own compass Make your For this you will need:

1. A cereal bowl with some water in it 2. A sewing needle

3. A float. A round section of cork from a wine bottle, or the top of a bottle of water (Something round that floats)

4. One grown-up helper

With your grown-up helper, push the needle through the side of the float from one side to the other so that when it floats the needle is above the water.

Put the bowl of water on a windowsill. Float the cork, with the needle through it, on the water and the eye of the needle will point north and the point of the needle will point south, once the float stops moving. Why does this happen? See if you can find out.

Hint – Look up Magnetic North Pole on Wikipedia on your computer, or ask your adult helper.

Keep your float for an experiment in the next issue of The Cockermouth Post.

Easter Book Appeal

Last Christmas, the very generous response to our book appeal gave such excited happiness to the children of North Lakes Foodbank clients that the Foodbank would like to do the same for Easter for over 400 families for whom they provide food.

If you feel you could donate a new children’s book this Easter, it would show under-privileged children that someone cares. We are particularly keen to have books about the Easter Story, or activity or drawing books, although any new children’s books would be much appreciated and for any age group.

They can be donated at The New Bookshop, Cockermouth or Bookends, Keswick.

Football Tournament Winners! Sam Plays with Grazie the Dolphin A SHORT STORY FOR YOUNG CHILDREN BY CHRIS BOWER©2018

Sam the baby sub is playing with his friend Grazie the dolphin. Sam likes playing with Grazie because they have such good fun together.

They find a strong wave and are carried along by it just like surfing. They swim in the bow wave of a ship. If you are on a ship you might be lucky enough to see a dolphin yourself. You will not see Sam because he swims more slowly and has learnt to keep clear of the front of ships.

They then explore the seabed. They swim through forests of seaweed. They swim around rocks and say hello to Larry the lobster, who waves back with his large claws.

They see a large flat fish, called a skate. He likes to be tickled on his tummy, so Sam makes him happy by tickling his tummy.

They are both enjoying their playtime together. Grazie is so happy that he swims up to the surface very quickly and jumps into the air, before falling back into the sea with a big splash.

Sam wishes he could do that, but he cannot swim as quickly as Grazie and when he tries just his head pops up above the surface. Grazie does it again and turns in the air before falling back head first into – a plastic bag! Poor Grazie! The plastic bag is stuck over his head. He cannot get it off. He swims around in circles not knowing where he is going.

He is very frightened.

Sam sees what has happened and immediately, with his special arms, rips the plastic bag off Grazie and puts the plastic bag into his locker to get rid of it properly when he gets home. Grazie is very pleased to be free from the plastic bag and says a very big thank you to Sam.

Their friend, the whale, is passing and saw what had happened to Grazie.

“You are lucky Sam is with you to free you from the bag,” says the whale to Grazie. “Do you know there are now more bits of plastic in the sea than there are fish? People are so careless. They just do not think of us who live in the sea.”

They say goodbye. Grazie goes to join his family and Sam goes home to get rid of the plastic bag properly so that nothing else can get hurt.

February saw 91 students from nine feeder primary schools join Cockermouth School for a Primary Football Tournament. Lots of goals and much excitement with St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School crowned as the eventual winners. Congratulations to all participants.

Want to know more about St. Joseph’s School?

Please visit our website: or call Head Teacher, Teresa Readman on 01900 829859



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