5 October 18
The day started off with a persistent drizzle that was determined to soak us, but undeterred we happily walked down the hill. After a welcome circle, thinking about the waves, and sending waves round the circle, we split into our year groups for some beach maths. Puffins were tasked with making cheerios bird feeders, with Year 1s looking at addition within 20, Year 2s looking at adding 10s and 100s, and Year 3s counting in 3s.
As the tide was on its way in, we decided to have a quick game of rounders/cricket (modified rules.... very modified rules.... for both!) before our pitch turned into an island. We managed to finish just in time, and as the water swept round we saw a jellyfish being swept round too. We spent some time watching it, wondering whether it was a he or a she. None of us knew but we decided to find out when we got back to school (could have been either, or could have been both, depending on species - anyway, we learnt the word hermaphrodite - so all was good!)
After snack we went to our outside classroom to do our weather reporting. Elizabeth gave a very polished and confident performance as our weather reporter of the day. We then moved back on to the beach to make some body shapes to label. We were given more tricky body parts to label this time - from ribs, stomach and skull, to thigh.
As the rain had stopped, and it wasn't at all chilly, we had our lunch outside at the golf club.
In the afternoon we joined with the Starfish on a bug hunt. We thought about what the characteristics of an insect were, and discussed the difference between spiders and insects. We then went up to beach houses and made our own bug hotel. We know that loads of insects will love living in our cosy rooms! We then did a great job walking up the hill, helping Helen by pushing the trolley, and were back in good time to lie peacefully in the hall reflecting on the day.
Even though the day started a bit wet all the Starfish were raring to go! One of the starfish had a birthday today so we all sang a very loud 'Happy Birthday' to them on the beach before we got started. Our first task was to fill our buckets with lots of different shells and stones. It didn't take long as there were lots on the beach today. When we had filled our buckets we made numbers in the sand and used the contents of our buckets to outline our numbers. For PE we jogged along the beach and then did some sit ups pretending to be big waves and then little waves. We then jogged back and practised our throwing and catching skills by playing a couple of games. After our snack we thought of some rhyming words and then explored our sense of taste by trying lots of different foods. Some were salty, some were sweet, some were sour, some were crunchy and some were soft. Some we liked and some we didn't!
After lunch we had story time in the sand dunes and then we joined the Puffins. We walked up in the dunes and looking mini-beasts and insects. On the way we collected twigs, grasses, ferns and other materials that we could use to make a bug hotel. Helen gave us each a tin which we filled with our collections and we wrapped some wool around the outside. When we all had a room for our bug hotel we made our way back to school. We are going to join all our rooms together to make a hotel and put it in our school garden.