No Gove!

Good grief. Gove for PM? Just say ‘No!’

If, like me, you are appalled by the suggestion that Gove may PM then vent your frustrations by allowing him to fall endlessly through time and space.

Enjoy.

 

 

Reward Postcards

I created a set of reward postcards for my school which are sent home without the children knowing. I’ve adapted them a little so they are available for everyone to use. I’ve added a white box to each image for the children’s name or reason.

Have fun!

Reward Postcards hugsfromdad.pdf

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Back to School

I was going to draw this in readiness for last school year but never got round to it. I made sure I found time this summer. There is still some gratification taken from his fall from grace yet without him I would never have been compelled to begin drawing educational cartoons. Dare I even think I may be grateful?……Nah. Probably not.

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Stuck Posters

With the dawn of a new school year fast approaching, I’m hoping that a few of my fellow teachers may find these useful. If you would like to use them, I’d very much appreciate a mention! Thanks!

DOWNLOAD Stuck Posters.pdf

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Gove’s Gone!

Here’s my little collection to celebrate…

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Of course, the appointment of Nicky Morgan means that we are not quite out of the woods yet but time will tell….

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But for now, enjoy! I am sure the summer holidays will seem just a little bit more relaxed.

 

That’s not my teacher

To mark the last strike in October I drew this cartoon.

To mark this strike I wanted something slightly different. Any suggestions for other pages? (I’m thinking from teachers but let’s see what else comes up – nothing we haven’t heard before!)

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Kipper & the Broken Ear

One of Keelan and I’s favourite places to visit is Exeter library. We first visited several months ago and, alongside the brilliant books, Keelan took a shine to the large statue of Kipper the Dog that was sat on the shelf. He was very gentle with him, stroked him and then we found some stories with him in to read. This became a bit of a routine on a Saturday so much so that the library became known as ‘Kipper’s library’.

One week, however, Kipper was not on the shelf. He wasn’t there the next week either….or the next. Eventually we asked about Kipper and were both sad to hear that his ear was broken and that they couldn’t fix him. They librarians were really kind and actually went and got him from the secret hospital where he’d been staying out back and showed us the poor chap. Keelan gave him a gentle stroke and said he’d be ok.

But he wasn’t ok. More weeks passed and still no Kipper.

So we decided to offer our help. Those of you who know me know that my DIY skills are actually about the same level as my 3 year old son but, maybe, just maybe our combined efforts could come through. 3 weeks before Christmas I thought it would make a nice wintry tale to have him back in the library for Christmas so we rescued him and brought him home.

And here’s what happened….

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Right to offend

Ah, I love it when things like this happen. Mr. Gove’s recent statement that newspaper’s have the ‘right to offend’ has inspired me to start my own newspaper with that very purpose in mind. Wonderful.

If you have any other suggestions for headlines I will very gladly add them.

Visit Gove News!

We’re going on a beer hunt

I’ve loved Michael Rosen since I was little but it wasn’t until having children that I actually read ‘Bear Hunt’ for the first time. That was nearly 3 years ago and, for those of you who also have small children, you will empathise when I say I have now read it several hundred times. This is my little homage to that wonderful book about trying to sneak out for a lunchtime tipple.

The book celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2009 so many of its early readers are now all grown up. They may just be acting out the story below too…

We’re going on a beer hunt
We’re going to catch a big one
What a beautiful day, we’re not scared
Uh oh! Paperwork. Boring, snoring paperwork.
We can’t go over it, we can’t go under it,
Oh no! We’ve got to go through it
Slapdash! Slapdash! Slapdash!

We’re going on a beer hunt
We’re going to catch a big one
What a beautiful day, we’re not scared
Uh oh! Email. Junky, clunky email.
We can’t go over it, we can’t go under it,
Oh no! We’ve got to go through it,
Click! Delete! Click! Delete!

We’re going on a beer hunt
We’re going to catch a big one
What a beautiful day, we’re not scared
Uh oh! Phonecall. Snappy, unhappy phonecall.
We can’t go over it, we can’t go under it,
Oh no! We’ve got to go through it,
Blah! Blah! Blah! Blah!

We’re going on a beer hunt
We’re going to catch a big one
What a beautiful day, we’re not scared
Uh oh! Colleague. Drudging, fudging colleague.
We can’t go over it, we can’t go under it,
Oh no! We’ve got to go through it,
Humdrum! Humdrum! Humdrum!

We’re going on a beer hunt
We’re going to catch a big one
What a beautiful day, we’re not scared
Uh oh! A wine bar. A snooty, tooty wine bar.
We can’t go over it, we can’t go under it,
Oh no! We’ve got to go through it
Riff! Raff! Riff! Raff! Riff! Raff!

We’re going on a beer hunt
We’re going to catch a big one
What a beautiful day, we’re not scared
Ah ha! A pub. A dark, stark pub.
We can’t go over it, we can’t go under it,
Oh yes! We’ve got to go through it
Sticky! Icky! Sticky! Icky! Sticky! Icky!

What’s that?!
One bulbous red nose, two blood-shot red eyes, three empty glasses?
It’s the boss!
Quick! Back through the pub! Sticky! Icky! Sticky! Icky! Sticky! Icky!
Back through the wine bar! Riff! Raff! Riff! Raff!
Back past the colleague! Humdrum! Humdrum!
Back through the phonecall! Blah! Blah!
Back through the email! Click! Delete! Click! Delete!
Back through the paperwork! Slapdash! Slapdash!

Get to our desks.
Open the spreadsheet.
Back to work.
Oh no!
We forgot to shut the facebook.
Down the taskbar.
Shut the facebook.
Back to work.
Into the spreadsheet.
Into despair.
Under the radar.
We’re not going on a beer hunt again.

 

Pooh Sticks Review

What a game! For those of you who have never heard or experienced the game, here is a little run down of how to play, how to win and how to make a decent living if you fancy turning professional. These are the rules that we played this weekend:

Step 1 – Stick selection

We made our way to the river at the weekend and selected our sticks. Although seemingly insignificant, it is an enormous part of the game and one that my 2 year old son has to learn. He was quite happy finding the nearest, stubby sticks that were so short that you could barely call them sticks. I meanwhile spent several minutes testing the buoyancy, flexibility and scent of the wood to find the perfect vessel.

Step 2 – The launch

Depending on the age of the participants this can either be a timed or spontaneous event. With a 2 year old, everything is spontaneous so my 3 second countdown became useless as he launched his sticks from the bank before I had even said “2”. I quickly threw mine in afterwards.

Step 3 – The chase

What followed was initial excitement as the sticks begin to move downstream and then boredom as my son could no longer be bothered to keep track of his stick and was more intent on finding stones to throw into the river. The game of pooh sticks then became even more exciting as I tried to keep track of 2 sticks whilst ensuring that my son wasn’t going to kill himself or throw stones that could alter the natural outcome of the game.

Step 4 – The result

By this time, any interest in the result had long gone and so it was left to me to watch his initial stubby stick float to victory. What made defeat even more painful was that the victory was not acknowledged. Still, it’s only a game and a very good one at that.

Overall: A brilliantly simple game that will never ever get tiring. I envisage playing this for years to come. There is no limit on age although younger players will find that older players are far too competitive over what at the end of the day is a stick in water.  9/10

So get out to a river near you, find some sticks and get poohing!