Recently anti-racism protests have been taking place all over the world, including here in Wales. Thousands of people have taken part in the protests and on the whole, they have been peaceful. The protests were sparked by the death of a black man, George Floyd, in Minneapolis, USA on the 25th May this year. He died after a white police officer knelt on his neck during an arrest.
A protest took place in Bute Park, Cardiff with around 2,000 people listening to a number of speakers discussing the injustice that black people face all around the world. One of the speakers was Andrew Ogun; according to Andrew, himself a black man, the death of George Floyd had “ …struck a match for everybody, not just black people. People are frustrated, people are tired, people want to get their voices heard. We can’t be disingenuous and say police brutality is as bad here as the USA. But regardless, the implicit bias against black people needs to change. Because I’m 10 times more likely to be stopped by police. I’ve been stopped for no valid reason when I’m doing good things, doing artistic things, because of how I looked.”
Andrew and others are now calling for a change in the schools curriculum in Wales to ensure children learn about the role Wales and Britain have in the history of black people and the role black people have played in the history of Wales and Britain.
International Bog Day
For more information visit Natural Resources Wales (NRW) website: https://bit.ly/2TwKmP8
If you like nature, NRW are encouraging people to
take part in their Pollinator Monitoring Scheme. This
is a survey about insects and plants that pollinate and
you can do it in your garden without having any
specialist equipment or knowledge. The results of the
survey will help scientists with important work in this
area. Follow the link for more information:
USA Independence Day
The United States of America celebrate this date every year to remember the day in 1776 when they were officially declared an independent country. Before this historic day the country was ruled by Britain.
This day is celebrated in France to remember the storming of the Bastille Prison in Paris in 1789 by the ordinary people of France. This was the beginning of the French Revolution when the ordinary people turned against the royal family and the rich people that ruled. Many of these people were executed with the guillotine!.
It was the day before Tariq's birthday. Each time his birthday came around he got very excited, he'd always have a big party, his friends would be invited and they would go to the beach, or park. Sometimes he would have a special meal with his family, and best of all Amira, his sister, would come home from London, where she worked in a hospital. But this year Tariq didn't look forward to his birthday. He didn't want the day to dawn. He stared sadly at his feet, his old trainers were badly worn. He had asked his parents for a new pair, he had been with his Mum to the sports shop in town, he'd tried his favourite pair
on, and Mum had smiled, and said, 'We'll see.'
But all that was before the world
shut down. Each time he went
through the empty streets with
his parents, he'd run to peer
through the shop window - the
trainers would be there on the
shelf near the window.
But yesterday, he and his mother had gone for a walk along the promenade before going into town. He had led his Mum as always past the shop, the door was now closed, like most of the town's shops. Tariq had pressed his forehead to the glass so that he could have a glimpse of the trainers. But they weren't there in their usual place. Had they been sold? His heart sank. Tariq dragged his feet all the way home. He didn't care even for the wild goats, they had wandered into the empty town, jumping over walls, leaping their way into gardens and yards. Usually, Tariq would have laughed and chased
but not today. His eyes were downcast, plodding along in his
tatty trainers. At bed-time, he
pulled the duvet over his head,
knowing that the following day
would be the worst birthday
He woke early the next day, but didn't get up. Mum came into his room. 'Come on Tariq, it's your birthday, had you forgotten?' she laughed.
'No I hadn't forgotten.' Tariq sighed, and got dressed slowly. 'Pancake for breakfast?' His parents were at the table, waiting. 'Happy birthday Tariq!' Dad beamed as he put the laptop in front of Tariq.
'Someone wants a word with you...' There on screen was Amira, dressed in her scrubs,
ready for work. 'Happy birthday
Tariq!' she said, ' I'll be joining
your on-screen party tonight,
when I finish work, but until then,
have a look just there, there's a
small parcel under the table for
Dad got hold of the parcel, and put it in front of Tariq. Tariq ripped open the paper -'Wow!' he squealed, Amira laughed, 'Put them on Tariq, quick, see if they fit!'
That afternoon, Dad, Mum and Tariq went for a walk along the promenade. The goats were back in town and the streets were empty. Tariq ran and jumped after them, his new trainers felt as if he had wings on his feet.
Here are the shortlisted books for the Tir na-n-Og English language prize. This award is for books by authors who are Welsh or live in Wales or for books with a Welsh background. The winner will be announced in August.
You can print and cut out the cards below. Use them to help create a story of your own.
Over the last few weeks we have seen numerous colourful rainbows displayed in windows or painted on walls. The rainbow has always been a symbol of hope and has cheered people up on many occasions. But have you ever wondered how rainbows are formed?
What is a rainbow?
A rainbow is an arc of various colours, which our eyes can see as sunlight shines through rain-drops. When you're facing a rainbow the sunlight will be behind you and the rain-drops in front of you.
Why does a rainbow have seven colours?
Light seems to be white. However, light is made up of a spectrum of different colours. We can see seven colours in a rainbow:
violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange, red.
Fancy a Fact?
We don't all see rainbow in the same way. That's because the light is reflected into your individual eye, the picture you have of the rainbow will be unique to you. Wow!
Refracting (bending) light
When light enters a raindrop it is refracted. It is then refracted a second time as it leaves the raindrop. The light separates creating an array of colours which travel back into our eye, allowing us to see a rainbow. A rainbow is really a circle of light, but as we usually stand on the ground, at a certain angle, we only see half of it.
Rainbows are not solid, therefore you can never touch a rainbow. However, you can always dream of finding that treasure!