Friday 29 January 2021

This week my Word of the Week is: Creative! #WotW

This week my Word of the Week is:


We have had a good week. We seem to have found our groove with the home learning, finally! I think the school having a screen free day and doing a few more creative pieces of work has helped.

The school announced that they were having a screen free day and I thought it was a fantastic idea. Ellie had been staring at a screen with Zoom calls sometimes for about 5 hours a day which in my opinion is just too much. The school set some work that was creative and didn't need the use of a computer at all.

First up was to write a poem with the title "stealing". It was like pulling teeth and took about 2 hours to finish. She hates writing and was a little worried about it not rhyming properly but we got there eventually and this below is half of it.

Stealing poem

Ellie had started building an eco house out of Lego on Monday for Science, getting a bit of a head start and did a great job. She then had to write about what made it an eco house on Tuesday. As much as she hates writing she enjoyed doing this piece. I think when she has a real interest in something she is easily motivated.

Lego eco-house

Then Ellie had to continue with the work for creating a festival for Design & Technology. She had been looking forward to this weeks work, designing and making a stage for all the acts to perform on.

It took us a while to find a box, I couldn't believe it, we usually have loads in the garage but after having a good clear out after Christmas we didn't have much choice. Ellie had planned to use a shoe box but ended up using a bigger one. It didn't matter it just give her more space to paint and decorate.

Ellie painted it yellow, picked the things she wanted stuck on it and cut them all out. All she had help with was printing the things out and Stu cut the box for her. I wasn't letting her loose with a Stanley knife.

This is the stage halfway finished. I am saving the final photo for My Sunday Photo.


As well as the creative work on Tuesday there has been a few other pieces during the week which seems to have given her a motivational boost.

Becky has been cracking on with her paint by numbers set that she started last week and finished it yesterday. Hooray. She has now asked me to buy more sets for her which I am all for. If it means she spends time off technology I am happy. You can see it over on my Insta account.

Last weeks word was "Samey" and this week feels so different, way more positive. I think being creative instead of just staring at a screen has gone a long way to helping.


  1. What a lovely positive week. I think we need a week of doing things that are not technology based. We have tried some baking but the interest was short lived. I love Ellie's work, can't wait to see the finished festival. And well done Becky on finishing her painting by numbers. xx

  2. I love the idea of a tech free day. Ours has an off timetable day coming up but I suspect it still has some computer time. Ellie did really well with her stage, house and poem. Good to have time away from the screen. Lovely that Becky has found a new hobby. They are both creative. Hope you have a good week. #wotw

  3. I hate zoom calls, five hours straight would push me over the edge! I'm glad they are giving Ellie time to be screen free. I saw her completed festival photo and it made me happy. There will be a day (hopefully) when we are Covid free. I'm glad you had a good week #WotW

  4. A screen free day is a brilliant idea. We're lucky in that my kid's school sent work packs home complete with the resources to do it. Love Ellie's eco house :) Karen - Early Rising Mum

  5. Glad you’ve had a good week. Screen-free time is so important – we now have a couple of afternoons with creative work which is much better than staring at a screen. I like Ellie’s poem – very thought-provoking. The Lego eco-house and cardboard box stage are fab too. #WotW