Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Looking At the Same Moon

The Sunday that has just gone by was the Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节).  For the Chinese, it was a time for contemplation and family togetherness.  I cannot find any better clips about the festival than the ones I found last year, so Tiger and I watched those for review.  After all, a tradition is such because it has been observed and practised consistently for over a millenia, so there is no need to watch a new video every year because the legends and practices associated with the festival are the same.

I found myself panicking in the middle of last week, having realised that I did not have sufficient traditional paper lanterns and mooncakes for the occasion.  Luckily, I was able to order them on the internet and receive them just in time!

I wanted us to make a simple craft to mark the occasion.  Since we have made paper lanterns before, we decided to paint appropriate motifs onto glass jars and turn them into glass lanterns by putting a tealight in each.  While the motifs turned out well, the effect was not as good in the evenings with the tealights in them.  I am going to add more colours to the glass paintings to see whether that helps to transform the glass jars into votive candles.

In addition, Tiger is learning a new classical Chinese poem for the occasion.  Last year he learnt the poem,Contemplation on a Quiet Night 《静夜思》, by the Tang dynasty poet, Li Bai (李白).  This year I have chosen another poem related to the festival, again by the same poet.  This year's poem is titled The Ancient Moon Recital古朗月行》.

The original poem has eight lines but Tiger is only learning the first half of it, i.e. the first four lines.  The reasons for that are: (1) the use of language in the second half of the poem is more complicated, and (2) the tone of the second half of the poem is infused with sadness as the poet alludes to the political instability of his time.  

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Year 6 Plans

This post has turned out to be more difficult to write than I had expected.  In fact, I have deleted three previous attempts at writing about what we are going to do for Tiger's Year 6 journey because I've realised that what we do here is not just about book lists or the types of external activities that Tiger is engaged in.

Engrossed in his self-initiated cartography project.

This realisation came about after a recent conversation I had with a deputy headteacher of a private school where she was very interested to find out how Tiger is being taught.  While I tried to explain to her about our approach which stems from the fundamental principle of mutual respect between the teacher (me) and the student (Tiger) that in turn results in positive relational interactions that propels our learning journey forward, she was convinced that I must be using some kind of secret formula/curriculum/resource that the school teachers have no access to, based on what she has observed of Tiger.  I emphasised that it takes more than a curriculum list, although I also shared with her the sources of Tiger's curricula since Year 1 as the list was clearly what she was after.

Perhaps I have not explained it well, or maybe the actual process can't be explained so easily.  Having said that, I do have a broad overview of what we will aim to focus on over the next 12 months.  This is a plan that I now share with Tiger to get his input and feedback on the nitty gritty details with regards to the actual implementation as the months ahead unfold.  Tiger is in the position to share ownership of the learning plan and to provide input in terms of the order in which he will approach certain topics, and the materials he prefers to use to learn.

So, here is our broad plan for Year 6:
History remains the spine of our learning plan, so we are returning to the Ancients in Year 6, which will span the first civilisations to the fall of Rome.  This will be our second time studying the Ancients, so the focus this time round will be on developing analytical skills (for logic stage) rather than facts gathering (at grammar stage).

Science and Nature Study
Since we are taking on the Ancients again, it seems logical to us to focus on Earth Science, which allows us to start way back in prehistory and follow the development of Man's understanding of his relationship with land, sea, and the sky

I believe it is important to acquire a love of the language before one can truly be motivated to put in the effort to really master it.  Therefore, in addition to reading widely and in keeping with the historical period being studied, developing technical linguistic skills such as spelling, grammar and writing, Tiger will also be enjoying poetry, hopefully with tea and cake from time to time!

A spot of creative writing.

After a very successful year at the Chinese school where Tiger took weekly Chinese lessons, we were both disappointed when there was a change in staff at the beginning of the year.  Tiger's new Chinese teacher taught in such an uninspring way (compared to his previous teacher) that he could not bear to go to class, so I took him out and resumed teaching him at home.  Unsurprisingly, we find that we are covering wider topics in a quicker pace compared to the Chinese school, so it looks like I will continue to teach Tiger the Chinese language myself.

I was listing the Latin resources for sale one day when Tiger walked by, saw what I was doing, and decided to have a go at the placement test, just for fun of it.  When he scored 97% at the Level 1 test, having no contact with Latin in the past 18 months, he looked at me and mused, "I guess we'd better resume Latin!"  It is so much easier when it is Tiger's own decision to take up Latin again!

We have been hopping around quite a bit in maths for two years, primarily because at one time, Tiger was not too keen on following any curriculum.  Even so, we have been able to cover the same topics as are covered in schools, and more.  In that sense Tiger hasn't suffered any gaps in maths compared to school-going children of the same age.  This summer Tiger has shown signs of becoming more cooperative (!) so I hope he will complete RightStart Level E alongside the supplementary maths activities that we have been doing these past two years.

Unless Tiger shows a strong desire for instrumental lessons, his music training will consist of:
composer study - I am happy to follow the suggestion made by Ambleside Online to focus on knowing the works of one composer per term.  However, instead of following their schedule, which is a perfectly good one, we have picked and chosen the composers whom we are most interested in:

Tiger had the opportunity to gain the Bronze Arts Award last year, which he completed successfully.

He has been invited to carry on with the next level but he has decided to take a break from it, in order to get back to just creating art for the sheer joy of it rather than worrying too much about documentaion and reporting.  Tiger says that he may continue with the next level in a year or two to allow himself time to mature a little bit more and to grow in other areas so that he may get more out of the process of acquiring the award.  What he says sound very reasonable, and going for the first level was just for a bit of fun and experience so it really doesn't matter in the overall scheme of things.  I am nonetheless pleased with his show of self-awareness and knowing what he wants to do, so he has my full support in his decision to pause.

Without the pressure of working towards the specifications of the award (which involves a lot of report writing), we can resume our leisurely pace to learn art history as we encounter it in our other studies.

External Activities
As always, I seek to strive a balance between individual study and group actitivies for Tiger so that he experiences both in the most effective, productive way.

Small-group Tutorial:
  • Lab science
  • Practical STEM
  • English
  • History of Medicine

  • Tennis
  • Table tennis
  • Climbing 
  • Swimming 
  • Mountain biking


The above is quite enough for a Year 6 boy, don't you think?

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Summer is Not Over Yet!

We are still officially on our summer break, and I have made a deliberate effort to stop ourselves from signing up for too many of the tantalising summer courses available.  However, as I look at what we have been doing since we got back from Cornwall (that was a real holiday), it seems that we are on the go again!

We have been spending time in nature,

spending time in the garden,

Tiger's current interest/obsession is anything and everything nautical, so he has been reading up on this topic.

Fiction and non-fiction books.

As he read the books, Tiger became intrigued by how boats and ships work.  He then decided the best course of work is to build a model boat that would float.  After he figured out what materials to use for his model boats, we went to the craft shops and got balsa wood and some fabric (for the sail).  Tiger has been obsessively designing his models, cutting the various pieces out of wood, testing his models, and redesigning them in the sink.

Once he was happy with his final designs at home (after several unsuccessful ones initially), he asked to launch them at a pond to see how they would respond in the 'real world' (as opposed to the sink at home).  Tiger brought a net to catch his boats before they floated too far away from the edge of the pond.


Even with his new area of interest, Tiger is still very much engrossed in the study of military history, reading books, play acting, and resuming the mini lectures.

Recently, he has been playing around with PowerPoint by himself and is using it in his mini lectures, progressing from his previous use of the whiteboard for his presentations.


While I managed to stop myself signing Tiger up for a multitude of summer classes, I did take him to an electronics class, only because he got to solder his own circuit board and learn about its various components, which I have absolutely no interest in or knowledge of.

The end product is a small bug-like machine that responds to different light intensities.  That is pretty cool.


It looks as if we have started 'school', doesn't it?  Our days before or during the summer don't look any different, except that many of the regular classes that Tiger attends are on a break at the moment.  I expect our days to be much more hectic come September, in view of the various classes that are currently being organised for the new academic year. 

For now, I am still enjoying the relatively slow pace of what's left of the summer, while watching our diary gradually being filled up with activities for the new term.

Saturday, 15 August 2015

We Haven't Fallen Off the Face of the Earth...

Although we did reach the end of Engand's land!

While the boys enjoyed themselves tremendously doing all sorts of outdoorsy, water-related activities during our stay in Cornwall,

I had a restful time, spending the holiday mostly reading, observing and thinking. 

I absolutely relish the opportunity to spend some time outside of my usual environment since it gives me the time and space to consolidate the lessons and experiences gained this past academic year.  It also helps to prevent my getting stuck in the humdrum of a routine, or a familiar way of going about things.  It appears that some changes are in order for the new academic year.

Of course, what remains unchanged is my love for good food, which we have had plenty of while on holiday.

It was a wonderful seaside holiday for all of us this summer.  We still have a few more weeks of summer to go before the new academic year starts again, some time in September.  I hope you are enjoying your summer too! 

Friday, 31 July 2015

Year 5 Reading Log

Books read from August 2014 - July 2015

  1. Bedknobs and Broomsticks by Mary Norton
  2. The Machine Gunners by Robert Westall
  3. Thunder and Lightnings by Jan Mark
  4. The Case-book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  5. The Borrowers Omnibus (4 books) by Mary Norton
  6. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
  7. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
  8. Puck of Pook's Hill by Rudyard Kipling
  9. The Chronicles of Narnia (7 books) by C.S. Lewis
  10. The Indian in the Cupboard trilogy (3 books) by Lynne Reid Banks
  11. The Enchanted Castle by E. Nesbit
  12. What Katy Did by Susan M. Coolidge
  13. What Katy Did Next by Susan M. Coolidge
  14. Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine
  15. The Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge
  16. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  17. Five Children and It by E. Nesbit
  18. Fifty Favourite Fairy Tales by Andrew Lang
  19. The Complete Illustrated Stories of The Brothers Grimm by The Brothers Grimm
  20. Secrets of the Manor series (2 books) by Adele Whitby
  21. The Ribbajack by Brian Jacques
  22. Rip van Winkle and Other Stories by Washington Irving
  23. Ffangs the Vampire Bat and the Kiss of Truth by Ted Hughes
  24. Matilda by Roald Dahl
  25. The Animals of Farthing Wood by Colin Dann
  26. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
  27. Redwall series (12 books) by Brian Jacques
  28. Follow My Leader by James B. Garfield
  29. The Shakespeare Mysteries, Book 1: Secrets of Shakespeare's Grave by Deron R. Hicks
  30. The Shakespeare Mysteries, Book 2: Tower of the Five Orders by Deron R. Hicks
  31. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
  32. Boy: Tales of Childhood by Roald Dahl
  33. The Twits by Roald Dahl
  34. Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl
  35. The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl
  36. The Witches by Roald Dahl
  37. The BFG by Roald Dahl
  38. The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl
  39. The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me by Roald Dahl
  40. Esio Trot by Roald Dahl
  41. The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg
  42. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
  43. The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
  44. Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and me, Elizabeth by E.L. Konigsburg
  45. Ralph S. Mouse by Beverly Cleary
  46. Runaway Ralph by Beverly Cleary
  47. Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary
  48. Ramona Forever by Beverly Cleary
  49. The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
  50. Stuart Little by E.B. White
  51. The Chimes by Charles Dickens
  52. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  53. Dickens' Christmas: A Victorian Celebration by Simon Callows
  54. The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis 
  55. Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling 
  56. Kim by Rudyard Kipling
  57. Little Grey Rabbit's Storybook by Alison Uttley 
  58. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (4 books) by Douglas Adams
  59. The Hunger Games (3 books) by Suzanne Collins
  60. Great First World War Stories published by Chancellor Press
  61. The Green Fairy Book edited by Andrew Lang 
  62. The Life of the Bee by Maurice Maeterlinck
  63. The Coral Island by R.M. Ballantyne
  64. Birdmen: The Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtiss, and the Battle to Control the Skies by Lawrence Goldstone
  65. Moonfleet by J. Meade Falkner
  66. George's Secret Key to the Universe by Lucy and Stephen Hawking 
  67. The Clipper of the Clouds by Jules Verne 
  68. The 39 Steps by John Buchan
  69. Origins of Chinese Festivals by Chunjiang Fu and Koh Kok Kiang
  70. The Famous Five series (16 books) by Enid Blyton
  71. Lizzie's Wish by Adele Geras
  72. Major Glad, Major Dizzy by Jan Oke
  73. Victorian Toys by Mandy Ross
  74. Toys by Dereen Taylor
  75. My Victorian Home by Karen Bryant-Mole
  76. A Victorian Kitchen by Peter Chrisp
  77. The Rabbit Problem by Emily Gravett
  78. Terror on the Train by Terry Deary
  79. The Fabulous Flyer by Terry Deary
  80. The Sea Monsters by Terry Deary
  81. Inside a Victorian House published by National Trust
  82. Second World War by Martin Gilbert
  83. Stalingrad by Anthony Beevor
  84. A Victorian Childhood: At Play by Ruth Thomson
  85. The Victorians at Play by Rosemary Rees
  86. Clothes in the Victorian Times by Gill Munton
  87. A Victorian Sunday by Simon & Lucy Faulkner
  88. A Victorian Sunday by Jill Hughes
  89. Life on a Victorian Steamship by Andrew Langley
  90. Victorian Railways by Andrew Langley
  91. My Story: Dodger!  by Jim Eldridge
  92. Jammy Dodgers on the Run by Bowering Sivers
  93. The Crime Lord by Jak Shadow
  94. The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
  95. Victorians by Ann Kramer 
  96. Bell and the Science of the Telephone by Brian Williams
  97. Avoid Flying on the Hindenburg!  by Ian Graham
  98. Victorian Seaside Holidays by Mandy Ross
  99. Legends of Ten Chinese Traditional Festivals by Zhan Tong
  100. Always Inventing by Tom L. Matthews
  101. Alexander Graham Bell by Anita Ganeri
  102. Sound by Sally Hewitt
  103. The Victorians at Home by Rosemary Rees
  104. Victorian Homes by Brenda Williams
  105. The Double Life of Cora Parry by Angela McAllister
  106. A Victorian Village by Martin Parsons
  107. Christmas in Victorian Times by Gill Munton
  108. A Victorian Holiday by Sheila Watson
  109. Sounds Dreadful by Nick Arnold
  110. A Victorian Journey by Peter Hepplewhite
  111. The Turret by Margery Sharp 
  112. Bernard Into Battle by Margery Sharp 
  113. The Diary of a Victorian Apprentice by Dennis Hamley
  114. Three Cheers For Inventors!  by Marcia Williams
  115. The Mystery of Banshee Towers by Enid Blyton
  116. Drawing Speed Machines by Rebecca Clunes
  117. Baker Street Boys series (5 books) by Anthony Read
  118. Clothes and Crafts in Victorian Times by Philip Steele
  119. Victorian Servants: A Very Peculiar History by Fiona Macdonald
  120. The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton 
  121. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  122. Victorian Homes by Mandy Ross
  123. A Victorian Christmas by Katrina Siliprandi
  124. Spy's Guidebook by Colin King
  125. The Family Library of Aircraft
  126. Combat Aircraft of World War II by Elke C. Weal, John A. Weal and Richard F. Barker
  127. Great Aircraft of the World
  128. The World's Greatest Aircraft by Christopher Chant and Michael J.H. Taylor 
  129. The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage by Enid Blyton
  130. Fingerprint Wizards by Ross Piper
  131. Streets in Victorian Times by Margaret Stephen
  132. The Folk of the Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
  133. Forensic Science by Chris Cooper
  134. Investigating Fakes and Hoaxes by Alex Woolf
  135. Fighting Crime by Ian Graham
  136. Crafty Crime-Busting by Rachel Wright
  137. Forensic Scientist by Elizabeth Dowen
  138. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  139. The Highwayman's Footsteps by Nicola Morgan
  140. The Highwayman's Curse by Nicola Morgan
  141. Highway Robbery by Kate Thompson
  142. Dick Turpin: Legends and Lies by Terry Deary
  143. The World War II Fact Book: 1939-1945 by Christy Campbell
  144. Trojan Horses: Deception Operations in the Second World War by Martin Young and Robbie Stamp
  145. Escape and Evasion: POW Breakouts in World War Two by Ian Dear
  146. The Red Baron by Peter Kilduff
  147. Heroes of the Skies by Sir Michael Beetham
  148. Achtung-Panzer!  The Development of Tank Warfare by Heinz Guderian
  149. World War II: The 50th Anniversary of the Allied Victory by Ivor Matanle
  150. The Second World War by John Keegan
  151. My Story: Mill Girl by Sue Reid
  152. Identifying Criminals and Victims by Carol Ballard
  153. Solving Crimes in the Lab by Carol Ballard
  154. Bank Robbery by John Townsend
  155. Diamond Robbery by Darlene R. Stille
  156. The Doctor of Death published by Ticktock
  157. Investigating History Mysteries by Alex Woolf
  158. The Rescuers by Margery Sharp 
  159. Bernard the Brave by Margery Sharp 
  160. The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford
  161. 1914-1918: The History of the First World War by David Stevenson
  162. The Great War 1914-1918 by Peter Hart
  163. D-Day: The Battle for Normandy by Antony Beevor
  164. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  165. Charles Dickens by Valerie Wilding
  166. African Myths and Legends retold by Kathleen Arnott
  167. Charles Dickens and His Pen Pals by Tracey Turner
  168. The Boy Who Asked For 'More' by James Riordan
  169. Captain Boldheart by Charles Dickens
  170. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  171. African Myths and Legends by Catherine Chambers
  172. Charles Dickens by Andrew Billen
  173. Silent Night: The Song and Its Story by Margaret Hodges
  174. Great Joy by Kate DiCamillo
  175. The Long Christmas by Ruth Sawyer 
  176. The Christmas Miracle by Jonathan Toomey
  177. Goodbye, Mr. Chips by James Hilton
  178. To You, Mr. Chips by James Hilton
  179. The Life of Dick Turpin, Notorious Highwayman by Peter Norman Jackson
  180. What's So Special About Dickens?  by Michael Rosen
  181. Victorian Art by Susie Hodge
  182. Sagittarius Rising by Cecil Lewis
  183. African Tales by Gcina Mhlophe and Rachel Griffin
  184. Commando comic books adventures (6 books) edited by Calum Laird
  185. The Christmas Day Kitten by James Herriot
  186. The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore
  187. A Story in the Baobab Tree by Catherine House
  188. Avoid Working in a Victorian Mill!  by John Malam
  189. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
  190. The History of Aviation by Dennis Baldry
  191. A History of Air Warfare edited by John Andreas Olsen
  192. A Century of Air Power by Dr. Dave Sloggett
  193. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Robotic Air Warfare 1917-2007 by Steven J. Zaloga
  194. The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane by Russell Freedman
  195. Seapower by John D. Gresham and Ian Westwell
  196. Counting Leopard's Spots: Animal Stories in Africa by Hiawyn Oram
  197. The Story of David Livingstone by Vautier Golding
  198. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
  199. The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips by Michael Morpurgo
  200. The Original Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams 
  201. A Victorian School by Peter Chrisp
  202. Victorian School by Richard Wood
  203. You Wouldn't Want to be a Victorian Schoolchild!  by John Malam
  204. Life in a Victorian School (Pitkin Guides)
  205. My Story: Crimea by Bryan Perrett
  206. Victorian Schools by Mandy Ross
  207. Florence and the Drummer Boy by Penny Dolan
  208. Florence Nightingale by Emma Fischel
  209. The History of the Hobbit by John D. Rateliff
  210. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
  211. Unfinished Tales by J.R.R. Tolkien
  212. Farmer Giles of Ham by J.R.R. Tolkien
  213. The Adventures of Tom Bombadil by J.R.R. Tolkien
  214. Mr. Bliss by J.R.R. Tolkien
  215. Letters From Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien
  216. Charles Dickens by Mick Manning
  217. The Life of Our Lord by Charles Dickens
  218. Oliver Twist and Other Great Dickens Stories retold by Marcia Williams
  219. The Victorians at School by Rosemary Rees
  220. Florence Nightingale by Lucy Lethbridge
  221. Victorian Life: Schools by Nicola Barber
  222. A Victorian House by Richard Wood
  223. Victorian Town Children by Sallie Purkis
  224. Weather by Dan Green
  225. Tornado by Catherine Chambers
  226. A Christmas Carol (Eyewitness Classics) by Shona McKellar
  227. Tornado Alert by Franklyn M. Branley
  228. Feel the Wind by Arthur Dorros
  229. Animals in Winter by Henrietta Bancroft and Richard G. Van Gelder
  230. Falcons Nest on Skyscrapers by Priscilla Belz Jenkins
  231. Flash, Crash, Rumble, and Roll by Franklyn M. Branley
  232. Down Comes the Rain by Franklyn M. Branley
  233. What Will the Weather Be?  by Lynda DeWitt
  234. Snow is Falling by Franklyn M. Branley
  235. Charles Dickens by Peter Hicks
  236. The Young Florence Nightingale by Lettice Cooper
  237. Young Sherlock series (6 books) by Andrew Lane
  238. The Historical Atlas of World War II by Alexander Swanston and Malcolm Swanston
  239. Edith Cavell: A Legacy of Caring and Learning by Diana Souhami
  240. A Cup of Cold Water by Christine Farenhorst 
  241. World War I by Jane Bingham
  242. The First World War edited by Stewart Ross
  243. First World War by Dr. Brian Knapp
  244. 1914-1938 Armored Fighting Vehicles by George Bradford
  245. Axis Armored Fighting Vehicles by George Bradford
  246. Allied Armored Fighting Vehicles by George Bradford
  247. The Warlord's Puzzle by Virginia Walton Pilegard
  248. The Pigeon Spy by Terry Deary
  249. The First World War by Conrad Mason
  250. Grandfather Tang's Story by Ann Tompert
  251. The Usborne Introduction to the First World War by Ruth Brocklehurst and Henry Brook
  252. The Story of the First World War by Paul Dowswell
  253. Poets of the First World War by Nicola Barber
  254. Frightful First World War by Terry Deary
  255. Poets of the First World War by Neil Champion
  256. Poems from the First World War selected by Gaby Morgan 
  257. Loyal Creatures by Morris Gleitzman
  258. Archie's War: My Scrapbook of the First World War by Marcia Williams 
  259. The War Game by Terry Deary
  260. My Story: The Trenches by Jim Eldridge
  261. Over the Line by Tom Palmer
  262. Wiggling Worms At Work by Wendy Pfeffer
  263. Bugs are Insects by Anne Rockwell
  264. Spinning Spiders by Melvin Berger
  265. Honey in a Hive by Anne Rockwell
  266. Mapping the First World War by Peter Chasseaud
  267. Sherlock Holmes (Pitkin Guides)
  268. The Mysterious World of Sherlock Holmes by Bruce Wexler
  269. Flambards series (3 books) by K.M. Peyton
  270. 50 Things You Should Know About the First World War by Jim Eldridge
  271. The First World War by R. G. Grant
  272. The First World War by Henry Brook
  273. Dear Jelly: Family Letters From the First World War by Sarah Ridley 
  274. Stay Where You Are and Then Leave by John Boyne
  275. Sounds All Around by Wendy Pfeffer
  276. Sunshine Makes the Seasons by Franklyn M. Branley
  277. Biggles series (20 books) by Captain W.E. Johns
  278. The Little Grey Men by BB
  279. The First World War by Pam Robson
  280. Bravery in World War I by Peter Hicks
  281. Forces and Friction by Peter D. Riley
  282. Flight School by Nick Barnard
  283. 100 Things You Should Know About Flight by Sue Becklake
  284. The Fight For Flight by Nick Arnold
  285. Aeroplanes by Jan Mark
  286. Flight: the Trials and Triumphs of Air Pioneers by Reg Grant
  287. The Bomber Balloon by Terry Deary
  288. The Last Flight by Terry Deary
  289. Courageous First World War Stories by Jim Eldridge 
  290. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
  291. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne
  292. Flight (DK Eyewitness)
  293. The World of Flight by Ian Graham
  294. How It Works: The World of Flight by Bill Gunston
  295. Flight (DK Experience)
  296. Airline Pilot by Leonie Bennett
  297. Take a Flight by Peter Kent
  298. Who Lands Planes on a Ship?  by Linda Tagliaferro
  299. First Flight by Caryn Jenner
  300. The Wright Brothers by Margaret Hudson
  301. The First World War by Dennis Hamley
  302. Men, Women and Children in the First World War by Philip Steele
  303. The First World War by John D. Clare
  304. The First World War by Christine Hatt
  305. Headlines of World War I by Patience Coster
  306. World War I: Lost Words by Nicholas Saunders
  307. My First World War compiled by Daniel James
  308. A History of the Royal Air Force by Christopher Chant
  309. Great Campaigns of World War II
  310. The Wipers Times: The Complete Series of the Famous Wartime Trench Newspaper
  311. Flying and Floating by David Glover
  312. The Science of Air by Steve Parker
  313. Air, Wind and Flight by Mick Seller
  314. The Science Behind Flight by Louis Spilsbury
  315. Flight by Kim Taylor
  316. The First World War (Pitkin Guides)
  317. The Somme: France 1916 (Pitkin Guides)
  318. Tommy: First World War Soldier (Pitkin Guides)
  319. Women at War: 1914-1918 (Pitkin Guides)
  320. The Usborne Introduction to the Second World War by Paul Dowswell
  321. World War II by Simon Adams
  322. The Second World War by Ruth Brocklehurst
  323. The Second World War by Conrad Mason
  324. World War II by Bob Fowke
  325. World War II by Ken Hills
  326. World War II by Charlie Jones
  327. The Story of the Second World War by Paul Dowswell
  328. Woeful Second World War by Terry Deary
  329. True Stories: World War II by Clive Gifford
  330. World War II Bunker: The Cabinet War Rooms by Gillian Clements
  331. My Story: War Spy by Jim Eldridge
  332. How It Works: Fighter Planes
  333. Little Manfred by Michael Morpurgo
  334. Farm Boy by Michael Morpurgo
  335. Usborne True Stories: The First World War by Paul Dowswell
  336. War on Land by Anthony Masters
  337. Hitler's Angel by William Osborne
  338. Escape from Colditz by Deborah Chancellor
  339. Billy the Kid by Michael Morpurgo
  340. World War II by Hermann Black
  341. Headlines of World War II by Nicola Barber
  342. Who's Who in WW2 by Alison Hawes
  343. World War II by Andrew Langley
  344. World War II in Numbers by Peter Doyle
  345. The Causes of World War II by Stewart Ross
  346. The Second World War by Cath Senker
  347. World War II by Sean Connolly
  348. World War II by Tony Robinson
  349. What's Going On in World War 2?  by Paul Mason
  350. Avoid Being a Secret Agent in the Second World War!  by John Malam
  351. Virginia Hall: World War II Spy by Adrian Bradbury
  352. War Boy: A Wartime Childhood by Michael Foreman
  353. Doodlebug Summer by Alison Prince
  354. Blitzed Brits by Terry Deary
  355. Put Out the Light by Terry Deary
  356. What If the Bomb Goes Off?  by Stewart Ross
  357. My Story: Desert Danger by Jim Eldridge
  358. World War II in the Air by Peter Hepplewhite
  359. My Story: Battle of Britain by Chris Priestley
  360. War in the Air by Anthony Masters
  361. How to Draw Aircraft Like a Pro by Andrew C. Whyte
  362. The Chronicle of War by Paul Brewer
  363. Espoinage by Ernest Volkman
  364. World War Two: Causes, Course and Consequences by Simon Adams
  365. My Second World War by Daniel James
  366. The Second World War by Dennis Hamley
  367. An Evacuee's Journey by Peter Hepplewhite
  368. D-Day Landings by Richard Platt
  369. The D-Day Landings by Sean Connolly
  370. Toro!  Toro!  by Michael Morpurgo
  371. World War II by Sally Hewitt
  372. History Through Poetry: World War II by Reg Grant
  373. World War II by Rupert Matthews
  374. World War 2 Survival Tips by Richard Spilsbury and Louise Spilsbury
  375. World War II by Clive Gifford
  376. Children in History: World War II by Fiona Macdonald
  377. Taking Part in the Second World War: On Land by Ann Kramer
  378. Tail-End Charlie by Mick Manning
  379. Taking Part in the Second World War: In the Air by Ann Kramer
  380. The Blitz by Stewart Ross
  381. The Blitz by Simon Adams
  382. The Blitz by Patricia Kendall
  383. Blitz Boys by Linda Newbery
  384. Street Corner Dad by Alan Gibbons
  385. Taking Part in the Second World War: On the Home Front by Ann Kramer
  386. Digging For Victory by Jack Wood
  387. Taking Part in the Second World War: At Sea by Ann Kramer
  388. World War II by Nicola Barber
  389. Witnesses to War: Eight True-Life Stories of Nazi Persecution by Michael Leapman
  390. The Girl From Hard Times Hill by Emma Barnes
  391. The Fox Busters by Dick King-Smith
  392. Clever Duck by Dick King-Smith
  393. A Narrow Squeak and Other Animal Stories by Dick King-Smith
  394. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft set (18 books) published by Orbis
  395. Take Off magazine archive (11 folders)
  396. Aeroplanes, Rockets & Balloons by Chris Rawson & Stephen Cartwright
  397. Planes, Rockets and Other Flying Machines by Ian Graham
  398. Duel of Eagles by Peter Townsend
  399. Fighter Ace by Dilip Sarkar
  400. Avoid Being a World War Two Pilot!  by Ian Graham
  401. Women's War by Stewart Ross
  402. Women at War by Brenda Williams
  403. Captains of the Gates by Denis Blomfield-Smith
  404. Life Under Occupation by Charlie Samuels
  405. A Candle in the Dark by Adele Geras
  406. Greenmantle by John Buchan
  407. Life in World War II by Brian Williams
  408. The Home Front by Brenda Williams
  409. Wartime Scrapbook by Chris S. Stephens
  410. A Wartime Childhood by Rebecca Hunter
  411. The Second World War by Neil Demarco
  412. World War II published by Franklin Watts
  413. World War II by Rachel Wright
  414. Weapons and Technology of World War II by Windsor Charlton
  415. The Causes of World War II by Paul Dowswell
  416. Mad, Bad, and Just Plain Dangerous: World War II by John Townsend
  417. The Three Hostages by John Buchan
  418. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan
  419. The Magical Detectives by Brian Keaney
  420. Fox's Feud by Colin Dann
  421. Alan Turing by Jim Eldridge
  422. The Deeping Secrets by Victor Watson
  423. The Little Ships by Louise Borden
  424. World War II at Sea by Peter Hepplewhite
  425. True Stories of the Second World War by Paul Dowswell
  426. Spying and Security by Charlie Samuels
  427. Occupation and Resistance by Simon Adams
  428. Britain in World War II by Peter Hepplewhite
  429. Empire of the Sun by J.G. Ballard
  430. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan
  431. Pirates 'n' Pistols by Chris Mould
  432. Pirates by Chris Powling
  433. Pirate Fun by Andrew Parkinson
  434. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart by Harriet Castor
  435. Mozart by Catherine Brighton
  436. Pirate by Deborah Lock
  437. Pirate by Richard Platt
  438. Pirates by Terry Deary
  439. Pirate by Helen Greathead
  440. Spilling the Beans On... Blackbeard and His Murderous Mates by Martha Oliver
  441. Pirate Diary by Richard Platt
  442. The Pirate Queen by Terry Deary
  443. Discovering Prehistory by Robert Muir Wood
  444. Prehistory by Peter Chrisp
  445. First Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life by Sam Taplin
  446. Ancient Beasts published by Ticktock
  447. 100 Facts on Dinosaurs by Steve Parker
  448. Dinosaurs by David Stewart
  449. Killer Dinosaurs by Liz Miles
  450. Dinosaurs: Discover Incredible Beasts From Our Prehistoric Past
  451. Dinosaurs by Nick Arnold
  452. Discover the Dinosaurs: In the Sea by Joseph Staunton
  453. Sea Monsters by Steve Parker
  454. Sea Monsters by Liz Miles
  455. Dinosaur Tracks by Kathleen Weidner Zoeheld
  456. Dinosaurs Big and Small by Kathleen Weidner Zoeheld
  457. Dinosaurs Are Different by Aliki
  458. Did Dinosaurs Have Feathers?  by Kathleen Weidner Zoeheld
  459. What Happened to the Dinosaurs by Franklyn M. Branley
  460. My Visit to the Dinosaurs by Aliki
  461. Dinosaur Bones by Aliki
  462. Digging Up Dinosaurs by Aliki
  463. Let's Go Rock Collecting by Roma Gans
  464. How Mountains Are Made by Kathleen Weidner Zoeheld
  465. What's So Bad About Gasoline?  by Anne Rockwell 
  466. Fossils Tell of Long Ago by Aliki
  467. Surprising Facts About Pirates by Philip Steele
  468. Pirates (DK)
  469. The Pirate Prisoner by Terry Deary
  470. The Pirate Captain by Terry Deary
  471. The Pirate Lord by Terry Deary
  472. Pirate Stories
  473. So You Want to be a Pirate?  by Fiona Macdonald
  474. Pirate Adventures by Conrad Mason
  475. The Usborne Official Pirate's Handbook by Sam Taplin
  476. Have Fun With Arts and Crafts: Pirates by Rita Storey
  477. The House of Sixty Fathers by Meindert Dejong
  478. 100 Facts: Fossils by Steve Parker
  479. Future Energy by Helen Orme
  480. The Fox Cub Bold by Colin Dann
  481. Pirates and Their Caribbean Capers by Michael Cox
  482. The White Company by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 
  483. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  484. Mythmaker: The Life of J.R.R. Tolkien by Anne E. Neimark
  485. Harry Potter series (7 books) by J.K. Rowling

Out of curiosity, I decided to look at how Tiger's reading speed, measured in the total number of books read each academic year, has changed in the past five years:

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