18 January 2019

Starfish

This week at the beach we began with a mindfulness activity.  We lay very still and listened to what was around us. 

We then went off to start our tasks.  We were fascinated by the frozen sand!  We all picked up lumps of it and tried to break it.  It was so hard!  We used some of it in our measuring activity.  We all had a lolly stick and collected things that were longer and shorter than our stick.  It was easy to find things that were shorter but trickier to find things that were longer.  It was hard to find something other than seaweed that was longer!  On our hunt we came across a huge piece of drift wood.  We had so much fun pretending that it was a boat.  We made up lots of different stories from meeting pirates and a shark attack to people falling overboard and being rescued by the lifeboats.

We then played some running games to keep us warm.  After our snack we used our imaginations to pretend that a cardboard tube wasn’t really a cardboard tube, it was something else.  We acted out what we were pretending.  The cardboard tube became a rolling pin, a bike, a train, a telescope, a trumpet, a baby and lots of other different things!  Starfish children definitely have good imaginations.  We then used our tubes to build with in the sand.  They became chimneys, tunnels and volcanoes. 

Even though it was a chilly day we still had lots of fun and did lots of learning!

Puffins
After a brisk walk down to the beach and some reflection time, we split into groups for maths.  We immediately noticed that the sand was not its usual self - the top layer had frozen.  This made it a bit of a challenge for creating arrays as we couldn't use sticks or make marks in it!  Not easily deterred we tried a range of different methods for creating our arrays - including using lumps of frozen sand!  The Year 2s and 3s focussed on their 3- and 4-times tables making their arrays, and explored which arrays were squares (Mrs Threlfall LOVES square numbers!), whilst the Y1s made a variety of different arrays.  Although the tide was quite high, we found a bit of (slopy) sand for our football practice - we had to make sure that we controlled the ball carefully so that it didn't roll down into the sea.  After snack we did our weather reports, before warming up a bit by making shapes with ropes and elastic, continuing our work on materials.
 
After lunch we talked about plastic, thinking about what it is was good for, and what it was not good for.  We then used a range of materials to make a good kite.  We discovered that plastic is really good for kites as the wind does not go through it, and it is strong.  We also experimented with different joining techniques and processes to try and make our kites as robust as possible.  We then had great fun using our kites in the afternoon breeze.

Orcas

The weather did not stop us today and it didn’t stop the learning either. Orca class continued their work on fractions by challenging partners with improper fractions and the partner needed to convert the improper fraction to its simplest form. After maths the children continued to develop their ball skills, they worked in threes to develop their travelling and passing skills then came together again to compete in a game of football. The entire class are really developing not only in football but being able to work as a team also.

After a drink and snack break the Orcas went away to collect stones to begin their science lesson. This half term the science topic is forces the children discussed the different terminology which they had been learning and then began to use the theory of gravity to balance their stones; there was a competition for the tallest stone tower also.

A lovely lunch at the golf club again and back down to the beach for topic. Orcas continued their learning in the tip top classroom; we discussed what we had learnt about the Anglo Saxons so far and then began learning about different day to day jobs which they had. The children then wrote a diary entry as an Anglo Saxon, each child read theirs to the rest of the group. After our trip back in time for our history lesson it was off to the wall. The sand was still frozen from the cold weather the night before so the children began by assessing the changes in the risks and it was agreed that the safest way to travel would be sliding in a seated position.

Another successful beach day!