Dylan becomes honorary Toastmaster

October 26, 2014 - Leave a Response

Cranfield Speakers Club – part of the Toastmasters International network of clubs, each with their own unique ‘culture’. At ours, it’s all about the tea, coffee and biscuits!

(Video by Minjie Cai)

Philosophy Club

October 9, 2014 - Leave a Response

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Dylan’s been selected for Philosophy Club – an elite club of eight 7yr old classmates lol!

D’s teacher: “They go out for an hour on Tuesday afternoons and have a think – they think through things by using drama and art.”

D: “We go out for the whole afternoon on a Tuesday for fun and games. We think about thinking.”

My work colleague: “That’s a new way to do detentions!”

Time Traveling Thieves

October 6, 2014 - Leave a Response

The results of our latest online course!
Powerful Tools for Teaching and Learning: Digital Storytelling University of Houston System via Coursera.
Let us know what you think?

3D modelling

August 25, 2014 - Leave a Response

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This bank holiday clay modelling session evolved from a thumb-pot, to a dog’s bowl, to a tortoise with a bowl on its back, to a giant tortoise carrying a person on its back!

Connecting people

August 14, 2014 - Leave a Response

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Me: Look at those big grey clouds!

D: There’s a tiny triangle of blue over there – like a Dorito!

Me: My granny used to say: “If there’s enough blue to make a Dutchman’s trousers, it will end up being nice.”

D: There’s only enough to make a Dutchman’s shorts. Who is your granny?

Me: She died before you were born. She was G-G’s wife.

D: But that was ages ago and G-G’s still alive!

Me: Yes, he’s strong.

D: Well, he’s not strong with lots of muscles because he’s old, but he kept going.

Me: Yes – mentally, he’s strong.

D: Who was your granny’s mum?

Me: The lady on the front of the photo album with all the family pictures in it in our dining room.

D: Oh. And who’s Granny’s mum?

Me: Granny’s mum is my granny, the lady I just told you about who died before you were born.

D: Does my dad know Granny?

Me: Yes, he knows her from when we were married.

[Long pause]

D: Did you know that everyone in the world is family? They’re all joined up, because otherwise there would be people at the end without a mum and dad which doesn’t make sense – everyone’s from the same family. The person in that car in front is our family. And the random person in that car over there is our family too. And that person, and that person, and that person…

Me: Okay, I suppose that’s true – at some point back in time we must all be related somehow. Where did you learn about that?

D: Nowhere, I just thought of it for myself.

Alien cake

June 28, 2014 - Leave a Response

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One Ben 10 Chromastone birthday cake – done. As ordered, sir. Hope you like it! X

Musical transport

June 27, 2014 - Leave a Response

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For the past three weeks in Design & Technology club, the children’s challenge has been to design and make a scooter. Of course, Dylan decided he wanted to make one that was also a stringed instrument. Apparently it took most of the first session to explain it to the teacher, and convince her that it WOULD fulfil the brief and be a scooter.
It actually looks a bit like a Segway…

Turkey Day – All Change!

April 24, 2014 - Leave a Response

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D: I love it when it’s a country name day! When it’s a country name day and we’re all dressed up in the colours and decorated, that means we’re swapping classes and we only learn about one thing. But then in the afternoon we stop because we run out of teachers.
Mr T goes onto Google Earth and shows us where the country is. And then we go to Mrs W and she usually has some of that country food. We have to write on the list whether we like it or not.
Then in Mrs D’s class, we usually do some of that type of country dancing – so we’ll be doing some Turkey dancing.

Me: Sounds great. Turkey dancing – is it like Chicken dancing? Like this?

D: Ha yes! A turkey on a phone, dancing! Do you know what I used to think phones were for? I used to think they were just for talking. But, now I get to use your old one, now I know there’s more than one thing you do on them!

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Visualising a Day: 11th April 2014

April 12, 2014 - Leave a Response

Yesterday I spent the day in London. So much to see and such little time!
Here’s how it went…

Chocolate with Wings for Mothering Sunday

March 30, 2014 - Leave a Response

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On last weekend’s shopping trip Dylan wanted to get me something for Mother’s Day, so I set the budget and closed my eyes whilst he hunted for something and hid it in the trolley, telling the check-out person at the end to hide it too!
I’ve just retrieved ‘the chocolates’ from the bookshelf in Dylan’s room, as instructed. Surprise! <3

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