Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Our Shrine Room


Various

French
Vocabulary and spelling: days of the week (90%)

Maths
Good approximation of calculations (rounding up/down) (90%)
Calculating angles: angles on a straight line 180 degrees; angles in a circles add up to 360 degrees; what's the missing angle?
Identifying co-ordinates in all 4 quadrants: finding positions of given co-ordinates on diagrams (100%)
Ordering numbers: negative numbers (100%)

Science - Revision
The Sun and our Solar System (90%)
Identify the positions of the 9 planets within the solar system (89%)
Identify the pH value of a given solution (100%)
Identify the substance by its pH value (90%)

English
Pluralisation: irregular plurals (90%)
Word endings: vowel suffixes ic, ist, ive (100%)
Word endings: Add a suffix to words ending in 'y'
www.educationcity.co.uk

History
What the Tudors Did for Us - War Machyne
How and why Henry VIII spent millions of pounds ransacked from churches and monasteries to develop new defences for England: Henry VIII spent millions of pounds, stolen from churches and monasteries, on creating new defences for England. These included the formation of the Royal Navy, the development of heavy artillery, and the creation of the secret service.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/programmes/tudors_stuarts/index.shtml
DJ checked these web pages and its interactive activities

The Battle of Waterloo
DJ: I won with Napolean and Wellington (boots!). It was hard though!

Friendships
BS came over for a sleepover

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Education City

French
Identify the sound and spelling of the numbers 1 - 31 (100%)
Identify the sound and spelling of the months of the year (100%)
Spell the months of the year (83%)
Recognise the pronunciation of the alphabet (100%)
Listen to the sounds and identify the letters (94%)

Maths
Rapid recall of number facts and use known facts to derive unknown facts (80%)
Rapid recall of multiplication and division facts (100%)
Interpret data from bar charts (80%)

ICT
DJ: "Guess what 1001 is? That's A in binary code!"

Science
Identify animals correctly e.g. arachnid, crustracean, insect, amphibian, mammal, fish, myriapod, mollusc, reptile (100%)
Renewable and nonrenewable fuels e.g. tidal power, wave power, solar power, biomass energy, hydro electric power, coal, natural gas (90%)

English
Punctuation marks (40%)

Cooking: Scrambled Eggs & Bacon with Baked Beans & Pasta

RE: Buddhism - Immeasurable Equanimity: the idea that the way we divide people into the categories of friends, enemies and strangers is nothing but a construct of our conceptual minds

Architecture & Design
Dan Cruickshank's Marvels of the Modern Age - The Final Frontier
In the early years of the 20th century modernism set out to change the world. Now it's more a question of - can modernism save the world? We saw the highest buildings on the planet in Dubai and Shanghai; ski-ing in the desert; talking to a kitchen; the 'wheel' of the future; controling the world with the flicker of an eye.

DJ built a den in the living room.

PE: Non-stop jumping on my matress!

Monday, May 29, 2006

Small Souls

Great link: check it out now!
http://www.raisingsmallsouls.com/wp-content/themes/179/aschool.html

More Education City
Maths - Algebra
Science - Plant and Animal Cells

Friendships (BS) - Playing - Going Out - 4hrs non-stop PE!

RE: Christianity - Holy Grail
DJ: "The Holy Grail is the cup that Jesus drank from during the Last Supper before he died. Do you know what relics are? They're special religious things"

Richard Hammond and The Holy Grail - We watched this documentary: from the Aegean to the Atlantic, it took us to intriguing places in Europe: holy relics in Constantinople, Templars, etc. The quest for the Holy Grail has left many questions. What's fact and what's fiction? Does the Grail exist or not, and what exactly is it?

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Education City

We discovered Education City. DJ had a go at

Maths (Algebra) 90%

French 100%

Science 80% (matching organs to the various systems e.g. Digestive, Nervous, Circulatory and Urinary Systems)

English - Punctuation 95%
www.educationcity.co.uk

Einstein

"It is... nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry; for this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom; without this it goes to wreak and ruin. It is a very grave mistake to think that the enjoyment of seeing and searching can be promoted by means of coercion and a sense of duty."

"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."

"I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn."

Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

John Holt

"Teaching does not make learning --- organized education operates on the assumption that children learn only when and only what and only because we teach them. This is not true. It is very close to 100% false. Learners make learning." --John Holt

I don't believe in the curriculum, I don't believe in grades, I don't believe in teacher-judged learning. I believe in children learning with our assistance and encouragement the things they want to learn, when they want to learn them, how they want to learn them, why they want to learn them. This is what, it seems to me, education must now be about.

It is not what children are taught, but how they are treated, that determines the sort of adult they will become.

"A life worth living and work worth doing -- that is what I want for children (and all people), not just, or not even, something called a better education." --

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Me & Dad



That was me and my Dad yesterday

Friday, May 26, 2006

History

History - Britain - The Thatcher years
Margret Thatcher dominated the 1980s, a decade that saw the Falklands War, the defeat of the miners' union, the growth in home ownership and the generosity of the Live Aid generation

History - Entertainment Through Time
www.bbc.co.uk/history/walk
90AD Romans: story telling, board games, hide and seek, amphitheatres, gladiator X slaves fights
920AD Anglo-Saxons & Vikings: music, arm wrestling, feasting, drinking, celebrations, tales of heroes and monsters
1590s Tudors: music and dancing, printed books, theatre, Shakespeare
1890s Victorians: steam train journeys to the sea side, picnics in the countryside, pubs (drinks, snacks, sing-a-song), marble games, football, stories told in pictures (magic lantern show), bicycles...
1950s: Television, radio, records, juke box, rock'n'roll, expresso bar, dancing, theatre, reading books, etc

History - Ancient Egypt
Pharaohs and gods - Mummies: how and why they're made - The Book of the Dead, Egyptian Gods and the tomb of Tutankhamun.

Barbarians - The Primative Celts
In 58 BC Julius Caesar invaded Celtic Gaul. He claimed it was to protect the northern borders of the Empire. The Celts, according to Rome, were a warring and illiterate people, "with no knowledge of science". But they had mathematical knowledge beyond Rome's and a society that, unlike Rome's, was compassionate and protected the young and the weak. It was a society built on an advanced and complex trading network that spread way beyond the borders of the Celtic world. Ambitious Caesar wanted their destruction because the Celtic world was built on vast deposits of gold and the Celts were rich gold-miners. Over a million Celts were slaughtered in his campaign. Soon Rome was minting gold coins again.

Reading: The Groovy Greeks and The Rotten Romans by Terry Deary

Family: "Dad came over to see me"

Design - DJ: "I found a place where you can make your own places in Puzzle Pirates. It's called Yohoho Tools and i downloaded it and started making things e.g. I started making a palace room and that counts as DT (Design & Technology)"

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Addiction & stuff

PSHE - QUIT - A Breath of Fresh Air
Marketing techniques used to sell cigarettes - aggressive marketing of tobacco to teenagers in the hope of recruiting the next generation of smokers. We became more aware of 1) the ways in which tobacco companies have marketed cigarettes over the years 2) how they tried to recruit young people to cigarette smoking for decades to replace the market dying prematurely from smoking 3) the nature of an industry which makes large profits from an addictive product which damages health and causes premature death. http://www.ash.org.uk/

The Big Drugs Debate
Looking at issues around drugs and addiction: Does rehab work? Are binge drinkers addicts or yobs? Does smoking cannabis put your mental health at risk? And do soft drugs lead to hard drugs?

DJ: "taking soft drugs doesn't lead to hard ones, it depends...but it can...if they think 'I've never had a hard drug so I'm going to try'. There should be more support for drug addicts. Families should be supportive. Smokers and alcoholics don't get sent to prison so drug addicts shouldn't because it's basically the same..."

Citizenship: Racism & Bullying - Interactive Game - Aiming to 1) Identify racist and discriminatory behaviour 2) Understand the consequences of racism and bullying on individuals and society 3) Devise strategies to help challenge racism, discrimination and stereotypes 4) Recognise the importance of mutual respect and understanding within a diverse society

DJ: "Some people join gangs because they're being bullied but then that gang makes them be racist"

Sexism: What If Women Had Never Got The Vote?
The Suffragettes won their fight for women's right to vote in 1918. In Portugal women were only allowed to vote in 1970s.

What If Footballers Never Became Millionaires?
Today's Premiership footballers are worshipped like pop and film stars, earning millions of pounds a year. Back in the early 60s top footballers were forbidden to earn more than £20 a week. What does this reveal about our cultural values?
DJ: "Footballers shouldn't get loads of money (£50,000 a week) just for kicking a ball in front of loads of people and of a few cameras"

ICT: Google search: How do you make PS2 games? Downloading software: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0, Microsoft's Visual Basic 2005 Express Edition and Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition x86. https://www.upgradeyourgame.com/Confirmation.aspx

Thinking about a project: finding out how to make a website - attempted a web page with geocities but it didn't load - too much data...

History Games: Battle of the Atlantic Game (morse code, escort of armaments, U-boats, etc), Virtual Tour of the Mary Rose and WW2 D-Day: Operation Overlord

Natural World: Caribou & Wolves / Canadian tundra / Arctic Ocean

Climate Chaos: Report from the Frontline
We watched a short film about climate change, where people from around the world discussed how their area is affected: Swiss Alps glaciers receding, Greenland ice melting away leaving the local people in danger, and erratic weather conditions in Scotland.

Home-Ed Links

http://wol.ra.phy.cam.ac.uk/sanjoy/benezet/1.html
http://www.education-otherwise.org
http://home-ed.info/
http://www.sphe.netfirms.com/home_education_online_in_the_uk.htm
http://www.homeed.cjb.net/
http://sandradodd.com/unschool/ginnyday
http://www.infed.org/biblio/home-education.htm
http://www.home-education.org.uk/
http://www.unschooling.com/
http://education.guardian.co.uk/Print/0,3858,4563873,00.html
http://home.rmci.net/abell/page6.htm
http://www.schoolzone.com/html/essays.html
http://www.schoolhouse.org.uk/
http://www.homeducationetwork.org/
http://www.heas.org.uk/
http://www.freedom-in-education.co.uk/
http://www.jamboree.freedom-in-education.co.uk/school/home_education.htm
http://www.hse.org.uk/
http://www.he-special.org.uk/
http://www.arch-ed.org/
http://www.joethedragon.co.uk/
http://www.muddlepuddle.co.uk
http://www.geocities.com/starkfamily2001/index.html
http://www.when.omnia.co.uk/
http://members.lycos.co.uk/GlosHomeEducators/index.html
http://www.preservenet.com/theory/Gatto.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/ican/A2261422?s_print=1
http://flexitimeschooling.info

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Guns, Anger & Happiness

What If There Was Another Ice Age? Documentary exploring the potential impact of a modern ice age, as predicted by scientists in the 1970s.
DJ: "then we'd be very cold! and might even freeze!" ;-)

Guns Are Cool - learning about the explosion in gun crime in the UK and exploring why the weapons have become a status symbol, a tool for empowerment and a fashion accessory on Britain's streets: we talked about the glorification of violence in movies, playstations games, music, entertainment (e.g. Airsoft combat games), and marketing.
DJ: "I don't find guns are cool. I just like playing games and games don't make me like guns. It might make other people think guns are cool, but not me."

What if the Millennium Bug Had Struck?
We watched this documentary considering how the millennium bug would have affected the country if all the computers had crashed

Don't Make Me Angry - a girl whose rage and disillusionment while at school may have cost her the chance to realise an ambition. We talked about what we do with our angry feelings and about how happy we are that there's been so much less anger over the past weeks. DJ reckons that anger can arise from "not having privacy and being interrupted from something you just started"

The Happiness Formula: Happy mind healthy body
Scientists say happiness makes us healthier. Happiness seems to have a protective effect, giving us some protection against heart disease and cancer. We discussed the idea that happy people outlive those who are miserable and how lifestyle choices (e.g. diet and exercise) can contribute to a happiness
DJ: "If people can't make themselves happy they should at least make themselves less unhappy"

Europe: Does Europe Make Us Richer? We talked about Europe and feeling European and brainstormed ideas for a Europe project e.g. comparing UK to another European country like Portugal. We could find out what other people think of the UK, what do they find good, bad, funny or strange in our homeland? Also about the landscape, culture, hygiene, cuisine and hospitability of the people. We could collect five things that we think are typical objects for the inhabitants of both countries. We could write a story about an event that happened in that country! Or make an amateur photo album in 4 cathegories: Landscape/Nature - Town/City/Village - Everyday life – Funny.

Are We Changing Planet Earth?
Finding out about man's influence on the increasing climate changes taking place on Earth; looking at Hurricane Katrina and at the impact of rising sea levels on the Pacific islanders of Tuvalu.
http://www.ukcip.org.uk/climate_change/

Reading
A Christmas Carol from Charles Dickens & Friends retold and illustrated by Marcia Williams
The Angry Aztecs from Horrible Histories series by Terry Deary

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Life Stuff



Reading:


Oliver Twist

by

Charles Dickens






Quit: Family Habit - A teenager and her mother attempt to stop smoking at the same time

Teens on Trial - Truancy A mother faces a possible prison sentence due to her truanting sons. We discussed: 1) who is responsible for our actions? 2) the fairness of the law & 3) does the law encourage young people to take responsibility for their actions?

Rewriting History - What if Britain Had Lost the Falklands War? How history might have panned out if Britain had lost the Falklands War

Self-Harm: The Cutting Club - Stories of teenagers who cut themselves to relieve stress.

Rewriting History - What if Guy Fawkes Had Blown Up Parliament? We learned that the annual celebrations are related to the idea of burning the Pope and the Catholic Church and how that's actually a weird thing to be celebrating about in these times when religious tolerance needs to be encouraged. For most people the meaning has been forgotten and the celebrations are just an excuse for partying.

Don't Make Me Angry - Helping teenagers learn to control their anger. We talked about how ground rules can help bring about an harmonious home environment and devised some rules we feel will be helpful for both.

Science

The life-cycles of organisms and animals on Earth.

Keeping Healthy: The benefits of exercise and the harmful effects of smoking
Interdependence and Adaptation How different creatures adapt to live together

Marvels of the Modern Age - Back to the Future
How changes in the perception of ancient civilisations over 4,500 years helped bring about the concept of modernism & how the roots of the idea can be traced back to medieval Germany, Renaissance Italy and Reformation-era Britain.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Respect4Difference

Citizenship: Citizens of the world - In Search of the Tartan Turban helped us raise awareness of social and cultural identity issues faced by young people in Britain today. People from a range of backgrounds discussed how their ethnic and cultural perspectives affected their home lives, their sense of ‘belonging’ in Britain and their interaction with friends, family and other groups. It also tackled the challenges faced by society in embracing diversity and multicultural lifestyles, combating racial prejudice and striving for social justice. I hope DJ will grow to understand the importance of respecting the differences between people. Regarding our new neighbours, he said: "I'm not racist, I just don't like people being loud at the middle of the night because I want to sleep."

Re-writing History: What If Section 28 Had Never Been Made Law? Section 28 – forbidding the promotion of homosexuality – was made part of the Local Government Act of 1988. This episode of Rewriting History explored how it affected the gay community at the time and asks what may have happened had it never become law – would we all be gay by now?

DJ: " If everyone was gay then men and women wouldn't have sex with each other and there would be no babies and the human race would die out. Gay is OK but not absolutely everyone should be gay."

Health: Dying to be Thin: Pro-Anorexia websites
DJ: "They're mad! If I could join the pro-anorexia online community, I would start typing all sorts of anti pro-anorexia stuff e.g. "what kind of boy would want to hug a pile of bones?"

How Things Work: water (rafts and boats) and magnets

Maths: DJ: "I did a couple of sums to do with money"

Health: OT appointment at RUH - a lot of resistance to leave the house but not as much as last week. The OT told me DJ works well once in the room and that he is clear about why he is there. DJ tells me he can't see the point of these appointments, that it's always the same stuff, that it is like being at school, that he finds it boring and a waste of his time, and why do I keep making him go to these places? Food for thought... My gut feeling is that if one is not willing nor ready then any type of therapy is indeed a waste of time. And unfortunately I have totally lost the faith and trust I had in so-called experts due to recent experiences.

Dispatches: Battle Fatigue - British Army's recruitment crisis and MoD's alleged attempts to conceal the problem. Injured Veterans of Iraq told their stories.

Larger than Life: Eating Themselves to Death - Follow-up to documentary about morbidly obese people, examining how their lives have changed. One ended up in a special clinic, another in hospital and another died of heart failure.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Weekend












Reading - Horrible Histories: The Angry Aztecs and The Gorgeous Georgians, by Terry Deary
Gaming
Friends - DJ spent Sunday afternoon at FKEs
Cooking - experimenting with corn tortillas
Healthy Eating - DJ wants yeast out of his diet: 'No more mushrooms or cheese, please'

Friday, May 19, 2006

Music Festival









Bath International Music Festival
We went to the Opening Night Celebrations with friends. Usually it takes place at Victoria Park, by the Royal Crescent, but this year it moved to the city centre. We checked the stages on Milsom Street, Stall Street, Kingston Parade and inside the Abbey, and listened to all sorts of live music: e.g. Bath Camerata, Joan Davies (Jazz/Blues), Zephyrian Woodwind Orchestra (Classical), Capoeira from Brazil and Samba Sunda, a 17-piece percussion group from Jakarta, Indonesia (great sound!). We also enjoyed the jugglers, street performers and story-tellers. The evening had a disappointing ending with trumpeters performing on the roof of Bath Abbey.
http://www.bathmusicfest.org.uk/

Earlier on today:

A Walk Through Time – Exploring fashion through the ages.

Ancient Egypt - Buildings, pyramids and temples - How did the Ancient Egyptians build those fantastic pyramids, obelisks and temples? Famous monuments of Giza, Luxor and Cairo.

RE: With Hope and Help: we watched this programme from the Faith in Action series exploring the rate of HIV infection in Thailand and the work of the Sangha Metta Project, which, guided by Buddhist beliefs about relieving suffering, trains Buddhist monks to educate people to help prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS. We became more aware of the growing HIV and AIDS problem in Thailand and explored how Buddhist beliefs and values underpin the work of the monks and compared it with the Catholic attitude towards contraception in the Philippines
http://www.teachers.tv/inclasstv/secondary

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Walking


PE: We walked to town through the Royal Crescent, enjoying the landscape as we went along.

DJ had a haircut and got a new game.

This World: Vietnam Psychics follows families searching for their lost ones 30 years after the war. They've turned to government supported psychics who can talk to the dead and the unit called Project TRK05 is overwhelmed. A woman has become famous for her ability to find dead bodies in the old battlefields, that must contain some of the 300,000 who never came home when Communist Vietnam declared victory in 1975.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Tudors & Snowball Earth


Reading


Asterix
and
the
Normans




What the Tudors Did For Us
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history
the inventions and innovations from the Tudor period that left a lasting impression on British society. The Goode Lyfe: DJ learned how much we owe the Tudors for the luxuries in our lifestyle today - including home comforts like carpets, upholstered furniture, flushing lavatories and the dessert course. Some of the leisure activities they introduced were visits to the races, the theatre, strong beer, real tennis, sugar and sweets like Tudor marmalade. Tudors also invented the first piece of domestic machinery - the knittting machine.

Horizon: Snowball Earth - Scientists across the world are starting to believe that in the past the Earth froze over completely for ten million years... then warmed up rapidly about 600 million years ago. Almost all life was wiped out. But out of the freeze emerged the first complex creatures on Earth. Scientists now believe that the so-called Snowball Earth theory could hold the key to the evolution of complex life on this planet.

Happiness Formula Episode 3: The price of happiness
As a society we are richer than we have ever been but according to scientists we are not any happier. Psychologists say we are driven by our in-built need to compare ourselves with others, and we quickly adapt to money and possessions. We explored what could be done to improve our consumer society - should we ban advertising for children, tax the rich, commute less or work less?
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/happiness_formula/

We both did the Happiness Test: I'm Satisfied while DJ is Slightly Satisfied - "the average score in economically developed nations – people score in this range because they are mostly satisfied with most areas of their lives but see the need for some improvement in each area or because they are satisfied with most domains of their lives, but have one or two areas where they would like to see large improvements."

Europe: Does Europe Make Us Safer? a quest to discover whether the EU makes Britain safer - interesting stuff

Creativity: DJ made up a game using both monopoly and chess and we had a go at it

Science: Components of Balanced Meals - proteins, carbohidrates, vitamins and minerals, fibre and water

Reading: flipping through Sainsbury's Atlas of Exploration by Dinah Starkey and the first 5 pages of Tintin in Tibet

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

T-Rex & Stuff


We watched Horizon: T-Rex - Warrior or Wimp? a documentary about how science is challenging the idea that tyrannosaurus rex was the most fearsome of the dinosaurs. What I like about Horizon is that it gives us a good insight into the scientific process.

3 Science Clips
Magnets and springs - The properties of magnets and springs - Things that use springs, magnets that tell you where you are, and magnets that can pick up a car.
Friction - Insight into the force of friction - From bobsleighs to dragsters, and from gannets to cyclists, friction is a force to be reckoned with.
Light and shadow - The properties of light and shadows - Seeing is believing - but what of shadows? Is it possible to have more than one? How can light make you look scary? And why does your shadow keep changing shape?

Portuguese: a series of useful expressions

Being green: rejoicing about the actions of others and gaining inspiration

Dan Cruickshank's Marvels of the Modern Age Rebuilding Britain
We learned how Britain in the 1920s was a nation weakened by war, anxious to hold on to its empire, and looking back to the past for reassurance by embracing architectural styles from the past - mock tudor suburbia sprang up everywhere, neo-classical banks, schools and high streets, too. Even mock medieval castles were the height of fashion. It seemed as though it simply wasn't possible to be modern and British! But all around the world, a new 'modern' style was gripping the imagination: Modernism!

Reading: Asterix and the Normans

Yesterday we went to an 'aspie mum's get together' and DJ had an OT appointment at the RUH. He was absolutely exhausted and there was a lot of resistence about leaving the house - it was just one of those days...

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Weekend

The weekend was busy: more books from the library, trampolining, younger friends and older friends - we were so very fortunate that we got help setting up the network / router thingy, and now DJ can go online on his own computer...
Friends for tea, friends for lunch, visit from Dad, gaming dreams...

Friday, May 12, 2006

HI & PSHE


Tour of Britain: learning about the reasons for and the results of changes in British life since 1948: The swinging sixties - a time of sweeping change, new music to suit their rocker and hippy tastes.

A Walk Through Time: continuity and chronology over the last 2000 years - Health - learning that water, food and shelter have always been important for people's health and that people have provided for these things in different ways during history. (Romans - Vickings - Tudors - Victorians - 1950s ) Amazing how the Romans 2000 ago had sewers and how it took 1700 years to get them again!

Ancient Egypt - Everyday lives - What are 'Shabti' and why were they buried in tombs? Egyptian beliefs about the after life.

PSHE/PSD and Citizenship - Substance Misuse
how young people are surrounded by substance misuse every day, some of it illegal and some of it legal and even socially acceptable.

Life & taking responsibility: caring for a plant

ICT: another fruitless attempt to set up the wireless router & network adapter although DJ had the opportunity to do a lot of creative thinking and experimentation

Unreported World: Philippines: City of Guilt - we learned about the situation of Catholic women, about how poverty and lack of access to contraceptives leads women to carry out dangerous abortions and fall into enormous feelings of guilt, as abortion is considered not only criminal but also sinful.

History of Britain: The Industrial Revolution - We learned about the changes in architecture and infrastructure brought by the Industrial Revolution, and how the advances in manufacturing technology changed the landscape forever with the construction of factories, civic buildings, canal and rail networks, bridges - and densely packed slums.

San Francisco's Great Quake - We learned about this devastating natural disaster, and how it ignited a huge wall of fire which destroyed everything in its path

What the Ancients Did for Us - The Mesopotamians -
We found out about Mesopotamia (between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers), considered the cradle of civilisation, and the stories behind their innovations, such as the wheel

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Earth Citizens

We watched another episode of What The Stuarts Did For Us - and then DJ spent some time with his Dad, who came over to see him.

Apart from that, a lot of time was spent finding out about travel requirements for dual nationality citizens, which took us to finding out about family law in 2 different European countries, phoning and emailing British Embassy and the Home Office, etc... Needless to say, unwanted bother! Why can't things be simple and straightforward? Why can't we all be citizens of Planet Earth and live peacefully without fronteers?

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Zeugma, Tudors, Happiness & Da Vinci Code



Horizon: The Secret Treasures of Zeugma

How the damming of the Euphrates has meant the ancient city of Zeugma, buried under the sun-bleached sands of eastern Turkey for almost 1,000 years, has all but disappeared from the face of the Earth. Scientists raced against time to remove its priceless artefacts before they were permanently lost beneath the rising waters

What the Tudors Did for Us - Seeying the Worlde - the inventions and innovations made during the Tudor dynasty that have helped shape British society: Tudor lens & 16th-century `home movie'; the telescope; first systematic survey of an entire country; reaching East through West: John Cabot & the Matthew, using only a compass, the sun and a log, was the 1st to set foot on North America on 24th June 1497. America was put on the map in 1507 and 20 years later we have the first atlas. In 1585 we have the 1st colony in the New World.
DJ: ccc (cruel chris columbus) only got to the islands off the east coast and the vikings didnt make it either

The Happiness Formula - going deeper into the practical formula of happiness: relationships, religion, meaning and marriage are good. Positive psychologists and the idea that we can make ourselves happier permanently if we work at it. Totally agree! After this we discussed assisted suicide and could empathise with both sides of the argument.

Revealed - The Man Behind The Da Vinci Code. Over 20 years before The Da Vinci Code, Henry Lincoln talked about the possibility that Christ had fathered a child. He explains the origins of 'The Code' and reveals the results of his ongoing research.

Angels and Demons Documentary examining 'Angels and Demons', and the threat posed to the Catholic Church by a secret society known as the Illuminati. This film separates fact from fiction, revealing just who the Illuminati were, and what their real significance was. Including the sculptor Bernini's supposed secret messages, and the book's central theme: the age-old conflict between science and religion.

Revealed The Da Vinci Code Myth. Documentary looking at the claims made in the book, revealing that the book does indeed contain much that the church does not want us to know.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Mon & Tue

YESTERDAY

The Way Things Work: The principles of wheels and axles - how to make a merry-go-round.

Dispatches: Iraq - The Women's Story
A filmed account of the reality of everyday life for women in Iraq, three years after the invasion of the country heralded promises of freedom from tyranny and equal rights for all.
Iraq: The Hidden Story - how coverage of the US-led war in Iraq has been restricted and in what ways the British public are not seeing a full picture of events.

Larger than Life: 33,000 Calories a Day and Counting - Documentary about the lives and eating habits of 4 food addicts in Britain and the US, who have gained so much weight they are unable to leave their houses

TODAY

ICT: DJ got an ADSL Modem with Wireless G Router and Wireless G USB Network Adapter and spent an hour trying to work out how to get it together... but we'll have to read the 108 page manual!

Horizon The Dinosaur That Fooled the World In 1999 the discovery of a half-bird, half-dinosaur fossil appeared to prove one of the most controversial theories in palaeontology - that dinosaurs had evolved into birds.

Science: Rocks and soil - solids and liquids - electricity, from simple circuits to the National Grid.

Modern Age - the development of Modernism: how architecture has evolved since the start of the 20th century

Drawing: we did some drawing together of a town

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Weekend

DJ: Today I went on 4 pillages on Puzzle Pirates. I have a Senior Officer's badge now. Last night I built a den. We are trying to find out how to set up a network for 2 computers so we can both be online at the same time.

While in the den we listened to a Buddhist talk on the advantages of patience and the disadvantages of anger

Friday, May 05, 2006

My 1st PC!


Thanks to Bath Freecycle
www.freecycle.org

HI: Britain since 1948 - what life was like after the Second World War - Britain's prosperity during the 1950s, and the influx of workers from abroad.

HI: A Walk Through Time: Food - What people ate in ancient times - change, continuity and chronology over the last two thousand years - how production and preparation of food have always been essential human activities and how some food types (e.g. bread, fish, meat, vegetables) are historical constants, although diets have changed

HI: Egypt - Nile food and farming - evidence of ancient Egyptian eating habits, farming techniques and the role of the River Nile.

PSHE/PSD and Citizenship
Substance Misuse: How youngsters are affected by alcohol.
Homelessness - sleeping on the streets & people's mixed reactions

ICT: Kids Programming Language & GameMaker

Unreported World - Western Sahara: Storm in the Sahara
a country that doesn't officially exist, where families are separated from their homeland by a in the desert. Minefields, 'liberated zone,' & refugees.

What the Ancients Did for Us - The Indians legacy:
knowledge of science (sewers & rockets) and maths (zero)

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Out & About











Meeting people - going out - Victoria Park - seeing Dad

DJ Quotes:

True motivation is true power!!!! and i mean it if ur not all powerful then u werent truly motivated!

The palindrome of Bolton would be Notlob - it doesn't work, it will never be a palindrome

I watched the end of a programme which has sign language so i learnt a tiny bit of sign language (totally unrelated thing: my mum has hairy legs)

Reading: Is it me or is everything shit? The Encyclopedia of Modern Life by Steve Lowe & Alan Mcarthur

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Life Path Numbers

DJ: Your Life Path Number is 5
Your purpose in life is to life freely and collect experiences. You love life - new adventures, new people, new ideas. You are very curious, and you crave novelty in all forms. You tend to make friends easily, and you enjoy the company of all types of people. In love, you are fun and even a bit intoxicating. But you won't stick around for long. You are impulsive and spontaneous - which sometimes leads you to do things you regret. Sometimes you can be overindulgent with food. You have many talents, so many that you are often scattered and unfocused.

PJ: Your Life Path Number is 1
Your purpose in life is to lead others. You have great drive and determination. Nothing is going to stand in your way. You seek out challenges and the spotlight. You'll take all the work - and all the glory. Status and success are important to you. You demand the best from everyone and everything. In love, you tend to take a protective role. You enjoy being the provider in relationships. You expect others to be like you, and as a result, you are often disappointed. A little selfish and vain, you always put yourself first. Remember, everyone already knows you're great - you don't need to remind them!

Your Birth Month is October
You are a natural leader who is able to stand up when no one else can. Strong and powerful, you tend to overshadow those around you. Your soul reflects: Gratitude, comfort, and true love Your colors: White and yellow

Trust & Happiness

Horizon Earthquake Storms - work of geologist Geoff King reveals earthquakes are not random events, but sweep across the world in a predictable sequence

Discussion:
Autonomous Education
Trust

DJ: 'Trust is believing the person wont let you down'
http://www.coping.org/growth/trust.htm#What

The Happiness Formula - science of happiness: a cheerful disposition makes people more resilient, healthy, hard-working and likely to live longer. Loved the Gross National Happiness principle used in Bhutan! and the scientific confirmation that money won't make you happy.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/happiness_formula/

Do We Feel European? Well, I certainly do but DJ says he doesn't - instead, he feels British.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

3D Shapes & Apes

Horizon: The Ape That Took Over the World: how the discovery of Flat-Faced Man (Kenia 2001) changed the theories of Human Evolution

Maths: three-dimensional shapes e.g. cube, cuboid, triangular prism, cylinder, sphere, square-based pyramid & tetrahedron, hexagonal prism, cone...
Parts of 3D shapes: vertex - face - edge
Nets of Solids

Science Clips:
Habitats: From large woodland areas to tiny seashore rock pools, from a plant growing on the top of a wall to water voles burrowing in river banks, habitats are everywhere
Characteristics of Materials
Temperature - Keeping Warm: Thermal conductivity

Health: Turn Back Your Body Clock: the damage our lifestyle does to our body - is it possible to repair the damage?

Monday, May 01, 2006

Atlantis

Atlantis: In Search of a Lost Continent Documentary about whether Atlantis really existed and where it might have been, with input from authors, scientists and geologists

DJ:' I believe that Atlantis existed'.

'Spent lots of time on Puzzle Pirates learning how it is like to be a pirate and I was promoted to Officer and then someone promoted me to Fleet Officer, so when I get the badge I'll be able to act as a Fleet Officer and take any ship that's unlocked and I'll be able to go out and recruit people.'
www.puzzlepirates.com

The Joy Of Sex Education: A humorous reflection on how Britain's youth have coped with the embarrassment of learning about the birds and the bees