Hello and welcome to our blog. We are a family of 4 and have been home educating since our eldest son would have started school in 2012. Dh and I share the H.E duties between us. We're going to try blogging partly to encourage us to reflect on what we're doing and partly to share what we're up to with anybody who may be interested. As a family we are all really enjoying home ed. so if we help in any way to support others or to help spread the word then that would be wonderful.

Tuesday 3 June 2014

Hadrian's Wall...and the advantages of keeping ones socialising time for, well, just socialising....

We are studying Ancient Rome and specifically the Roman occupation of Britain at the moment so we made a trip down South to Hadrians Wall. We started off with lunch on the wall (and falling off the wall....)

Then, on to the Roman Army Museum. This was great for young kids as there were lots of videos of actors dressed up as Romans talking about daily life as a Legionary etc.... The exhibits were of the interesting-to-kids sort, too. Helmets, swords, brushes to wipe one's bottom with.....

Then on to the still-being excavated site of Vindolanda. The boys are too young to really grasp how amazing this is but seeing the volunteers excavating made an impression.

Whilst there, we grown-ups observed a school group who were also visiting. We saw lots of teenagers busily socialising with one another whilst their teachers and the site workers shunted them around and gave talks intermittently. There was an awfully high proportion of shunting and chatting to very little learning going on. We remember this well from school ourselves. It is hard to combine socialising with learning. Both are important things for kids to be doing. Best to concentrate on one at a time, perhaps? 


  1. Sounds like a fascinating and fun day out.

  2. I sooo remember school trips like that! Not really caring what I was going to see - just glad to be out of school for the day!!

  3. My memories of all school trips: "When can we go to the gift shop and buy our pencil and rubber?"
    Mind you, I still do enjoy the gift shop at the end ;)

  4. I am so excited at the prospect of learning about Ancient Rome but it's a little way off for us just yet. Hadrian's wall will feature heavily for us too - this post is an inspiration.

    Thanks so much for linking up with this weeks #homeedlinkup