6 December 2019

Starfish

 

As we went onto the beach today we noticed something we hadn’t seen there before.   We were very interested and went closer for a better look.  After discussing what it could be Mrs Threlfall told us it was part of the coastal protection from WW2.

Our beach book today was ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’.  After we heard the story and sang the song we began to write our own beach school version:

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me a dolphin swimming in the sea.

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me two whales splashing and a dolphin swimming in the sea.

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me three sharks diving, two whales splashing and a dolphin swimming in the sea.

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me four crabs pinching, three sharks diving, two whales splashing and a dolphin swimming in the sea.

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me five seagulls,  four crabs pinching, three sharks diving, two whales splashing and a dolphin swimming in the sea.

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me six mermaids swimming, five seagulls, four crabs pinching, three sharks diving, two whales splashing and a dolphin swimming in the sea.

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me seven starfish shining, six mermaids swimming, five seagulls, four crabs pinching, three sharks diving, two whales splashing and a dolphin swimming in the sea.

On the eighth  day of Christmas my true love gave to me eight turtles hiding, seven starfish shining, six mermaids swimming, five seagulls, four crabs pinching, three sharks diving, two whales splashing and a dolphin swimming in the sea.

On the ninth  day of Christmas my true love gave to me nine stingray stinging, eight turtles hiding, seven starfish shining, six mermaids swimming, five seagulls, four crabs pinching, three sharks diving, two whales splashing and a dolphin swimming in the sea.

On the tenth  day of Christmas my true love gave to me ten shells in a long row, nine stingray stinging, eight turtles hiding, seven starfish shining, six mermaids swimming, five seagulls, four crabs pinching, three sharks diving, two whales splashing and a dolphin swimming in the sea.

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me eleven boats sailing, ten shells in a long row, nine stingray stinging, eight turtles hiding, seven starfish shining, six mermaids swimming, five seagulls, four crabs pinching, three sharks diving, two whales splashing and a dolphin swimming in the sea.

On the Twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me twelve terns swooping, eleven boats sailing, ten shells in a long row, nine stingray stinging, eight turtles hiding, seven starfish shining, six mermaids swimming, five seagulls, four crabs pinching, three sharks diving, two whales splashing and a dolphin swimming in the sea.

After we had thought of all the fantastic ideas we then chose one to illustrate and write about.  The nursery children made a fantastic ‘dolphin swimming in the sea’ in the sand.

In PE we played a chasing game.  Someone was Santa and the rest of us were reindeer that Santa had to catch and put in the stable.  It was really fun!  We also enjoyed climbing on some washed up driftwood.

In maths we put numbers and characters from ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ in order.   We each had a card and had to stand in line in the correct order.  We needed to work together.  After that we collected the same amount of pieces of seaweed that we had on our card.

We had a short mindfulness session on our way to the golf club at lunchtime and spent some time lying on the grass feeling the sun on our faces.

Puffins
Multiplication and repeated addition with shells, getting into groups of different numbers - amazing maths by Puffins this week.  We then did some PE races, developing our stamina and core strength, as well as following instructions and working as a team.  During snack, we shared some warm apple and blackcurrant squash - it warmed up our hands and our insides!  Just after snack the sun came out, so we decided to do some Beach Poetry.  We focused on alliteration, and created some lovely poems about what we could see and hear.  We then decided to video them.  You can see some of them below.  
After lunch we wanted to walk to the bird hide, as part of our science work on recording the different birds that visit the wetland area over the year.  Unfortunately the path was still under water, so we retraced our steps - but not before having an interesting discussion on deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest, sparked by a discussion about where Toucans come from (and why we wouldn't see any on our wetlands....) 
As it starts to get colder after 2 pm at this time of year, we chose to come back up to school a little bit early.  As we had walked well over 5 miles we were ready to sit down back at school and write up our alliteration poems to go on the wall as a display!