November 2014 archive

InS Development Research

For InS we had to compare  how much two different countries developed over the last 50-60 years. To do this we had to look at different factors/indicators of development.Some of these were life expectancy (how old you are expected to turn in this country), population growth, and birthrate (how many live births there are in one year).

I chose the countries Iceland and Germany. I found that they were both different and similar in many different ways. For example, for life expectancy they both went forward for a while, but then in 1945 (which is when WW2 ended) Germany’s life expectancy suddenly jumped down to only 25 years. Then for population growth they both have a similar pattern. First they stay around the same area, then they go a lot lower and then gradually go up again. However Germany’s population is constantly lower than the one from Iceland and in the end Germany actually has one of the lowest population growths. For birthrate they both again have a similar pattern but in the end Germany stops at 1.5 children and Iceland stops at 2.2. In 1960 Iceland actually went up to 4.3 children and the highest Germany ever went was around 2.5.

As you can see there are many differences in numbers between Iceland and Germany, but when you look at the patterns they are usually similar. I think some of these patterns might have been because of World Wars as they effected most of the world. Then the differences in numbers could have been because of certain rulers or natural disasters. All of this shows that even when countries are not geographically close they still are affected by certain people or things in certain, similar ways.

Source: http://www.gapminder.org

Responding to ‘Sapphire Battersea’

The book ‘Sapphire Battersea’, is the sequel to ‘Hetty Feather’. It was written by Jacqueline Wilson and is about a young girl who grew up in a foundling hospital and now has to go out and work as a servant to earn a living. She final has the name she has always longed for and has gotten rid of her old horrid name ‘Hetty Feather’. But does her new name also mean that she gets a better life? This book tells the story of her new life as a servant and her excitementimages when she is finally rejoined with her childhood sweetheart, but then another boy appears in her life.

I personally liked the book because it is very entertaining as there are many ups and downs to her life. Also it tells you a lot about life in the victorian times and you can learn many things that could also help you in  your life.

I believe the main theme of this book is growing up and finding your place in the world. Hetty Feather, now known as Sapphire Battersea, grew up in a foster home for the first five years of her life and since then she has lived in the foundling hospital. She still has a very childish attitude and an extrealy wild temper. Also she has two sweethearts and has to decide between them. But even thought he book focusses on Sapphire growing up it also shows the very close relationship between her and her mother.

One important symbol in this book is Sapphire’s red hair. It is mentioned multiple times and is always linked to her feirce temper. Many people miss judge her because of her red haircolor. But her hair did not only bring bad things into her life. It was actually the thing that made her mother recognize her in the hospital. I think her hair represents her own will to do things her way. But sometimes she also needs to calm down. Often when she was calm she was actually combing her hair and trying to stop it from standing in every direction.

Another symbol that represents growing up, is the very ladylike, silk, green dress she made for herself. She stitched it all by hand and it was the first thing she ever made and actually used for something. Also as it was her Sunday dress it was the one she always wore to church. I believe that the church can also be related to growing up and finding your place in the world around you.

This book made me feel many different emotions. One of the main emotions was sadness. Later in the book, when Sapphire’s mother dies she is very upset and as the book is written in the first person’s view it effects the reader even more. At certain points, the book also made me feel surprised at the way she and the people around her acted.

I think this book can be read by many different age groups as it is very easy to read (I read it for the first time when I was 9) so even people who have a harder time reading in english should be capable of reading it.

“Hetty Feather (character).” Jacqueline Wilson Wiki. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Nov. 2014.

 

Field Studies

Some of the activities we did during Field Studies were canyoning, rafting, rock climbing and MTB (Mountain biking). All of these activities made us test our limits and get out of our comfort zone. But some of these even turned out to be fun and made us want to do them again.

For me this was MTB. At first I was nervous about going down the steep hills but after I went down one of them I discovered that it was actually loads of fun.

"                               "Another thing that I did not think that I would ever do was rock climbing. I was actually surprised when I was back on the ground and looked up and saw how high I had gotten even though I am scared of hight.

The way that I managed to get over my fear and then do the activities was by trying not to think and just doing it. This helped a lot as I was already doing the  activity and then couldn’t stop until I was done. Then if I thought that that was fun I could do it again. If I wouldn’t have even tried it the first time I would have never done it at all.

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 This could help me later in my life as I now know how I can make myself do things that I don’t always feel comfortable with.