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Friday 27th March

Today I have taught Mrs Turner how to use the school website.  I did this through the power of text message.  I wanted to see if she was reading my diary and she thought she had to sign in so I taught her how to use websites.   She's found it now and says she likes my pictures.  She also told me to tell you all hello and she hopes you are okay.  I say those things too.  Here's two more pictures for you Mrs Turner:

As you can see on the left is my painting so far.  They are obviously not finished yet.  You have to be really patient with water colour painting as you don't want the colours to run together.  This is not something I am good at, being patient, when I start something I want to get it finished.  So this weekend I am going to paint the faces and paws and things and then I will wait for that to dry before outlining everything.  On the right, is my latest crochet that I am working on.  I did some today during the 'wise time' time and thought of you all and wondered how you are getting on.  Do you like my socks by the way?  Mrs Cartledge bought them for me for my birthday.  Anyway, I am signing off now for the weekend.  Have a lovely relaxing weekend and I shall be back on Monday with more Mrs Matthews' adventures. 

Thursday 26th March

The fish are clean!  Finally, I got round to cleaning them.  We have four fish tanks and I look after one of them.  It is a tropical fish tank with some angel fish and some tetra.  It's very hard to photograph fish but I have tried for you.  

I really like the angel fish they are the two big ones you can see in these pictures.  They have real characters and often make me laugh.  I am usually really good at making sure that I clean them on time but this week has sort of escaped me.  I'm not sure how it got to be Thursday.  Mr. Matthews looks after the other tanks in the house.  He reads lots of scientific books about them and has one tropical, one cold water and one marine.  The marine is really interesting.  When I was doing my fish tank this afternoon, I saw one of the fascinating creatures in the marine tank.  See if you can spot it?

It's a trochus snail.  Can you see the shell?  It spends all day and a lot of the night going round and cleaning up the tank.  I do like snails.  My giant African Land snail is sleeping at present but I will try to send you a picture of him too sometime.  Still can't get a decent picture of the baby stick insects but I will keep trying.   


Your probably wondering how the painting is going.  Well... it's doing okay, tonight I'm going to paint the faces and I might give you a snap shot of them tomorrow.  Mr. Matthews often talks about happy accidents when we are painting.  That means that I have gone wrong somewhere and I get a bit frustrated.  But the reason it's a happy accident is because it usually turns out well and sometimes by going wrong you achieve something that you weren't expecting.  You'll have to tell me what you think when you see them.


Anyway, shout out to Mrs Whyment, she's an avid reader of my daily diary, I've just found out today.  Shout out to you guys too!  Mr Kieren and friends here's the joke of the day:

What is the strongest creature in the world?

A snail - it carries its whole house on its back.

Wednesday 25th March

Do you ever get that feeling your being watched?  I was sat doing some training for school this morning (yes more training!) and I got this eerie feeling and it wouldn't go away.  I was day dreaming when I realised where the feeling was coming from.  Can you spot it in this picture?

Last year around this time I inherited some stick insects for the classroom and one holiday brought them home and they never made their way back.  This is an adult one that decided to watch me working.  I tried to take a photograph of some baby ones for you but they were hiding under a leaf.  I have two that have hatched quite recently and a few more eggs.  So each morning I start the day counting to see if there's any new ones.  I did lots of training that I needed to do and then spoke to my Mum and also to a friend of mine who I have known for a long time.  It was nice to talk to them and catch up a bit with other people who I care about.  Mum and Dad got a video call from my brother and Isla Banana in London which cheered them up.  It is great technology when used in this way.  I'm being careful not to spend all day on the computer, on my phone and in front of the television as I know screen time can affect my mental health.  Later on I am going to do some more on my painting.  More pictures to follow.  I'm going to definitely clean out the fish tonight.  Here's a joke for Mr. Kieren and friends:

Why do fish live in salt water?

Because pepper water makes them sneeze.

Tuesday 24th March

So today hasn't really gone to plan at all!  My plan was to get up early (which I did!) and then do some yoga and clean out a fish tank!  Anyway, when I woke up I decided I should try to arrange a supermarket delivery for my Mum and Dad, who are stuck at home at the moment.  Well, I'm so glad that I did crochet with Mrs. Donnelly and learnt how to be resilient because it was hard work.  I nearly gave up but I thought of you guys and thought to myself "No Mrs Matthews you can do this!".  After what felt like hours, I finally succeeded and got them some food ordered.  But by the time that was finished I didn't get the chance to do my yoga or my fish tank as I needed to do some reading for school.  But sometimes things don't go as you originally plan them and you just have to keep your chin up and be resilient.  I'll be honest I was starting to feel a bit grumpy so me and Mr Matthews spent a bit of time drawing ready for some water colour painting later on this week.  Bet you can't guess what I decided to paint?  It certainly cheered me up and I've moved around what I was going to do tonight so I can fit my yoga in then!  Keep smiling and when things don't go to plan remember not to worry and just try again later. 


These are the paintings - they aren't finished yet but I will keep you informed of my progress.  Mr. Matthews bought me the brushes for my birthday and I haven't had chance to use them yet.  

Joke of the day for Mr. Kieren and friends:

Why did the students eat their home learning packs?

Because the teacher said they'd be a piece of cake.

Monday 23rd March

Today has been very strange.  It’s weird not seeing you all and it’s been unusually quiet.  I tidied my desk which was full of junk and I needed space to work.   I then spent a while sorting out some good websites that you can use from home and put them on our class page. After completing this,  I had a little read.  Today I am reading Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin.  I’ve only just started it but I think it’s going to be good.  I hope you are okay and your first day of home learning has gone well.  Today’s joke especially for Mr. Kieren and friends:

What do you give a sick lemon?

Lemon aid.

Paddington and my dinosaur had to stay on my desk.  They managed not to be tided up!