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.

Review: The Polar Bear Explorers Club

After reading a string of ‘exploration’ themed children’s books recently, this is my most recent completion. I’ve seen the book around a few times and dismissed it due to its name and I’d still say its name is a bit of a sticking point with me but I’ll get to that in a bit. The word ‘Explorer’ pulled me in and I decided to give it a try.

This YA book is based in a world of mythical creatures and monsters. It’s main character, Stella, wants to be an explorer like her adopted father. However, girls aren’t allowed, which she obviously goes on to prove wrong and along the way find out where she’s from and who/what she is.

I did enjoy the book, I cared for the characters and I do indeed want to read the sequels to find out what happens. There were a few things that jarred with the book for me. As I said the title and indeed the names of the four different explorers ‘clubs’ seemed a bit too childish (yes I know it’s a children’s book!) and it felt like the author had tried to fit in too many mythical/magical beings (unicorns, fairies, ice queens, trolls, yetis, etc etc)

Overall though I would recommend it, I’d give it 3.5 out of 5.

Dream jars

My husband has been working with secondary school students in an afterschool computer science club. I’ve been helping him create some lights that the students have been learning to program on a Raspberry Pi.

I was a fun project for me too as I create a 3D design in Tinkercad and 3D printed the inserts for the LED strips, I then sprayed the mason jars with a frosting spray to defuse the light.

Here’s the end result, think I may make one for myself too šŸ™‚

I’m Back!

I figured it was about time that I started blogging again and a lot has happened since i was last here, so here’s an update…

I’m now a primary school teacher. I finished my training last year and found myself a job in a wonderful school not too far from where i live. I have a year 3 class and i’m absolutely loving it! Every day is different, challenging and interesting. I was also made the ICT coordinator, which wasn’t what i had planned coming from an art background, but i’m so glad i said yes. I absolutely love computer science as a subject and love all the different technology and resources that can be used. My biggest challenge with the role is the current state of my school ICT equiptment, in that it’s extremely outdated and a lot of the times unusable, it’s very fustrating but i hope to help move the school on in such a way that we can make it a leading subject. I run an afterschool coding club too which aside from the prementioned challenges i’m really enjoying. The children in the club enjoyed doing stop frame animation this week and i’m looking forward to introducing more makerspace type activities.

So what about the illustration work? Well, I’ll admit that has taken a back burner a little. You can still get my book ‘This Bear, That Bear’, and I really would love to do another one, although I’d also like to turn my hand to chapter book based fiction. Who knows what the future holds!!

Half term homework

so every half term Grayson usually has some kind of object to construct relating to next terms topic. We’ve had a giant rocket and an awesome pirate ship (if I do say so myself!) Next term he’s learning about castles and I wanted to do something different to the usual cardboard construction so bought some air drying clay.Ā