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Monday, 22 June 2015
Year 2 pupils at Beech House took a trip to Formby to learn more about being beside the seaside.
The children have recently been working on the Learning Challenge question, ‘Why do we love being beside the seaside?’ They have looked at natural and manmade objects and at the human and physical qualities of a beach. The Year 2 pupils have also looked at beaches abroad and compared them with beaches in the UK, and written lots of postcards, poems and pieces of writing to do with the beach. They even made their own ‘Seaside in a Bottle’, Aztec suns, surfboards, and designed their own flip-flops.
The children were able to put all their learning into action by spending a day at the beach.
Freya Marland said, “When we arrived I was really excited. We had to climb a sand dune all the way up and all the way down. When we got there it was really windy, everybody’s eyes were almost closed.”
Another of the children, Eesa Chariwala, also talked about climbing the sand dune: “We went over a sand dune but my shoes were full of sand and it was so hard for me and my friend Louis that we called it Sand Dune Everest.”
While visiting Formby, the Year 2 pupils had a workshop with a ranger who asked them to explore the strand line and see what they could find. Sienna White said, “We had to find different objects on the beach. We were given a bucket to put things in. Our team collected a big boy crab. It was a boy because he had long claws to fight with. Then we found a shell with a hole in the bottom. Next we saw a very spiky shell.”
They then looked to see what was natural and what was man-made, and had to sort the items into venn diagrams. Finally they played a game of running round the circle to warm up as, in spite of the sunshine later in the day, it was rather fresh out on the open sand.
After a picnic lunch, the children played on the beach and had lots of fun with equipment taken from school. They built castles, played football and cricket, and really enjoyed simply running in the breeze!
The children had a fantastic time during their day at the beach.
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