Renaissance Explorers: Explorer Study – Columbus

This is my penultimate post about our explorer study.  Last term, I read aloud the following book: It is unusual for me to go with just one book to study anything, but I am falling in love with this series.  They seem to be placed well for the tween ages when the children need more than…

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Explorers Age: Conducting a Blanket Trade

One of the main reason for exploring the world was to trade goods with the natives of the land discovered.  But how could they do this if they were not able to verbally communicate with each other?  Blanket, or silent trade, was a method whereby two different language speaking groups were able to trade without…

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Renaissance Explorers: Making and using a Quadrant

During the renaissance, if a sailor lost sight of land he needed to have a method available to him which would help him determine his direction.  The quadrant was an instrument which allowed him to work out which latitude he was at:  Source  We had already covered some navigational methods used by the explorers during…

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Renaissance Explorers: Making and Using a Magnetic Compass

Compass Rose It was during the Explorer's Age that cartographers began using a compass rose to display orientation with regards to the map on which it was placed:  A compass rose displays the cardinal directions of North, South, East and West on a map or nautical chart.  We had already come across the compass rose…

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Renaissance Explorers – How to make a Chip Log to Estimate Ship Speed

A Chip Log was a crude and early form of speedometer and the only means the Tudor sailors had of telling the approximate speed they were travelling at: Source During ancient times, sailors measured ship speed by something called 'Heaving the Log'  Heaving the Log consisted of throwing a wood log into the water and…

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Renaissance: Tudor Explorers – Ships and Sea Monsters

Resources The children read the information which came with Homeschooling in the Woods.  This included ship anatomy, sea faring sayings and their meanings, ship and sailor vocabulary as well as a sea chantey Blow the Man Down: I also gave them the following books I bought in a library sale: Ship Anatomy Using the ship…

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Tudors and Stuarts: Explorers – Preparing for the journey

We spent this weeks session learning about preparing for a long and arduous journey of exploration.  We read from the Great Atlas of Exploration and the information from Homeschool in the Woods about the life of an explorer.  We learnt about provisions and made some of our own. Provisions for the journey We wrote a…

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Tudors and Stuarts: Explorers – The Urge to Explore

Lesson one with Homeschooling in the Woods was looking at what drew people to explore.  There was some information which came with the curriculum, but I also had the children have a look at this book: Using some of the information and cut outs, as well as some photocopied maps and scrap papers, the children…

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Tudors and Stuarts: Explorers – Making a Paper Mache Map of the World

Last week the children focused their attentions on the reasons for exploring.  I used blank print out maps from Home School in the Woods and asked the children to fill in the continents and oceans, which they did easily.  As I am trying to include the little ones more, I asked A6 to colour in…

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