24 May 2019

Starfish
 

This was our last week of traditional tales at beach school.  We read the story of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’.  We thought about what sort of food Red Riding Hood might have in her basket.  In the sand we made some triangle and square sandwiches and  some round biscuits cakes.  We then discussed what would happen if Grandma and Red Riding Hood shared them.  We used lolly sticks to cut them in half.  After that we collected 6, 8, 10, 12 or 14shells (which we pretended were grapes) and then shared them between Grandma and Red Riding Hood. 

In PE we played a chasing game where we had to collect scarves.  The most somebody got was five.  We then had great fun running with the ribbons and making shapes.  We ran all the down to low tide.  Some of our ribbons got wet so we put them in the sand to dry in the wind!

After our snack we pretended that the marram grass was the forest that Red Riding Hood went through to get to Grandma’s.  We dressed up as Red Riding Hood and wrote directions so she could find the way without getting lost.  We are getting very good at remembering our left and right but decided that we should have brought a compass with us so we know which direction to go in.

After lunch we all worked together to make a map of the forest.  We used seaweed for the trees, a sandcastle for Grandma’s  house and collected lots and lots of shells to make a path.  We were so proud of what we had achieved from working together.

Puffins
We started the day with Worship by the Waves, looking at our final Christian symbol - the fish.  Half way through worship we were found by the Bishop of Newcastle, Bishop Christine, and a group of walkers who were on a Pilgrimage of Prayer, walking St Oswald's Way to Holy Island.  It was great that they stayed for the rest of worship and and joined in with our song 'Thank you Lord'.
 
After worship we did some maths.  Mrs Threlfall had brought some dinosaur top trumps and we had to choose between a metre rule, a 5m tape measure and a trundle wheel to measure out the length of each dinosaur.  The longest one we measured was 10m, and the shortest 0.5m.  Next we did PE - our last session of playing invasion/evasion games.  The tide was quite far in, so we had to play on the soft sand - it made running much harder!
 
After snack we sat up in the dunes to do our writing.  We were challenged to make sure that we added in at least two sentences about what we could hear.  
 
In the afternoon we went to the north end of the beach to do some watercolour painting.  We talked about the sketching skills that we have learnt this half term when sketching plants, and thought about how we could use them to sketch other things around us.  Several of us decided to do some landscape pictures, we looked closely at the clouds to see what shape and colour they were.  We also discussed how we could make the sea and the sky different blues.  Once our sketches were finished we got out the watercolour paints and carefully tried to match the colours around us with the colours we were mixing in our palates. 
 
After we had finished our paintings we went to explore the rock pools.  We had a great time clambering and investigating, finding loads of different types of seaweed, lots of sea snails, a couple of crabs, some tiny fish and some sea anenomes.