jeudi 21 juin 2012

Blankenberge was cool!

We went to the Sea-life Centre.
We saw sharks, fish, octopuses and sea horses.
We went to Brugge and I visited the chocolate museum and the chip museum.
We went to the Seafront and to a submarine.
We went to the beach.  It was very beautiful.
We played on the beach.  It was a lot of fun!
The centre is very, very cool.
We drove go-carts next to the beach.
Blankenberge is very, very cool!!!!!!

By S and Coco

I went to the Sealife Centre hand I saw some fish.  We went to the sea and I saw some crabs.  We went to Zwin and we saw some birds.  I went to the sea front and I saw a submarine.  I went to Mini Europe and I saw the whole of Europe in miniature.


We went by coach over to Blankenberge.  First we went to see Mini Europe.  It was really exciting!!! There were lots of small houses at mini Europe.  All the houses had a button and when pressed the button down it played a song.  After that, we wanted to see more small houses, but we couldn’t because it was raining really hard, so we walked into the mini Europe shop.  There were lots of games.  It was fun!!  Than we walked out of the shop because we wanted to see more but again we couldn’t it was still raining so we ran to the bus.  Then we went to blankenberge.

By A

We went to the Sea life centre.  We played Mini golf.  We went to the Seafront.  We visited a submarine.  Once some girls, who were not from our school, went into the quicksand and they couldn’t get out.  Their boots are now somewhere in the sea off the coast of Zwin.

By Y and B

On Monday, we began our trip from school to Blankenberge.  We visited Mini Europe.  It was great!  I bought a magnet for my grandma.
On Tuesday we went to Brugge.  We visited the chocolate and the potato museum. We went for lots of walks in the city.
On Wednesday we went to the beach. In the afternoon we went to the Sea Front and we went inside in a submarine.
On Thursday we went to Zwin. Afterwards we went to the Sea Life centre.
On Friday we left Blankenberge.  I was happy and sad.                 

By Nancy

In Blankenberge, we went to Brugge.
In Brugge ,we visited the chocolate museum ,” Choco Story” and the chip museum.
In Blankenberge, we visited Zwin.
In Zwin, we visited a bird sanctuary.
In Zeebrugge, we visited the “Sea Front “
On the “Sea Front”, we visited a ship and a submarine.
75 people used to live and work on the submarine.
In Blankenberge, we went to “Sea Life Centre”.
In “Sea Life Centre” we saw lots of water animals.

By Percy

I liked the big party it was cool.
I just liked everything.
We saw some interesting birds at Zwin.

By T

On Monday, we visited Mini-Europe.
On Tuesday, we went to Sealife and we saw some fish, some sea birds and some big nests.
On Wednesday morning, we went to Brugge.
On Wednesday afternoon, we visited The Chocolate Museum and The Chip Museum
On Thursday, we went to the Seafront and we went to the sea.  We raced some racing cars and I played Beach Rugby.

By V and M

vendredi 15 juin 2012

News from English as a Second Language

We haven’t made as many posts recently because we were doing assessments for our School Reports.   

However, this week year 4 has been to Blankenberge for our Classes de Mer!

Next week, we will be practising the past tense in English and describing what we did in Blankenberge on our blog.

We’re having rather unreliable weather in Luxembourg at the moment.  It’s just like a traditional English summer with plenty of rain!

I wish any readers a lovely weekend. 

Kind regards from Mrs Thorogood.

lundi 4 juin 2012

Is the UK going to become a Republic?

Before the holiday we learned a way of saying the future in English ‘going to + verb’ and we are asking the question: ‘is the UK going to become a Republic?’   

Queen Elizabeth II

This week the UK celebrates the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II.  The Queen is currently very popular.   She does not make decisions  and has no political power but is the ceremonial Head of State.  Parliament is the ruling force who has the power to make laws.  This was not always so.  In history, the king or queen was very powerful and ruled the country, deciding how to spend taxes and who to go to war with.  However, over many years Parliament, an elected group of people, gained more and more power until the 1640s when there was conflict over who was really in charge.  Charles I the King at that time was not a popular monarch and tried to govern alone without Parliament. 

This was when England came the closest to becoming a Republic.  There was civil war in England between the King's army and Parliament's army.  The Parliamentary army won and Charles was captured and beheaded as a traitor.  The new leader of the country was a farmer turned soldier, Oliver Cromwell, who led the Parliamentarians, known as the Roundheads to victory in battle over the Royalists, known as the Cavaliers.   

Charles I of England (son of the Scottish King James VI and Anne of Denmark)

Cromwell was an effective but ruthless leader.  However, when he died in 1660 there was no one with his qualities to lead in his place.  His son was not a good leader and people feared unrest and disorder.  Therefore, Charles I’s son was invited back to rule England from exile abroad.  Unlike his Father, Charles II was extremely popular.  He led the country during the Black Death or plague which killed many people in 1665 and he survived the Great Fire of London in 1666.  He turned against the extreme Protestant and puritanical religion of Cromwell and his followers which was welcomed by the people.  Christmas was not celebrated under Cromwell but Charles II, leading what is called the Restoration Monarchy, reintroduced these festivities.  Charles II was it seems, quite a colourful leader.

Charles II (son of Charles I and his French wife, Queen Henrietta Maria, sister of Louis XIII)

Charles reigned for 25 years and re-established the role of the monarchy.  Since then, England has always had a monarch, not necessarily an English monarch, but nevertheless a monarch. 

Today in class we asked more questions using ‘going to + verb’:

Is Greece going to win a gold medal in the Olympics? (L)

Is an astronaut going to discover a new planet? (Flower)

Is the CZE going to become a united land again?
Is any flag ever going to change colour?
Is Denmark going to rule the whole world? (By Catstein Junior)

Is M going to become famous? (By M!)

Are the dinosaurs going to come back to life? (By Leila)

Is the Euro going to collapse? (By Y)

Is Pluto going to exist as a planet again?
Are we going to discover a new universe? (By Dark Spyro)

Is the universe going to end in 2042? (By Nancy)
Editor’s comment: I very much doubt it.  It’s been around for a few million years already. 

Are they going to invent a new colour?
Is a flower going to grow to be gigantic? (By Dragon) 
Editor’s comment: colour is culture and language specific – some languages don’t have words to describe certain colours.

Is the chicken going to have teeth? (By Percy)

Are the Netherlands going to win the EURO 2012?
Are they going to put more letters in the alphabet? (By M)

Is the world going to be destroyed in a day? (By Coco)

Is Denmark going to win the football? (By A)

Is Austria going to become a Republic? (By B)