Blogging Buddies: A Response to Mrs.Todd’s Class in the USA. Irish Food Imports & Exports

Mrs. Todd’s Class from Rocky River Elementary School, Northern Carolina are doing a project about agriculture around the world. We have collaborated with her class ‘The Roadrunners’ before. You can see this work here.

‘The Roadrunners’ asked us some questions about Irish food imports and exports.You can see their class blog ‘Going Global at Rocky River’ here.

Do we import a lot of food in Ireland?

Yes we do. Half the annual 16 billion euro spent on food and drink in Ireland is spent on goods that have been imported. That is 8 billion euro’s worth.

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Some imports are a result of our climate. Here in Ireland we can’t grow coffee, cocoa or oranges.

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Many food brands that we assume to be Irish are in fact imported.

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For example the Boyne Valley is a beautiful place in Ireland but Boyne Valley Honey is imported from Europe and South America.

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This is because of our wet climate, the lack of beekeepers and the decline of Irish bees.

So sweet.

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Siucra is the Irish word for sugar. Last century we had sugar beet factories but they have been closed down.

Now we import sugar from Germany on account of a political decision to shut down the factories.

What foods do we export?

We import 8 billion euros worth and we export €10 billion euros worth.

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One third of our exports and meat and livestock.

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We also export a lot of prepared foods (e.g. fat-filled milk powders, cooked meats, pizza, sauces, bakery and confectionary) accounts for 1.65 billion euros worth.

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We are an island nation surrounded by the sea so it is not surprising that we also export seafood.

Nearly half our exports go to our neighbours in the United Kingdom. We also export a lot to Europe. We export beef and dairy to the USA and luxury speciality foods.

 

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Irish people living in the USA like to eat Irish rashers and sausages and other products. It reminds them of home.

Do we have an international aisle in the supermarket?

We have lots of international food in the supermarket.

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The Census in 2011 tells us that nearly 3% of our population are Polish. There are also a lot of people from other parts of Eastern Europe living in Ireland. We also have many European, Asian and African people living in Ireland.

Irish people who have travelled abroad enjoy foreign food. The result of this is that we find lots of international food in the supermarket.

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We like to eat Chinese, Italian and Indian food. You can see this on the supermarket shelves.

The people from other countries like Poland like to eat food from their country.

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Oreos from the USA are a popular product here among the children in Ireland.

Mmmmmm. Delicious!

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However when we looked at where the packets of Oreos in the supermarket, we discovered they were made in the United Kingdom under license from the USA.

We were asked are there food shortages in Ireland? Do people go hungry?

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Sadly the 2014 Census tells us that In 11% of children (aged 0-17) lived in poverty and so would not have enough food to eat.11% is is one in nine children.

Halloween Traditions with photographs

We celebrate Halloween on 31st October each year.

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The celebration of Halloween

has a long history.

Here in the Northern Hemisphere

we needed something to cheer us up

as the cold, dark nights arrive,

so the Celts marked the end of Summer

and the start of the Winter months, 

with a celebration called Samhain; ‘All Souls’.

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It was said that the souls of those who had passed

into the next world came to visit at this time. 

The celebration marked the end of Summer

and the start of the Winter months.

The time of the Celts in Ireland was 2000BC – 400AD.

 

Here are some Irish Halloween Traditions:

Traditionally for dinner there was ‘Colcannon’;

a plate of mashed potato, cabbage and onion.

Pennies were wrapped up in baking paper

and placed in the mash for children to find and keep!

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The traditional Halloween cake is barmbrack which is a fruit cake.

Once again you would have to be careful eating this

or you would break your teeth

because there were ‘tokens’ hidden in it.

 

If you got the rag then the next year would be a poor one.

If you got the coin then you could look forward to a year of riches.

Finding the ring was said to predict an engagement.

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If you wanted to find out who your future partner might be

you were advised to peel an apple in one go.

The single apple peel was then dropped on the floor

to show the initials of this mystery person.

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The tradition of Jack O’Lanterns travelled from Ireland to the USA.

But originally the Irish carved out turnips.

When the Irish emigrated to America there was not a great supply of turnips

so pumpkins were used instead. Pumpkins are easier to carve than turnips too!

 

Though the tradition of wearing costumes and ‘trick or treating’

seems to have been imported from the USA,

a tradition of wearing disguise also dates back to Celtic times.

By disguising themselves people superstitiously believed

that the souls who were visiting would leave them alone.

 

Halloween Games include ‘Snap Apple’.

An apple is suspended from a string and children are blindfolded.

The first child to get a decent bite of the apple gets to keep their prize.

A variation of this game involves hanging a bar of soap with the apple.

The risk was then that one would get a mouthful of soap instead of apple.

‘Bobbing for Apples’ can be played by placing apples in a basin of water

and trying to get a grip on the fruit!

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The Halloween bonfire is another tradition

and a more modern addition is the use of fireworks,

though they are illegal in Ireland.

It is important to be safe on Halloween.

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From the Archives: Food that is traditional in Ireland.

Sometimes visitors to our blog ask us

what food is traditional in Ireland.

This is a tricky question because Irish food

comes under a lot of influences.

Our food is influenced by our neighbours in the UK,

countries in Europe

the USA and beyond.

 

If we ask the children in school what their favourite food

is they will say pizza and spaghetti bolognaise,

both of which are Italian food.

Children also enjoy pasta from Italy.

Chinese, Indian and Mexican food is also popular.

Children like burger and chips which is an American food

and fish and chips which comes from the UK.

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Traditionally a lot of our food was potato based.

We boil them and chip them,

bake them and mash them.

Potato cakes are a traditional Irish food.

They are delicious.

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We eat a lot of meat in Ireland.

Irish stew is a traditional dish.

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Mmmmm… It’s tasty!

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This is called an Irish Breakfast

but it is very like an traditional English Breakfast.

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Porridge is a traditional breakfast in Ireland too,

but many children in school prefer

toast or cereal like Rice Crispies or Coco Pops.

Grown ups drink a lot of tea

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but coffee is becoming more popular.

Apple, rhubarb or blackberry pie

would be considered very traditional.

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A Tourist Attraction in Wicklow: Powercourt Waterfall.

Mrs. Todd’s Roadrunners from North Carolina wrote a great post about a tourist attraction in their part of the world. It is called Emerald Hollow Mines. It sounds magical. You can go on a real treasure hunt digging and panning for precious stones. You can read about it here.

Wicklow county where we live, had mining from the Bronze Age. There were copper, lead, sulphur, iron, gold, silver and zinc mines. Up to 1960 the most mining in Ireland was happening in Wicklow. Now there is no mining because it is not profitable.

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The tourist attraction we are going to write about is also geographical. It is Ireland’s tallest waterfall, Powerscourt Waterfall in County Wicklow. The water falls 106 metres. It would take us 25 minutes to get from school to the waterfall.

We love this story about the waterfall. In August 1821, the King of England, King George the Fourth visited Powerscourt. The owner of Powerscourt, the 5th Viscount wanted to impressed the kind so he had a dam put up at the top of the waterfall so that a great torrent of water could be released while he and the king stood below.

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Luckily the king was having such a great time at the party in Powerscourt they never got to the waterfall because later when the water was released, the torrent washed the bridge where they would have been standing away.

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You can read more about other tourist attractions

we think you should see here.

Differences between the USA and Ireland: Distances and Area.

To our Blogging Buddies,

Mrs. Todd’s class The Roadrunners

 

We can see where North Carolina is.

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The main thing is we are so much smaller than you are.

The US is 9,826,675 sq km sq kms.

Ireland is 81,638 sq kms.

Ireland would fit in the United States 120 times

with room to spare.

 

If North Carolina is 139,390 km² in area,

Ireland would easily fit into North Carolina

with even more room to spare.

 

At its longest from Antrim down to Cork, Ireland is 486km.

At its widest from County Down across to Mayo, it is 167km.

 

So we are small, but we say

‘the best goods come in small parcels.’

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Poetry; Connections – Spring Poems by John Foster & ee cummings

We are ‘making connections’ again –

this time, between poems.

Poems about Spring.

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It’s Spring by John Foster

 

It’s spring

And the garden is changing its clothes,

Putting away

Its dark winter suits,

Its dull scarves

And drab brown overcoats.

 

Now, it wraps itself in green shoots,

Slips on blouses

Sleeved with pink and white blossom,

Pulls on skirts of daffodil and primrose,

Snowdrops socks and purple crocus shoes,

Then dances in the sunlight.


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In Just-                     by ee cummings

 

in Just-

spring when the world is mud-

luscious the little

lame balloonman

whistles far and wee

and eddieandbill come

running from marbles and

piracies and it’s

spring

when the world is puddle-wonderful

the queer

old balloonman whistles

far and wee

and bettyandisbel come dancing

from hop-scotch and jump-rope and

it’s

spring

and

the

goat-footed

balloonMan whistles

far

and

wee

#BeautifulGreystones – We live in a beautiful place: Greystones, County Wicklow, Ireland

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We go to school in St. Brigid’s National School

in Greystones, County Wicklow in Ireland.

Most of us live nearby.

We love living in Greystones.

It is a good community where people look out for each other.

 

Visitors to our blog often ask what Greystones is like.

Take a look at this video created

by a talented young photographer Seán Daly

and you will see what a beautiful part of the world we live in;

an hour away from our capital city of Dublin,

beside the sea and near the Wicklow hills.

Welcoming Visitors to Ireland; What we think you should see!

 

To Visitors to Our Blog,

 

Thank you for visiting us 🙂

We are from Ireland.

Did you know that Ireland is an island?

Our closest neighbour is Great Britain.

Ireland is in the North Atlantic Ocean.

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You will see from this map that Ireland

is the third largest island in Europe.

Iceland is the largest island in Europe.

Can you guess what is the second largest island?

(Hint: It is our nearest neighbour.)

 

Ireland is the twentieth largest island in the world.

Australia is the largest island in the world.

 

Ireland is divided up into 32 counties

(like states in the USA).

26 of these are in the south of Ireland

and 6 are in the north.

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We live in the County of Wicklow.

It’s nickname is ‘The Garden of Ireland’

because it is pretty.

 

Wicklow is on the east coast of Ireland.

We live 39 kilometres south of Dublin.

Dublin is our capital city.

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Dublin, is our largest city.

There are 859,976 people living in Dublin.

 

There are 4.5 million people living in Ireland.

Ireland is 84,421 km squared.

Ireland would fit into the USA

120 times approximately.

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The most northern part of mainland Ireland

is the Inishowen Peninsula in County Donegal.

It lies at latitude 55.38ºN.

The most southern part is  Mizen Head.

It lies at latitude 51.45ºN

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The most easterly point is the Ards Peninsula,

County Down at longitude 5.43ºW.

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The most westerly point is on the Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry.

It lies at longitude 10.51ºW.

People joke and say that the next stopping point is the USA

(which it is, over the sea!)

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Our highest mountain is Carrantuohill, County Kerry,

which is 1,041 metres above sea level.

Carrick on Shannon
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The longest river in Ireland is the River Shannon  (386 km) 

Lough Neagh (396 km²) is our largest lake.

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We live near Ireland’s tallest waterfall.

Powerscourt Waterfall is in County Wicklow.

The water falls 106 metres.

 

However there are three places in Ireland

that we think you definitely should see.

One is the Giant’s Causeway.

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The Giant’s Causeway  resulted from

the eruption of a volcano in ancient times.

It is a very interesting formation of

40,000 basalt columns that fit together

as if a giant had laid them down.

Lots of tourists visit the Giant’s Causeway.

You can read a legend about how it got its name here.

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Then there is the Greystones Bear

Mrs.Mooney's shop

and last but not least is Mrs. Mooney’s sweet shop.

Her sweet shop is beside our school.

UPDATE: Happily for Mrs. Mooney, she is now retired. Sadly for us, we have to walk further for our treats 😉 

Writing prompt: ‘Magical Photos of Children Playing Around The World’ from @Fascinatingpics

Earlier in the week I posted a writing prompt

of a series of photographs showing  

dangerous and unusual ways to come to school. 

These pictures showed how different

many children’s lives are to ours.

 

It is good to look at the differences

but it also good to look at the similarities

between children also.

 

Click on this link to see photos of children playing

from faraway and interesting places.

This pictures are from @Fascinatingpics.

Play is certainly something that children

have in common wherever they live.

 

This time I can’t choose my favourite pictures

as there are so many of them. What about you?

Do you have a favourite? Why not write about it!

 

Writing Prompt: From @BoredPanda, 25 Most Dangerous & Unusual Journeys to School in the World

Look what I found on Twitter!

Click on this link to see children

travelling to school in unusual ways:

I thought this would be a writing prompt

that was topical and would be fun to use.

 

My favourite photo was the one of

the boys climbing the wooden ladder

in Zhang Jiawan Village in China …

until I saw the girl on the zip wire.

Which one is your favourite?

Learning about other countries; Tell us about the country you are from!

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We talked today about the questions

we would like to ask our visitor

from Tasmania about her home country.

These are the questions we would like to ask:

Where is it?

Which continent?

Where on the globe?

Who are the neighbours?

(to the North, South, East and West)

How many times would Ireland fit into this country?

How many people live there?

What is the flag like?

What language is spoken there?

What kind of country is it?

What are the important rivers,

lakes?

mountains?

What is the weather like?

What is the plant and animal life like?

What is the capital city?

What else is this country famous for ?

Does it have famous people?

stories?

songs?

food?

What is the best thing about your home country?

We are looking forward to asking our visitor these questions.

What is the best thing about the country you come from?

Green Schools: Resources to Teach About Water

We are a Green School. We learn about water.

We find it fascinating that the water we drink in 2014

is the same water the dinosaurs used drink!

Here is a powerpoint we liked: 

SJRA.net’s Amazing World of Water

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We learned about acid rain and water pollution

on the EPA.gov’s website:

Tale of Lucy Lake

really enjoyed this Water Cycle Webquest 

for 2nd/3rd by M. Warren of Bristol VA Schools.org

We live in ‘The Garden of Ireland’

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The island of Ireland is divided into four provinces.

Those four provinces are divided up into thirty two counties.

These regions have nicknames.

For example: 

Armagh: The Orchard County

Clare: The Banner County

Kerry: The Kingdom

Meath: The Royal County

Wicklow where we live is called The Garden County 

because of its beautiful scenery.

The photo at the top of this post is of a beautiful garden

near where we go to school in Wicklow.

It is called Killruddery.

You can read more about Killruddery here.


Tracking the Post! Following a letter on its journey from Ireland to New Zealand.

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We have sent some St.Patrick’s Day greetings

to our friends in Room One, Aurora School, New Zealand.

In fact the envelope was so large it didn’t fit in the post box above!

So we brought it to the post office.

Now we can track the progress of our package.

We posted this on March 6th.

We can see that it has left Heathrow Airport in London, UK

shortly after midnight on March 7th

and is on its way to New Zealand.

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Update: It is the morning of Monday 10th March here. We checked  at 8.30 a.m. and saw that 

the package had already arrived in New Zealand at 2.16 p.m.

on the afternoon of Monday, March 10.

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This shows that New Zealand is ahead of Ireland.

We are amazed at how quick it travelled and are very happy

that it will arrive on time for St.Patrick’s Day on 17th March.

Update, 11th March 2014.

We see from the messages we received from Aurora School

that the envelope arrived on the 12th of March in New Zealand!

#anfomhar – Autumn Word Pictures – Using ‘Visual Poetry Mosaic’.

Autumn Word Picture

Paths like brown ribbons,

A sky that is dark blue.

A forest of golden leaves,

with a sky peeping through.

Blackberries, deep purple,

A seabirds call,

One day it was summer,

The next it was Fall.

Anon.

 

Autumn Poem

This week we experimented with

Visual Mosaic Poetry

We found it easy to use

and we got better with practice.

Learning about our Local History: ‘The Burnaby Heritage Weekend,’ Greystones.

For those of you interested

in the history of Greystones

and having a GREAT time,

 


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‘The Burnaby Heritage Weekend’

 

is being held on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th August.

 

The organisers have planned

a whole lot of great events including:

 

a Burnaby Heritage Scavenger Hunt,

a photo exhibition,

an evening of music, poetry and story telling,

guided tours of The Burnaby,

a dog show,

 

a vintage day in Burnaby Park

with a children’s cricket match,

vintage games and bowling.

vintage portrait: little girls in white, from england
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Everyone is invited to dress in Edwardian dress

and there will be a prize for the best.

 

Participating local cafes will be doing Edwardian High Teas.

 

Click on the link below to read 

all the details about where and when

these events are taking part over the weekend.

The Burnaby Heritage Weekend – What’s On?

 

The Burnaby Residents Association have an

excellent website which with information on

the history of ‘The Burnaby’ estate.

You can see it here.  .

 

We are interested in the history of Greystones.

Click here to see what we learned about

Colonel Frederick Burnaby. during the year.

New & Improved Seaside Scavenger Hunt

Now that Summer is here,

we will be trying our own

New And Improved Seaside Scavenger Hunt

Sea of love.

This Scavenger Hunt was written especially for

Greystones South Beach.

 

We will choose only the things that we can collect

and return safely and without damage.

 

1. A small black pebble

2. A feather

3. A pebble with a hole in it

4. A mermaid’s purse

(dog fish egg case or whelk egg case)

5. A limpet (or part of)

6. A mussel (or part of)

7. A whelk (or part of)

8. Something beautiful

9. Some sea lettuce

10. A sea belt

11. Some bladder wrack

12. Something that makes a noise

13. A small white pebble

14. A pink flower

15. Something soft

16. A yellow flower

17. Something important in nature

(Everything in nature is important!)

18. A small grey pebble

19. Any part of a crab

20. Something that reminds you of yourself

21. A white flower

22. A sun trap (This is anything that captures the sun’s heat)

23. More than 100 of something!

24. Something that the sea has changed

25. A creature’s home (make sure it is empty).

26. Something round

27. A big smile

 

At the end we will leave what we have found on the beach.

We will:

‘Leave only footprints. Take only memories’.

A Tour of Our School on Photopeach.

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We enjoyed looking at the slideshows

Room 5, Melville School, Hamilton, New Zealand

did which let us see what their school looked like.

We were amazed to see blue skies and sunshine there

during what was our Winter.

Now Summer has at last arrived here,

we thought our school was looking at it’s best,

so we took some photos,

Thanks for the GREAT idea, Room 5.

A Tour of Our School on PhotoPeach

We have Friends in Faraway Places.

Early this morning we got an email

from our friends in Foundation Class, out in Australia.

They had received the Easter card

we sent them by ordinary post.

 

Sometimes called ‘snail mail’,

sending things by post is

much slower, but to get

letters by post is fun.

 “Hi 2nd Class,

 What a beautiful surprise
we received from you all today.
 
It made my day!
 
The children were very excited too!
 
We have written about it on our blog
 
We took the little chickens home
to show our families.
 
Thanks again,
 
Foundation & Miss P
 
Australia”

Here is the post that Ms. P

and Foundation Class

put on their blog.

They called it  ‘Surprise’

Friends in Faraway Places 🙂

 

Later in the day, we heard from New Zealand.

Our St. Patrick’s Day card arrived safely in 

Room 5, Melville Intermediate School,

Hamilton, New Zealand.

The students of that class made a slideshow

showing the arrival of our card!

Click on this link to see it 🙂

We love having friends

in faraway places!

Q: What does Chris Hadfield and the Ladybird have in common?

 

Answer:

As you know Commander Chris Hadfield

is aboard the International Space Centre.

He is orbiting the Earth.


Lady Bug Note Generators
 

…in 1999 we four fine ladybirds were sent

into space in NASA’s space shuttle.

 

We were sent out there with a picnic of our favourite food.

Do you know what that is?

Yes you are correct,

it is greenfly otherwise known as aphids.

We were sent to outer space

because there is zero-gravity there

 

Scientists wanted to study how to aphids

could escape from their predators

without being able to jump using gravity.

 

On Earth we climb up a stalk to capture greenfly.

The greenfly fall off of the plant using gravity to escape.

With zero gravity, the greenfly couldn’t escape.

 

We had a good trip.

We feasted on greenfly in the zero gravity.

So in answer to the question, both Chris Hadfield

and ladybirds have been in space.

 

Impossible

 

We got this information about

ladybirds in space from

 ‘Ladybug’ on Enchanted Learning

Following on from ‘Bill’s New Frock’ by Anne Fine: An Interesting Survey

 

 

2nd Class, Room 6 have just finished a novel

by Anne Fine called ‘Bill’s New Frock’.

 

In it, the main character, Bill wakes up one morning

to find that he has changed into a girl overnight.

 

The story is interesting in that Bill observes

how boys can be treated differently to girls.

 

Following on from reading ‘Bill’s New Frock’

2nd Class, Room 6 did an interesting exercise

about the jobs that men and women do.

 

First they listened to the following story:

 

‘One fine Monday morning,

a parent and child were walking to school.

Suddenly there was a screech of brakes

and an enormous thud.

 

A car and a motorcycle had collided.

The driver of the car got out

and went to see if the motorcyclist was OK.

 

Two guards came and an ambulance.

The ambulance driver drove quickly

and brought the motorcyclist to hospital.

 

The doctor and nurses did their jobs well

and the motorcyclist made a speedy recovery.

 

The children were asked to draw a picture from the story.

Then they were asked whether

the people in the story were male or female.

 

Though it is probably of note that there were

sixteen boys and twelve girls in the class that day,

the results were interesting.

                                                                                         Considered by the children to be:

 Character in story                             Male               Female             
 Child  8  20
 Parent  7  21
 Car driver  21  7
 Motorcyclist  26  2
 Guards  26  2
 Ambulance Driver  27  1
 Doctor  25  3
 Nurse  0 28

 

When the class talked about this afterwards,

they agreed that they had met female doctors,

and guards and male nurses.

 

Teacher sees a little change since she first

did this survey with an all girls class

twenty years ago. On that occasion the data

looked like this:

 

 Character in story                             Male               Female             
 Child  0  30
 Parent  0  30
 Car driver  24  6
 Motorcyclist  29  1
 Guards  29  1
 Ambulance Driver  29  1
 Doctor  29  1
 Nurse  0  30

 

She wonders what the survey would look like

in twenty years time.

Student Blogging Challenge 2013 – The First Challenge

We are doing the Student Blogging Challenge 2013

You can read about it here

 

The First Challenge 

“If you could meet 10 people,

alive or dead,

who would they be?

Make a list of the people

and include one question

you would ask them

in an interview.

You cannot repeat the same question”.

 

After much debate,

the ten people that

2nd Class, Room 6 chose were:

1. Chris Hadfield

(Chief Engineer of the International Space Centre)

What food craving do you have while you are orbiting the earth?

 

Braille

 

2. Louis Braille (1809-1852)

(Inventor of Braille, a system of ‘reading’ for the blind)

When you dream do you see what you are dreaming about?

 

 

3. St Brigid (450-525AD)

The female patron saint of Ireland

How do you become a saint?

Listen to us sing a song about St. Brigid here.

 

4. Anne Fine, the writer

Did you ever have teachers

like the ones you described in your book

‘The Country Pancake’? 

 

5. Francesca Simon, the author 

Why was your character Horrid Henry so horrid?

 

6. Dorothy Edwards, who wrote

‘My Naughty Little Sister’ and other stories.

Did you have a Naughty Little Sister or were you one yourself?

 

We tried to draw Mondrian's 'Gray Tree'

7. Mondrian, the artist, (1872-1944)

How did you think of such a unique picture ‘The Gray Tree’

 

This is our version of Georgia O'Keeffe's 'The Lawrence Tree'

8. Georgia O’Keeffe, 1887-1986

the painter who specialized

in colourful, large scale pictures

of flowers and nature.  

When did you discover your talent?

 

9. Goliath, the biblical giant

who was defeated in battle

by the shepherd boy David

How did it feel to lose to a lad smaller than you?

10. Brian O Driscoll Irish rugby legend.

What do you think of girls playing rugby?