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Day 34 - Bubbles (creative ideas for home schooling)

For anyone new to this blog, the idea is simple - each day my boys (Joshua - 9 and Archie - 8) choose a stimulus that drives the learning. We hope that you enjoy the blog and can take some inspiration from what we love doing - making learning as engaging as possible!

Bubbles

With children around the country returning to school in 'bubbles' today, we thought this would be a fantastic stimulus. Bubbles are such amazing things. They are delicate and fragile and amazingly beautiful. Put that into the school context and it spreads a wonderfully positive message.


We hope you all had a wonderful day, whatever your bubble.

English

  • Playful observational poetry

  • Adverbs, adjectives, verbs, similes, metaphors.

The following short-burst writing activity is one I saw Pie Corbett present at a 'greater depth' conference. The concept is beautifully simple and the outcomes are stunningly creative.


Like any great hook, we began by totally immersing ourselves in bubbles.

Whilst the boys enjoyed chasing them around the garden, I asked them to look closely and describe to me how they were moving. We then captured adjectives that described them, as well as a list of similes of what they reminded us of or could be. Whilst the boys immersed themselves in bubbles, I captured all the language and ideas:

We then turned out attention to the poem. The model Pie had shared at the comment followed this simple pattern:


Adverb (-ly)

Adjective bubbles

Verb

Simile


Having modelled a couple of stanzas, the boys were away, drawing upon the immersive experience and language we had populated together. Here is my model and the boys' outcomes.



Bubbles

Brilliantly,

buoyant bubbles

beam

like happy faces,

full of joy.

Magically,

magenta bubbles

meander

across serene skies.

Cheekily,

plump bubbles

swell and pop

like perfect poached eggs.

Regally,

proud bubbles

pirouette

like blissful ballerinas.

Inquisitively,

window bubbles

peer down at the earth

like a gazillion glass eyes.

Randomly,

fragile bubbles

twist and turn

like fickle fairies.

Quietly,

rainbow bubbles

journey afar

like orbs of hope,

free from fear.

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Bubbles by Joshua

Stickily,

glassy bubbles

pop

like popcorn nests.

Magically,

rainbow bubbles

sparkle

like Queen’s palaces.

Quickly,

bubbly banana bubbles

bounce

like a trampoline.



Bubbles by Archie

Amazingly,

emerald bubbles

dive

like a king fisher, swimming.

Cheekily,

rainbow bubbles

travel

like a jet, zooming.

Gracefully,

slippery bubbles

dance

like ballerinas.

Slowly,

still bubbles

pop

like bouncy balloons.

Magically,

sparkly bubbles

boom

like a gun shot.

Silently,

shiny bubbles

dip

like a flying fish.

Maths

  • Mental arithmetic

  • Addition / subtraction / multiplication

For our creative maths, we explored number bond bubbles. The beauty of this is that you can make it as simple or challenging as you like, using simple addition as well as inverse operations. If you fancy an even greater challenge, also explore multiplication strands with the children.

If you are enjoying this blog, please do share it and spread the word. Thank you to all of you who have got in touch and shared some of the outcomes from what you have tried - we love to hear from you.


Do tune in tomorrow for:


Myths


My thanks to Pie Corbett, Julia Strong and the Talk for Writing team for inspiring many of the ideas explored in this blog.

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