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Barrow Hedges Primary School

Do You Like To Be Beside the Seaside? - Summer 2

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The children are very excited to hear that we will be going on a trip to the seaside.

Do you like to be beside the seaside? we asked the question.

In this topic we (the children) are learning to:

know the difference between past and present events in our own lives and some reasons why people's lives were different in the past by learning about the seaside 'now' and 'then'.

Know that the environment and living things are influenced by human activity and to describe some actions which people in their own community do that help to maintain the area they live in by learning how to look after our beaches.

Nearly everyone decided that they do like to be beside the seaside although some of us weren't sure because we had never been there.

We listened to the story of 'Lucy and Tom at the Seaside'. We talked about our own experiences of going to the seaside.

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We thought about what we might see using the story book to help us.

We talked about changes to the seasons. We decided that even though most of us would like to go to the seaside any time we prefer to go the seaside in the summer when it's hot. We thought about ways to keep cool at the seaside when it's hot. Chloe said "Eat ice-cream". Sienna said "Swim in the seas." Kaida thought it was a good idea to eat ice-lollies and Tayla thought it was a good idea to drink water in the summer time. Good thinking everyone!

We made beautiful pictures; combining media, to show a day trip to the seaside using pictures, books and our imaginations to help us:

We wrote about what we would see:

Then we learnt about what the seaside is like today and we learnt about what the seaside was like 100 years ago. The children explored a new computer game that shows the children how the seaside has changed over time. Magic Grandad took them back to the past in his time machine. They were able to compare similarities and differences. They learnt that women and men sometimes went on separate beaches and that people swam in the sea with long swimming costumes because they thought that it was good manners to keep their bodies covered. Some women got changed in a Bathing Machine.

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A bathing machine was a  horse drawn carriage that took the ladies out to sea so they could slip into the water without being seen. We thought that this was a very strange and exciting way to get changed and go for a swim! We learnt that lots of people went on holiday to the English seaside one hundred years ago because there were no planes to take them abroad.

We learnt that some things have changed but some things have not. For example, today we can still go on a donkey ride or watch a 'Punch and Judy' show just like one hundred years ago. I wonder if we will see these things when we go to the seaside?

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The children used a variety of resources to find out more. Have a look at their writing below to find out what they learnt.

Anya and May made black and white pictures (mostly) to show their learning:

Finally it was time to go to the seaside!

Together we wrote this recount:

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On Friday we went to Littlehampton travelling by coach. We were very excited and were very much looking forward to all the lovely things we were going to see and do!
When we arrived we settled down on the beach and got changed into our costumes. Then we had a sandcastle competition. Lots of children got stuck into digging in the sand and making as many sandcastles as they could. Some of us decorated our castles with shells and pebbles then the tide started to come in.

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We loved watching the waves. Lots of us were giggling and trying to run away from them. Some of us thought that jumping the waves was the best thing ever when it was time to go for a paddle! It was hungry work! Next we had our picnic, munching on sandwiches and crunching on crisps, biscuits and apples.

After we had our picnic we listened to the lifeguards who told us how we could stay safe at the beach. We learnt about the flags and where it was safe to swim. We learnt to wear sun-cream so that we didn't get burnt and that if we were in danger we needed to wave and shout 'Help!'

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After that, because we had been so good, we had ice-cream. (Some of us had lollies.)
Before we went home we visited the seaside shop. We have a seaside shop at school so our teachers showed us how to buy and pay for goods.
Finally we fell fast asleep on the coach after a very busy day!
A big thank you to all the mummies and daddies who made this trip possible. You were super helpers!
What a fantastic day.

We wrote a recount about our trip using a recount talk map:

Have a look at our super writing:

When we were at the beach we made sure that we looked after the environment by taking our rubbish home. 

Back at school the children listened to a story about a whale that was killed by hunters and they learnt about special people who help animals like Marine Biologists. The children were very interested and wanted to learn more. They watched a video clip about penguins that had been trapped in oil. The oil was hurting the birds. They watched with enthusiasm to see how the Marine Biologists carefully used their tools to clean them. Then, in their play, the children carefully used tools to clean the animals, they washed the oil (black yucky paint) of their skins and scales to rescue them. They collected the rubbish from out of the 'sea' because they knew the rubbish was hurting the animals too. 
Finlay told us that plastic was going into the tummies of animals like whales and dolphins. This was making them sick. The children were outraged that these beautiful animals were being hurt by pollution. Next the boys watched a clip where lots of people worked together to rescue a stranded whale. They learnt that we can work together to help our world. They watched a video on recycling. Peppa Pig showed them how to sort the materials so that they could be reused to save our resources. They enjoyed working with their friends to learn how to match materials to get ready for recycling.

Later the children decided to share their knowledge with their friends. They made posters all around the room with bold statements like 'No oil!' and 'Oil can Kill!' They all showed that they care passionately about the animals and their world. They have decided that when they are grown up they are going to make the world even better by working together. What wonderful grown ups they will be!