Category: 3) Funnies

A Camelephantelopelicanary’s a strange and wonderful thing

| September 6, 2007 | 2 Comments 

I am grateful to my dad for introducing me to the idea of mixed up animals. I have had some great fun with classes designing composite animals, drawing them and coming up with some poems.

I always start by telling them about our pet Camelephantelopelicanary, a cross between many exotic animals:

A Camelephantelopelicanary’s a strange and wonderful thing

The bits of its body are really quite shoddy so he’s all held together with string

Discovered, they say, on the first day of May by an explorer out wandering the Nile

The first thing he noted was the fact that it floated and its face was all covered in smile.


Here is a fun little invention you could use on a whiteboard to mix up two random creatures. Have fun!


We’re all goin’ on a…

| July 20, 2007 | 0 Comments 

The two films we have seen at the cinema recently have made me decide something:

Unlike Pirates of the Caribbean III, I will not go rambling on aimlessly trying to squeeze more and more out of an empty plot line…

Instead, like Harry, Ron, Hermione and crew, I am going to take a decent summer break.

The blog and I will see you back here in September.

Until then, have fun…even if it doesn’t stop raining!!


| July 15, 2007 | 0 Comments 

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It’s not rocket science 39

| June 6, 2007 | 0 Comments 

Too many choices! HERE

Mind you, I don’t know what right I have to comment:

I find it difficult to fill in a lottery form! :-)

(Picture from Teaching for Learning – worth a look too)

A new T

| May 19, 2007 | 0 Comments 

Well… put it this way: I once did three maths tests. I failed FOUR!

There are three types of people when it comes to maths: Those who can and those who can’t.

Optickle illusionistration

| May 7, 2007 | 1 Comment 
One of my favourite activities with children, is to get them to write imaginary instructions. (attach the flenge carefully to the extreeded splicket. If the grellble is fullated, scrunn it frobullously with a full snucket.)

p.s. only try this with a fully inflated scree net.

(On re-read, my example sounds like a classic Kenneth Williams as Rambling Sid Rumpo!! Here’s a link to an archive recording of Ken at his gruntnussocking best:

Thank you to “Mr W” for sending me this link.)

The power of words

| April 5, 2007 | 0 Comments 

What amazing power and magic come from picking up words and juggling with them!

(Picture courtesy of )

Cornwall: Across the Moor and carried on to the Caradon

| March 20, 2007 | 0 Comments 

Now on the edge of Bodmin Moor and staying at the homely and welcoming Caradon Inn.

Georgina has just told me 3 good jokes and I want to share them with you. They really cheered ME up so I would love to share them with you.

185bsy-0.jpgGeorgina’s jokes: What do you call a dear with no eyes? No idea!
What do you call a dear with no eyes and no legs? Still no idea!
What do you call a dear with no eyes and no legs on a trampoline? Still no flippin’ idea!
Thank you Georgina! :-)

It’s not rocket science 37

| March 2, 2007 | 0 Comments 

Game On!

| February 2, 2007 | 0 Comments 

Game On!

Games without frontiers.

Who needs front ears anyway?

Web2.0 (BTW: This is a “comment” rather than a criti-scism)

| February 1, 2007 | 1 Comment 

I keep chunnering on about Samuel Pepys, but, when the old boy was writing his diaries, he did not suspect that ANYBODY else was going to read his lascivious ramblings. I admire the man for sitting quietly in his private chambers of an evening and recording his impressions of life as it was for him. Who would have thought that anyone would Pepy at THIS blog when it first started, but now it receives hundreds of (manual) searches a day and scores more via RSS feeds.

NOW… why are YOU reading this and haven’t thought about responding to this post, or others, with a comment?

That is something that people are bringing up with me a lot: Blogs are still mainly written and read by folk rather than actively contributed to. Still…

The web is moving from black and white to colour – from text alone, to video and rich images – now it is our chance to join in – and visibly.

I get many e-mails a day from all around the world. I actually think that is better than leaving a comment in MANY ways, (personal, thoughtful and quietly encouraging) but … go on don’t be shy… if you are here, (or any other of the many edu-blogs) jot your thoughts down in comments as well, hey?

To those of you you who send me such kind, encouraging e-mails… please don’t stop either…

Mr McIntosh always picks out a few gems and is worth a comment.

Hang on! Rylands, you hypocrite! How many times have you read Ewan‘s fine witterings and left without a murmer??!!

“You’re a fine one to comment!”