Book Reviews

The Book of Dust

I apologise for not having posted in a while. Much has happened in the last few months, and we will post something at a later date giving a run down of our summer holidays. In the mean time, here is a book review of Philip Pullman’s ‘Book of Dust’.

Book of Dust

This is an incredible book, written roughly 20 years after the original ‘His Dark Materials’ series. It is a prequel to this, set when Lyra, (the main character in ‘His Dark Materials’) is a baby. It is a heart wrenching story of her, a boy of eleven called Malcolm, and his frenemy Alice. Together they endure the long journey from Oxford to London by boat. In their trustworthy canoe, ‘La Belle Sauvage’ (the beautiful wild), they navigate the turbulent flood waters, and discover many secrets.  I would definitely recommend this book: I found it enthralling and couldn’t put it down until it was finished. Congratulations Philip Pullman! This book really is a winner.



A Great Day Out


No school! Today our teachers had a training day, so pupils had the day off. Hooray!

Because it was such perfect weather, we decided to go to the Princess Diana Memorial playground in Hyde Park. Usually, this playground is so popular with children that you can barely move. However, today,  it was less populated because most  people had school (like poor Helen ).


The reason Charles and I love this space is because of the huge pirate ship: the ship has an enclosed and quite tall crows nest to climb, and a lower deck where younger children can dig in the sand with spades and buckets. I enjoyed playing a game on the ship called ‘intruders and defenders’, invented by me. The intruder has to try to get to a certain point, while the defender tries to catch the intruder and put him in jail. Charles and I took turns being intruder and defender.  We also jumped off the side of the ship in to the soft sand below. When you landed, the sand sank up to your ankles and softened the blow of landing.

We also used the stream to create sandballs, testing out whether the wet, very wet or dry sand worked best. We discovered that a special combination of both was most successful.

After two hours of solid play on the pirate ship, we took a short ride on a carousel next to the playground. The carousel was an old fashioned one with horses and carriages that went up and down and going around. I chose a horse on the outside because horses on the outside go faster than the others and it feels like you are going to fall off.

I could no believe my luck – and felt overjoyed – when my mum ( a strict lady) offered Charles and I some ice-cream. My flavour was Honeycomb, Charles’ was Mint Choc Chip and my mums was Salted Caramel. With our icecreams, we slowly wandered out of the park, checking out how the transport for London rental bikes work.

We also investigated the Queensway lanes – a great looking bowling alley and rollerskating and games centre. It had many old fashioned games such as the original Pacman, Donkey Kong and the Addams Family pinball machine. We might make another trip there one day in the not so distant future.

Just before leaving, we had a look in FOOD BASICS oriental superstore. Charles and I got £1.50 to share, to buy whatever we wanted. In the end we ended up  spending only 1 pound on a box of japanese chocolate biscuits called Hello Panda.

Continuing our run of good luck, we were greeted by a airconditioned hybrid 70 bus that pulled up right outside the gate. It was a brand new bus and very comfortable, quiet and cool. This route takes us almost to our doorstep.

This was a great day out and I would definitely recommend a visit to the Princess Diana memorial playground, as Charles and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Clay Pendants

On Saturday I made clay pendants. First I dug in a mound we have at the back for clay. Then I soaked it in water. After that I molded it into the shape I wanted since the water had made it like Play-Doh. Next I poked a hole through all of the soft shapes so that I could put string through them. After that I left it  to bake. Clay turns really hard if you bake it, so I left it in the sun. Then I left it overnight in a jar. Today I panted them; the footballs black and white, the hearts red and the ‘LOL’ pendants blue and black, it was hard 

Me digging for clay

The wet clay

The end product

Things to Do


imageHi sorry I haven’t posted for a while. Today Rupert, Helen and I went to the local high school and participated in a open day for the the music school there. We got to try lots of different instruments including the french horn, trumpet, clarinet, double bass, cello, tuba, saxophone, trombone and many others. It was so much fun trying out all the instruments: the french horn was my favorite. Then, we got some refreshments. I am really looking forward to playing them all again in the future!looking forward to seeing you again!