Mystery of the Thunderstone…

Today we visited the Museum for an archaeology workshop which involved drama exploring a Roman story surrounding an artefact;

Simulated archaology digs;

… and exploring Roman artefacts;

And some Neolithic Stone Age items too …

It was fantastic to watch the group work and listen to the fabulous discussions as they grid referenced their finds and talked about the f8bdsduring the activities. .

The activity in the museum upstairs wasn’t too well thought out for the group we had but Lil’Lady enjoyed it non the less. .

But thank goodness for the other Home Ed parents who were able to keep the children engaged.



The Boys research piece of Len Johnson …

The Boys Project at Archives+  came to an end today. .This is his finished work on Len Johnson the Manchester Black Boxer born in Moss Side and the colour bar in boxing and how he created an organisation to raise awareness about the colour bar and to stop discrimination..fascinating story and so proud at how much effort he put in. I love his art work too.a surprising talent I didn’t know he had.

The final work will be up on their official blog in a week or so…

Fabulous Greek Super Learning Day at Manchester Museum… 

Today was Lil’ Lady’s turn at the Museum for a day of Greek discovery. 

We set off very early as part of the city centre had road closures. 

We kick started the day with a self guided tour, an ipad and a  sheet of paper where we imagined we were on a voyage and we had to find items; we took pictures on the ipad. We were supposed to be in groups, however Lil’ Lady ended up by herself.

The artifacts asked for were based around ancient Greek myths, Gods and people as we went on our voyage.

For example 

“In Perseus’ myth, Perseus uses Hades’ cap of invisibility to escape from Medusa’s evil sisters.

Find Something that could turn you invisible on a sticky Situation!”

This was fab as it allowed us to explore our knowledge and recall what we already knew whilst engaging with the different artefacts in the gallery.

After we finished our self guided tour we had time for a snack then we had a Greek Myths storytelling and drama workshop. 

Here the Group examined Greek pottery for inspiration before putting into action Greek Drama techniques to create their own group myth. Using the story mountain/arch technique.

Freeze frame drama …

Artifact handling 

Look how happy that face is…. and then she proceeds to describe how the sword is blunt be a use it got stool in bone when it killed a man… (definatley my child)

The last session after lunch was all about trade.

So after a talk about the 4 city states they’ll be using to do their own trade activity..Athens, Tyre, Naucratis, Kroton. (I was surprised at how far the Greek Empire spread) each group was given a home city, where they had to investigate what they had to trade (traditional ancient Greek artifacts.) Then they were to become the traders of those cities as they went on a journey around the room visiting the different cities to trade. Except they moved around the room like a giant board game…

Getting closer to my city to trade 

And they’ve made it… 

The game was the perfect end to the day. ..Lil’ Lady had a fabulous time and made a few new friends, and enjoyed meeting up with old ones…and I was surprised at her confidence today.. a big  đŸ‘ from me too! 

Black and British Season: History…

It annoys me that they give Black British History a season or a month however at the same time I am glad they do as it means that it at least gets an airing. The BBC season has been the focus of the Boys History learning this month… There have been some wonderful programming.. that not only teaching him about his on heritage as being part Nigerian (through myself) but about the struggle of people of colour In the UK , but also their presence in the UK from Roman times onwards……

It’s really opened his eyes  and mind….

The programming for the season can be found here BBC Black and British Season…..

It’s also lead to lots of debate about the political climate in the USA… and its history, especially related to Slavery and Racism… and how todays political climate can be seen as a result of that history….

We’ve particularly likes Black and British: A Forgotten History

We’ve even bought the book that accompanies the series from The Book People referal link  (Direct Link)

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He also loved Back in time for Brixton  A documentary following a family who give up their modern lives for one summer to experience what life was like for Caribbeans who immigrated to Britain in the postwar period. We’ve wacted so many of these series and this didn’t dissapoint…but he was disappointed there was only two episodes…


He’s virtually watched the whole of the programing and devoured it.. I’d highly recommend for you to watch on catch up on iplayer if you can…

Street Art and City Scapes. ..

Since half term the Boy has been taking advantage of sessions at Manchester Central Library Achieves +

They have had on Art sessions for the Home Ed community (arranged by a Home Ed parent) themed  around Manchester and Street Art/City Scapes which has been fabulous for a continuation of our street art Adventures this past year (  see my previous post  HERE)

The  first session they looked at literal street art and the architecture of the buildings in Manchester City centre…

Then today he went on an  art walk… sketching city scapes on umbrellas whilst learning about the History of some of the buildings in Manchester.Old and New.
Manchester town hall- it’s bell tower 280 feet tall, with 25 bells and it too 14 million bricks to build and it’s outer wall is 7ft thick.

The Midland Hotel- has  7 different types of marble and it’s where the meeting of Mr Royles and Mr Royce took place and Royles Royce was born…ad they have a suit names after them.

The Gmex -used to be a railway station in the 1800’s until tracks expanded into the city centre…it was refurbished in the 80s/90s into an event centre..  its now called Manchester Central and Central Library itself ….

(These are the Boys highlights)

Even my eldest took part…and absolutely adored it so well repeat this on our own with Lil’ Lady too.

In the New Year they’ll continue doing a history project on Manchester.. The Boy and his friend will be using an animation program to create a film on  the changing nature of Manchester over the past hundred years..

Hands on History….

We started History with Lil’ Lady…

I bought the following work books from CGP

they are really good..but I didn’t want it to be dry….I was told a while back about the University of Salford’s community digs. So thought I’d get in touch and luckily for us they had a 2 week community dig at Marple Lime Kilns. 

Estatic wasn’t the word… so I arranged for a group of Home Educators to attend.
It was fabulous..we got a tour of the area with the history explained. .

The Kiln was a neo gothic building built between 1797 and 1802 to burn limestone. The Census returns for 1841 and 1911 showed that many people lived as well as worked at the Kilns..

This was the bottom of the Kilns which stopped rinning in 1900. Where they made Lime… Lime was used by farmers to mix into the soil to make the ground more fertile we as lime being used during burials etc…

What you see on the right hand side would have been the main door, and on the left are two windows which would have acted as natural light to the Kilns as well as to those who lived in housing here which would have been far left (out of sight) but still part of the Kiln area…by all accounts the owner Samuel Oldknow  was a very good employer… and built fabulous housing by the centuries standards but I can’t help but think it was all to do with economy. …out of bed and straight to work…


Here we’re on top of the Kilns. .

… the depressions are the chimney stacks..they’re all filled in now as the place stood empty for 60 years and became unstable…

The children did a small survey and that was also explained ..why and how it is done.

I didn’t realise they’d do this but so glad they did as will help with relating to our History topics…Then they got stuck in…


Beginning with a funny intro on how to use an Archaeologists most treasured tool..the trowel! Safety rules of an dig and then they really got stuck in …mud rain and all! 

Lil lady in The Boys coat…of all the days we forgot hers in our rush to get out of the house on time 🙂

The boy really enjoyed it…on our way home he asked if we could do more digs in the future …👍

We had a fabulous time, Penny who oversee’s the dig was so engaginh and enthusiastic about the work she does it made it all that much more enjoyable….and such a great learning experience.