October Home Education Diaries

We’re now fully in the swing of autumn and collecting plenty of jewel coloured leaves and shiny chocolate brown conkers.  Hats are being worn frequently, more for wind than air temperature, but still feeling the need to keep warm!

We’ve had another SUPER busy month, but we’re on a roll with lots of fun educational things going on and the children seem to be taking a lot in.  I think they like the routine and being busy, they seem to remember a lot more that way, especially as we have been repeating the same topics through different books and museum visits etc.

So here is what we’ve learnt about this month.

7 Year Old

Art and Design

  • Visited Enchanted Forest at Pitlochry and enjoyed viewing the bright art installations around the forest.

forest lit up in colours

  • Drawing designs for new engineering ideas involving his wooden train track.
  • Using watercolours to paint small A5 pictures

Science

  • Created circuits using play dough and a circuit kit from Tech Will Save Us.  Including making Halloween themed series circuit and a parallel circuit of a football net and football setting off the buzzer and lights when it hits the net.
  • Has been using his snap circuit set to practice series and parallel circuits, continuing to get more complex.
  • Continuing to discuss human evolution through books and a visit to to Dynamic Earth and the Centre for Life at Newcastle.

dynamic earth

  • Learning about the formation of the earth from the Big Bang through to present day, touching on plate tectonics and magma.
  • Learning how volcano works through books and a visit to Dynamic Earth.
  • Finding out about the worlds biomes and what type of environment each includes.
  • Reading about magnets and how they help make electricity.
  • Visiting Blairdrummond safari park and seeing a variety of different animals.
  • Finding out about human biology and how the blood cells help the body to work.

robotics

  • Observing how various robots work, including those exploring space.
  • Using a wind machine to find out which shape objects are most wind resistant.
  • Testing out how different objects act on spinning boards at Centre for Life.
  • Leaf chromatography experiment, showing the colours inside green leaves.
  • Creating a hobo stove to learn about fire and what is required to keep fire going.
  • Looking at small sea animals at 7 Stories in Newcastle.

Language

  • Easily sounding out shorter words in books and practising with longer words.
  • Writing letters to family and friends.
  • Writing his name and other words.

Maths

  • Continuing to use the Mathseeds app and realising he knows more than he thinks he does!
  • Practising finding out number differences.
  • Telling the time.
  • Looking at different coins.
  • Using a calculator to make up and answer sums.

History

visiting alnwick castle

  • Visited Alnwick Castle in Northumberland and learnt about the family who lived there and how they guarded the castle.
  • A trip to Newcastle Castle and finding out how it was used in the past and why it currently has a railway dissecting it.
  • Discussions on evolution.

craigmillar castle

  • Visiting Craigmillar castle in Edinburgh.

Culture

  • Read Harry Potter (modern culture) and The Chamber of Secrets and has been creating imaginary play around the books and had fun with a broomstick training lesson at Alnwick Castle

flying a broomstick

Geography

  • Identifying rocks from different areas of the world, including sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic.

Social Groups

  • Playing with friends at local parks and in the woods.

children in the woods

  • Attending a local drama group
  • Weekly home education group
  • Frequently meeting up with friends most days throughout the week.
  • Going guising with friends for Halloween.

Exercise

  • Continuing weekly swimming lessons
  • Climbing a small hill beside Eastside Cottages.
  • Won the best team player of the week trophy at his multi sports group.
  • Playing with friends at the park and in the outdoors.
  • Cycling in the local area.

tunnel above water play

  • Playing at new parks.

4 year old

Art & Design

  • Visited Enchanted Forest at Pitlochry and enjoyed viewing the bright art installations around the forest.

Exercise

  • Continuing weekly swimming lessons
  • Enjoying his weekly multi sports group.
  • Weekly ballet and tap lessons.
  • Climbing a small hill at Eastside cottages.
  • Weekly gymnastics classes
  • Playing with friends at the park and in the outdoors.

farm track cycling

  • Cycling in the local area.

Maths

  • Practising looking at clocks to tell the time.
  • Adding small numbers together.
  • Counting to 20.

Language

  • Building an alphabet jigsaw by finding letters.
  • Practising writing his capital letter from his name.
  • Identifying other letters in writing.

History

  • Visited Alnwick Castle in Northumberland and learnt about the family who lived there and how they guarded the castle.

flying broomstick

  • A trip to Newcastle Castle and finding out how it was used in the past and why it currently has a railway dissecting it.
  • Discussions on evolution.
  • Exploring Craigmillar castle in Edinburgh

in a castle oven

Science

  • Continuing to discuss human evolution through books and a visit to to Dynamic Earth and the Centre for Life at Newcastle.
  • Learning about the formation of the earth from the Big Bang through to present day, touching on plate tectonics and magma.
  • Learning how volcano works through books and a visit to Dynamic Earth.
  • Visiting the safari park and seeing a variety of different animals.

Blairdrummond safari park giraffes

  • Finding out about the worlds biomes and what type of environment each includes.
  • Reading about magnets and how they help make electricity.
  • Finding out about human biology and how the blood cells help the body to work.
  • Discussing how babies are conceived and what umbilical cords are for.
  • Observing how various robots work, including those exploring space.

centre for life Newcastle

  • Testing out how different objects act on spinning boards at Centre for Life.
  • Leaf chromatography experiment, showing the colours inside green leaves.
  • Creating a hobo stove to learn about fire and what is required to keep fire going.

  • Looking at small sea animals at 7 Stories in Newcastle.

Social Groups

  • Attending a local drama group
  • Chatting to friends at drama, gymnastics, dance, swimming and multi sports groups.
  • Weekly home education group
  • Frequently meeting up with friends most days throughout the week.

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