Our English classroom has become a MeweSpace room. Chus, the carpenter, was in charge of carrying out the first step of the construction project. César and Erling were the responsible engineers. Thank you for your good work!
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At the beginning of October the two classes of fifth grade went to the port of our city, Vilanova i la Geltrú. The port of Vilanova is one of the most important ports in Catalonia. Every year, 80 tonnes of fresh fish arrive at their store where merchants buy it and they are transported throughout Catalonia. When the boats return to port, the fruits of their efforts pass through the fish market, where all the catches are auctioned.
On that autumn day we learned how a fishing port works, the harsh life of the sailors, discovered the different fishing techniques and what type of fish and seafood they fish: puncture sprig, stinging, conger eel, hake, sardine, shrimps…
Finally we ate a “Fideuá” cooked with fresh fish just arrived at the fish market. Here is the recipe. It was very nice!
– Fine noodles
– ½ dozen peeled garlic
– 1 cuttlefish
– 1 dozen of clams
– 1 litre of fish stock
– 1 glass of white wine
– Put a little of olive oil in a pan and golden brown a clove of garlic.
– Use the same oil to gently fry the cuttlefish. Leave it to cook for a few minutes over low heat and remove it.
– Take some oil from the pan, and put the noodles on a low heat until golden brown. (be careful not to burn).
– Add the fish stock, the cuttlefish, the clams, and add the white wine. Cook on medium heat.
– When the noodles have sucked up all the water, turn off the heat and let stand for 5 minutes.
Last November the children of 5th grade went to the “Espai Far”, which is the city’s sea museum. There, we met a group of boys and girls from the Baix-Mar Secondary school and explained to our students the following topics:
– Type of fishing gear used: trail bait, surrounding nets, ceramic pots, fishing rods, hooks, spear fishing, netting, long line fishing, lobster pots, bottom trawling, etc….
– Different boats in Vilanova’s port according with the type of fish: Tresmalls (14), longline (6), seafood boats (6), cloïssers (15), surrounding nets (8), minor dredging (6), major dredging (19).
– Fish that are found in our coastal area: bonito fish, crabs, sea snails, langoustines, scorpionfish, prawns, sea bass, pelaya fish, monkfish, mackerel, anchovy, cuttlefish…
– Fishing grounds: observation and identification of the different fishing grounds using maps of our coastal area. “Fons de Cubelles”, el “Fons de “Cunit”, el “Fons del Pedruel”, la “Caroba”, “La Trencada de fora Roques”…
Our 5th and 6th grade students went on excursion to the nearby area of “ Els Colls Miralpeix ”. This is the coastal area that includes de municipalities of Vilanova i la Geltrú, Sant Pere de Ribes and Sitges, within the Natural Park of Garraf.
They have learned and investigate about our coast formation, our beaches and they have also experimented on how waves at shallow water behave. And most importantly they reflected on how Vilanova’s harbour has changed through time by comparing pictures dated in different years.
Waves at shallow water develop when the ocean surface waves travel into the coastal area. The normal circular motion of the water particles is disrupted by the ocean bottom. As the water becomes shallower, the swell on the water surface becomes higher and steeper. After the wave breaks, the water flows violently, turbulently. This is where erosion of the ocean bottom and shore line intensifies dramatically.
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Last October, our 5th grade students went to the Ebre river Delta school camp. The Natural Park of the Ebre Delta has a total area of 7736 hectares and it is the largest wetland area in Catalonia. The Delta lands are totally flat and display a truly particular and engaging landscape.
Students learned how farmers worked the extensive rice fields, changing their appearance in accordance with each season (terraces in the winter, floods in the spring, green leaves in the summer). We even planted rice the way they showed us! We also cooked and ate in the traditional way! Yummy!
We rode bicycles to the great lagoons, which are surrounded by reedbeds, to the long, deserted beaches (some of them natural), the Ullals de Baltassar, the Badia dels Alfacs … There, we discovered plants and animals such as ducks, flamingos, mussels, rushes … all of them in absolute communion with the environment,
One of the funniest activities was “perxar”. It means steering a boat with the help of a long wooden stick, or “perxa”. This kind of boats (named “pontons”) were used in ancient times to travel along the Delta channels.
We also paid a visit to Sant Carles de la Ràpita, a cosy village which, among other things, has a thriving fishing harbour where you are allowed to witness the arrival of boats and sailors with fish and seafood ready for auction.
After so much fun, we will surely go back to the Delta!