Dinosaurs, Primates & Games
April 12, 2015

I’ve missed our ‘dining room table activities’. It feels like ages since we last cranked up the music and took some time to share some time. So, this morning we did: art, table tennis (as you do) and, of course, lunch.

  

‘Land of the dinosaurs’ by Dylan Piper

 

‘Transitions’ by Becky Piper

 

Dylan created his first game: ‘Cat & Mouse’ on the Raspberry Pi this afternoon using 16 steps on Scratch. Actually, those few steps did turn into a few more as there was quite a bit of experimentation with the ‘costume’ options and ‘shrink’ sprite tool… Needless to say, he thought it was awesome, before he headed off to play Wormy, Tetromino For Idiots (which he thinks was built by some bully) and Squirrel Eat Squirrel (where he managed to achieve the status of ‘Omega Squirrel’).

Still need to sort out the audio on it though…

We’re rounding off the day with some comedy and Britain’s Got Talent auditions on Catch Up 🙂

A free story
July 28, 2013

freestory

A FREE STORY – Age 6

“Once there lived a boy called Dylan and his mum and it is a lovely mum.”

Mum: That’s lovely!

Boy: Oh yeah that – we did it at the Free Writing Table – do you know the Free Writing Table?

Mum: Yes – that’s the table outside the classroom isn’t it?

Boy: Yes, and you’re allowed to write about whatever you want.

Mum: Ahh – and you chose to write that?

Boy: Well, Jaimie was there as well and he wrote it. He said, “I’m going to write a story about you!” And then he wrote that.

Mum: Oh. OK. What did YOU write about then?

Boy: Nothing – I didn’t have time.

Freedom table
January 7, 2013

freedomtableMe: What did you get up to at school today?

D: I went to the Three Writing Table…

Me: The FREE Writing Table?

D: Yes – it’s outside our classroom.

Me: Why is it called the ‘Free Writing Table’ – can you write what you like there?

D: Or draw pictures or anything you like really.

Me: And what do YOU do there?

D: I don’t know.

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