Key Stage One and Reception had a lovely time at the beach this week. After collecting and identifying shells and other objects on the beach, the children competed to see which team could build the best sandcastle. We then explored the rock pools and shared and identified the sea creatures that we found. Before we returned to school, we even managed to squeeze in a picnic. Thank goodness the rain held off!
As part of our topic this term, Key Stage One enjoyed a day out in Hastings. On Tuesday morning we parked in Rock-a-Nore and walked past, and discussed the fishing huts and fishing boats on the way to the Lifeboat Station. Since Year Two have been studying local history this term, there was a great deal of excitement to see cave entrances in the East and West Hill cliffs and much conversation about smugglers ensued! The children were also pleased to see the funicular railways and the miniature train that runs along the seafront.
Upon our arrival at the RNLI Lifeboat Station, Mike greeted us and took us upstairs to the educational room to show us a video of sea and river rescues and tell us all about the amazing work that the RNLI do every day. Some of the children decided that they would like to be real-life superheroes with the RNLI when they grow up. Following a brief dress up session, the children were given a tour of the Lifeboat Station and found out more about the vessels that our Hastings Lifeboat Station currently uses.
Next the children stopped for lunch and a playtime in the Pelham Place Play Space. Although we started our lunch on the nearby picnic tables, we had to move as the seagulls decided to help themselves to our lunch!
After lunch, we spent the afternoon in the Blue Reef Aquarium. I was very pleased with Year Two as they impressed the other visitors with their knowledge of the sea creatures. Over the last week, Year Two have been learning about some of the amazing creatures housed by the Blue Reef Aquarium and have independently researched a marine animal. The children were very excited to find and identify the animal that they had found out more about and share their knowledge with the rest of the class and other members of the public that had decided to join our unofficial tour! We were also lucky enough to take part in the reptile handing session, where the children were able to stroke a millipede and watch the ocean feed take place in the big tank. The children were fascinated to stand amongst the sharks and other marine creatures in the underwater sea tunnel.
Everyone was very well-behaved and the weather was beautiful!
Well done Year 2.
We had a very noisy start to the day today with a visit from The Fun Factory. Amidst their usual array of songs, dances and magic tricks, Beverly and John shared personal family anecdotes and photos about visits to their seaside when they and their grandparents were young. To the children’s enormous delight, the show finished with a Punch and Judy show.
Thank you to The Fun Factory for a very entertaining and informative show. What was your favourite part KS1?