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Grandparents are the best members of a family.
Grandparents are often much more free to enjoy
and have fun with their grandchildren.
Also, grandparents are interesting because they
have a lot of stories to share. Sometimes children
don’t listen to their parents but to their
1)Grandparents try to impact their grandchildren’s lives
2)Grandparents can greatly reduce household stress
3)Grandparents have a lot of experience
4)Grandparents provide a sense of security
5)Grandparents offer an affordable childcare
The importance of Family
Grandparents can help restore what has been lost, and explain the coming generation the importance of being family
Article by Francesco, Ginevra, Federico, Antonio, Jessica
Grandparents day is a civil event spread in some places in the world. We celebrate this festivity in honor of the figure of grandparents and their social influence. This anniversary is not celebrated all over the world the same day, in most countries the event is celebrated in the month of September or October. In Italy for example this festivity is celebrated on October 2nd.
Grandparents are the helpers of the parents, to play and grow their grandchildren. Today they are really helpful, while in the past it was different. In fact, they looked older than they were and they weren’t helpful.
The influence of grandparents on children
It is shown by various studies that grandparents provide a sense of security to the grandchildren. In 2014 a study at Boston College found that an emotionally close relationship between grandparents and grandchildren is associated with fewer symptoms of depression for both generations. Grandparents are a valuable resource because they have so many stories and experiences from their own lives to share and they are important for the affection they give.There are various reasons why grandparents are important for grandchildren. For example, children tend to listen to grandparents rather than their parents or other adults; they also provide a sense of security.
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Articles from around Europe, written by primary school pupils in England, Italy, Poland, Portugal & Spain
The Cotswolds, England
What I like about the Cotswolds is the fresh air, how spacious it is and the tourist attractions. What I think could be better is, heating, wi-fi and more football pitches because the Cotswolds is a big rugby place which I'm not too keen on.
By William Chalmers
OUR LOCAL AREA
The Weather In Częstochowa, Poland
By Emilia Serwiak 8a
Now In Poland we have Winter. But the weather is kind of surprising. Sunday in Częstochowa was really windy and cold for me. Probably because I put on some light clothes but maybe let's not talk about it. Yesterday it was Monday. It was sunny but unfortunately it was very cloudy. It was good weather. I even went for a really long walk to inhale fresh air. I felt fresh. Actually good enough for me.Today(2.03) the weather was lovely. The walk helped me a lot. I got rid of my little problem like I don’t know now one of my little problems but it’s very good for me that I don't remember them anymore. Again I could feel free of my problems. It's an amazing experience. You should really try it. I ran away from the topic but actually who cares about me ? you? Or a random person? I don’t see the askers so no one cares if I ran away from the topic a little bit or I stick to my topic. Now you’re aunt Emily plays astrologic for a few minutes. I hope you like it. I don’t accept Oppositions. So let's start our weather forecast. Let’s the show begin. So tomorrow it will be sunny. That's what my app in my phone tells me so don’t judge me if it’s not, judge my app. There will be fourteen degrees Celsius in Częstochowa . Lovely weather right? You can go to any place wherever you want to go. But remember we are in a global pandemic so stay safe, wear your mask and disinfect your hands. You can go for a long walk or do some sports to stay healthy and when you get old you can thank yourself. On Wednesday night it will be a bit cold but if you like that temperature I admire you a lot. Because most of us don’t like this lower temperature. I’m one of these people who like that temperature because I was born in winter. But when it starts raining, I can feel a little pain in my knee. I don’t think it’s normal. You can give me advice if you feel the same. I really welcome your answers because I am very curious about your answers. On Thursday it will rain. I’m sure of this information because I feel this in my knee. I’m joking. Don’t take this seriously or do whatever you want. In a day the thermometer will indicate twelve degrees Celsius. Colder than on Wednesday. So put on warm clothes. While at night it will be minus two degrees Celsius. Bring with you warm bedding and blanket and don’t forget about your favorite pillow. That’s the one of the important things to bring to sleep. So I think that’s all for today’s show. Hope you like it and your aunt Emily or a witch (or come up with a nickname for me). It’s lovely to see your commitment to play. I hope that my weather forecast made you smile. I hope someday I can write for you another time. It was a pleasure to meet you all!!!Have a nice day or night it depends when you are reading this article. I really hope you enjoy this a little or even much. It was really nice to write this for you..So I might see you soon. Thank for spending time to read my ArticleBye :D
New sculpture in Maia
In February, the Doutor José Vieira de Carvalho square received a new statue, entitled "Zmork", by the German sculptor Robert Schad.
The statue is made of steel, is 15 meters high and weighs about three tons. It tooks about a year to be built.
The Mayor, António Silva Tiago, says that the decision to make the sculpture was made in 2019 and aims to pay tribute to Maia's entrepreneurial soul.
The sculptor refers that the Zmork sculpture represents "the positive forces present in the urban and entrepreneurial soul of this city. Three arms wrap around a steel ball and lift it into the air. The steel bars of the sculpture grow naturally, like a plant that rises from the ground. They are an upraised body of arms, a ballerina on points dancing in the city's main square. Despite being rigid and weighing many tonnes, visually the sculpture conveys lightness and movement, a movement that stops for an instant at the moment of our gaze. Time dominated by steel, appearing static".
By André Moura, Íris Moura, Joana Silva, Tomás Mendes
Sports in SP42 Częstochowa
Many sports are practised in our school. For example football, basketball and volleyball and that's the last is the most popular in this school. Students willingly take a part in competitions. And what is important, they win them. SP42 is famous for this category sport. It’s unusual that the students are so good because generally they are first in competitions. I hope that after this coronavirus, when we finally come back to normal learning, our students will continue to play so well.
By Bartosz Kostrzewski
● Number of inhabitants: 10.28 million
● Capital: Lisbon
● Official language: Portuguese
● Total area: 92,256Km2
● President of the Republic: Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa
● Prime-Minister: António Costa
● Currency: Euro
By Joana Silva and Matilde Ferreira
Special days in the calendar
By Ola Maligłówka 8a
At the beginning of the year in Poland we celebrate some important occasions. In January there are two days: grandma and grandpa day and in February there is Valentine Day. So what are they and how Polish people celebrate them?
Grandmother and grandfather day
These holidays are celebrated at the end of January. Grandma's day is on January 21 and it is an important day for all of us.
It’s a special day you spend with our beloved grannies. Grandfather's day, which is celebrated a day later, on January 22 looks similar. This period of time is full of happiness and warmth, grandchildren come to grandparents with gifts or cards, grandparents prepare special cakes and sweets for their grandchildren. In schools and kindergartens there are performances showing that children remember about their grandparents and that they are important to them.
Valentine’s Day is a day for people who have already found their second half . We celebrate it on February 14, and it is also called A day of lovers. To celebrate this day, a lot of couples are giving each other different gifts like flowers, sweets, toy hearts or teddy bears. On this day, the world is full of love more than usual and you can see many people holding hands and kissing in the street but also sitting in the restaurant with candles. The shops are full of valentine gadgets and there are special promotions in cafes or restaurants. The day after, February 15, some people may celebrate the Day of the single, which is not as popular as Valentine’s Day, but if you haven’t found your valentine yet, you should still remember this holiday.
January is usually the coldest month in our area, but this year it has been specially cold.
This time we could see the snow from our school windows and we were freezing because they had to remain open because of COVID
Storm Filomena was a weak cyclone in early January 2021 that brought unusually heavy snowfall to many parts of Spain. Madrid recorded its heaviest snowfall since 1971.
Snow began to fall on 7 january, followed by 30 hours of continuous snowfall on 8–9 January. This caused the collapse of transports like buses and trains, and Madrid airport was closed due to snow.
Near the coasts, winds reached up to 80 km/h but in the Sierra nevada mountains they reached up to 120 km/h.
WEATHER IN ALICANTE
The best months for a swim in Alicante,Spain, are July and August, with a perfect temperature - varying between 25°C (77°F) and 29°C (84.2°F), and scarce rainfall.
Weather in March
The first month of the spring, March, is also a moderate month in Alicante with average temperature varying between 15.9°C (60.6°F) and 9.7°C (49.5°F).
In March, the average high-temperature is almost the same as in February , a still moderate 15.9°C (60.6°F). In March, the average low-temperature is 9.7°C (49.5°F).
In Alicante, the average relative humidity in March is 66%.
The month with the most rainfall in Alicante is March when the rain falls for 7.4 days and typically aggregates up to 29mm (1.14") of precipitation.
the storm filomena
Here is an interview between me (Amy Field) and Janet Waters, my grandma.She lives in Croughton;this is a small village close to Chipping- Norton, UK. She enjoys sewing, weaving and gardening. In this interview you will learn about her life when she was 10, her opinion on lockdown and much, much more.
Life when they were ten-years old
Me:Did you have any pets?
Janet Waters:Yes, a black and white dutch rabbit, but I can’t remember her name.
Me:Where did you live?
Janet Waters:Moorthorpe in Yorkshire
Me:What school did you go to?
Janet Waters:I went to Broad Lane junior girls school
Me:Who was your best friend?
Janet Waters:Jean Greasley, she had a lot of brothers and sisters.
Life during lockdown
Me:Do you like lockdown (Give a reason)?
Janet Waters:No it's boring and you can’t see your family.
Me:How do you make the most of lockdown?
Janet Waters:I do my hobbies of weaving and sewing.
Me:Did your vaccination hurt?
Janet Waters:No not at all.
Me:How much extra gardening did you do?
Janet Waters:We did a lot in lockdown, we also planted some extra trees.
The future of their local area
Me:Where is your local area?
Janet Waters:Croughton, Northamptonshire
Me:Are there any plans for the area (if so, what are they)?
Janet waters:The air base is expanding.
Me:What do you think would be best for the area?
Janet Waters:Enforce the speed limit.
Me:How do you think that the area could be improved, for wildlife?
Janet Waters:Plant more trees to expand the woods.
Below is an interview made between me Lyla-Primrose Daniels and my grandad Steven Ashley, who is 70 years old and lives in Wotton-under-edge Gloucestershire. He is very active and he likes to walk his dog and be with his family. He likes spending time in his shed pottering around. He still works hard building, decorating ,mechanics and carpentry. He knows a lot about a lot of things. Lockdown has been really hard for Grandad and my Nanny. They really miss their 13 grandchildren a lot! We are a very close family and we do lots of video calls to make up for our time away from each other.
In this interview I asked about life when he was a 10 year old, life during lockdown and the future of his local area. This is what he said.
Lyla:I would like to ask you what did you get up to when you were 10 years old?
Grandad:I use to ride my bicycle,I also played with a potato gun,conker,cap gun and bow and arrow.
Lyla:What sweets did you have when you were 10?
Grandad:I liked gobstoppers,black jacks and fruit salads. What would cost pence. The money was pound shillings and pence 240 pennies=£1.00.
Lyla:What kind of school meals did you have?
Grandad:I had cooked lunch that was free, custard, basic meal.
Lyla:What did you do whilst lockdown?
Grandad:The beginning of lockdown was fine but it is getting harder in winter time.
I miss my family.I have been eating and gardening (in summer). Walking the dog and working a bit. ( DIY PROJECT). Decorating thebedroom and puzzles and lego.
Lyla:What about the future of your local area? What would you like in the future in your area? What kind of place do you live in? Are there any plans for future buildings?
Grandad:First I live in a village in the countryside. I want things to stay the same with local people,keep the shops and school.Perhaps in the future they have planning for new houses or a school. I think lots of houses may be developed in the future with more shops etc.and bigger schools to keep up with the ever growing population and people wanting to move from cities to villages.
I like living in the Cotswolds because it is a quiet and calm place (most of the time) with a lot of wildlife and historic sites. There are many footpaths for a walking experience you will never forget. The famous David Beckham also lives in the Cotswolds. The clean lakes and rivers are beautiful and are filled with wildlife, which is nice.
By Thea Kelly
interviews with grandparents
I like living in the Cotswolds because it is calm and quiet with not many people. There are plenty of lovely riviers full of wildlife, and woods and fields where you can walk, surrounded by all sorts of animals. The villages have small communities so you can get to know people living around you. Lots of Roman artifacts have been found here and it is the home of Cotswold stone.
The weather is not perfect as it rains a lot but in the summer it is nice. The Cotswolds is a great place to live.
By Sophia Gainford
This interview was conducted by me, Sophia, with my maternal grandmother, Mrs Linda Garwood who is in her sixties. She lives with her husband Paul in Torquay, Devon on the South coast of England. They run two self-catering holiday cottages and up until fairly recently, a B+B at their house. The three subjects I have interviewed her on are: when she was ten years old, life in lockdown and the future of her local area.
Read the interview below to find out what she thinks about these topics.
Sophia:When you were ten years old, where did you live?
Mrs Garwood:I lived in Milton-Under-Wychwood.
Sophia:What was your favourite subject at school?
Mrs Garwood:English or Art.
Sophia:Did you have any pets?
Mrs Garwood:I had a cat briefly, but my dad didn’t like it. My main pet was my pony.
Sophia:What were your favourite hobbies?
Mrs Garwood:This one is easy - riding.
Sophia:During lockdown, did you have much contact with family?
Mrs Garwood:Yes I did, but only over FaceTime.
Sophia:Did you get lonely?
Mrs Garwood:No not really. I had Paul.(Her husband)
Sophia:What did you do to pass time?
Mrs Garwood:At our house, there is always decorating to be done. For me, it was mainly DIY.
Sophia:Has lockdown affected your job?
Mrs Garwood:Yes and no. We would be closed at the moment anyway, but last spring and summer we would have been open.
Sophia:In the future, what activities would you like to see in your local area?
Mrs Garwood:I would like to see more music related activities. We used to have loads of concerts and things, but we haven't had any for years.
Sophia:Do you think more houses should be built near you?
Mrs Garwood:Absolutely not.
Sophia:How do you think your local area could be changed for the better?
Mrs Garwood:Better road maintenance. There are a lot of potholes everywhere and better litter control.
Sophia:What would you like to do later this year if we are let out of lockdown?
Mrs Garwood:I would like to go to Australia to see Oliver (her son) and to come and see you. So basically, I would like to see my family.
This is an interview made by Mostyn Worthington and I am interviewing Lorna
Shufflebottom. Lorna is an elderly lady in her sixties and lives in Llandeilo, West Wales. She is still an active member of the society there. She normally spends her time seeing family and friends, checking on her office and making dinners for people. Lock down has been very hard for her because she hasn’t been able to see her family at the only thing she has done with them is Zoom. I have interviewed her about life when she was ten, lock down and her wishes for her future area. Here's Lorna to tell us more.
Mostyn:Where did you live when you were ten years old?
Lorna:On a farm in West Wales.
Mostyn:Were there computers and the technology we have today?
Lorna:No definitely not.
Mostyn:How was life different from now?
Lorna: Well there wasn’t much to do and a pack of crisps a month would be a rare treat.
Mostyn:How was school different?
Lorna: Well the school was old fashioned and the teachers were very strict.
Mostyn:What did your parents do?
Lorna:My father was a full time builder and on the weekends he worked on the farm.
Mostyn:Has lockdown been hard for you or have you liked it in a way?
Lorna: No, because I haven't been able to see my family.
Mostyn:Have you been stressed during this time?
Mostyn:Have you lost any of your family due to Covid?
Mostyn:Have you caught covid and if so how has it affected you?
Mostyn:Do you like where you live now?
Mostyn:What problems does your area face?
Lorna:None that I know of.
By André Moura, Carolina Ferreira, Eduardo Magalhães, Gustavo Guedes, Joana Silva, Lara Soalhães, Maria Carneiro
Stories from Palermo
Picture 1: When I was out, I collected flowers for my mom to make her happy, because she was very sad. I love her. Sun and clouds were happy because there is no virus in the air. My dad was working, my grandma was cooking and my grandpa was talking on the phone all the time.
Picture 2: With my mum we were talking to grandma online
Picture 3: My corona diary: when I talk to my friends online, I was in this room, during corona virus; in the second room I played with toys; I was wearing my pajamas; last one I am in bed.
LIfe during covid-19
Activity in the lockdown
The students of class 5ºF participated in the challenge "Inner and kaleidoscopic landscape", launched by the educational service of the Maia City Hall, under the UIVO 10th Maia Illustration Exhibition (https://www.facebook.com/uivoilustra). This activity was started at school, in the Visual and Technological Education subject, managed by teacher Carla Vieira, and finished at home, in online learning.
As motivation, images from the exhibition - Maia's Illustration Show - were shown and the synopsis of the activity was analyzed: "What great importance our home landscape gained during the months between March and June: not only the things that populate our space, but also what we could see from there. What a strange spot lay between tree #3 and stone #9 in the building's courtyard: did anyone else notice it? (I did). Since then, the desire to go back to school, to play with friends, to be with family again, with grandparents, was gaining space and our imagination was the biggest inspiration and companion! Good, because we will need it again: with cards, many colors, and scissors, we will compose an interior or exterior landscape, without limits of light or color.
The students talked about illustration, the first confinement (relating it to this one), the practices during the pandemic, and the landscape they observe from their home. It was emphasized that it is important to observe not only the things that populate our space, but also what we can see from there.
Students were provided with an individual kit with the materials needed for this activity. They were challenged to experiment with the different white cardboards in front of the mirror and the colored sticker papers and with the scissors and black marker they created varied plastic possibilities and verified "kaleidoscopic" effects.
These are the works made by some students.
Corona Virus started
The virus started in march 2020. For children it was something like “winter holidays”, because the lockdown was only supposed to last two weeks. At first, everyone was afraid of this disease.
People started buying out products from shops, it looked as if we were getting ready for war. With time, everything started to normalize, and we started to wear masks and sometimes rubber gloves. The weather was changing to be wonderfull and sunny, so everybody wanted to go outside.The children were so happy, because there were few lessons, some of the students hardly participated in them.
“Winter holidays”went on holidays
After two weeks,lockdown was extended. The children were still happy. Then the normal distance lessons began, hardly anyone was happy about it. Everyone had to get up early and sit in front of the computer. It wasn’t good for our health, but we had no choice. Learning from computer is also not easy, the screen or the teacher often jams. The children weren’t allowed to leave the house alone, so they couldn’t meet their frends. Shortly, they were isolated from the world, all what they had,it was the internet. Many children have lost their self-confidence and some friends. They spend whole day in front of the computer. It was terrible, how our lives has changed day by day.
The end or maybe just the beginning?
With time, everything started to return to normal, the number of infections by covid has decreased since the closure of schools. The children were allowed to leave the house alone and spend free time with friends. After a while, the schools were reopened. We thought it was the end of the pandemic and our lives would be back to normal. Unfortunately it didn’t happen, the infections started to increase again. We went back to remote teaching again.
How it looks now?
Now it’s 2021, virus is still with us. Infections continue to increase, and we still have remote teaching. Practically, nothing has changed,except the fact that vaccines were invented. It will be March again soon, so Covid has been with us for over a year. Children go outside because the weather is really nice. Everyone has enough of remote teaching. The virus has taken over our world. Everything looks like it just restarted. Let’s hope it will end someday.
By Zuzanna Maciejewska 8a
Lockdown for pupils in England - positive or negative?
The experience of lockdown for me is full of negatives and positives. It is positive because I get to finish my school work whenever I want. The negatives are that I can't see my family and I can't go to school, but I do love going on walks and spending more time with my dog.
By Florie Chandler-Mullins
The experience for me was mostly negative. Some of the worst negative things were how I did not know what was going on and that made me nervous which made me sick! Actually, I think the worst negative thing was that I was really worried that one of my family memebers would catch Covid-19. Some fo the positive things were that I got new fish! Also, every Sunday at 4pm we have a family Zoom.
By Olivia Filipova
The experience for me was mostly negative. I couldn't see friends which was so sad;not seeing a lot of my family was hard too. Also, I hugely missed travelling. This includes driving to restaurants and going shopping!
Three of the positives were going for walks, reading and relaxation.
By Oscar Moss
The experience for me was mostly negative because I couldn't see my friends, I missed school, I missed out on fun trips like Viney-Hill and an Erasmus trip. Also, some things wre good; like finally persuading my dad to get a dog and climbing trees. Some of the other good things were swimming in the brook nd playing with my pets.
By Amy Field
The experience of lockdown for me was quite balanced. Some of the positive things were spedning more time with my mum, going on walks because I don't usually want to go on walks, and the quietness. Some of the bad things were not going to friends' houses, and missing going out travelling because I like going and seeing places. I couldn't do swimming or golf and I missed my family.
By Ralph Walker
All about school life
By Kamila Durdzińska VII b
What is an ordinary, happy school day like ? It's hard to say because
it was so long time ago that I can hardly remember. A few of the most general things that are still in my mind: every day before leaving home you had to get up early in the morning, get ready to leave quickly, and when you got to school you started getting both excited and a bit stressed. Before the sound of a first bell some of us asked themselves questions: Have I done all my homework? Will the teacher arrange some short test? Have I remembered to bring my art supplies?
When in March 2020 the Polish Government announced that
the schools will have been closed for two weeks, everyone was happy,
we thought: great, finally we will have some rest, we will not have to study, there will be no tests, essays to be written, we will finally stay up late. Unfortunately, these two weeks turned into months. The reason is that after a couple of weeks the Government declared that the number of covid cases was increasing.
As a result, we were facing the upcoming, long-term online studying, that is here with us up till now.
At the beginning, everyone enjoyed it - it was something new, something different. However, after a while, our everyday routine became monotonous, colorless, which made most of us - teenagers - increasingly unhappy with the situation.
For now, we feel to be “out of reach” and many of us struggle to cope with it. We miss our teachers, our schoolmates, laughing and hanging out together after school. What we can and should do is to be brave, fight for ourselves and give each other as much support as possible, as the depressive symptoms are often just round the corner.
Apart from depression, another social problem is that many of us feel the process of online education is, in a way, leading us to stagnancy. You may disagree, but some students just do not believe in it, for many of my friends
it makes no sense at all. Too often we share the same passive and pessimistic ideas of how to ‘survive’ the lesson. This is not the way of how a healthy lifestyle should be carried on, is it?
At the very end, many of us can not catch up with lots of homework,
my classmates do not pay attention to what the teacher is saying during
the lesson. Some of my friends use their phone, browse social network sites
or even play computer games. Then, we start collecting poor marks, the next step is copying it, and so it goes. It is too far fetched for too many of us to catch any motivation, we do not bother to get up in the morning. It happens for some to get up five minutes before the lesson starts, sitting in their pyjamas eating breakfast in class.
As I am writing this, I am also on the side of us, the children. To be clearly stated: we all have had enough of this. We are left alone at home for days.
I sit in front of my computer for so many hours that when I stand up in the afternoon, my spine hurts, my eyes burn and I'm just sick of it all. I would like to get back to a normal school life, like all my friends.
I wish it was like it used to be ...
This year everything has been very different, because of COVID measures.
Our parents could not come to school for the carnival party, because they are not allowed to come in big groups.
We couldn't wear carnival masks or make up because of hygienic reasons, but we could wear carnival costumes and have fun with our classmates in the playground.
There wasn't any party at all, but we had fun anyway.
SCHOOL LIFE: celebrating carnival in covid times
Carnival, is the merrymaking and festivity that takes place in many Roman Catholic countries in the last days and hours before the Lenten season. The derivation of the word is uncertain, though it possibly can be traced to the medieval Latin carnem levare or carnelevarium, which means to take away or remove meat.
Carnivalis a festival that happens over a few days, usually just before Lent, in February or March. Because traditionally many people go on a fast during Lent, giving up meat, sugar or other foods and drink,carnival is an opportunity to enjoy these treats for the last time.
Every year our school celebrates Carnival with lots of funny activities and a parent day. During Carnival week, two clowns (pupils from year 6) come to each class and arranges Carnival assignments. In Spanish we call them consignas. For example, they ask pupils to bring a hat, a colorful tie, or different socks.
The next day they come again to check if everybody has got their assignments, and if not, hit them with a broom or make them dance. The last "consigna" of the week is to encourage everybody to bring a carnival costume for the following day.
Thomas More School, Sicily
Thomas More school was born in 2013 and was formed by a group of parents of the old schools of Imera and Altavilla. In 2014 the headmasters Stefania and Filippo took those two schools and formed Thomas More.
School Birthday parties
At Thomas More, we prepare parties. We prepare muffins and pizzas. We blow balloons and we have candles on the candles on the cake. The birthday boy or girl can wave his or her hand on them. Then, they open the presents and play in the garden.Examples: Birthday party of Ludovica, April 10th;
Birthday party of Francesco, February 23rThe school subjects at Thomas More
The subjects at Thomas More school are:
Italian : it’s difficult but it’s funny;
English: it is really a lot of fun and we always play games!
History: it is difficult to study, but our teacher is funny
Geography: it is tiring but we learn a lot
Science: it’s fun but sometimes is boring
Art: it is fun and the teacher is very good
Music: it is very very good and rarely boring
Physical Education is on Fridays on Mondays. On Friday’s we exercise; on Monday’s we do team game that are a lot of fun
Mathematics: it is boring but the teacher is good and very intelligent
We interviewed our classmates to get their personal opinion about Thomas More School
Goy says: I love Thomas More!
Francesco says: “I like school?”
Mario says “ Yes, I do like school!”
Riccardo says “I like school because it is big and it has a big garden
there are important lessons and we learn important lessons”
Vincenzo says “I like school so-so because there are days when I am bored and days when I have fun”
Ruggero says “I like school”
Lorenzo says “I like school because there are important lessons and we learn important lessons”
International Women's Day(March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality.
Our school has celebrated this special day with lots of activities for all ages, from kindergarten to primary year 6. We remembered women's achivements by knowing about remarkable women's lives, as famous scientists, artists, investigators, or leaders from the present or the past.
international women's day
María Blasco is a scientist born in Alicante. She studied secondary education in San Vicente. She was even Carmen's classmate!!
Maria A. Blasco obtained her PhD in 1993 at theCentro de Biología Molecular "Severo Ochoa". That same year, Blasco joined theCold Spring Harbor Laboratoryin New York (USA) as a Postdoctoral Fellow under the leadership of C. W. Greider. As a postdoc she isolated and generated the first telomerase deficient mouse model, In 1997, she returned to Spain to start her own research Group at theCentro Nacional de Biotecnologíain Madrid. She joined the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) in 2003 as Director of the Molecular Oncology Programme and Leader of the Telomeres and Telomerase Group.
Old Town Hall
life in the past
Old train station built in 1858
Old station by Carla
San Vicente by Yaiza
San Vicente in the past
This school term year 5 classes have been investigating the history of San Vicente along one hundred years, starting in 1920.
How was our town in the past? Before that date, san Vicente was a tiny farmers village where people lived from growing almonds, lemon trees, olive oil or vineyards.But some years later, in the sixties, some factories established in the town, and the need of workforce made a lot of people come to work on furniture or concrete factories. This is why San Vicente grew dramatically.
Today San Vicente has more than 55.000 inhabitants; it also has lots of services related to Alicante University.
San Vicente in the past
This school term year 5 classes have been investigating the history of San Vicente along one hundred years, starting in 1920.
How was our town in the past? Before that date, san Vicente was a tiny farmers village where people lived from growing almonds, lemon trees, olive oil or vineyards.But some years later, in the sixties, some factories established in the town, and the need of workforce made a lot of people come to work on furniture or concrete factories. This is why San Vicente growed dramatically.
Today San Vicente has more than 55.000 inhabitants; it also has lots of services related to Alicante University.
Old station today
Old tram pulled by horses
A song from my grandmother’s time
Hello, I'm José Pedro and during this lockdown I asked my grandmother to sing me some music from her time. She told me about this one, which was a typical song of our land, sung door to door by a group of people on January 6th.
I collected the lyrics and suggested to the Music teacher that we sing it in class.
“Nós vimos cantar os reis
Não vimos cá por dinheiro
Vimos para festejar
O dia 6 de janeiro
Olhei para o céu estava estrelado
Vi o Deus menino em palhas deitado
Em palhas deitado, em palhas aquecido
Filho de uma rosa, de um cravo nascido
Viva o senhor desta casa
E os que deseja
Viva também uma rosa
Que o levou á igreja
Vamos dar as despedidas
Vamos dar-lhas muito bem
Adeus meus senhores todos
Até ao ano que vem”
Memories from the times of our grandparents
By Natalia Niklas 8a
What was the winter like?
The winters usually lasted from November to spring. Snow didn’t melt. The level of it was to the waist. You had to remove snow twice a day because there were high snowdrifts. It was so frosty that children dug tunnels in the snow, they went sledging and skiing. My grandparents made on their own skis and sledges.
What did you do in your free time?
After lessons the children played football, they went to the pond to swim. They picked some mushrooms and they helped their parents. In summer holidays they went to the camps, which lasted one month. They rode bikes and invented new games. When they wanted to eat something sweet, they climbed the trees and ate some cherries, or they went to the shop and ate some lemonade powder. At weekends young people made campfires and they organized dancing.
What was life like in the communism times?
We had to stay in long queues to buy some food. There was nothing to buy in the shops: no meat at the butcher’s, no coffee or tea, the sweets and tropical fruit appeared only on special occasions and the were so limited that even staying in long queues didn’t guarantee that you could catch anything. People had special coupons with the amount of food they could buy in one month. These amounts were very small. We couldn’t go abroad, nobody had passports.
What kind of music did you listen to?
People often listened to music when somebody was playing the accordion, harmonica and guitar. We often sang and danced. They created an atmosphere which they remembered for a long time. They had some dubplates and they listened to different kinds of music – usually played on the record player (vinyl records)
Here is an interview made by me Olivia Filipova and my dad Bobby Filipov, who lives in Wyck Rissington, Cheltenham, England. He is in his forties and works as a taxi driver. Today I am going to be interviewing him about his childhood (in Bulgaria) and past, find out his opinion on the lockdown and the future of his local area.
You can hear the full interview down below:
LIFE IN THe PAST & TODAY
Because our population is constantly developing, in every town or city there is at least one building that was torn down and converted into something new. There are also buildings that are now unused and old. Which are those buildings in Częstochowa?
Here’s a few examples.
The Old Warsaw-Sienna train station:
- It was built in 1845-1846. Its shape looked like a locomotive. It got demolished a long time ago and all that lasted from it is a small building where the toilets used to be. Now in its place there is a new transfer center. (photo_3 and Photo_4)
Paper mill on Krakowska street:
- It got torn down in 2001 and in 2009 Jurassic mall was established in its place. To build it we also needed to fill in the Kohn canal. Which if we didn’t, the mall would be placed on a small island between the Warta river and the Kohn canal. (photo_2)
-It was a trading and furniture house from the times when Poland was still under the communist rule. It was dismantled in the summer of 2018. Now, there is a retail park which main part is Lidl.
-It still exists to this day, but it got converted into a supermarket. It was built in 1968 and closed in 2001 due to lack of spectators.
-It was one of the prettiest buildings in Częstochowa before it got burned by the Germans in the winter of 1939. After the World War II it was turned into a philharmonic. (photo_1)
By Ania Kowalik 8a
People from the past
There are some people from my city who achieved success and are famous now. One of them is Mr Jerzy Kulej, a famous Polish boxer. He was born on 19th October 1940 in Częstochowa. In his boxing career Mr Kulej won two Olympic Games (in 1964 in Tokyo and in 1968 in Mexico). He took part in 348 fights and he won 317 of them. It is a spectacular achievement in sport. He is the only person in Poland who managed to do such an extremely difficult task. Jerzy Kulej started boxing when he was fifteen years old in “Start” club in Częstochowa with his coach Wincenty Szyiński. Feliks Stamm was his second coach. Kulej won the most important competitions with him. Stamm was like a father for him and they were also good friends and had wonderful relationship. Jerzy Kulej was an amazing person and a brilliant boxer. When he ended his career, he started commenting the boxing fights on TV. Everybody liked listening to him. He was a very passionate and humorous person. He had huge knowledge and was a real expert in boxing. Jerzy Kulej had suffered from cancer for many years and eventually died on 13th July 2012 in Warsaw. He was seventy two years old.
By Maja Ruszel
Maia Railway Station
The railway station of Maia was one of the stations on the Guimarães railway line that was inaugurated on 14th March 1932, facilitating communications between Maia and the city of Porto. It was inaugurated under the name of Barreiros.
On 24th February 2002, the section between Senhora da Hora and Trofa was closed, to be replaced later by the Porto Metro. This left the Maia train station inactive.
On 13th July 2015, the first section of the cycle path built on the deactivated channel of the former Guimarães line was inaugurated, a project called Ecocaminho da Maia.
A part of the route of the railway line became a leasure space for families.
The second and last section was inaugurated on 16th February 2019, creating a 3.3km cycle path.
The old station building has been transformed into a restaurant opened in 2018 which has brought new life into the station. The restaurant has kept the spirit and the name "STATION". A very pleasant space and with delicious food.
Unfortunately on 2nd December 2020 a short circuit caused a fire in the restaurant which caused major damage. But, the "STATION" will shine again.
By Carolina Ferreira nº5, 5ºF
Mission X Challenge
Teams of year 5 students students are participating in Mission X challenge. We must complete activities to earn points and help the Mission X mascots walk to the Moon. We have to do two sets of activities:
Physical activities: students develop strength, endurance, coordination, and spatial awareness; and
Scientific activities: which focus on STEM subjects and allow students to practice scientific reasoning and teamwork.
At the moment we have completed two physical activities and two science activities.
We discovered that we are taller in the morning than in the evening
We have discovered that astronauts can't get fat in space.
We have investigated how astronauts brush their teeth or go to the toilet.
We have connected to ISS live streaming and watch how astronauts work in space.
science: train like an astronaut
technology: elias robot
Will robots teach us in the future?
Our major came to see our progress
Piloting Elias Robot
During this spring, the year 6 classes will have the oportunity to test a new app called "Elias Robot"
Elias Robot is the voice of a robot who teaches languages, for example English, but also Spanish as well.
We practise in the class and then at home, with our own mobiles, tablets or laptops. This year our computer room was arranged for year 5 class so the computers can't be used.
If we find mistakes, or Elias don't understand us, we tell Carmen and she writes Elias team to mend it.
WISHES FOR THE FUTURE
by Class 5B
Covid 19 has changed our lives. We have been locked down, we can't travel out of our region, we can't be in the street after 10 o'clock. Now everybody is waiting for the vaccines.
One friend from my school brought and empty vial of Moderna vaccine. His dad works in a hospital. Everybody could see it in class 5B
An interiview with my grandmother...
Florie Chandler-Mullins:Do you think your local area will be more green in the future?
Nicola Mortimer-Stokes:I think there might be less farming and more re-wilding which is better for the environment. However, I think there will be more road traffic which is bad for the environment.
Florie Chandler-Mullins:Do you think different types of houses will be built in your local area in the future?
Nicola Mortimer-Stokes:I don’t think there will be new houses in the village, there haven’t been any new houses built here for as long as I’ve lived here which is nearly 30 years. However, I think that house extensions will be more green and that all houses will have to move from oil heating to renewable energy.
By Hubert Mistrzyk 8a
Have you ever thought of what could happen in the future? In this article I would like to present some of the interpretations of the future made by kids. Most children think of going to University to become a doctor or become a professional football player or even basketball player. Some of the children think to change the world and to help the poor people. Since I am still a kid, technically I can show you my perspective about the future. Personally I think that there should be peace in the world and everyone should not look at one another as equal, no matter if we are in a wheel chair or have another skin colour or speak another language.
The world is a mess right now with all the protests against racism from May. I think that those movements forget that all lives matter. It’s sad that today people still live in fear because of all the viruses going on and all the wars and conflicts. We need to make a peace movement that will work around the world just like the United Nations but making even more movements against racism and hatred that is all around us, even in the internet.
I think that my future dream will come true even in the nearest future. I personally support people like Mahatma Gandhi and other people who have peacefully shown that everything can be changed to be better for people.
leisure time: FILM reviews
A film review by Ana Pastor
My favourite film is Coco. It's about a boy called Miguel that wants to be a singer. Miguel now lives with the elderly Coco and their family, most of whom are shoemakers. Coco suffers from memory loss. And music is forbidden in the family.
My favourite character is Miguel. I like him because he is funny, brave, generous and kind.
My favourite part is when Coco was singing his favourite song with Miguel.
A film review by Jimena Goycoechea
My favourite film is Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. It's about a boy that becomes a magician.
My favourite character is Hermione. I like her because she is intelligent, brave, generous and kind. She is the least selfish.
She does magic, explores, flies on a broom and learns a lot about magic.
My favourite part is when they were like playing a game, it was a moment of nerves, despair and, above all, fun.
A maior flor do mundo
Author: José Saramago Illustration: João Caetano
In this book, the author José Saramago tells the story of a boy who lives in a village and goes to the end of the world to save a flower that is about to die.
The boy leaves the backyard and goes from tree to tree, down the river and ventures alone through the land. He arrives at the planet Mars and goes through the fields until he reaches the round hill that looks like a bowl and finds a very withered flower. Then he descends the mountain and reaches the river Nile, with his hands he collects a few drops of water to give the flower to drink.
For 20 times he walked back and forth the same way to save the flower. The boy fell asleep under the flower and his worried parents went looking for him.
At sunset his parents saw a huge flower in the distance that they had never noticed before, so they found it and took the boy home, where everyone admired him for his courage, for not being afraid, for venturing out and never giving up on his dreams.
I really enjoyed reading this book, because besides being fun and very easy to read, I think that it is not just a book for children, adults should read it too.
I really liked a sentence that the author wrote; "What if stories for children became compulsory reading for adults? Would they really be able to learn what they have been teaching for so long?"
By Lara Soalhães 5ºF, nº15
Holes - Louis Sachar
Holes is a book about a boy who is sent to a children's prison camp for supposedly stealing a valuable pair of trainers. The book can be confusing and some parts may need to be explained by somebody else. For example when the lizards don't bite Zero and Stanley due to them smelling like onions after eating them for at least a week, this is never explained ( the lizards don't like onions).
Holes is a very good book with lots of twists and turns. There are multiple aspects I think are amazing such as the dangerous yellow spotted lizards and the story of Sam the onion seller.
Overall Holes is a fun and hard to put down book. I enjoyed every minute of it. Out of ten, I would give it an 8.5.
By Leo Slocock
Tom‘s Midnight Garden - Phillipa Pearce
I loved the book Tom’s midnight garden because it’s not predictable, you never know what’s coming. There’s lots of twists and turns that you never see. Surprises that make you go all tense and shocked. It’s got excitement and adventure. Some emotional parts too! Though I found it quite complicated so it was hard to follow.
By Ava Elmer
Wolf Brother - Michelle Paver
I think that Wolf brother is an amazing book because it has so much adventure and action. I love Wolf. He is my favorite character because first he is a wolf, second because he is a big part of the book and you learn alot about him! The book has lots of twists and turns. I am not usually a fan of twists or turns but this one was good.
By Olivia Filipova
The Hobbit - JRR Tolkein
I like The Hobbit because I like dragons, monsters and mythology and the book has those things. If you like missions fantasy theft and magic this is a good book for you. The only part of this book that I don’t like is that it takes a while to start the journey. You might like it if you are 9+.
By William Chalmers
leisure time: BOOK reviews
leisure time: BOOK reviews & cARTOons
By Julia Musik 6c
Most of the kids all around the world love to watch their favourite cartoons. Together with fairy tales, they educate children and give the youngest generations some tips on how to be a better person, help others and get on well with others. I want to present some of the most popular cartoons that are known all over the world.
My favourite one is “ SpongeBob SquarePants” – an animated comedy about a sea sponge and his underwater friends. The messages about friendship, perseverance, and self-respect are frequent, and the relationships between SpongeBob and his crew are authentic and surprisingly touching.
“Alvin and the chipmunks”- This cartoon is also enjoyed by many children and teenagers all over the globe. It is about a loveable trio of chipmunks: Simon, Alvin and Theodore. It is a kind of a musical cartoon, it is funny but also a bit controversial. You can watch it with the whole family. Get a lot of positive emotions, from which you can be delighted.
Tom and Jerry is the last cartoon I would like to tell you about. I used to watch this cartoon when I was younger, which made me feel really excited. The series centers on the rivalry between the titular characters of a cat named Tom and a mouse named Jerry. The plot of each short episode usually focuses on Tom and Jerry's numerous attempts to have the best of each other. Despite Tom's clever strategies, he rarely succeeds in getting the best of Jerry, mainly because of Jerry's cunning abilities, luck, and his lack of tendencies in being a bit too reckless. However, on several occasions, they have displayed genuine friendship and concern for each other's well-being.
Five Feet Apart
Book review by Agnieszka Śpiewak
The book ‘Five Feet Apart’ is a romantic story about two people, Will and Stella who have cystic fibrosis. They must be 5 feet apart, because otherwise they could get infected and then die. But they are both in love, and can’t live without each other.
This book touched me so much. Their story is so romantic and sad, too. After I read it, I look at the world differently. This book can change a lot in our lives. But it’s so good for our hearts.
I recommend this book for everyone. You can also watch a film about it ( it’s so good, too ).
My favourite quote from the film: “life is too short to waste a second”
leisure time - recipes
1. Kurzina -this is a traditional nettle soup.
-15 nettle shoots
-1 bunch of chives
-1 spoon of lemon juice
-50 g of onion
-150g of bacon
-40g of flour
-salt and pepper
How to cook it:
Boil the water and add some salt. Add the nettles and chives. Cut the bacon, fry it in a pan and add the chopped onion. Fry everything together. Add flour and some water. Add the salt and pepper and it is ready to serve.
Thank you for reading
and enjoy your meal :)
2. Marchwiak -carrot cake with dried plums.
-600 g of grated carrot
-250g of sugar
-1 spoon of baking powder
-d a bunch of dried plums
-400g of potato flour
-12ml of cream
How to cook it:
In a bowl, mix carrots, sugar, eggs, flour, oil and baking powder. Slice the plums and add to the cake. Mix together. Put into a form and bake for 35 minutes in 180*C.
Recipes that are specific to my region. By Bianka Nogaj
In my article I am presenting 5 dishes that are typical for my region (Częstochowa and Śląsk)
5. Kluski śląskie (Silesian noodles)
- up to 1 kg of cooked potatoes
-salt and pepper
How to make them:
Mash the cooked potatoes. Add some flour (1/2 of a cup), egg and salt. Knead everything. Form the pasta, leaving a small hole at the top of each noodle.
Cook the noodles in boiling water for about 5 minutes.
3. Pieczonki – my favourite summer dish!
-salt and pepper
How to cook it:
Peel the potatoes, carrots, onions and beets and cut them into slices. Put the cabbage leaves into the pan. After that, you should fill the pan with potatoes, onions, beets, carrots and sausages. It is usually made on fire during the camping, so the taste of the dish is unusual. Feels like a real summer!
4. Modro kapusta - this is a red cabbage from Śląsk.
- some butter
- 2 apples
-salt and pepper
How to cook it:
Peel the onion and chop it, fry it in the pan. Cut the cabbage. Then put it into a pot, add water, lemon juice and cook for about 20 minutes. Add one or two of grated apples, flavour it with some salt and pepper.
leisure time - hobbies
Hobbies - By Weronika Jeszka 7d
Many people have hobbies. We are usually keen on sport or art, e.g. drawing, painting, singing, dancing, designing or creating our own piece of something. Some of us are bookworms and love reading, others are fond of travelling to new exotic places. You can explore new countries, culture and learn history from a different, new perspective.
It all depends on your personality. Our school community represents a variety
of interests. Having a hobby enables us – teenagers - to make friends with people who share the same passion. For others, it may be an escape to the dream world, that helps them +to forget about every day’s problems and worries. Lockdown and isolation prove that hobbies have a mysterious power to make us feel happier and motivated to reach our goals.
My hobby is singing and listening to music. When I was young, my mom gave me a lot of chances to take part in many artistic competitions. I met a lot of children that are artistically talented. They have been singing or playing different musical instruments since that time.
Now, during the lockdown time, we often meet for online sessions, we chat and listen
to music or sing and play together.
Lockdown time may occur to be less frustrating when you realize you are into cooking. It may be passionate and it brings much of excitement to prepare some healthy dishes together with your family. According to the thesis: ‘You are what you eat’, it is crucial to pay attention to what nutritions your diet actually consists of.
As far as creating art on paper is concerned, some people take it up unconsciously.
My best friend likes to draw some anime characters or something else that comes out of her imagination. Very often it takes long, but the effects can be amazing.
Watching movies and TV series – I think it is one of the most enjoyable ways
of spending your free time. There are so many stylistic and thematic categories of films, that everybody will be satisfied. After the film, do not forget to have a discussion about the plot, the characters and give some feedback to the others.
To sum up – your hobby can make your life brighter and more colourful, it is your ‘cast-away” trip from your everyday routine or problems, and it simply makes you feel happier.
leisure time - languages
I don’t understand.
Um momento, por favor!
A moment, please.
Preciso de ajuda.
I need some help.
Não falo português.
I don't speak Portugese