Analogue Pursuits

We’re focussing on analogue pursuits for a while, to discover some more offline activities.

Sketchbooking is part of the plan. We have a sketchbook each, and we’ve already enjoyed taking turns to pick a theme and each doing our own interpretation. I also found some printables around geometric art that should keep us going for inspiration.

I also want to explore learning some more practical skills together. We’re starting with gardening and darning. For some more ideas, I got hold of a retro Scouts Proficiency Badges book. We’ll see how we both respond to the challenge…

Science Fiction Immersion

Although I’m a literature graduate myself, Science Fiction isn’t a genre that I’m that familiar with (bar the Star Wars movies), so my son’s interest in it has been a great intro for me. I put together this theme so we could delve a bit deeper, using these resources:

History of Sci-Fi:

HG Wells video from Extra Credits https://youtu.be/4S0JVHvL1os

Jules Verne video from Extra Credits https://youtu.be/O-_-0O7c-PE

Who Was Jules Verne? book (we’ve watched the Who Was Show on Netflix, so it’ll be interesting to read one of the books)

Clips from the documentary Tomorrow’s Worlds https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01yqk7d/clips

Analysing Sci-Fi

What is science fiction, actually? video from Tale Foundry https://youtu.be/syMa8uAsfN0

Jules Verne 20,000 leagues – animated movie 2004 https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7f9B1Emkpp4

I also found an audiobook recording of BBC Radio Sci-Fi classics that included The Time Machine (free on BorrowBox).

Writing Sci-Fi

This activity could be a nice warmup – adapting the ‘4 images’ task by giving them to each other to create a sci-fi mini saga https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/intro-to-the-science-fiction-genre-6133644

As a follow-up activity – writing a sci-fi Hero’s Journey story, set on Earth 2100, using this template https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/a-hero-s-journey-stages-graphic-organizer-7168987

A while back, we also wrote a sci-fi ‘choose your own adventure’ book, called Earthlantis, (inspired by the setting of a video game), using the Storyjumper site to share it with friends.

For more themes we’ve explored, see the posts and tags below. For a note about how I choose suitable resources for my son, see the Contact page.

Philosophy: Virtue and Evil

We love discussing philosophical ideas that come up in books, TV shows and movies – deep reflections about morality in The Truman Show went on for weeks.

I put together this theme to explore philosophical arguments about virtue and evil, using some cultural texts we’re familiar with.

I used info from the ‘…and Philosphy’ series of books to make links with stories and characters we know well – https://andphilosophy.com/books/

We watched these Crash Course Philosophy videos to feed into our discussions:

The Problem of Evil video https://youtu.be/9AzNEG1GB-k

Aristotle & Virtue Theory https://youtu.be/PrvtOWEXDIQ

In the course of researching this theme, I also found a couple of videos of TV personalities being interviewed about religion, which linked in with this topic.

I initiated a debate on ‘is there such a thing as evil?’, to see where that would take us. The boy offered some great examples of several Pokemon characters that are both good and evil (not easily categorised as one or the other), so he took the reigns for a bit and showed me some video resources to illustrate his point.

We discussed whether people are inherently ‘bad’, or if painful experiences can impact on their behaviour. I was reminded of a similar theme in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and found this animated SparkNotes video https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XRppXdKDY_c

I sometimes forget how rich conversation-based learning can be – but this theme reminded me!

For more themes we’ve explored, see posts and tags below. For a note about how I choose suitable resources for my son, see the Contact page.

Photography Project

I found this great article with ideas about photography exercises for beginners – https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/digital-photography-school.com/five-self-assignments-that-teach-you-to-see/%3famp

Using the article as a guide, we used my smartphone and took a walk to find pictures relating to 3 of the themes: colour, shape and reflection (spread out, so we did one theme per day).

We then used photo editing functions like crop and filters, and printed them to make a display.

For other themes we’ve explored, see the posts or tags below…

Shapes & Angles

Here are some resources we’re using to explore this theme in interactive ways:

Angles & Trigonomentry

History of trigonometry video – https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zbxb4wx

What is trigonometry? video – https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=j7bMfDzt5Xo

Inventioneers app – to discuss how angles help achieve objectives in the game.

Perimeter, Area & Volume

BBC Bitesize visual guides – https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zrf3cdm

‘Area and Perimeter’ app

Polygon matching game that I created from a printable I found online.

Drawing Shapes

BBC Bitesize videos (incl drawing in perspective) https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zwckjxs

You can find more themes we’ve done by using the tags below…

British Dragon Mythology

Dragons have been a fascination in our house for a long time (the Dragonology book below is a favourite):

This week we took a closer look at British dragon mythology, (beyond George). Using the resources below, we drew pictures of these dragons, which we stuck around our UK wall map, with an arrow pointing to the location the stories originated from. We also discussed the geography, historical context, crest iconography and etymology of the dragons’ names.

Dragons From British Folklore article – https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/listverse.com/2015/11/15/10-dragons-from-british-folklore/amp/

Sockburn worm http://hypnogoria.blogspot.com/2015/02/folklore-on-friday-wyvern-of-wonderland.html?m=1

Stoor Wormhttps://mythology.wikia.org/wiki/Stoor_Worm

Worm of Linton https://www.scotclans.com/scotland/scottish-myths/scottish-monsters/linton-worm/

We also found some videos about the history of dragon mythology on Crash Course and Extra Credits.

If you liked this post, you can find more themes we’ve done using the tags below. For a note about how I choose suitable resources for my son, see https://mindfullifelearning.wordpress.com/contact/

History Of Our High Street

Our local shops have been there for 100 years, so we used this BBC resource to learn a bit more about the history of the high street http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/history/handsonhistory/turn_back_time_booklet.pdf

We also did these activities:

Watched this episode of ‘Turn Back Time The High Street’ – Edwardian Era https://vimeo.com/39304268

Learned about the changes before to shops through the eras http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/history/handsonhistory/turn_back_time_eras.pdf

Photo timeline: I found archive photos from our local library website, and we tried to put them in order using clues like cars and signage.

High Street quiz from http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/history/handsonhistory/turn_back_time_quiz.pdf – this was a lot of fun to do together (me being a child of the 80s)

Created a ‘now & then’ photo, using this guide http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/history/handsonhistory/turn_back_time_flickr.pdf

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Pythagorus Mini-Module

The boy has always loved geometry, so we took a peek at pythagorus together, using these resources:

Crash Course video on the pre-socratics https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=epCOGAa7tRQ

TED ed video on pythagorus’ theorum https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YompsDlEdtc

Perigals puzzle from TES – https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/pythagoras-perigal-s-disection-6228753

Pythagorus in 60 secs https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pVo6szYE13Y

The boy then remembered how much he used to love Ted Ed Riddles, and by coincidence he found one that references pythagorus- https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OmUjIHOPnOw

You can find other themes we’ve come using the tags below.

Epic Storytelling

We’ve been weaving Robin Hood and King Arthur into our homeschooling for several years, so we decided to take a look at some other legendary British tales. These are the resources we used to delve into Beowulf and Brutus Of Troy.

Beowulf

This was a bit more gruesome than I was expecting, given that it’s on the primary curriculum – which I suppose explains the sensitivity warning for teachers on BBC website. But, we like a grisly monster, so the boy quite enjoyed this one.

This animated video of the story has some really famous names doing the voices – https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QKjcoFZmKuA

There are resources from BBC Schools Radio here – https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/english-ks2-ks3-beowulf-part-1/zfymxyc

Beowulf documentary on the history of the story – https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1C0sFXU0SLo

What is an epic poem? – definitions from https://www.supersummary.com/epic/ and http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/lesson_images/lesson1041/EpicDef.pdf

Write your own mini epic poem activity from TES – this went down a storm, and we enjoyed performing the boy’s poem for his dad https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/mini-epic-poetry-writing-11091370

Brutus of Troy

Audio reading of Brutus of Troy – part 1: https://archive.org/details/HistoryOfTheKingsOfBritain1BrutusOccupiesTheIslandOfAlbionGeoffreyOfMonmouth and part 2: https://archive.org/details/HistoryOfTheKingsOfBritain2DianaProphesiesToBrutusGeoffreyOfMonmouth

Who was Geoffrey of Monmouth? Documentary clip https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yotrHkOPRPk

Short documentary on Brutus of Troy from Pen & Sword https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vDf-XZQsvFI

‘Bad History’ video from Emperor Tigerstar YouTube channel – https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=H0iOxhUDSK4

Short lecture about Geoffrey of Monmouth’s sourceshttps://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dAUj7Cplq8Q

(The videos are aimed at an adult audience, but we found them useful to prompt a discussion about whether people should treat Geoffrey of Monmouth’s work as ‘real’ history.)

You can find more themes we’ve explored using the tags below.

Intro To Algebra

A mini-module we did to introduce algebra…

Algebraic equations – a Maths Shorts video from Planet Nutshell https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=G9CN1P-yd-0

Guess and Check’ method video from BBC Bitesize (2 mins) https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z83rkqt/articles/zfpw7p3

Astro Algebra app – there’s a review here https://www.educationalappstore.com/app/astro-algebra

You can find more of the mini-modules we’ve done by using the tags below.