EGGS!

Easter is done and dusted once again and the eggs demoted to the bargain bucket. There is no better time to head for the coast for an egg-stra special egg hunt of your own!

Empty egg-cases are found all along our beaches and eggs appearing on our rocky shores are a sure sign that spring is here. Look out for Mermaid’s Purses – the empty egg cases of some of the sharks and rays that live in our waters. The size and shape of your find will tell you which species has laid it. On the sharks' egg cases around our shores, there are curly pieces that attach to seaweeds. Skates have horns on their egg cases that grab the seabed or holes in rocks. So go on - have a rummage to look for signs of spring on the shore line! Good luck!

PEE PROBLEM!

For 400 years the famous Manneken Pis statue in Brussels has been peeing between 1,000 and 2,500 litres of clean drinking water down the drain every day. It was only recently discovered

that the statue was wasting so much water, enough for 10 households. The city’s engineers have now constructed a special channel to collect and re-use the statue’s water and stop the worrying waste; by now this mischievous little boy is much eco-friendlier!

WALES OUTDOOR LEARNING WEEK

This April, Wales’ first Outdoor Learning week was held. The aim of the week was to celebrate all the wonderful outdoor learning which takes place in Wales and inspire teachers, learning groups and families to make outdoor learning part of school and family life. According to Natural Resources Wales:

The natural environment in Wales is the largest classroom we have and is available all year round. Getting in touch with nature and the natural world is beneficial to us and to the environment!

Many schools and groups took part in the week and many events were held; perhaps your school was involved? One of the events was a follow up to the Acorn Antics project that was held last Autumn by NRW,

where many schools and groups got together in the Clocaenog Forest to plant oak saplings. One of the groups there was Ysgol Caer Drewyn’s Eco Council. This is what three of the children had to say about the day:
“I learned a lot about the importance of planting trees. It was great to see the acorns we found being planted in a new location ready for the future.” said Willow
According to Freya “I really enjoyed it. I thought it was amazing. My favourite part of the experience was when we made sculptures out of sticks and stones.”
Eden added “I think it's really important to take part in days like this. I had lots of fun; it was a great day out. We did lots of fun activities like measuring trees.

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DATES FOR THE DIARY

May Day

Traditionally this was the beginning of summer, which people in the past enjoyed celebrating by singing, dancing and socialising after the cold, dark months of winter. People believed that May Day (like Halloween) was a time where the spirit world came closer to our world and people often lit bonfires to keep evil spirits away. Other May Day traditions in Wales were to gather hawthorn branches and dance around a pole or a tree branch which was called ‘y gangen haf’ (summer branch) or ‘codi’r fedwen’ (raising the birch).

Roger Bannister runs a mile in less than 4 minutes

On May 6th 1954 Roger Bannister ran a mile in 3 minutes 59.4 seconds. This was the first time anyone had run a mile in less than 4 minutes. The current world record of 3 minutes 43.13 seconds is held by Hicham El Guerrouj from Morocco.

Deaf Awareness Week

More about this on page 6 in our ‘You’re a Star’ article.

World Oceans Day

You will notice that the sea and water theme is very obvious in this issue of Clic-it Cymru!

Nelson Mandela becomes south Africa’s first black president

May 10th 1994 was an important and significant day in the history of South Africa when Nelson Mandela became its first black president. This was a big step forward for a country that had been operating the apartheid system, where black people didn’t have the same rights as white people. Mandela spent 27 years in prison for protesting against the apartheid system.

Walk to School Week


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Hay Festival

A chance to see many famous faces and children’s authors such as Julia Donaldson, Michael Rosen, Chris Riddell, Lauren Child, Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Gill Lewis and more…

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Eisteddfod yr Urdd Caerdydd a’r Fro

Good luck if you’re competing!

Reaching the summit of Mount Everest

On May 29th 1953 the news that Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay had reached the summit of Everest was reported in the ‘The Times’ newspaper. These were the first people to reach the summit of the world’s tallest mountain. A Welshman named James Morris worked for ‘The Times’ as the reporter for the expedition and he was the first to report the news. Morris wrote a message in code to the newspaper about the success of the expedition:

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MATH AND THE SEAL PUP

Math loved going with Taid on his fishing boat, Taid knew everything about the shoreline, and today they were going to see a family of seals

'They usually rest on those rocks.' said Taid, pointing to a cluster near the shore. 'We'll get a little closer, then I'll switch off the engine, so that they don't get scared, there's usually a seal pup there too, a young white one.'

But as the boat got nearer, there was no sign of the seals. 'Ah well, they must have found a better spot for sunbathing!' Taid was disappointed, he didn't want to take Math home without seeing the seals.

Math leaned on the side of the boat, watching the gulls diving from the cliffs. Waw! They were fast, then Math spotted a shape

at the foot of the cliff, it looked like a stone, but then it moved. 'Taid, Taid, look, there's something there at the foot of the cliff, and it's making a strange noise!' said Math. Taid nodded sadly.

It's the gulls, they're always noisy, and that's just a piece of plastic. There is so much rubbish on the shoreline.'

But the shape was moving, struggling. The boat got nearer, taking care not to go too near the rocks. The engine off again, they could hear the sound clearly.

It was the wail of a small, white seal pup. 'Look Taid, it’s stuck! It's got itself stuck in that plastic netting!'

'Oh! It's the one I was telling you about Math!' Taid rushed to the cabin, he got on to his radio. 'We have to save it Taid!' But his grandfather was already putting the radio down,

'The people from the sea zoo are on their way, they were already out looking for the seal. They called it Lucky!'

They both watched Lucky the pup, feeling helpless and sad. Back on the rock where they had been looking earlier Taid

noticed that a large seal had appeared, watching. 'Look Math, it's his mother.'

Then the orange dinghy appeared, and they watched as the two experts worked to free the seal pup.
'Will Lucky be ok now Taid?’ asked Math, as they followed the orange dinghy away from the shore. Then Math saw a splash, and a slippery dark shape moving towards the foot of the cliff, towards the pup. 'This one will be fine Math, thanks to you for spotting it.' But both Taid and Math knew, all young seals wouldn't be as fortunate as Lucky.

You will need:

  • Balloon
  • Bowl
  • Plate or tray
  • Scissors
  • Food colouring
  • Salt

AMAZING ICE ART!

This is how to make an amazing piece of art by freezing some water in a balloon. By adding two things to the ice a super science experiment will happen in front of your very eyes!

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Perhaps you’ve been watching the Côr Cymru competition on S4C on a Sunday night, where different types of choirs compete against each other to reach the final. It was the turn of the Primary School Choirs on the 6th of April, with four choirs :

reaching the last round in Aberystwyth: Ysgol Gymraeg Teilo Sant, Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Llwyncelyn, Ysgol Gymraeg Llangennech and Ysgol Pen Barras. Above are the feelings of members of the winning choir, Ysgol Teilo Sant.

Research has shown that singing in a choir is beneficial* to children. Here are 4 reasons why singing in a choir is good for you:

  • Socialising – You can meet new friends and get to know different people. It’s good to work as a team when performing or competing.
  • Boosting your brain – Learning and remembering tunes, words and rhythms is great for creating new paths in your brain.
  • Music – This is the most obvious! You learn music, notes, rhythms and how to blend your voice with others.
  • Culture – You can learn music and words from different parts of the world and learn about other people’s experiences.

beneficial - something which is good for you.

What's Your Job?

Living Seas Manager for North Wales Wildlife Trust. I develop projects for marine conservation, which means I help people to care for and protect the sea and coast wildlife. As a part of a team, I plan and organize events which allow people to enjoy marine wildlife while taking part in rock pool adventures, nature walks, kayaking, snorkelling and much more.

Where is your work based?

Mostly I work in Bangor, but I also work with the South West Wales Wildlife Trust, so occasionally I go down to the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre, at New Quay - sometimes I can spot dolphins from my desk - I love it there!

Describe your work day.

Every day is different, sometimes I organize events, and that means a lot of planning. But I love the days when I can go to the beach or coast to organize or take part in events, or sometimes I go and investigate when something is washed up on shore.

Best things?

I work with inspiring people as part of a team, who care for wildlife. I have to think of new and exciting ideas and resources, which means

I learn everyday. Seeing people's faces when they spot a dolphin for the first time is fantastic and really rewarding.

Worse things?

Sometimes I have to face difficult situations when wildlife or habitats are in danger - it's not easy when I see animals that are hurt - especially due to carelessness such as pollution.

Why did you go into conservation?

When I was a child I loved looking for wildlife in the garden and in the countryside. While at university I volunteered with a marine conservation group and wanted to go to the Caribbean to work with sharks. But when I realised that we have fantastic wildlife in Wales I soon forgot about the Caribbean!

Qualifications?

I studied Marine Zoology and Ecology at university, but the most important thing is to be inspired by nature. By taking an interest in wildlife, understanding will follow and that's when you realize we must protect our natural world.

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What’s your opinion on plastic bags?

Wales was the first country in the UK to charge 5p for a single-use plastic bag in shops. What's your opinion? Should shops charge for single-use bags? Here are two conflicting opinions.

WISE WORDS FROM AUNTY DOT

Don't waste water! Read these top tips to save water:

BRAIN TWISTER

Royal Charter Number Quiz

Some of the information about the Royal Charter disaster on page 7 is written in numbers. Read the page to discover what the following numbers represent:

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Have you ever thought what Earth would be like without water? Simply, you would not be here and there would be no life on Earth! All living things need water and we have plenty in Wales. But water is precious – so turn that tap off!

Did you know that the water we drink is ancient? We drink the same water as the dinosaurs drank - wow!

Fab facts!

Drink plenty of water as your body is 70% water.

97% of the Earth's water is salty and found in oceans and seas.

2% of the Earth's water is ice. Only 1% of Earth's water can be found as fresh water

Water is made up of two elements Hydrogen and Oxygen, 2 Hydrogen +1 Oxygen = H2O

The Water Cycle

The water we use is part of a process called the Water Cycle. What is the Water Cycle?

Evaporation

Warmth from the sun causes water to rise as water vapour (gas).

Condensation

Water vapour cools down and turns back into water droplets (liquid) and form clouds.

Precipitation

The water droplets fall from the clouds as rain, sleet or snow.

Collection

The water collects in oceans, rivers, lakes and seeps into the earth.

Name: Nel Mai

Age: 14

School: Tryfan, Bangor

My story:
I was told that I was deaf at the age of 3, after seeing several experts. I had passed 2 hearing tests! My hearing loss is severe, so I use a hearing aid in each ear. At school I have a FM microphone, this means I receive the teacher's voice straight to my ear! I also have a teaching assistant, Miss Lois Wyn Hughes who is amazing. She helps me with

my school work but she is also my friend.

Interests:
I love sports, and practice running with a small group of friends every Monday evening. Running is really important to me - it's my thing.

I have a twin sister called Myfi and we are very close. I love spending time with friends and family shopping or going to the cinema – nothing holds me back.

Favourite topics at school:
Sports of course! I also enjoy art, especially photography and visual topics are very important to me.

Where will you be in 10 years’ time?
I'm not sure where I would like to be in 10 years - that's a long time away! But raising awareness of hardness of hearing is very important as it's not a physical disability. I'm just like everyone else and can do anything! I really think it's important that nothing stops me and that I'm given the same opportunities as everyone else – so look out for me! 😊

Clic-it Cymru will be watching out for you Nel! Nel will appear on Stwnsh, S4C soon. Good luck Nel!

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THE ROYAL CHARTER DISASTER

Stretching over 750 miles, Wales’ coastline has played an important part in our history as a nation. Many disasters have happened in the seas around Wales but the most famous is probably the tragic story of the Royal Charter steam clipper that was sailing off the coast of Moelfre, Anglesey, on a stormy October night in 1859...

The Royal Charter was sailing from Australia to the port of Liverpool carrying a cargo of gold, wool and rich passengers. After crossing safely from the other side of the world the Royal Charter was sailing past Moelfre on the last part of her long journey, when a terrible storm arose. The ship was tossed by huge waves and thrown onto rocks only eighteen metres (18m) from the shore. In vain, the crew cut the masts and dropped two anchors to try and keep the ship from moving but the chains broke, and the ship was wrecked on the rocks. As dawn broke a brave sailor from Malta called Guze Ruggier (or Joseph Rogers as he was known) swam ashore with a rope tied to

his waist. A lucky few were rescued using a Bosun’s chair* and some Moelfre villagers formed a human chain* into the sea to rescue others. However, only 40 were rescued, with around 450 losing their lives within a stone’s throw of the shore.

*Bosun’s chair – a chair tied to a rope used to rescue people.

*Human chain – where people link arms to form a chain. One end of the ‘chain’ stays on land and the other end goes into the sea to try to rescue people.

OTHER CHARACTERS FROM THE ROYAL CHARTER:

Isaac Lewis:

Was a young lad from Moelfre who was a sailor on the Royal Charter. According to legend the ship was so close to the shore during the shipwreck that Isaac was able to see his father on the beach, and called out to him.
“O father, I’ve come home to die” Isaac Lewis lost his life when the ship broke up, after travelling from the other side of the world his body was washed up within a hundred yards of his front door

The Rev. Stephen Roose Hughes

Was the vicar of nearby Llanallgo church. Stephen Hughes arranged for the dead bodies to be carried to the church and buried there. He wrote over a thousand letters to the families of the dead, sympathising with them in their loss. Many people think that the stress of this terrible task caused his early death as a young man in 1862.

INSPIRATION

The story of the Royal Charter has inspired many artists and authors, including Charles Dickens who came to Moelfre after the disaster to talk to villagers and T.Llew Jones who wrote the novel ‘Ofnadwy Nos’ about the tragedy

Here is a painting called ‘The Volunteer’ by the artist Henry O’Neill who was a friend of Charles Dickens. The picture was inspired by Guze Ruggier the brave sailor who swam ashore with the rope.

Tom Russell the American folk singer has sung a song about the story of Isaac Lewis, with Elin Fflur also singing a version of the song. Listen to it here:

With thanks to Tom Russel, Frontera Music. ASCAP. www.tomrussell.com, Henry Priestman and Elin Fflur.

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WHERE TO GO IN WALES?

There is an obvious sea theme in our ideas of where to go in Wales for this issue...

1. SeaQuarium, Rhyl

This is North Wales’ largest aquarium. Walk under the waves through an underwater tunnel to see sharks, seals, jellyfish and all sorts of other sea-creatures.

2. Anglesey Sea Zoo, Brynsiencyn, Anglesey

Come and see over 40 tanks of sea-creatures such as octopus, lobster and sea-horses. Learn also about Wales’ under-sea habitats and the important job of conserving them.

3. National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

Come and explore Swansea and Wales’ maritime history in this interesting museum which is part of Wales’ National Museums. Free entry!

4. Beach Cleans

It’s important that we all take responsibility for keeping our beautiful Welsh coastline clean. How about joining some of these beach cleaning events?

4a a Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire – Sunday the 12th of May, 10:00am.

4b Caerbwdi, Pembrokeshire – Saturday the 8th of June, 2:00pm.

4c Rhossili, Gower – Saturday the 21st of September, 12.30pm

EURO 2020

QUALIFYING FIXTURES

Wales' national football team has got off to a flying start by beating Slovakia 1-0 in Cardiff on March 24th, thanks to Dan James, who scored his first goal for Wales, in his first competitive game for the national team. However Wales goal keeper Wayne Hennesey and the defence had a tough time keeping Slovakia at bay

The Euro games, unlike the previous championships, will take place in 12 cities across Europe with the final taking place at Wembley stadium, London. The next match for the Welsh women's football team will be against New Zealand which takes in Cardiff on June 4. Good luck!

WALES EURO 2020 QUALIFYING FIXTURES TABLE

Dan James

Name: Daniel Owen James

Date of birth: 10/11/1997

Place of Birth: : Beverley, England. He qualifies to play for Wales through his father who was born in Aberdare.

Position: Winger

Team: The Swans, (Swansea City)

RISING STAR OF TAEKWONDO!

Welshwoman Lauren Williams from Blackwood has been named as part of the GB squad in the World Championships held in Manchester from the 15th-19th of May. Lauren watched Jade Jones win a gold medal at the London Olympics 2012 and was inspired to try Taekwondo. She even had to live in a caravan for her dream of being in team GB to come true! Good luck in Manchester Lauren!

Two issues of Clic-it Cymru will appear on Hwb each term. The next issue will be available on Monday the 17th of June. Remember to contact us by emailing clicitcymru@cynnal.co.uk - we will be delighted to hear your ideas and opinions.

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