Puss in Boots by Marcin

In English class we talked about different traditional stories. We decided to watch Shrek to see the different traditional fairy tale characters. We chose  characters to research and my character  is Puss in Boots.

The story of Puss in Boots

A miller had three sons. Then the miller dies. All three sons inherit different things. The oldest son inherits a mill. The middle son inherits mules. The youngest son inherits a cat. The cat wants to make his master rich.  The cat asks for a hat and boots and a sword.

The cat catches rabbits and partridges and gives them to the king. The cat says they are a present from the Marquis of Carabas.  The cat tricks the king into believing that the master is rich so that he can marry the king’s daughter. A coach takes the royals home and the cat goes ahead in front the carriage and tells the people of the town that his master owns the land.

Puss in Boots mascot at Australian premiere, 2011 by Eva Rinaldi [Licence: CC-by-SA-2.0.]

The cat then meets an ogre that has the power to change himself into different  animals. At the end of the story the cat eats the ogre. The carriage arrives at the castle and finally the son gets married to the king’s daughter.

The story was published by French writer Charles Perrault in 1697.

Shrek and Puss in Boots

When Puss in Boots was in Shrek he was a bit different. He is angry, likes fighting and he pretends to be sad with big eyes so he can attack!





https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puss_in_Boots                https://www.newark.rutgers.edu/events/true-history-puss-boots



Ogres by Hayden

In  English we have been watching Shrek The Movie. We have chosen to study different  fairy characters.  I am going to research  Ogres. Ogres are ugly. In the film, Shrek, the Ogre is the hero.

Ogres normally eat humans especially children. They are very strong and never stop eating. Ogres tend not to live beyond 30 years. Adult Ogres are normally 9 to 10 feet tall. They weigh between 600 to 650 pounds. There colour is usually dull yellow to dull brown. They usually wear fur and animal hide (leather). They often feature in folklore and mythology. Most of the movie that an Ogre is in are made up stories.

Likeness of Shrek by Carol M. Highsmith [Public domain]


Spelljammer Wiki. Ogre. Available from http://spelljammer.wikia.com/wiki/Ogre, [online]. Accessed 19th September 2018.

Pinocchio by Kamil

Recently my class researched fairy tale characters and we watched Shrek 2. I picked Pinocchio to investigate.

The Original Story of Pinocchio

Statue of Pinocchio. Photo by Adrian Michael [Licence: CC BY-SA 3.0]

The original story is of a little marionette who wanted to be a real boy. His story is well worth reading by both grownups and children.

In the original story Geppetto creates Pinocchio from a block of wood because he wants a puppet to go around the world earning money. 

From the start the wood is screaming and giggling and talking. The puppet acts crazy and as the face is carved it stares at Geppetto, his nose keeps growing and makes fun of him.

At the very end, Pinocchio is changed to a real boy because he behaves better and starts to look after Geppetto.

Where’s the story come from?

The tale of the wooden puppet Pinocchio was created by a carpenter in Florence and is one of the most widely known children’s tales.

Who wrote the book?

Carlo Collodi wrote book about Pinocchio in 1883.

The Disney Film

Pinocchio was created as a film in 1940 by Walt Disney Film.

Pinocchio and Shrek

At the end of the film, Shrek, Pinocchio goes to the castle to help Shrek save Fiona before she kisses Prince Charming. The Fairy Godmother shoots a spell at Shrek but it hits Pinocchio who is changed to a real boy. She shoots again and Pinocchio is hit again and turns back into a puppet.




Juvenile Detention by Shaun and Daniel

In our class we read and studied Holes by Louis Sachar. Holes is about a boy who is sent to a juvenile detention camp in the middle of  a desert . This inspired us to research about what juvenile detention is really like in America .

1997-2015. Total number held in juvenile facilities according to the Census of Juveniles in Residential Placement [Licence: CC BY 3.0]

Most inmates are sent to juvenile detention centres for status offences. Status offences are crimes which  an adult cannot be punished for. These include underage drinking and running away from home .

Cook County Juvenile Prison by Connie Ma [Licence: CC BY-SA 2.0]

The inmates are taken to the centre in the back of a police car with an officer .When the get out of the car and into the prison they have to remove their ,Belts . shoes and empty there pockets . When they enter the prison they go through a metal detector but if they are for a violent crime they will be strip searched . They will then (depending on the prison) either wear their own clothes or the prison outfit. They will then have a shower and be sent to their cell with one other person although if they are in for a violent crime they will be sent to a cell on their own.


In the centre  they will still receive education they start at 8:30 am and there first break is at 9:30 am. Then they will work until 11:30 am when lunch starts and goes on until 1 pm and then for there final part of there school day they work till 3 pm. They work in the exercise hall in rows of tables and chairs on their own but there is a teacher behind a piece of glass teaching them.

Free time

In there free time they can watch movies rated U or PG or they can also use the prison phone during this time.

Daily routine 

7 am – Breakfast

8:30 am-school starts

9:30 am-first break

11:30 am-1 pm-lunch

1 pm-3 pm- school

4:15-4:30 pm-dinner


In conclusion  we realised what juvenile detention is actually like in America and it is quite different from camp green lake in the book Holes. Instead of digging all day they have to go to school.

Thanks for reading

Our research links

Callum county Juvenile services (2008) Callum county Washington [online]http://www.clallam.net/juvenileservices/dayindetention.html[accessed 19th March 2018]

bythecliff (2008) prisontalk [online]http://www.prisontalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=309004 [accessed 20th march 2018]

FindLaw(2018)FindLaw[online]http://criminal.findlaw.com/juvenile-justice/what-to-expect-juvenile-court-chronology.html[accessed 20th march 2018]

Himms, S. Stamm, S.(2014)TheAtlantic[online]https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/05/2-million-kids-are-arrested-in-the-us-every-year-congress-is-trying-to-change-that/450522/[accessed 21st March 2018]

Staff(2013)Juvenile Justice[online]https://jjie.org/2013/10/11/two-teens-write-about-their-incarcerations/[accessed 21st March 2018]

Miscarriage of Justice in the USA by Laura and Chloe

We studied the book Holes by  Louis Sacher.  In this book we find out about a boy called  Stanley who was accused of stealing shoes from a homeless shelter and was sent away to a juvenile detention centre.  He then went on and told us that he didn’t commit the offence.  He was a part of a miscarriage of justice.  This then inspired us to do more research into miscarriage of justice cases.

Flag of the Unite States [Public domain]

According to the American citizens miscarriage of justice is becoming the ”new normal” because the people accused are helpless against false prosecutions.  Usually once a miscarriage of justice has happened you can’t reverse it .  Some people are even executed because of this.

Innocence project

The Innocence Project is a charity helping people who have been a part of a miscarriage of justice case. The Innocence Project is the reason Jonathan Barr got released after being accused of murdering a 14 years old girl.  Jonathan was sentenced to 85 years but he served 14 years before he was released.

How this happens

The causes for these failures are bad lawyers, incompetent forensic science, witness misidentification or just plain lies from people trying to get the accused behind bars.


There was a case involving 4 teenagers who were accused of murdering Lori Roscetti in Chicago 1986.

Marcellius Bradford was sentenced to 12 years  and Omar Saunders, Larry Ollins and Calvin Ollins were sentenced to life and were in jail for 15 years before being released. The reason for this because the prosecutors with held evidence in the original trial.

In conclusion this shows all about miscarriage of justice in the USA is very high. It proves that not everything that your hear is true and can’t always trust lawyers and prosecutors. We have also really enjoyed  researching this project and learned a good few facts about miscarriage of justice cases


Roberts , Paul[2018]. Miscarriage of justice in the USA [Online]. USA:global researcher.Available from https://www.globalresearch.ca/miscarriage-of-justice-in-america-is-becoming-the-new-normal-the-case-of-ivan-teleguz/5517578

Criminal justice degree hub,[2018]. Miscarriage of justice:10 egregious cases [online].USA:Criminal justice degree hub. Available from https://www.criminaljusticedegreehub.com/judicial-miscarriage/

The innocence project Texas.,[2018].our work innocence project [online].Texas: USA. Available from https://innocencetexas.org/our-work/ 

Onions By Kerryn and Megan

Recently in class we have been studying the book Holes by Louis Sachar. In the story there is a man called onion Sam who sells onions with his donkey Mary-Lou. Onion Sam believed his onions kept you alive and healthy so we decided to look into onions a bit more. We learned that there are numerous  health benefits and scientists are still looking into how beneficial this vegetable really is. We also learned that even though onions are vegetables they are related to daffodils and lilies.

Onion by Osvalso Gago [Licence: CC BY-SA 3.0]

We really got interested in learning about onions so we decided to take a deeper look. We got to know that there are 500 varies of onions in the world it is thought the onion first developed in central or western Asia because there are paintings of onions on Egyptian tombs.

Sam said that Mary-Lou was fifty years old and her old age and good health was because of onions but we learned that onions are actually poisonous to donkeys.

We also learned that onions can be eaten raw or boiled or added to other dishes where they can be baked or fried.  Their strong flavour helped to make food more tasty.

Onion dip

The ingredients required are

  • 1 small onion
  • 1 small pot of sour cream
  • 1 packet of plain crisps
  • a sharp knife
  • a spoon
  • a bowl


  • pour the sour cream and onions into the bowl
  • stir until sour cream and onions are mixed well
  • put the mixture in the fridge for 2 hours to chill
  • eat as a dip with crisps or crackers

People usually wonder why their eyes water when they cut onions and we learned that when they cut into onions there is a gas called Allicin gas and when the knife cuts in and crushes the cells it releases the Allicin gas which makes your eyes water.

Another interesting fact about onions is they are mentioned in the Bible chapter 11 verse 5 where it says

we remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost-also the cucumbers,Melons,leeks and onions and garlic.

There is also an engraving on the Great Pyramid stating that the slaves who built the tomb ate 1,600 talents worth of onions, radishes and garlic. This is a lot because it is thought one talent weighed about 33kg  or 75lb; they  must have tasted good.

As well as tasting good they are good for you. They have vitamins B and C which are good for your energy.  They also have  calcium, iron and potassium. They are  also good for the heart and help against heart disease.

We hoped you enjoyed this as much as we enjoyed writing this we now understand why Sam loved onions so much.

Green, Aliza ., (2004). Field Guide to produce. Sanfrancisco; Quirck productions inc

Ingram Cecilia., (1996). Vegetables & Herbs .Winchester; Zoe Books

(2010)  The cooks book of ingredients  Lindon  Dk

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Elizabethan Era Fashion by Emily, Diana, Beverley

                In English, we have studied a drama named “A Midsummer Nights Dream” written by William Shakespeare. The time he was living in was when Queen Elizabeth the first was in reign  and during that period  the fashion was very different. So we have decided to focus on clothing, laws, shoes, makeup and jewellery.


The clothing in the Elizabethan era is very different from the trends and styles we have nowadays in the 21st century. What a woman chose to wear represented her social status as the more expensive dresses you wore, the higher up in society you were. Most people in this era used fashion and accessories to express themselves. Most woman covered themselves from the neck to their ankles, as showing your legs was seen as being provocative. Ruffles, puffy sleeves and hood like neck lines was the popular style. Also most woman wore very tight corsets to achieve a perfect waistline.


Depending on your class, certain people were only allowed to wear certain materials. According to law only the Duchess, Countesses and Marquises could wear silk, tissue or fur. Also gold or silver dresses were only available to the upper class.


Shoes were not as important as the clothing or makeup. People generally wore shoes or boots made from leather. They were famous for bringing high heels into fashion, from France. The laws of clothing were extended to shoes as well.


Queen Elizabeth the first had a very big influence on what women wore and what they thought was beautiful. Very porcelain skin and light air was the look woman tried to achieve. Women no matter what age had to have the perfect skin, hair, eyes and lips, so women used a mix of vinegar and lead to achieve a pale, white complexion. The makeup they applied was very heavy and lots of layers were applied. Also they would used egg whites and talcum powder to hide wrinkles. Red cheeks and red lips, were also very popular in that era. Most women plucked their eyebrows very thinly but also in a high arched shape and pencilled them in very dark. The makeup they applied was very heavy and lots of layers were applied.

Portrait of a Lady, called Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia by Marcus Geeraerts [Public domain]

Portrait of Elizabeth I as a Princess attributed to William Scrots [Public domain]


The hairstyles today are nothing like what they were in that era. Hairstyles were highly elaborate to try to impress others, a possible husband or wife. If women did not have the right shade of hair, they would just wear a wig. They would even go so far as to shave all their hair off and wear a wig every single day. Women went to great lengths to achieve the perfect look. Also women would try to dye or bleach their hair with their own urine! The wigs that were purchased were very expensive and only rich women could afford them. Young women wore their hair down but once they got married they would mostly wear it up.


Jewellery was the final touch to completing the look. Pendants, pins, watches, rings and earrings were essential. Earrings were worn by both men and women. The jewellery was mostly the same as nowadays except it was only upper class and royalty that could afford to buy and wear them.

We hope that you find all this information interesting, as it has given us a better insight into what the fashion was like back then.


Elizabethan England Life.com (2017). Elizabethan England Life [online]. Available  from http://elizabethanenglandlife.com/clothing-in-elizabethan-england.html

Elizabethan England Life.com (2017). Clothing law for women [online]. Available from http://elizabethanenglandlife.com/elizabethan-era-clothing-law-for-women.html

Elizabethan England Life.com (2017). Elizabethan makeup and beauty [online]. Available from http://elizabethanenglandlife.com/Elizabethan-Make-up.htm

Elizabethan England Life.com (2017). Elizabethan Shoes [online].Available from http://elizabethanenglandlife.com/elizabethan-shoes.html

Beautiful With Brains.com (2008-2017). Makeup [online]. Available from http://www.beautifulwithbrains.com/beauty-history-the-elizabethan-era/

Alcuin, Linda (2012) Jewellery [online]. Available from http://www.elizabethan-era.org.uk/elizabethan-jewelry.htm

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Treasure by Niamh and Carys

Recently in class we have been studying the novel ‘Holes’ by Louis Sacher . One of the aspects of the novel that we were interested in was treasure and we decided to continue our research on it.

We realised that there were lots of metals, gems and treasure including gold, diamonds, emeralds, rubies, sapphires and pearls. There is sometimes money as well.

One example that we got from research was the treasure of Troy. Within this treasure there was a gold crown that was made up of 1,600 pieces of gold. A short while after they discovered the treasure the pieces ended up in a museum in Berlin. A man called Heinrich Schliemann from Germany who was really inspired by legends and treasure went out and dug parts of what they call Troy. Some of the things that he found and thought would help him to prove he had discovered Troy like jewellery were stolen by him which was actually a big mistake.

Another type of treasure we decided to research was Sutton Hoo. Sutton Hoo is in Suffolk and it was a part of a compound of Mounds in the Earth. The first dig was in 1938 by Basil Brown. Mr Brown’s men started to dig a trench about two metres wide all the way across the mound.In Sutton Hoo they found 4,000 blood-red precious stones . As well as precious stones jewelry and a silver plate was found and so was a gold – hilted sword. This site was officially owned by Mrs Edith May Pretty. Eventually Sutton Hoo had finally been proven to have been twenty-seven metres long. After a long month of digging they reached a burial chamber built amidships. Then everything that had been found had to be officially listed and photographer.The main treasure is kept at the British Museum.

The final treasure we researched was Traprain Law treasure, this treasure was buried in the middle of the 5th Century AD.

1939 excavation of Sutton Hoo burial ship by Harold John Phillips [Public domain]

Overall we really enjoyed researching treasure and found it very interesting and we both feel it linked well with the novel ‘Holes’ very well.

Niamh & Carys.


Trease, G., (1989). Hidden Treasure London :Evans Brothers.`

Kennedy, M., (1998). Archaeology London: Reed Consumer Books.

NHS by Abigail and Brenna


The topic that we chose to write about was the NHS – The National Health Service – that exists in Britain. It covers hospitals, dentists, and health centres. We chose it as the book Divided City, written by Theresa Breslin, has a young boy named Kyoul who seeks medical attention from the NHS and it saved his life. Kyoul had no money and no home but was still given treatment for his stabs wounds.

How it began…

Aneurin Bevan was the man who came up with the idea of free health care. The NHS started in July 1953. The Labour Party helped fund the NHS in the early days. The NHS  wasn’t always free –  it used to cost one shilling for a prescription. Some of the very early discoveries that the NHS discovered were that smoking and cancer were linked. The NHS changed a lot of its rules over the years as children used to not be allowed to see their parents while they were staying in the hospital getting treatment. This has changed now as parents can stay with their children in the hospital. This was a big change in the NHS as they now had to care for the parents.                                                                                                              

 1960s, 1970s and the 1980s 

In 1960, the first ever kidney transplant took place in Scotland in a hospital in Edinburgh on the 30th of October on a pair of 49 year old twins. Also, in 1978, the first ever IVF baby was delivered in the NHS. In the 1980s, MRI scans were introduced to hospitals. MRI scans were introduced to diagnose head problems as people might have had a stroke or blood vessel problems. A lot of new inventions to help hospitals treat people happened in the 60s, 70s and 80s.

1990’S & 2000’S 

In 1994, the organ donor  register was set up; also in 1998, the NHS direct was set up so you could get your medicine faster. In 2000, walk in centres were introduced to cut down waiting times and later on in 2006 there was a need for bowel cancer screening. 


The NHS is also involved with operations. In the 1980’s it introduced ”key hole ” surgery. It was  invented to prevent huge scars and instead it gives you a few smaller scars which disappear quicker. In the 1960s the first ever transplant happened and it has saved many lives since. The NHS allows people to have operations for free that couldn’t afford them. In other countries, it cost them thousands to have a simple operations.


In conclusion, the NHS is a very good health care system. The health service treats everyone and doesn’t care where you came from and what kind of money you have. We are very lucky to have a healthcare system like the NHS. It help thousands of people every day and saves countless lives. 

Wish General by Ross Watson [Licence details on photo]

https://www.nhs.uk/pages/home.aspxNHS choices

https://www.starmedical.co.uk/blog/2013/04/24/5-interesting-nhs-facts5 interesting NHS facts

https://www.starmedical.co.uk/blog/2013/04/24/5-interesting-nhs-facts/  NHS history 


Gun crime in the USA by Abbie and Charley

We have decided  to research the United States of America’s gun crime. We chose to do this topic as, in class, we recently read Across the Baricades which was about all the violence in Northen Ireland. This made us think about what crime was like in a larger country like the United States. Recently, there has been a lot of school shootings this year this year so far. Guns are still legal in America so this contributes to the violence.

Deaths and Injuries

Gun Crime is a big topic in the USA. In 2015, there were 372 mass shootings the USA wounding 1,870 and killing 475. During that year, there were 64 school shootings. There is one major mass shooting every two months. Over the years, there has been 5,331 incidents with guns and there has been 1,446 deaths. 30,000 people are killed with a gun each year and two-thirds of them are suicides. 60% of the killings in America happened in 2012. Texas is at the front line of mass shootings. Americans are 25 times more likely to be killed by a firearm than people in other developed countries.

Owners of Guns

In the United States, as it is still legal to own a gun most people do. There are roughly around 88 gun owners per 100 people in the USA. Around 400,000 guns are stolen per year in American and in 2007 there were at least between 250,290 million gun owners in the USA.

America’s System

America owns a lot of guns and the most used pistol in June 2016 was the Glock G19.9mm. Now the most used pistol in the United States is the semi-automatic. Hospitals in America are very expensive, and the hospital can have to treat as many as 345 gunshot victims.


In conclusion we think that gun crime is a very large topic in the USA. We think guns should be illegal as so many people are killed in a year by guns.

South Western ambulance by Graham Richardson [Licence: CC BY 2.0]


bbcnews2016 bbc Available from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-34996604

telegraph2018 Available from http://subscriber.telegraph.co.uk/news/0/one-mass-shooting-every-day-seven-facts-gun-violence-america/