Tag Archives: Reading

School Visit to Dover

I’ve been down to Dover this week, to visit Whitfield Aspen Primary School. It meant that I got to walk along the famous White cliffs of Dover. There were no Bluebirds because we don’t have Bluebirds in Britain!

Dover is the main port to France, where the Channel Tunnel goes underground and where ferries ply back and forth with trucks, cars and passnegers.

The next video tomorrow will be about my journey home where I stopped off to visit the house of the Jungle Book author, Rudyard Kipling. See it here

Monster Boy – Mummy Menace – Full Read Aloud Story

Follow along with the words on the screen, as I read Monster Boy, Mummy Menace. Get a copy of the book from your library or from my online store – signed with a free poster – or from Amazon. Follow the links.

Connor is half-monster, so he understands monsters and loves to help them with their problems – He’s the Ministry of Monsters number one agent, connate: Monster Boy.

Join Connor and his faithful flying dog, Trixie, as they find monster solutions to monster problems, using his amazing, top-secret monster bikes. Can Connor make the Forest and safe and friendly place for Monster and Humans to live side by side? Someone is stealing all the toilet paper! Can they find a monster solution in time?

Listening to stories and following the words is a brilliant way to gain reading fluency and become a confident, independent reader. Sometimes, it’s just nice to listen to a story. Why not draw pictures of Monster boy and T Rex while you listen? Get some drawing ideas here.

Archimedes – the Man who invented the Death Ray

Archimedes lived over 2,000 years ago in Syracuse on the island of Sicily.

He was a mathematician, astronomer, physicist, engineer and inventor.

Many of his great inventions came about while defending Syracuse when it came under attack from the Romans.

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The leader of the Roman army was Marcus Claudius Marcellus. Eventually Marcellus won the war. Archimedes died in the Siege of Syracuse, even though Marcellus had given strict orders that Archimedes should be captured alive. Marcellus admired the genius and knew that he had more invention to offer the world. Who knows how history may have changed if Archimedes had lived to live the rest of his life in peaceful study and contemplation?

In this book, Marcus Claudius Marcellus looks back on his life and explains to his young son exactly why Archimedes was possibly the cleverest person that ever lived.

Here are a few videos that show you how to draw Archimedes and how to get to grips with drawing circles and spheres, the subjects that fascinated Archimedes so much, a fascination that led him to his greatest invention Pi – the number that lets us work out the circumference of circles and the area of the surface of a sphere.