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Seaside Rescue!



We are going to continue our learning about the seaside this week!


Lesson 1


Building sandcastles is great fun! There are even sandcastle building competitions around the world. In Weymouth (look it up on a map!) there is a place called Sandworld, which creates new and exciting sand sculptures every year. You can visit their website and look at some of the past creations


What do we use to build sandcastles? If you said, "sand", have a go at creating a sculpture with only sand. It will fall apart. You need somethng else to help the grains of sand stick together. Can you guess what it is? It's water!


Today's task will depend on whether you have access to any sand. Don't worry if you don't - I have another task for you as an alternative.


If you have sand, try building your own sand creation. Notice how the sand has to be damp for it to create shapes. You might build a castle, or you might want to build something different. Take a photo and send it to me!


If you don't have sand, I have another task for you. Instead of sand, you are going to use kitchen ingredients to create salt dough. Just like sand, the flour and salt will not stick together without water. Below is a recipe for salt dough. You can scale it up or down - just keep the amount of salt and water the same, and double the flour! Now create your own 'sand' castle. Don't forget to send me a picture! If you want to keep your creation, you can bake it on a low heat for 3 hours until it is dry. You can even paint it!


  • 1 cupful of plain flour (about 250g)

  • half a cupful of table salt (about 125g)
  • half a cupful of water (about 125ml)



Lesson 2


Here is a question to discuss with your family - What is a fish?

Write down all your ideas. What features do fish have? Where do they live? What do they need to live?


Compare it with the ideas below;



Watch this clip of fish working together to fool predators.


A large group of fish is called a 'shoal' or a 'school'. Julia Donaldson (who wrote 'Sharing a Shell' from last week's lesson) has written a book called 'Tiddler' about a fish going to school. Here he is at the start of the journey.


Before we read the story, have a look at the life cycle of a fish. I've chosen the Irish Atlantic Salmon. What do you notice? Talk with an adult about it.

Using a paper plate, can you draw the life cycle of a fish onto it? You could use the life cycle above, or you could investigate a different fish, like a goldfish or seabass.


Now, let's finish off this lesson by reading about Tiddler. If you haven't got the book at home, you can read it here 

Lesson 3


Today, you are going to build upon what we learned yesterday about fish, but you are choosing your learning!


Select an activity from the ones I have listed below and send me what you have chosen! I'd love to see what you have achieved!


  • Write a diary entry for a fish.
  • Write a fact file about a certain type of fish.
  • Use a ruler to draw lines that represent the size of a fish at different stages of it's life cycle
  • Write a description using lots of adjectives and similes about a type of fish.

Lesson 4


Fish live in water. Or do they? Watch these videos to find out more;


Fish can be found in fresh water (like lakes and rivers) and salt water (seas and oceans). Today we are going to be learning more about the oceans of the world. How many oceans can you name? Write them down.


Now, watch this video to find out how many you got right.


Finally, print out the document below, and label the different oceans. Make sure you copy the names correctly and given them capital letters for their names. You can also colour the map in, making the water blue and the land green.



Lesson 5


Today we are going to be thinking about how you can look after yourself and your emotions. How are you feeling being at home? You might be feeling lots of different ways all at the same time.


While working from home, I have felt;


  • happy because I am spending time with my family
  • lonely because I can't see my friends
  • excited because I have been able to complete projects
  • proud because I have seen all the wonderful things you have achieved, like learning to ride bikes!
  • upset because I can't do all the things I would like to
  • worried because I want to make sure that you are all okay
  • loved because friends and family have stayed in contact with me


Make your own list of emotions and write a 'because' to explain each feeling you have had. If you need help with emotion words, here are some ideas;



Below is a chart of different things you can do to look after yourself. Choose one (or more if you would like) and enjoy! It is from the YoungMinds website and you can click on links through this page