23 October 2020

Starfish
 

We read the book ‘Tip, Tap Went the Crab’ by Tim Hopgood on the beach today.  The story is about  little crab who tip-taps out of her rock pool to explore the big blue sea, she discovers a world full of wonderful creatures. But after she's counted everything from one noisy seagull and two sleepy sea lions to nine silent sharks at the bottom of the sea, the little crab soon realizes that her very own rock pool is the most amazing place of all. And so she tip-taps happily home... closely followed by her ten baby crabs.

We thought about the sounds in the names of the animals and practised writing the letters in the sand.  We then made some huge letters in the sand, and still using the correct formation, we ‘walked’ the letters.  We tried to make sand sculptures of the animals but it was quite tricky.

We didn’t do our yoga today as was it was a bit cooler so we had some races and moved like the animals in the story.  We were very good at moving sideways like a crab!  We also had great fun chasing some ‘wheels’ along the sand.  Some of them moved very quickly and we investigated whether the wide ones or the narrow ones worked best.

We also used the coloured scarves today and watched how the wind moved them.  We used the scarves to write some numbers in the air.

On the way back we had great fun jumping in some muddy puddles!

Puffins
It was wonderful to have the opportunity to teach Puffins for the day at Beach School. They were very kind in helping me find my feet with their routine down on the beach and we had a lot of fun down there. We started with some mindfulness as we looked out into the rough, grey sea as the children described it and listened to the waves. We then thought about what we could see, touch, smell and hear and discussed it. The children then recapped what they had been learning about the weather, which there were some very scientific responses. Flo even commented that the sea reflected the sky and we also discussed that the moon is responsible for the different tides. They wrote their own weather report some discussed how the grass was dancing because of the wind, which was lovely personification.
As it was a little bit chillier than normal, we thought we would get up and moving around, so we did some warm-ups on the beach. We swam away from sharks and avoided the lava on the floor. They have some very imaginative minds. We then played a game where we had to run around and get into groups of a certain number this helped us practise our counting and grouping skills. Miss Scott did try to trick us by saying numbers that there were higher than the number of people we had but we were too smart to be caught out.
We then created a giant collaborative Arcimboldo portrait of a Puffin's head which we all worked hard on as a team and made sure we used all the resources we had collected. We then discussed it and why we used the different materials we had collected. We then headed off back up to the school where we finished the day by practising our throwing and catching skills in PE and we looked at Louis Pasteur in science.