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’ll use my smartphone and take a walk to find pictures relating to 3 of the themes: colour, shape and reflection (spread out, so we do one theme per day).

We can then print them & 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.

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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.

Where Our Food Comes From

The main project we did for this theme was to create a map of where our food comes from. We have a world map and a UK map on our wall, so we stuck labels on these to show where our staple foods come from. This project included some research:

– asking the fishmonger where our purchases came from

– finding country of origin on the Suma website for dry goods that we buy loose

– looking up the farms that supply our fruit & veg box scheme

– finding out what we could from packaging and websites. The Co-op site has some good info about suppliers

We also used these resources to stimulate discussion and reflection:

Seasonal eating

Countryside Online list of foods by month

Eat Seasonably website

Great British harvest video

Food importation

video about importation of fruit & veg into the UK

Nabim website on wheat import and export

Local food

Carbon footprint of food video animation

Interactive tool to check carbon footprint of certain foods, based on how often you eat them.

Info on carbon footprint of importation methods ie air freight vs shipping.

I made up a quiz on ‘Why is it better to eat local? by using info from these articles, and adding in a few red herrings, for a true-or-false-style quiz:

Why we should embrace eating locally

https://www.ecowatch.com/amp/10-reasons-why-you-should-eat-local-1882029859

Why Buy Local Food? It’s Healthier for You and Better for the Environment

https://www.thespruceeats.com/reasons-to-eat-local-foods-4015507

At the end of the week, we reviewed our maps, considering the question ‘Could we rely on UK-produced food?’, and we looked up whether the foods we buy that are imported could be grown in the UK – surprisingly, many of them can (and already are).

As a long-term project, we’ve also been experimenting with growing our own veg, so we know exactly where that comes from! (Even if there isn’t very much of it 😉)

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Tropical Storms

Another mini-module that I learned a lot from too – including how tropical storms form, and how we can be more prepared in the era of climate change. All the videos are nice and short.

Video from NASA on how hurricanes are formed.

Video from the Met Office on hurricanes and typhoons.

Hurricane Sandy ‘TIME Explains’ video, considering climate change factors.

Disaster Detector’ app from Smithsonian – a storm preparation simulation, using meteorological tools to predict changes.

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Local Archeology

This theme was far more interesting than I had anticipated when we first had the idea. We decided to use archaeological methods to investigate a local piece of land, to see what we might discover. Here are some resources we used:

Archaeological methods

We watched a couple of videos from a Future Learn course about Hadrian’s Wall (we did the videos and quizzes about aerial photography and iconography).

Decoding The Past’ guess-the-object game from Smithsonian

Photo identification game from Young Archaeologists Club

Site Survey

We visited our local nature reserve, which we knew was built on land previously used for industry, and took photos of artefacts to research further (we were careful not to disturb anything too much, we didn’t do any digging!).

Vitros brick
Accrington Nori brick

At home, the boy did some drawings from the photos, including adding a scale.

Research

We then used websites to research the brickworks that were on the site from the mid 19th century. We found maps, old photos and even some information about the specific bricks we’d photographed (place of manufacture and mineral composition). I was surprised that we were actually able to find out so much about these artefacts. We also learned a lot about the craft of brickmaking.

Display

We decided to make a museum exhibit to show to a family member. The boy came up with the idea of doing this as an interactive exhibit in Minecraft. He created a reconstruction of the brickworks with carts on rails to move materials between a clay pit, pugmill, moulding table, drying yard and kiln. We also added a visitors centre with key facts from the research we did, plus a replica of an old brickworks poster we’d found online.

If you’re interested in this area, there’s a good list of archaeological teaching resources here, and some info about how it fits with place-based education here

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