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Friday, 8 July 2016

Friday Reflections - 11

My 2 oldest boys and my daughter have finished their maths books, one child has completed their Latin for the year, and 2 have finished their spelling books. Our history has nearly reached its conclusion (Rome will come to its end next week), and we are hoping that we will wind down almost everything before the week finishes.

Otherwise, this has been a quiet week for the most part; plugging on through the remaining work, pottering in the garden, playing, and making shoe box houses for their toy animals.

I allowed my two eldest to stay up to watch Wales play football on Wednesday. We don't really follow much sport in our household (except cricket in Michael's case), but the boys were interested. They both brought books with them too - though they did watch quite a bit of football.

Watching Football Peach-Style
We had some excitement one morning when the certificate and regalia for my husband's Masters in Theology turned up. This certificate is far more impressive than anything he has received before - and the children thought his gown very funny. Although this caused some amusement, I know that it has been a lot of work over the last 5 years for Michael to achieve his degree, and his commitment to keep to learning and studying has been a great example for our children.

A Huge Certificate!
Today we visited the Summer Science Exhibition run by the Royal Society. This is our third year visiting this exhibition (I wrote about this last year), and it did not disappoint. If anything, I found that those running the exhibits were even more ready to engage with our children than in previous years.

There were bubbles.

Bubbles

We enjoyed looking at the models demonstrating how plastic is used in the human body in various ways.

Plastic Inside Us Display

The exhibit about space junk, and possible ways to deal with the problem, was popular.

Space Junk Exhibit

The children also learned about spider silk, and how spiders produce different types of silk for different purposes.

Spiders Ready to Race

Spider race, to demonstrate different types of spider silk.

We learned about the thermal conductivity of diamond, and the electrical conductivity of diamond doped with boron.

Testing the thermal conductivity of various materials by pressing them into ice.

The children also played a game which helped them learn about how robins survive the winter and look after their eggs.

Bird Game

Along the way, we saw a display of the shortlisted books for the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize, which the older boys are helping to judge as part of one the young people's judging panels.

Shortlisted Books

There were other displays that we visited and enjoyed too, but these were highlights.

We finished with ice creams in the park. All in all, a good day.

Ice Cream!

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