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Lisburn Bowl

Lisburn Bowl
Lisburn Bowl

Taking advantage of Lisburn bowling alleys ten pin Tuesday offer again, some home ed families got together for a bowling session over 4 of their lanes this morning. 

It was a great way for the kids and parents to socialise and have some great fun! 

 

A lovely morning was had by all, we'll be planning on going again in the new year! 

Oxford Island - Kinnego Bushcraft Centre

Reptile centre
Reptile Cenrre

Some home educating families visited the Bushcraft Centre in Oxford Island this afternoon. 

Greg was very accommodating to the group inspiring their imaginations and showing the children an array of reptiles. Favourites included a corn snake which they got to hold, a tarantula and beautiful terrapins! 

After seeing the reptiles the group went through the woods while Greg gave a talk on survival. 

The group went on to build a survival shelter and ate some tasty rosehip apple chew (a survival food). 

Home educators are always eager to experience new things, we are thankful to the Bushcraft Centre and the organiser for today's event. 

Riverwatch Aquarium visit

A sizeable catch!!
Fish dissection
A fish heart

*pictures of a fish dissesction in this post* 

A great time was had by all who came along to Riverwatch on the Foyal yesterday! 

As there was such a huge response to the meet-up we were split into two groups both of whom were party to a talk on rainbow trout, why they are non-native here and what can and is being done to combat the fact that thousands have made it into our rivers following the terrible flood a few months ago in the region. 

Allan, the Education Officer, then performed a dissection on a freshly caught rainbow trout, talking in detail about the anatomy. The children (and grown-ups!) were able to get up close and personal holding and touching everything from the liver to the eye lense. 

We were then given a talk by Micheal on a bit about the history of the Loughs agency and their role. 

We toured the building learning about the on-site lab, how poachers are dealt with, viewed a selection of the boats and vehicles including the 'burger van' (a trailer full of equipment that is towed and used whenever an emergency on the waterways happens such as a spillage) and finally a trip to the freezer! Where the kids got to hold a huge (and very smelly) salmon. 

All in all so much was packed into our time at Riverwatch, the children were great and it was fantastic to be able to put faces to names - this being a first group event for many of the families. 

 

 

Ulster Flying Club visit

Planes ready for lessons.
Gliders and private planes

We had a group visit to the Ulster Flying Club this week. 

The airport manager took us through the airports various garages were we got to see a lot of different types of planes, gliders and helicopters. 

One man took us to a helicopter and gave us a very detailed explanation of how it worked, letting a few children sit inside while the rest of us had an in-depth explanation of what fuels the majestic machines. 

Some working planes dated right back to 1941, others had wings made from linen! 

As we were walking around we got to witness several planes taking off and landing. 

In one garage we got to see a crashed plane, and hear the story behind it. 

Spooky Science

Monster Manor in W5- ghosts in haunted house

Despite it being busy for the half term break w5 was a fantastic group outing for home educators in Northern Ireland. 

We started off our visit by viewing the spooky Monster Manor. 

Shortly after we made our way up to level 5, crossed the see-through  bridge and were split into two education classrooms according to age. 

I attended the first group which was for under 7's. It was all about forces! 

Things started off with a demonstration. A volunteer was called to help move eggs into cups without touching them by using force - a witches broom in this case! 

We then had a lid popping demonstration from three children and got to take out big boxes of toys to show us that different toys use forces to work. 

A few volunteers launched a rocket by using the force of their body. Pulling along cars using magnets then followed. At the very end we designed our own colourful magnets with googly eyes. 

The educator especially impressed as she went to each individual asking them questions, showing them cool force tricks and typically being very attentive. I was surprised by how much was fitted into our small hour slot. 

The second workshop was all about forensics! This got a lot of positive feedback from the over 7's and their parents. The children done forensic testing on a suspect. They looked at fingerprints, fibres from clothes, chromatography and DNA. The parents had high praise for the fun forensic scientist who, like the forces education officer, was great with the kids  

After the workshops we went to a private allocated area and had a lovely social meet over a picnic. 

It was especially nice to see new faces. 

Going during half term gave a few families considering home education a chance to see how a typical outing with our group goes. 

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