Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Agatha Christie120th Birthday!

Dame Agatha Christie, DBE ( 15th of September1890 -12th of January1976) was a British crime writer of novels, short stories and plays. She also wort romances under the name of Mary Westmacott, but she is remember for her 80 detective novels -especially those featuring Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Christie is the best-selling writer of books of all time and with William Shakespeare, the best-selling author of any kind of book.
Only the bible has sold more than her roughly four billion copies of novels.

Monday, 6 September 2010

Labor Day

Labour Day or Labor day is an annual holiday, (celebrated in 8 different countries: Australia, United States, Canada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Trinidad and Tobago) to acknowledge the economics and social achievements of the workers.
In the Unites States it is a federal holiday ( public holiday recognized by the United States government) that falls on the first Monday of September.
The first Labor Day in the Unites States was celebrated on September 1882 in New York City.
It is tradition in the U.S.A not wear white after labor Day, because at this is the time when the Navy switches from their white uniforms to their navy blue uniforms.

Friday, 23 July 2010

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, JR. (January 15th 1929 - April 4th 1968) was an American pastor, activist and prominent leader in the African American civil right movement.

His mail legacy is securing progress on civil rights in the United States. In 1964, King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial discrimination.

By the time of his death in 1968, he refocused his efforts on ending poverty and the Vietnam War, both from a religious perspective.

In 19968 Martin Luther King was shot dead in the Southern US city of Memphis, Tennessee, where he was to lead a march of sanitation workers protesting against low pay and poor working conditions.

He was shot in the neck as he stood on a hotel balcony and dies in hospital soon afterwards.

Police in Memphis were pit on alert for a "well - dressed" white man who is said to have dropped an automatic rifle after shooting and escaped in a blue car.

King, 39 at the time, had previously survived the bombing of his own home in 1956.

Martin Luther King, Jr. day was established as a US national holiday in 1986

Monday, 5 July 2010

Game, set and match.

The Wimbledon tennis championship is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, it has been held at the All England Club in the London suburb of Wimbledon since 1877.
The tournament takes place over two weeks in late June and early July.

In 1875, lawn tennis, a game devised by Major Walter Clopton Wingfield a year or so earlier and originally called 'Sphairistike', was added to the activities of the All England Club.
In the spring of 1877, the club was re-titled 'The All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club' and signalled its change of name by instituting the first Lawn Tennis Championship.
The only event held in 1877 was the Gentleman's Singles, which was won by Spencer Gore, an old Harrovian rackets player. About 200 people paid one shilling each to watch the final.
The club then moved in 1922 to it's present site in Church Road.
In 1884, the All England Club added ladies' singles and gentleman's doubles. Ladies' doubles and mixed doubles were added in 1913. Until 1922, the reigning champion had to play only in the final, against whoever had won through to challenge him.
The Championship was first televised in 1937.

Rafael Nadal is the Gentleman's champion, after defeating Czech Tomas Berdych in straight sets. This is Nadal's second Wimbledon Gentleman's Singles title and the eighth slam of Nadal's career. This is the second time in Nadal's career that he has completed the French Open – Wimbledon double, which he did this back in 2008.

6 Facts about Wimbledon!

1. A wooden racket was last used at Wimbledon in 1987

2. During World War II, a bomb ripped through Centre Court at the All England Club and 1,200 seats were lost. Fortunately, they weren't filled at the time. Play finally resumed in 1946 but it wasn't until 1949 that the area was back in top shape.

3. Charlotte (Lottie) Dod became the youngest player ever to win a Wimbledon singles event when, in 1887, she won at the age of 15 years.

4. In 1930, Brame Hillyard became the first man to play wearing shorts. That was on court 10 - and Bunny Austin was the first to do so on Centre Court three years later.

5. The first-ever player to be disqualified from the men's doubles was Tim Henman in 1995, for hitting a ball in anger which struck a ball girl.

6. Only eight left-handed players, six men and two women, have ever won a Wimbledon singles title - the most recent being Goran Ivanisevic in 2001.

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Edward VI of England

Edward VI ( 12 of October 1537 to the 6th of July 1553 ) became King of England and Ireland on the 28th of January 1547 and was crowned on the 20th of February at the age on nine.
During Edward's reign the government was run by Regency Council, because he never because he never reached maturity.
The council was led by his uncle Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of somerset ( 1547 - 1549), and the by John Dudley, 1st Earl of Warwick ( 1550 - 1553), who later became Duke of Northumberland.

In April 1552 Edward contracted measles and smallpox, he never properly recovered.
On the 6th of July 1553, Edward died of tuberculosis, an infectious disease causes by a bacterium called mycobacterium tuberculosis, that infects the lungs and the organs in the central nervous system.

Monday, 28 June 2010

Tudor Food Facts

1 - Potatoes were not introduced to the UK until Elizabeth's reign and then would only have been available to the rich.

2 - The Catholic religion of the early Tudors meant that they could not eat meat on a Friday and often not on a Wednesday. On these days fish was eaten instead.

3 - There was no fresh drinking water and so ale was drank with a meal. The very rich may have wine.

4 - Bread was always served with a meal.

Friday, 18 June 2010

Twilight- The cullen's House

Bella gasped as she walked into the Cullen's house for the first time.
The south facing wall had been replaced by glass, so the sun light could pour through. The open space was filled with expensive pieces of furniture and the thick carpet was a shade of white, which matched everything in the room.
The Lawn stretched right back to the stream by the woods, where Emmett and Jasper were playing around, but the best part had to be the massive staircase that was covered in pink flowers, a touch of Alice.

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Tudor Houses

Poor Tudor Houses -
Most Tudor houses were made out of timber (wood), like oak and occasionally elm.
In Victorian times they covered all wood with tar, but the Tudors left them bare.
Tudors also used wattle which they would weave into screens, the screens would then have daub (a mixture of clay, sand and dung ) smeared all over it. Once this had dried they might paint it. These would act as walls.

Rich Tudor Houses -
The rich mostly lived in country mansions, that were built out of Tudor stone and glass windows.
Only very rich people could afford glass because it was so rare, but Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire was laughed at the time for being 'more glass than walls'.

Most Tudor houses are still standing today and some are now open for the public to see.

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Tudor Clothes

What did Tudor women wear?

Rich Tudor women would have worn big dresses that covered all their bodies. The dresses would have been made out of expensive and rare materials like silk or Velvet.

Poor women would have had to wear cheap dresses made out of wool, linen or sheepskin to show their rank in society.

All women would have to hide their hair once they got married .

How did the clothes you wore, show what rank in society?
In Tudor times, if you were rich you could wear clothes made out of silk, velvet, satin and sable fur. You could also wear colours like purple, gold or silver.
If you were poor you had to wear dull clothes that were made out of cheap materials.
That way people just had to look at someone to know what rank in society they were!

What kind of underwear did people wear?
Both rich men and women wore corsets!

Thursday, 6 May 2010

The Tudors

What was the War of the Roses?
The War of the Roses was a series of dynastic civil wars between supporters of the rival houses of York and Lancaster, for the throne of England.

How did King Henry Tudor become king?
Henry Tudor killed King Richard, house of York at the battle of Bosworth. King Richard's crown was the plucked from a bush and placed on Henry Tudor's head.

Who did Henry Tudor Marry?
Henry Tudor married Elizabeth of York in the hope of bringing peace between rival houses of York and Lancaster.

Who were Henry Tudor's children?
Henry and Elizabeth had four children who survived infancy:
Arthur - Who died shortly after his marriage to Catherine of Aragon.

Thursday, 29 April 2010

Home Ed Review - 2

English -
Studying The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson-Burnett.
WHS English workbook

Geography -
Key Geography Foundations KS3
British Isles - A Natural History DVD

Science -
Simple Nature Experiments with Everyday Materials by Anthony D. Fredericks.
Human Body - Finished ( but we will add things to it)

Design & Technology -
KS3 CGP workbook. Page - 23

Maths -
KS3 CGP levels 3 - 6. Page - 55

Main project -
India covering Religion, Culture, History and Geography - Finished(but we will add things to it)


Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (2nd of October 1869 to the 30th of January 1948) was the pre-eminent political and spiritual leader of India during the Indian Independence movement.
He was more commonly known as Mahatma Gandhi or the great soul.
Gandhi is officially honoured in India as the Father of the Nation, his birthday (2nd of October) is commemorated there as a national holiday and worldwide as the International Day of Non- Violence.

Monday, 26 April 2010


Reincarnation (to be made flesh again) is believed to occur when the soul or spirit,after the death of the body,comes back to earth in a newborn body.
Reincarnation is a core belief within Hinduism.
The soul (Atman) is immortal while the body is subjected to birth and death.
Hindu gods are said to have incarnated in various forms under different circumstances. Lord Vishnu is know for his ten incarnations.

The Bhagavad Gita stated:
Just as a man discards worn out clothes and puts on new clothes,the soul discards worn out bodies and wears new ones.” (2:22)

Two Different Indian Landscapes

The Nigiri Mountains

The Nigiri Mountains ( or Blue Mountains) are a range of mountains with at least 24 peaks above 2,000 meters high in the southern part of India.
The highest peak is called the Dobbabetta (Big Mountain) and is 2,637 metres high (8,652 ft.).

The people that live in the mountain range are called todas and are a nature worshipping tribe. They have their own language, rich arts and crafts and a unique way of community living.

There is also a railway running through the mountain range, it is one of the oldest railway in India. The line was opened by the British in 1908 and has been going ever since.

Thar Desert

The Thar Desert ( The Great Desert) is in the northwestern part of India and in the 7th largest desert in the world.
The climate there is extreme: temperatures can range from near-freezing in winter and over 50oc in summer.
All rainfall happens between July to September and the mean temperatures varies from a minimum of 24 degrees C and 26 degrees C.

Cashew Chicken (Murg Korma)

Serves – 6
Cooking Time – 44 Minutes
Style – Hyderabudi, Not Vegetarian

You Will Need -

1200g of chicken (preferably boneless)
3 cups of slightly sour yoghurt
¾ cups of cashew nut paste
6 cloves
¾ teaspoon of turmeric powder
1 ½ teaspoon each of ginger and garlic
1 ½ tablespoons of cardamom ( crushed)
1 ½ tablespoons of butter
salt to taste


golden brown fried onion rings
fresh cream

1.Heat the butter in a heavy -bottomed pan, on a medium heat till hot. Add the dry spices and fry for a few seconds.
2.Add the ginger and garlic, fry for a few more seconds. Now add the yoghurt and fry (still on medium heat) for about 3 minutes.
3.Add the chicken pieces,little water and mix well. Cover and cook on medium heat for about 20 minutes or till the chicken is half cooked.
4.Add the cashew nut paste and fry for a little while.
Add water as required and sprinkle salt to taste. Mix well.
Cover and cook on low heat for about 20 minutes or till the chicken is tenderised and the gravy is thick.
5. Garnish with golden brown fried onion rings and fresh cream.

Monday, 12 April 2010

6 Facts About Lungs

1 - An estimated 90% of the lung is filled with air and only 10% is hard tissue.

2 - The lungs are the largest organ is the body.

3 - About 1 litre of air always stays in the lungs no matter how hard we breathe out.

4 - In an average lifetime a person takes around half a billion breaths.

5 - You breath out 23,000 times a day.

6 - You have two lungs, but you could live with just one!

Wednesday, 10 March 2010


Yesterday we had a look at our soil.
There are two different kinds of soil, tight and compacted or light and sand like!
To find out what ours was, we got some mud from the garden, put it into a jar and filled it with water.
Now, the less air bubbles that go to the top of the jar the more compacted the mud is.But if a lot of air bubbles go to the top it is light and sand like.
Our soil was tight and compacted, what is yours like?

PH Scale

Today I found out our soil's PH!

A PH scale ranges from 0-14 and the higher the PH the more acid is has and the lower the PH the more alkaline it has.

Our soil had a PH of 7 (neutral).

Home Ed Review - 1

Maths - KS3 CGP levels 3 - 6.

English - Studying The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson-Burnett.
WHS English workbook

Geography - Key Geography Foundations KS3
British Isles - A Natural History DVD

Science - Simple Nature Experiments with Everyday Materials by Anthony D. Fredericks.
Looking at the Human Body.

Design & Technology - KS3 CGP workbook.

Main project - India covering Religion, Culture, History and Geography.

Friday, 5 March 2010

Oh What A Night!

This Sunday is my dress rehearsal for my big dance show (which are on the 14th and 28th of march!). We have to be there by 8:45 am and it ends at 6:00pm, so it will be a long day!
For show A I am in yes (doing jazz), but for show B I am in -

Yes - Jazz - Dirty Dancing

Let's go fly a kite - Ballet - Mary Poppins

Step in time - Ballet - Mary Poppins

Welcome to the 60's - Tap - Hairspray

Can I Walk by - Latin - Dirty Dancing (Two)

Voulez vous - Latin - Mama Mia

I think thats everything!

Thursday, 4 March 2010

The Secret Garden

We have started a new English project! It is about The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Brunett. The following story is set in time when Mary is on a boat to England after her parents died of cholera.

Mary Lennox was sitting on the top deck feeling very sorry for herself. No one was giving her any attention, especially not Mrs Page, who was meant to be looking after her.
"All she wants to do is play with her own two children and talk about her darling officer husband" thought Mary.
When her parents had been alive she could get what ever she wanted with a ring of a bell, but now they were gone.
Mary thought back to that horrible day, she remembered the snake and creeping out to get food.
"Mary, Mary where are you?", her thoughts were interrupted by Mrs Page's call.
"It's time for bed Mary!" shouted Mrs Page.
Mary did not want to go to bed, so she got up and hide behind a big gold plant pot.
"Where is that silly little girl?" said Mrs Page.
why, oh why had she ever agreed to look after such a selfish, disagreeable child.
Why, oh why had she agreed to look after Ms Lennox!
"Mary Lennox if i have to come and.......", but she was cut short by Mary stomping into view.
"Where" asked Mrs Page "have you been?"
"Top deck" was Mary short replay.
"Why did you not come....", again Mrs Page was cut short by Mary.
"I am going to bed now" and with that she walked into the cabin.
Mary stood there and waited. Mrs Page walked in " I hope you are not waiting for me."
Mary was taken aback "well of cause I am waiting for you!"
"To do what?" asked Mrs Page.
"Get me ready for bed!"
"Well Mary Lennox I do not get horrid little girls like you ready for bed.
"Fine" and with that Mary got into bed fully clothed and turned the light out.

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Rubber Bones - Part Two

A week after we put our chicken wish bone into the jar with vinegar, it is ready to be taken out!
It felt like rubber and you could tear it easily.
The acid in the vinegar had dissolved the calcium in the bone and this had left it weak and bendy.

A 19 to 50 year old should be having 1000mg of calcium a day and a baby aged o to 6 months should have 210mg of calcium!
One cup of semi skinned milk contains 301mg of calcium, where whole milk contains 290mg.
You can also get calcium from cabbage,broccoli, Oranges and tofu.

Monday, 22 February 2010

Design and Technology Diary

Here is my finished DT product!
The little ballerina goes up and down and was made from paper, the square from wood along with the handle.

Monday, 15 February 2010

Human Body Experiment

Robber Bones - Experiment no. 1

What did you use?
A thin chicken bone
A small glass jar
Malt vinegar

What did you do?
Place the chicken bone in the jar and cover with the malt vinegar,then leave for a week.

What do you think will happen?
I think the acid in the vinegar will dissolve the calcium in the chicken bone.

Notes - This experiment shows you what your bones would be like without calcium.

Digestion Experiment no.2

What did you use?
3 Beads
A small funnel
A little cooking oil
A see-through tube

What did you do?
Pour the cooking oil into the tube, using the funnel, make sure the inside of the tube in cover.
Now put the beads into the tube and using your hands push them down.

Notes - The see-through tube is acting as your throat, the oil as mucus, the three balls as chewed up food and your hands as the strong muscles contracting to push the food down into your stomach.

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Parts of the Brain

Here is a model brain, L ( older brother ) made years ago.
I have coloured parts of it in and labeled them for you, so you can now see the different part of the brain.
GREEN - Posture, skilled movement and balance.
BLUE - Vision
PINK - Vision
RED - Hearing
PURPLE - Sensations from the skin.
ORANGE - The signals the begin body movement.
LITE ORANGE - Planning complicated movements.
DARK BLUE - Speech
BLACK - Behaviour and emotion.

Wednesday, 3 February 2010


The word Diwali means "rows of lighted lamps."

The festival of Diwali is a five-day long celebration in Hinduism, Sikhism and Jainism.

People believe that the more candles they decorate their house with, the more chance there is of the Goddess Lakshmi to visit them and bring them good luck.

The festival of Diwali is a celebration of the famous Rama and Sita returning from their 14 year exile.

If you would like to read the story of Rama ans Sita then here is the link -

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Design and Technology

For the next 6 weeks I will be taking part in a design and technology workshop, every week I will post on here what I did!
This week we had to make a hat that told R our names and 1 of our hobbies (I picked music), it also had to be adjustable.
HOMEWORK - Fill in the planning sheet we were given.
We made paper cubes, so we could see what it is like making the same thing using different materials next week we are going to make cubes out of wood).
HOMEWORK - Design something to go on top of our toys ( that we are going to start making next week!)

Wednesday, 13 January 2010


1902 - Norman Hodgson takes control of the hall.

1917 - Norman allowes the hall to be utilised as a convalescent home for American Officers wounded in action.

1919 - The estate is sold to W.H. Dennis.

1936 - The estate is sold again, this time becoming property of Smith's Potato Crisps.

The hall was leased out to the Americans for an army clearing station.

1946 - The Royal Air Force chose Nocton Hall for its permanent military hospital for Lincolnshire.
1947 - The hall was used as the living quarters for the female officers of the RAF medical staff.
May 1957 - The hall opened its maternity wing.
1983 - The military closed the hospital.
1984 - Nocton Hall was leased to the US Armed Forces, this time as a wartime contingency hospital.
1995 - The hall was handed back to the British Government.
The hall was later turned in to a residential home.
On Sat 24 Oct 04 the Hall was set a light by a unknow arsonist.