We are going to start learning about our Summer Term topic, Seaside Rescue. Children should be encouraged to take part in all these activities as I will carry on any subsequent teaching on this topic if Year 2 returns to New Scotland Hill before the end of the academic year. Complete each activity in the order given, as the lessons build upon each other in turn.
As a family, can you pack a bag with things you would take to the seaside? For example, sunglasses, sun hat, bucket and spade, sun cream and goggles. Let your child think about it this first, and then begin to ask quetions if they have forgotten anything - "What about if it is very sunny? Would we need anything to protect us?".
Can your child draw a picture of what they would see at the beach? Talk with them about a time you went to the beach together to help them to recall memories and features. Now ask your child to label the picture and the features on it.
Finally, draw two columns in the home learning book. At the top of these write 'human' and 'physical'. Can your child write all the features of the drawing that are made by humans in one column, and all the features that are naturally formed (physical) in the other?
When we visit the beach, we always have fun! Paddling in the water, building sand castles, skimming stones on the water, eating ice cream and maybe visiting the penny shuffles on the pier!
However, there are hidden dangers at the seaside. Ask your child if they know any of them.
Look at this picture. Can your child identify people who are acting responsibly and those who are doing something that could be dangerous?
Look at some of these websites to find out more about potential hazards at the seaside and discuss with your child.
Finally, can your child create a colourful, eye catching poster to highlight one hazard at the beach to warn others?
Here's something to get you thinking and talking.......
- Why do we find shells on the beach?
- What was inside them?
- Why do animals have shells?
Watch these YouTube videos about shells to find out more!
Now it's time for a story! If you have the book 'Sharing a Shell' you can read it at home, but if not, you can watch it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpJumAZx1t8
Finally, I'd like you to draw a picture of a shell. Use pencils so that you can include shading and details, and really look at the shell up close. Use a magnifying glass if you have one! You'll see textures you hadn't realised were there!
If you are feeling extra arty, and you have access to clay, can you create your own clay shell and add in details by pricking the clay with a toothpick? Can you paint it once it is dry to recreate the same colour patterns you find on a real shell?
Today, you are going to be looking at how all beaches are slightly different. Have you got any photos of when you have visited a beach? Have you visited more than one for you to compare the differences between them?
Grab an atlas (or go onto Google Maps) and try to find the beaches in your photos on a map.
There are some unusual beaches in the world! Click on the following links and investigate some of them!
Discuss the differences, with your child, between a rocky beach and a sandy beach. What are the pros and cons of each? For example, no sand in your clothes, there's rock pooling or building sandcastles.
What type of beach would you rather go to and why? This is a talking activity for you and your child, but you can extend this lesson further by asking them to write a description of a beach, pretending to be a travel agent, and persuading somebody to visit it by describing all the positive features!
Finally this week, we are going to look at how people in the past spent their time at the beach. Watch this powerpoint presentation to find out more!
Allow your child to ask questions about the information they have just seen. Explain that it was considered rude to show your body, so people wore more material for their bathing suits and had bathing machines to keep themselves covered.
Visit http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks1history.html#seaside and work through the activities.
Finally, encourage your child to write in their home learning books some facts they have learnt about seaside holidays now and then. Encourage them to make comparisons e.g. what is the same/ different and why?