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Adventures of the last week- Zombies and Tudors

10 Jul

The past few weeks have been a haze of work, work and work! The end of term is near so there has been final assessments, reports, open evenings etc to organise and sort. However there have been two lovely things to happen in the past week (one school related and one zombie related) and I just wanted to share some pictures.

This week we went to Kentwell Hall as part of our topic on the Tudors. I had never been before but heard many good things and have to say it was a fantastic day! It was long and tiring for the kids (and me!) but we got so much out of it. They really immerse you in the life of the Tudors in 1553.

The Hall itself was beautiful, even more so on the sunny day we experienced.


Peacocks just strolling around. (Do peacocks stroll?)

Even on a school trip I found some needlecraft to enjoy!

I love this picture of the kids walking through the gardens!


All in all a wonderful day and a highly recommended place to visit.


My other exciting event was the Zombie Secluded Tea Party hosted by the incredibly lovely Miss Sue Flay from The Secluded Tea Party. Read her brilliant blog for more information about the Tea Parties she hosts. I have always had a thing for zombies and also have been wanting to go to one of her tea parties for ages so when this one came up it was only a few moments before I was expressing my interest! The lovely Mr BakingTeacher came with me and we had a super night. Miss Sue Flay created a fantastic evening from start to finish. Let’s just say I can still hear the sound of the chainsaw days later…


Myself and Mr BT had equipped ourselves with a rounders bat but others had created the most amazing zombie costumes that put us to shame!

We also met Sean T Page a ‘dedicated zombie survivalist and blogger’ who was wonderful to chat to. He also held a zombie related quiz and we purchased a sign copy of his book in order to help us be prepared for any zombie related incidents in the future! We were also treated to a film, tea and cakes by Miss Sue Flay…

..and yes you should be jealous. They were lovely. And looked fabulous!





Ingredients for a lovely weekend

26 Jun

For a lovely weekend you will need the following.

– Sunshine (sooooo lovely!)

– School Fair- a lovely time at the school fair, gossiping, making lots of money for school, eating and getting my rock chick tattoo (thanks to the lovely M who is in my Maths class.

– Going to a book signing and getting  my gorgeous new cookbook signed! Vanessa Kimbell is lovely and you should try her cookbook!–

-Baking cookies (recipe from the above cookbook)  and wanting to eat them all. At once.

– A lovely surprise of flowers from Mr BakingTeacher. Thank you lovely!

– Getting a compliment on a finished embroidery project and making exciting plans for my next few projects! Pictures to follow! Here is a little sneak peak of a tiny project I am doing whilst I wait for supplies to arrive. Can you guess the animal?

And one final thing that nearly ruined my perfect set of ingredients. Sigh.

Michael Gove on The Andrew Marr Show.Image taken from The Guardian website

Michael Gove on The Andrew Marr Show. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC/PA

edited 30/7/11- This post did have some lovely images to go with it but for some reason they went all funny and unfortunately they are not saved in my Media Library. The originals are on my PC and when I put it back together I will try and upload them again. Until then Mr Gove will have to be the image of the post 😉

The Tudors eating Chocolate and Cranberry Biscuits….hang on

31 May

Sorry I got a bit mixed up there! What I meant to say was here is a blog post sharing the recipe of the lovely Chocolate and Cranberry Biscuits I made on Sunday and it also talks a little about the Tudor topic we have coming up in this final half term of school.

So firstly, below is the recipe for the biscuits. I would love to claim it as my own but it came from a wonderful cookbook by Tessa Kiros. I first saw one of her cookbooks, Falling Cloudberries, years ago and fell in love with it but at that time was a poor student so when I saw the equally beautiful looking Apples for Jam in the shop I just had to have it. And yes I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. However I am so pleased I did because so far I have used it a lot, the recipes are delicious and I love the style of the book.

 Apples for Jam:Recipes for Life

Image Taken from Amazon


75g Butter, softened

50g Soft Brown Sugar

50g Caster Sugar

1 Egg

A few drops of Vanilla Extract

160g Plain Flour

1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder

110g Dark Chocolate, roughly chopped.

50g Dried Cranberries

Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C (375 degrees F/ Gas 5) and line two baking trays with baking paper. Mash up the butter and sugar with a wooden spoon until well mixed, then whisk with electric beaters until smooth. Mix in the egg and vanilla. Sift in the flour and baking powder and add a small pinch of salt. Beat with the wooden spoon to make a soft sandy mixture. Stir in the chocolate and cranberries.

Lightly moisten your hands and roughly roll teaspoons of the mixture into balls and place on the baking paper. Leave space for flattening and spreading. Bake for around 12-15mins, or until the biscuits are golden and darkening around the edges. Remove from the oven and leave them on the tray to cool and firm up.

Let me know if you bake them and what you think!


The Tudors

Now onto the Tudors part of the post. I know the Tudors topic at KS2 can be seen as one of those overdone and old fashioned topics but;

1) somehow I have managed to teach this every year I have ever taught even in three different schools and I love it

2) (and most importantly) the kids love it as a topic too! Every class I have ever taught loves this topic.

Next year I know I will not be teaching the Tudors so this is my last opportunity to teach it for however long it may be. We already have a trip to Kentwell Hall planned  and our DT will be linked in with Tudor food. Our first week back we are having a re-enactment of the Battle of Bosworth and our Literacy will be writing newspaper reports based on the Battle. I also managed to catch an episode of Supersizers -The Tudors (or something like that!) with Sue Perkins and Giles Coren. I found it really interesting and scribbled down lots to share with the children but wondered how accurate the show is?

I am really enjoying planning our learning for the next few weeks and will  be back in a few days to share more of my ideas!

Half Term Happenings! To Do Lists, decluttering and of course books and baking.`

29 May

A great building in San Francisco which is where I would much rather be this holiday.

However I am not so…


back to reality! As much as I love teaching it is nice that it is half term this week. However I have got lots to achieve this week so I thought a little half term ‘To Do’ list would help me keep on track. Then, next weekend you lovely lot can hold me to account if anything is not done!
School Related

1) Reports- I want everything but my ICT finished by the time I go back to school (how many teachers have this on their list this holiday?)

2) General planning and marking. Yes I know it’s cheating having it as one item but it’s my list!

3) Start making the book orders for restocking our library.

4) Start thinking about my topics and themes for next year.

5) SPARE- there is bound to be something I forget!


Other adventures

6) Finish the cross stitch that has been in progress since the Easter holidays.

7) READ!! (As if this even needs to be on the list!)

8) Cook scrumptious dinners and do lots of baking.

9) Read. (Sorry had to slip this in twice)

10) Declutter. Yes the dreaded ‘D’ word. I don’t know whether it is because I am a teacher or whether it is a family trait but I have a lot of stuff. So today marks the start of my decluttering year! Each day I am going to declutter one thing from our house, recycling and being good for the environment obviously!


Do you live by lists like me? If you are a teacher have you managed to keep your ‘To Do’ list short this holiday? And anyone want to join me in the great decluttering challenge? Go on, you know you want to!