Day by Day, History Projects, Uncertain times 2020

Florence Nightingale and Covid 19 – May 2020

We have been battling with the Covid virus over the last week or so. My HWH, who works for the NHS has had it the worst. It has felt like a battle for life. I called 999 on one occasion, having first phoned 111...never done that before. It cut deep watching him so ill and… Continue reading Florence Nightingale and Covid 19 – May 2020

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Out and about Learning – Gloucester – March 2020

It was Rhythm Dude’s birthday last week end and as part of the celebrations we packed ourselves, picnic lunches, rucksacks and a cooker into the van and headed north to meet up with one of his best friends. HWH and the three boys set out walking for the day, and the girls and I found… Continue reading Out and about Learning – Gloucester – March 2020

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Wells – A City of Bells – Part 2

Welcome to the second instalment of my wander around Elizabeth Goudge's Wells, as some of us read along with @elizabethgoudgebookclub. If you've missed the first post you can check it out here Wells - “A City of Bells” - Part 1 We're beginning our journey today in the market place, where the bus, with Jocelyn… Continue reading Wells – A City of Bells – Part 2

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Wells – “A City of Bells” – Part 1

The city of Wells in Somerset, is the smallest city in England. I’ve lived within in its environs for about thirty years, so it holds lots of precious memories for me. It is still one of my favourite places to visit, each season offering some new perspective. Elizabeth Goudge's delightful book, "The City of Bells"… Continue reading Wells – “A City of Bells” – Part 1

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Around the World in Picture Books – South America – March/April 2019

Our next stop on our journey around the world in picture books was back in the Spring, when we set sail from the Antarctic to the warmer climes of South America. The library supplied some of our books for this, and I bought a few second hand from Amazon. Our favourite two were "The Most… Continue reading Around the World in Picture Books – South America – March/April 2019

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Tudor and Elizabethan Times – our learning. 2018-2019

We spent our history lessons last year meandering slowly through Tudor and Elizabethan Britain. Living in the UK we are privileged to be surrounded by such a rich historical legacy; and must bear the grey, drizzly days which go alongside this backdrop with forbearance! We started off with a stash of books. Some are our… Continue reading Tudor and Elizabethan Times – our learning. 2018-2019

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Shakespeare’s Schoolroom – visit August 2019

I had been looking forward to our visit to Shakespeare's School room https://www.shakespearesschoolroom.org/ in Stratford on Avon, and as I sat on one of the benches and began listening to the "lesson", I found myself scrabbling in my handbag for scraps of paper on which to take notes. I was quite caught out by how… Continue reading Shakespeare’s Schoolroom – visit August 2019

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Around the World in Picture Books – Antarctica – Jan/Feb 2019

I was not hugely inspired by the thought of Antarctica...all that snow and ice, a research station and lots of penguins. However, thanks Usborne's "Polar Adventures" it developed into a fascinating project, and led onto a trek up to the Artic, too. We read about three explorers who ventured to the South Pole; Amundsen, Scott… Continue reading Around the World in Picture Books – Antarctica – Jan/Feb 2019

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Around the year in picture books – Europe November/December 2018

We ended our tour of North America in Boston and decided to cross the Atlantic by ship. So, following in the footsteps of the redoubtable Katy (“What Katy did Next” by Susan Coolidge) we donned our sea shoes and stepped aboard an ocean liner. Once docked, we departed from Katy’s  itinerary and set off on… Continue reading Around the year in picture books – Europe November/December 2018

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North America September/ October 2018

Our first stop on our whistle-stop-picture-book-tour-of-the-world was North America. We mainly focused on USA, but Sparkly Eyes enjoyed finding out about the huskies (her favourite dog) in Canada. As well as these books, I used postcard templates from Activity village...                     activityvillage.co.uk and we watched a… Continue reading North America September/ October 2018