Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside!
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Take Off Day
To kick-start our topic of 'Seasides', Year Two arrived at the classroom door to find a line with a picnic basket and some pesky seagulls! After closer inspection, we realised that it must have been put up by Mr and Mrs Grinling from David and Rhonda Armitage's story: 'The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch'. We had to find 100 pebbles and shells hidden around the classroom which would then unlock the basket so that we could find what was inside. After a while hunting, we collected all of the pebbles and opened the basket to reveal a book of 'The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch' - Sam, our book fairy, had hidden it away for us. We completed a book talk of the story (which we really enjoyed) before moving on to our first History session all about the seaside. We are looking forward to discovering information about typical Victorian seaside holidays!
We were very fortunate to be able to have a sneaky peak inside one of the boxes that the Wilson Museum in Cheltenham lends out to schools. Inside were lots of different objects associated with the seaside and there was a focus upon seaside holidays of the past - over 100 years ago! We explored the following objects in small groups:
- wooden spades
- metal buckets
- swimwear (very different to swimwear today!)
- a box camera
- Punch and Judy puppets
- a parasol
We had lots of discussions about what each of these objects were used for and the differences in the way some of these things are made today. We've already decided to try out a Science experiment about different materials that are suitable to wear on the beach as well as wanting to find out more about the box camera and the Punch and Judy puppets. Exciting times lie ahead in our topic!
Working with clay
As part of our seaside topic, we have been exploring how to shape and mould clay. We have created these seaside shells. We were extremely careful when using the tools to create shapes and patterns. Some of us had to show lots of resilience due to the hot weather making the clay dry quickly - however, nobody gave up! A week later, when they had set into shape, we used metallic paints to decorate them. We made sure that we used colours that we would find in the environment, rather than glittery pinks and purples! Some of the shells had broken, or had parts hanging off but we discussed that natural shells would break all the time and therefore this made them look more realistic - super growth mind-sets! Take a look at our much focus we had to have when creating them!