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1.en.17 Winter Solstice

We hope you enjoyed this morning walk  that began with the observation from the Baluard de Sant Pere   of  the beautiful luminous phenomenon that takes place  every  Winter Solstice when, in clear days such as today,   the rose window of  Palma Cathedral is illuminated from the rising morning sun in the East. Getting up early was worth it, wasn’t it?

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1.en.13. Mills will soon come to our class: from Es Molins al carrer Indùstria to a wind mill in Malawi

Outing to Santa Catalina and Es Baluard

Last Thursday we went for a walk in the old town. Next Tuesday we shall explore a different neighbourhood, Santa Catalina.

In  one of our stops , Bernat will tell you interesting stories about the mills in Industria Street.

Can you situate them in your map?

Later, we’ll stop next to the mills that can be seen from the seafront, in Es Jonquet.

You will have to take good notes in your dossier and listen carefully to Bernat’s explanations.  Then, you’ll be able to explain what wind mills in Majorca were used for.

  1. What is the difference between the mills you can see in Es Pla and the mills of Industria street? 
  2. Can you name the main parts of a mill?
  3. One of the parts of a mill is called the sails, can you guess why? 
  4. Can you find big wind farms such as the one below in Majorca?  

In this post,  following the wind mill thread,  we shall move from Majorca to a tiny village in Malawi,  Africa, and we shall listen to an inspiring story of a boy, William, who built a wind mill to produce electricity. He got inspiration from a book he had got from a library. In his village there was not electricity, but nothing stopped him… I hope you shall get inspiration from his story. The story of William, the boy who harnessed the wind, started in a library. He got inspiration from a book.

Do you know where Malawi is?

In a remote village of Malawi lived a boy named William Kamkwamba. He got to be known as the boy who harnessed the wind.

Look at the meaning of the word harness in the dictionary and find out about William’s story.

Watch this you tube video and answer the questions:  Homework for Friday  11th November


As usual, copy the questions and answers in your notebook.

Everyone must write a comment on the video too. Did you find William’s story inspiring? Did you learn anything? What were the new words you learnt?

1) How old is Willian  in the video?

2) How many families live in his village?

3) Why did he have to drop school?

4) How many dollars a year do you have to pay to go to school?

5) When did he build his windmill? which year was that?

6) How long did it take him to build his first windmill?

7) How old was him when he built it? How old is he now?

8) Did he build only one mill?

9) What did he use the electricity produced by the wind mill for?

10) In the book he read about wind mills, were there written instructions or only pictures?

11) Why did he go to the USA in 2007?

12) Which town did he visit?

13) Where is the wind farm he went to?

14) What is his dream?

15) What has changed in William’s house? Tick the correct answers . Now there are:

  1. solar pannels
  2. a water well
  3. another wind mill
  4. a car
  5. running water

If you want to know more details, you can visit William’s sitehttp://williamkamkwamba.typepad.com/and find out what the school he could not afford to go to was like and also some of his projects.

16) What did Willian do this summer?

You can  also watch this other video, and see how intelligent and witty William’s light switch is. He made it from discarded flip flop sandals, among other things.

1.en.12 Walk in the Old City: The Cathedral

On Thursday, weather permitting, we shall go for a walk in the old town. If it rains, we’ll have to cancel the walk. If this happens, we ‘ll be able to go on a virtual walk  using this interactive map, which is part of a great site: Gothic Palma.  This site will also be helpful to complete the information of the dossier after the outing.

Captura de pantalla 2013-10-30 a la(s) 2.10.28 AM

1.en.11 Visit to Es Baluard and Santa Catalina neighbourhood

Next week, Tuesday the 5th of November, we shall visit Es Baluard and St Catalina neighbourhood. Es Baluard is a good example of an old building which has been recovered and given a new use. The name itself, Es Baluard, gives you a hint of its old function. Nowadays it has been transformed into a museum. A dossier will be given to you to take notes and carry our some observation activities. You will be working in groups. Julián has made the groups in 1esoE and Bernat in 1esoD. Next Thursday, in our outing to the Cathedral  and the old town, groups and group leaders will be the same.

Visiting a museum on line can not substitute a first hand experience. Virtual reality is not  the same as real life. However,the web site of Es Baluard is a good option to revisit  it  (visit it again in a virtual way) and get information about what we shall see tomorrow (artists names, description of artwork and so on. You can also visit it to find out coming events. Here you have the link.  I’m sure you all understand what “current” means, don’t you?

Before visiting the museum, we shall go for a walk in Santa Catalina. Santa Catalina is one of Palma’s neighbourhoods. Last week we went up to the tower and observed the views. Santa Catalina is situated towards the West. Look at this map and check its position. In this map you can see the faint white line that circles the old historic city (inside the city walls). The historic city has grown and different neighbourhoods have developed surrounding the old city.