illustrated and it’s all about the love of books.

As part of my transition days with my current year 3 class, I used this book as a stimulus and it worked out great. We’re trying to promote reading, to the fact that we could talk about our favourite books through it really helped. The children wrote book reviews and wrote diary entries as if they were Luna or Franklin.

Jen Campbell has also now released a 2nd and 3rd part of the story, which are equally wonderful. I have all 3 in hard back just because they will be lovely objects for my son to have when he’s older.

I just need to find a book Wirth a Grayson in now! šŸ˜‰

The Lost Book of Adventure – Review

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I’ve been reading posts of children’s (and adults to be fair) books on adventure and exploration. it’s led me to have a whole knew outlook on life, which I’ll be sure to touch on soon. While browsing the wonders of Amazon I came across this book. Admittedly I’d seen it before, but I finally took the plunge.

This book is absolutely stunning! As a primary school teacher I couldn’t resist sifting through and coming up with a scheme of work based on the whole book and concept. I say concept, as it’s billed as a collection of illustrations and writing found by the editor, Teddy Keen. Giving the book an additional sense of mystery too. Here’s a picture of my notes and ideas, I haven’t planned anything properly yet as we follow Literacy Tree planning at the school I work in, so I’m not 100% I’ll be able to fit it in, but I’d really love too!

First hiking adventure

So since Christmas, I’ve really struggled to get back into the swing of things. I enjoyed walking in my local area and going back to work in the dark and not getting outside really got to me. I had a sudden desire to be outdoors and explore. I wanted an adventure.

We’ve booked a glamping trip, planning a drive over to the Black Forest in Germany in the summer and we’ve even booked a super awesome challenge involving Snowdon – I’ll share soon!

Here’s some photos from a 3 hour hike I did down Padley Gorge in the Peak District.

Treated myself to a creme egg when I got to the top!

Looking forward to taking the boys to climb about on the rocks šŸ™‚

A teacher’s day in ABC’s

I am Awake.

I eat my Breakfast.

I fed my Cat.

I get Dressed.

I do some Exercise.

I put shoes on my Feet.

I lift my Handbag.

I read something Interesting.

I do some Juggling.

I give my boy a Kiss.

I feel lots of Love.

I make a Mess.

I listen to something Nice.

I click Open.

I press Print.

I move rather Quick.

I need a Rest.

I take a Sip.

I prepare to Teach.

I see your Uniform.

I hear your Voices.

I sit and Wait.

I know your eXcited.

I imagine Iā€™m in a Zoo.