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


My Scratch project

Hi! I’m Charles and welcome to my projectimage

In my class, two people were invited to join a club to do special projects. I decided to make a game using Scratch, which is programming language. The language uses sprites and blocks to work. I learned about Scratch at Code Club, which i go to after swimming lessons on Saturday with my brother and sister, Rupert and Helen.

How do you play my game, I hear you ask? You play by ‘catching’ the animals by clicking on them with your mouse. One of the animals is quite easy to catch  – that is the lioness. There are two other animals – a parrot and a monkey – and they are tricky to catch. The parrot is tricky because it is moving around quickly, so whenever you try to catch it, you will miss. At other times, you might catch another animal instead of the parrot. The monkey is difficult to catch because it moves diagonally and then straight down.

Once you have caught the animals they will ask you if you would like them to tell you information about itself. If you type ‘yes’ then you will find out interesting facts.

To make this programme, I had to find a jungle picture to use as a backdrop (background). I found it on google. I found the sprites from the sprite library in Scratch. I have my very own scratch account, which means if I share my project that it will appear on the Scratch website.


Me doing my project

I told the sprites what to do by using blocks of code information from the different categories, for example, Sensing, Motion, Control, and others. I couldn’t have made this programme if i hadn’t gone to Code Club because my teacher has taught me a lot, which helped me very much.

Click HERE to see my awesome project and play the game.
You need to press on the green flag at the top of the picture to start. You can see the coding that i did on the right side of the screen. Good luck!