For our humanities topic this term the children of year 2 are investigating why people visit the seaside.
Over the course of the half term we will look at the history of seaside towns, the importance of lighthouses, what you can find in a rock pool, as well as looking at the reasons why we love the beach so much.
Come back every week to find out more about what the children have learned, and to see the exciting things they have been doing or making in class.
First the boys and girls discussed the different kinds of animals that live in rockpools (I’d hate to come across the rockpool that houses an alligator, as someone suggested!), and then they painted their chosen creature in the centre of their paper.
Next, the children painted the sea in watercolors, making sure that they could get it as wet as possible, before sprinkling salt all over their water. The idea was that it would crystalise and add a glistening, realistic look to the water, and some of the paintings produced looked fantastic when they dried off.
Sadly, the alligator picture never appeared…
Little Lighthouse Keepers
Year 2 continued their work on the seaside today by building their own lighthouses. After researching local lighthouses yesterday in Humanities, the children had the chance to make their very own versions in today’s art lesson.
What appeared to be a simple construction though turned into mild panic, as the perfectionists in the class became increasingly frustrated that they couldn’t get their stripes lined up perfectly!
In the end though, everyone was happy with their lighthouses, and the final step will be to add in the lights next week – that’s if the novelty of wearing them as hats has worn off by then!
Our visit to Whitley Bay
In glorious sunshine the boys and girls spent the day at Whitley Bay, and we managed to squeeze in as much as possible in our day out.
First off the children talked about why people visited the seaside and learned about the history of the town’s coastal attractions, including the famous ‘Spanish City’. We then walked along the beach to St. Mary’s Island – a walk that took longer than the half hour Mr Ridley had been promised!
After enjoying some lunch in the midday sun, we scaled the steps to the top of the lighthouse and enjoyed the breathtaking views. The children were incredibly brave in their climb to the summit, even if one or two of the girls let out a scream or two!
After making our way back down to the bottom, and buying some goodies from the gift shop, the children grabbed their nets and went off to search the rock pools near the lighthouse. There are clearly some budding trawlers and anglers amongst our class, as the impressive haul of sea life captured included crabs, fish, snails, and a supposed jellyfish – although we had to take Macy’s word for that one as no one else managed to see it!
We finished off the day by relaxing on the grass with some well-earned ice creams before heading back to Kibblesworth, with everyone agreeing on what a great day out we had.
Once again, it was a pleasure to take the children in Year 2 out for a trip -their behavior was exemplary and not one complaint was heard all day.