Thu, 19/06/2014 (All day)
Being interviewee

We had a camera crew and reporter from the BBC with us yesterday! We had some friends over and did experiments with rockets (powered by air pressure). Big ones you stamp on and small ones fired from straws. Some crazy jumping on the trampoline too.

The  children found the cameras and the experience very interesting. 

We were too busy to get to making bread so we did that today- stars and knots and little hedgehogs. 

Bees Co-op

Tue, 10/06/2014 (All day)
Looking at demonstration hive
Bees Co-op
Marquis Hall, Bangor

Our bees co-op was a great success. 

We started off the day by making salt dough bees, which was perfect for some of our younger members, and looking at some information about bees. 

We also made a Banana and Honey Teabread which was ready in time for lunch and lasted no time at all. Recipe is at the bottom of the post if you would like to try it.

At 12 O'clock Phelim Breen, a local beekeeper, came with his demonstration hive and a pot of his own honey for us all to try. It was delicous! He told us about bees, how they organise their hive and the different jobs they do. He told us about their life-cycle and how they get through the winter. Phelim also told us about some of the pests and diseases that can affect bees and how to treat them, including a swarm of bees which he removed recently from Bangor that is affected with the verroa mite. And just before he left we finally managed to spot the queen in the hive. 

We had some information about bumblebees too including identification aids. After lunch the children had fun outside spotting bees and even manged to catch a bumblebee which we identified as a white tailed bumblebee. The bee was released before we went home.


Banana and Honey Teabread - from Mary Berry's Ultimate Cake Book

Ingredients: 225g self-raising flour

1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg

100g margarine (we used butter)

225g bananas (we only had 180g)

100g caster sugar

grated rind of 1 lemon

2 extra large eggs (we used 3 small ones)

6 tablespoons thick honey

Makes 1 x 900g Loaf

Prehead oven to 180C and lightly grease and base line a 900g loaf tin.

Measure the flour and nutmeg into a large bowl and rub in the fat using the fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcumbs.

2D - Northern Ireland Comics Festival

Fri, 30/05/2014 (All day)
Verbal Art's Centre

Since 2007 the majority of the festival has been hosted at the Verbal Arts Centre, in a fantastic location on the beautiful and historic city walls. Derry/Londonderry is the only remaining completely walled city in Ireland and one of the finest examples of Walled Cities in Europe. This year much of the educational and industry programming will again be hosted at the Verbal Arts Centre, but the popular 2D Comics Fair has now moved to a new home at the Millennium Forum, a fantastic venue also on the city’s walls.


Get in touch if you want to meet up with other home educators at the festival.

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