10 May 2019


Big bowls, middle sized bowls, small bowls and porridge!  Guess what story we had at beach school today? 

Our maths today was ordering bowls by size and estimating and counting how many spoons each bowl took to fill.   We got really good at estimating!  Some of us made a pictogram to record our findings.

In PE we warmed up by playing the bean game (we had been learning about the story of Jack and the Beanstalk in school this week) we loved being jumping, runner, broad, jelly, baked, chilli and French beans!  We took it in turns to call out the instructions-we had to listen carefully to each other.  After that we made up our own activities with bean bags and cones and shared our ideas.  It was fun trying to catch a beanbag using cones.  We were very excited to see that the big driftwood tree was still on the beach and had great fun pretending it was a pirate ship!

After PE we read the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and sang a song about the story.  We then discussed that Goldilocks shouldn’t have gone into the bears house, ate the porridge, sat on the chairs, broke baby bear’s chair or slept in his bed.  Some children wrote letters from Goldilocks to the three bears to say sorry for the things that she had done and some children drew bears in the sand using lolly sticks.

In the afternoon we did our ‘beach boogie’ again and used wet sand – it worked much better!  We made up lots of verses including pretending we were bears by ‘clawing the sand’.  We had taken the saucepans from our mud kitchen to the beach this week and we made recipes for sand porridge adding shells, stones, seaweed and water.  We loved the fact that when we dug in the sand this afternoon our holes filled up with water.  Some of us joined them up to create a river.

At the end of the afternoon Bishop Christine came to join us for ‘Worship by the Waves’.  Our church school council told us the story of ‘Breakfast on the Beach’ and we learnt about the fish symbol which we then used as a focus for our prayer time.  We sang a song and then Bishop Christine spoke.

What a fabulous day we have had in the sunshine today!

Our first activity on the beach today was maths.  We reviewed the work that we had been doing in class on time, using clocks that we brought with us to the beach.  Next we moved onto PE.  We played a variety of games to learn techniques of invasion and evasion.  At the end we had some games of dodge bean-bags (instead of dodge ball).  It was a lovely sunny day and we were all very hot by the end of it - we definitely needed snack time!
After snack we sat looking at the sea to do our weather reports.  After writing them, we were all keen to read them to each other.
After lunch we went down to the rockpools with our sketchbooks.  We enjoyed a peaceful hour looking at the different details on a variety of seaweed and sketching them in our books.  We also had great fun scrambling and balancing on the rocks, looking at the sea snail patterns and anenomes.
We finished the day with Worship by the Waves.  It was great to have Bishop Christine join us.  Well done to Elizabeth, the Year 1 Church School Council Rep, for helping to lead the worship and act the story.
Another beach session when we were blessed with good weather! Our session started with a recap of the maths work which we had been carrying out this week we were focused on the topic of Algebra. The children used lollypop sticks within the sand to test their partners and question them. After the maths session the children had a quick run to the shore line and back and then lead their warm up each child offering a specific activity to the group and showing a demonstration of how to carry out that warm up, we had some fabulous warm ups including burpees and flossing! The children moved into pairs and carried on developing their hockey skills, concentrating on stick and ball coordination and passing. 
A quick snack and then back for some more learning! Our science topic this term has been Evolution, after a recap of previous learning the children then began investigating the survival of the fittest theory. We looked at different animals and discussed how their reflexes have enabled them to be able to survive, the children the tested their own reflexes. 
Another lovely lunch and then off to investigate another famous British person, this week we looked at Helen Sharman. The children found her incredibly inspirational. After this we had a wonderful worship and we were joined by Bishop Christine.