Friday, March 28, 2008

Me Ol' Bamboo

This is a game that we haven't played in years. Each player has a bamboo pole and instructions are given for players to move one to the left or right. They leave their poles balanced where they are and move on to catch the next one. The command "stay" means to do a full turn on the spot. Anyone who fails to keep their pole from falling is out.

3D Towers

A problem solving activity during our Scout evening.

We gave each group 20 garden canes and a pile of elastic bands. The challenge is to build a tower as tall as possible. It must be free standing.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Pupils not stumped by ICT at the Essex Cricket Ground

This evening I accompanied 14 youngsters from Kings Road Primary School to an after-school ICT Learning Centre located at the Chelmsford Cricket Ground. It's an unusual place to find a computer lab, but in partnership with Essex Cricket Club and Essex Advisory Service, a learning centre has been established. Over 6 weeks, pupils have engaged in a variety of activities from making CDs, through to producing comic strips using Comic Life and digital video work.

Andy, who runs the centre has been impressed with the children's enthusiasm and commitment to the tasks.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Under the floorboards

I've been having problems with the central heating so I ended up
crawling under the floorboards to check for leaks.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Grow Your Own Sunflower Kit

Inspired by the Enterprise Week at my school and our brilliant idea to sell Sunflower Growing Kits, here is Max putting the kits together for members of his family. They made great little Easter gifts.


I spent a happy hour or so helping build a snowman with my nephew, Max. It all became a bit desperate towards the end as the snow began to thaw. Quite a hard lesson for any youngster to understand really.


A reminder that Winter is still here, despite nearing the end of March. Doesn't look like it will last very long however as it's starting to thaw already.