Turtles Powerpoint

Suitable for key stages one and two

Focuses on sea turtles and links to literacy activities – letter writing and story writing

Nursery or reception age – discuss the turtle facts (with props) and read Follow the Moon Home by Philippe Cousteau, Deborough Hopkinson and Meilo So


Turtle facts


  • Turtles are reptiles. They are cold blooded.
  • Turtles have a hard shell that protects them like a shield.
  • Many turtles can hide their heads inside their shells.
  • Turtles have existed for around 215 million years.
  • The largest turtle is the leatherback sea turtle.
  • Turtles lay eggs. Some turtles lay eggs in the sand and leave them to hatch on their own. The young turtles make their way to the top of the sand and scramble to the water while trying to avoid predators.
  • Many turtle species are endangered.

Arthur Conan Doyle Powerpoint

Suitable for key stage 2

Focues on the life and work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

After viewing and discussing the powerpoint, Josh and I got all inspired and we’re creating a Conan Doyle board game.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Facts about Conan Doyle:

  • In his early life he trained as a surgeon. His first job was medic on-board a whaling ship to the Artic Circle. This unlocked a sense of adventure that stayed with him throughout his entire life.
  • He was a professional cricketer and he played soccer in goal for Portsmouth FC.
  • He created the famous character Sherlock Holmes.
  • Without Doyle there would be no Jurassic Park. When he wrote The Lost World, the term dinosaur hadn’t been around for two centuries. The book was hugely influential in bringing dinosaurs into fiction and inspired loads of novels and films, including Jurassic Park and King Kong.
  • He had a friendship with the famous magician Houdini.
  • He was an amateur detective. He took on a number of mysterious cases including the infamous hunt in Whitechapel for Jack the Ripper.
  • He believed in fairies. When a photograph emerged showing a young girl surrounded by fairies, Doyle hailed its authenticity, believing it was clear evidence of psychic phenomena. He wrote a book called The Coming of the Fairies and spent a million dollars promoting their validity. It wasn’t until long after Doyle’s death that the girl eventually admitted it was a hoax.

Mary Anning Powerpoint

Suitable for key stages one and two with adaption for nursery or reception (see below)

Focuses on the fossil hunter Mary Anning

Mary Anning powerpt

  • Mary Anning has been virtually erased from the history of science, despite the fact that she made a fundamentally important contribution to the developing field of paleontology in the 19th century. She was responsible for uncovering some of the most significant finds of the era, yet received little recognition in her own lifetime.

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For nursery or reception you could have some fun painting dinosaur footprints or creating fossils from playdoh – see simplified powerpoint

Mary Anning – for Eloise

To face mask or not to face mask?

IMG_6514So the WHO are holding a meeting to determine whether the general public should be wearing face masks. Up until now the advice has been that face masks don’t do much to protect the wearer, but are useful to avoid a contagious person from spreading the virus.

Perhaps the reason they’ve been discouraging the public from wearing masks is that there’s already a shortage of PPE for the wonderful health workers  risking their lives for us all.

There is an alternative. Why not make your own?

If you are going to make your own, just make sure you wash it after every use as a contaminated face mask is worse than no face mask. There are numerous instructions on line. Some simply require a handkerchief folded up with elastic bands or hairbands to secure – no sewing involved.


For those of you like me who doesn’t mind some simple stitching, there are numerous templates out there. Choose some tight weave fabric and have a go.

Here are some I made earlier: