Our home-schooled children have been looking at narrative nonfiction texts to help structure a story and look at key features to include.
The students looked at examples of narrative structure which helped to work towards their narrative writing task.
Some of the elements included looking at and discussing the following:
- Developed characters.
- Engaging dialogue, written as in a novel, as opposed to direct quotations.
- A story using scenes that follow a narrative.
- Use of literacy devices such as imagery, symbolism, and metaphors.
By looking at the above elements the students were able to explore the purpose and importance of structure within narratives.
Recently our Arabic Language students have been learning about pronouns during their Arabic sessions.
There are two types of pronouns in Arabic, one is the Attached Pronoun, and the other is Detach Pronoun.
Usually, pronouns take the place of a noun and function as a subject of the sentence.
The students have designed their own posters to help them remember and learn these pronouns.
Our age 8-9 homeschooled children have been investigating the causes of earthquakes during their recent science sessions.
Some of the most spectacular features on our planet from the Himalaya Mountains to the Pacific and Atlantic oceans have been created in association with earthquakes.
Earthquakes are caused by motions in the Earth’s plates. While earthquakes can be destructive, they are also an expression of the dynamic forces within Earth that shape the planet on which we live.
The children were given a hands-on activity to complete at home.
This involved investigating the effect of glacial movement on landforms.
The children used sandy ice cubes as a model of a glacier which had pieces of rock in its ice.
Once they completed the activity, they recorded the results and gave a description of what they discovered.
Our Young Learners have been showing great effort in forming letters in Arabic.
By providing clear directions for where to begin and which direction to go in the students have been able to develop their writing skills in the Arabic Language.
Our Young learners have used Arabic dot-to-dot worksheets to help develop these skills which they have been able to join the dots and continue by themselves.
In History, the children have been learning all about the Romans.
Roman children learned to write using a wax tablet.
This was a wooden board covered with a thin layer of beeswax.
The letters were scratched onto the wax surface with a sharp stick called a stylus.
The letters were rubbed out by smoothing them over with the round end of the stylus, leaving the tablet fresh and ready to use again and again.
The students have also been learning about Roman Eagle Standards. Standards were tall poles topped with various emblems and symbols which were used in battle.
The students have had a lot of fun creating their own wax tablet to practice writing the Roman alphabet and numerals.
Our home-schooled students have been creating these exciting and engaging Word Wheels in their English lessons to aid in learning vocabulary.
The children use this aid by spinning the wheel to discover more ambitious words to help improve their writing!
The wheel includes an exciting selection of commonly over-used words (big, small, went, looked, said, and nice).
This simple and discreet resource is perfect to be used as a visual aid during writing activities or as part of a lesson starter.
Our Online History students have been looking at historical recipes to learn about food from the past.
The focus has been learning about Roman recipes.
The Romans brought a lot of food to Britain therefore it was interesting for the children to learn about this.
They brought turnips, apples, pears, celery, carrots, asparagus, and grapes to Britain which you could be incorporated in a banquet.
Children are much more likely to remember the recipes if they have been able to make them themselves and eat them too. The most exciting way to teach children about the foods from the Roman period is to get as creative as possible therefore the children have been encouraged to create a recipe book and try out the recipes at home.
Our Arabic young learners have been working extremely well in conducting sentences and developing their writing skills online. They also enjoyed matching the words to the correct pictures which is a way great for consolidating visual recognition skills. Using different key images, the students worked on developing basic vocab recognition for sentence writing.
Our KS3 Chemistry students have been taking a closer look at Acids and Alkalis by investigating and exploring the pH scale using red cabbage indicator.
Using the home learning pack, the students were able to use a red cabbage indicator strip to test the pH values of various substances, such as lemonade, bleach, washing powder, and others.
The children explored neutralisation reactions by using red cabbage indicator to test the pH of vinegar and bicarbonate of soda before and after they react.
The indicators helped tell whether the substance was acid, alkaline, or neutral. Students got to see the indicators turn a range of colours, depending on the pH of the substance then discussed the results.
Ages 12-14 home-schooled students have been learning about linking verbs during English.
A linking verb connects the subject of a sentence to a noun or an adjective that names or describes the subject. They do not show any action; they simply link the subject with the rest of the sentence. Learners came up with their new snacks and wrote sentences and phrases containing linking verbs. Have a look at the creative designs that the students have prepared.