EXCURSION TO “ ELS COLLS AND MIRALPEIX”

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.

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BEACH WAVES EXPERIMENT

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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SCHOOL CAMPS IN THE NATURAL PARK OF THE EBRE RIVER DELTA

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!

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VISIT TO THE RIVER FOIX DELTA PARK

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VISIT TO OUR LOCAL HARBOUR – 2nd grade

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VISIT TO THE BEACH AND WORKSHOP ABOUT THE SEA – 2nd grade

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THE BOATS IN THE PORT – 1st grade

The activity began at Vilanova’s port.
There they explained us how the port works and the different parts of the fishing boats.
They explained us how fishers organize themselves at the porttoo. We could see their “shops” or warehouses, as well as their boats.
Later, we saw a giant freezer in front of the fish auction and they explained how it works from the outside.
After that, they told us that there is a lighthouse in each port. Each lighthouse does different light signals to know which port the boat is approaching.
In the photos we can see three types of port that we can find in Vilanova.
There is the fishing port, only dedicated to fishing; the industrial port, where big goods arrive; and the nautical port, where luxury boats are exhibited.
Finally, we observed different aquatic beings and some waste products for watching the difference between what belongs to the sea and what does not.

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FISHING METHODS IN COLLABORATION WITH IES BAIX A MAR (Secondary School)

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WORKSHOP: FISHING KNOTS

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We already have our own Erasmus+ logo

The winner is Xènia Butí of 6th grade who created this beautiful logo:

If you want to colour it, here you have a black and white version to download.

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