Musical transport
June 27, 2014

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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…

R.I.P. Primary Whiteboard
July 30, 2013

iPads for Yr 2 learning next school year!

Speed of delivery
June 20, 2013

speeddelivery[On the school Fronter system, when a pop-up asks whether we want to allow an .exe file to run]

Mum: Do we want a program to run?

Boy: No! Press cancel! When you get a message like that, you HAVE to say ‘no’. Otherwise it will run – you know like the Coach tells us to run in PE?

Mum: Yes?

Boy: Well it will run like that – and that’s bad. DON’T let it run.

Be active!
June 19, 2013

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BE ACTIVE!
All things in moderation…

(It’s a shame Vine video can’t be embedded within a blog post)

People v’s technology
April 15, 2013

peoplevtechD: Can I play on Temple Run today?

Me: It’s up to Vikki, if she’s OK with it, then so am I – but remember that people come first.

D: I KNOW people come first… but I don’t know what it means.

Me: It means that, if you’re playing on a game and a real person talks to you, you must LISTEN to that person. And, if they say you have to stop playing, you have to stop playing. Without getting angry. And, if you have a choice between playing with friends or playing by yourself on a game, you should choose playing with your friends.

D: And I know what you can do so you can listen – you can DIE on the game!

Me: Yes – sometimes people choose to lose on purpose – and that’s OK.

D: Yeah, so you don’t do it by accident… You DO lose points though.

[We’re now trialling a week without monster games, following a spate of nightmares about monster creatures and broken nights]

Junior games
March 7, 2013

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Angry Birds – Feb 2013

D: Today I have been playing on Angry Birds. I played it on M’s phone!

Crossing language barriers
November 12, 2012

D: I wish I was in the sky – in space.

Me: Why?

D: I would LOVE to see the spacemans. How do you get back into Earth when you’re in space?
Do you have to stay there if you go into space?

Me: No because you’d go in a rocket – you’d just turn the rocket around and go back to Earth.

D: How can the rocket get back down if the world is just like a big ball and REALLY, REALLY hard and it can’t get through?

Me: What do you mean – it doesn’t need to go through the Earth – just land on it.

D: No, I MEAN… You know how the Earth is hard?

Me: Yes.

D: Well how can the rocket go back into a country if the Earth is a big ball and SO hard?

Me: Do you mean if the rocket is one side of the Earth in space and the country it’s going back to is on the other side? It would just go AROUND – like a bird. It doesn’t need to go through.

D: Really, really close mum, good try. That’s not what I mean!

Me: How about you show me what you mean on your planets poster when we go upstairs?

D: No, I’ll draw you a picture to show you what I mean…

Explanation of meaning – Nov 2012

D: That’s the Earth and they’re all stars around it. That’s the rocket [bottom], and it’s going back down to Earth. How can it go through when the Earth is really hard?

Me: Ahh! Yes, sorry – the rocket must turn around again just before it reaches the Earth and go in backwards, so it lands on its flat bit! Is that what you mean, because there’s a pointy bit on the top of the rocket?

D: Yes!

Wild technology
October 21, 2012

Me: We’ve got to go to the Post Office to pick up a parcel.

D: Is it for me?

Me: No, I think it’ll be for me.

D: How do you know?

Me: Because I ordered some printer cartridges a couple of days ago and they said that they would be delivered in a couple of days.

D: Printer party juice?

Me: Printer CARTRIDGES – but I think ‘printer party juice’ sounds much better – like the printer has a party all over the paper!

D: I wish it was for me.

Robot with bling
September 12, 2012

Metal and robots – May 2012

D: A metal robot in my favourite colour – gold

Do you copy? Over.
July 29, 2012

The following exchange was in separate rooms via Walkie Talkies:
D: What have you been doing today? Over.
Me: I’ve been working on the computer. Over.
D: What have you been DOING on the computer? Over.
Me: I’ve been writing lots of words. Over.
D: Words about what? Over.
Me: Words about videos and exploring. Over.
D: What sort of words about videos and exploring – like ‘dog’ or ‘cat’? Over.

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