In Scotland, we celebrate our national day on the 30th of November – Saint Andrew’s Day!
Legends tell us that Saint Andrew created the Scottish flag – a white cross on a blue background. The blue backgroud represents the sky, and the white cross is the clouds.
(The orange text is a regional Scottish language called Gàidhlig)
Saint Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland, but Saint Andrew’s Day is not a religious celebration. It’s a day where we celebrate Scottish culture, food, music, clothes and any other Scottish thing you can think of!
On the 30th of November, lots of men wear kilts. It’s a tradition!
We eat a traditional Scottish dinner with the family – haggis, neeps and tatties. Neeps is a Scottish word for turnip and tatties are potatoes.
And then we go to a cèilidh, a traditional party where we sing, dance, and listen to Scottish folk music.
It’s lots of fun! Happy Saint Andrew’s Day, everyone!
On thursday the 22nd was Thanksgiving in the USA.
This is an important day for all americans. They eat a lot of good food this day.
Bianca’s family sent photos to her with all the food prepared by her mother ( Turkey, mashed potatoes, macaroni, sweet potatoes, ham, pumpkin pie …)
Here is a song for you :
( Holiday Jazz Chants Carolyn Graham)
Guy Fawkes was a man who, on the 5th of November 1605, wanted to destroy the parliament with fire. His secret plan was discovered, and the King was saved! So, every year on the 5th of November we celebrate Guy Fawkes Night.
This is a picture of the celebrations in 1776.
Sometimes it’s called Bonfire night because people build large fires. Teenagers visit all the houses in the neighbourhood to ask for wood. Here it is in a forest on Arran island.
But the best things about Guy Fawkes Night are… the fireworks!
This is a firework display in Glasgow Green, a big park near my house.
The thistle is the floral emblem of Scotland but there are lots of different types of thistles. Nobody knows which one is the exact emblem!
Description of the Thistle:
The thistle has spiky leaves to protect itself from animals who want to eat it! It also has a purple flower that is spiky as well!
The story of the Thistle:
When Norse vikings secretly attacked Scotland one stepped upon a thistle and let out a cry of pain! ‘Arghhhhh!’ he said. He was so loud that the Scottish heard his cry and were ready to fight! The Norse vikings were defeated by the Scottish – the Scottish people won the battle! Winner, winner!
The shamrock is the floral emblem of the Republic of Ireland. It is also a emblem of Catholism in Ireland.
Description of the Shamrock:
The shamrock is a small, three-leafed plant. A shamrock with FOUR leaves is good luck!
The history of the Shamrock
In fact, the shamrock is a modern emblem. It became popular in the 19th century when Nationalist movements used it as their symbol of nationalism. Today, the shamrock is often used as a symbol by Irish companies (for example Aer Lingus) and sports teams. It is also put in the bouquets of flowers of brides on their wedding day to give good luck!
The national emblem of Wales is the leek and the daffodil! This vegetable and this flower represent this small country, let us find out why!
The history of the leek
During the time of Shakespeare and even before – the leek was worn around the neck of Welshmen. Today, it is on the badges of every Welsh soldier of the Welsh Regiment.
It was introduced in the 19th century as a remplacement of the leek. The only Welsh Prime Minister of the United Kingdom was a strong advocate for this new symbol for his country. The daffodil also symbolises nature`s optimism!
The rose is the symbol of love but it is also the symbol of England!
The history of the Rose
It became the symbol of England after the War of the Roses between the Royal House of Lancaster and the Royal House of York thanks to King Henry VII. The rose is red and white representing the House of Lancaster and the House of York. Sometimes it is called the Union Rose.
Elementary schools in France are similar to schools in the USA but also differ in many ways. I will explain a few aspects of elementary school life in the USA.
The French School System vs. the American School System:
Cours préparatoire (CP) – 1st grade
Cours élémentaire 1 (CE1) – 2nd grade
Cours élémentaire 2 (CE2) – 3rd grade
Cours moyen 1 (CM1) – 4th grade
Cours moyen 2 (CM2) – 5th grade
School Days and Vacation:
Students are in school from 8am to 3pm, 5 days a week (M – F)
. They have 4 days of holidays in November for Thanksgiving, 1.5 weeks for Christmas and New Years, and 1 week for Easter / Spring break. Students have a 3 month vacation for summer break.
Students learn math, science, history, and a language. Students also have P.E. class (physical education ), music class, and an art class.
Students bring a backpack to school to transfer their school materials to and from school. Because students bring their own lunches, students bring lunch boxes. The most used materials in the classroom include: three ring binders, pencils, erasers, pencil cases, folders, notebooks, glue sticks, and rulers.
The way students are transported to and from school depends on the size of the city. However, many students take a big yellow bus to school. A big yellow school bus picks up students at their homes or at a designated bus stop within the city. Students ride to and from school together on this bus. Carpooling is also another popular way to get to and from school where students will ride with one another.
After School Activities:
Students often participate in after school activities once the school day has ended. Many schools offer after school programs
that allow students to play sports, learn musical instruments, or create art projects.
In football, a touch down is six points and a field goal is three points. A touch down is scored in American football by touching the ball down over a touch line. The touchdown in American football can be scored by a pass or a run.
In soccer, a goal is scored to gain points while in football, a touch down is needed to gain points. A goal is scored by putting the ball into a net that is made up of two posts and a crossbar. Each goal is one point. Soccer players can only use their head or foot to score a goal.
American football and soccer are two very popular sports played in the USA. The sports are very different from one another. Let’s look at the differences between the two sports.We will compare the fields, the uniforms, the balls, the players, and how to score in both football and soccer.