Our Topic this term is Be Beside the Seaside
Oh we do like to live beside the seaside, oh we do like to live beside the sea! We live along a very famous coastline, Dover! So it’s important we know who can keep us safe at the beach and how we can keep ourselves safe. We love going to the beach, let’s step back in time and see how the Victorians did it. Can we be history detectives and find out what has changed or stayed the same? How have lighthouses, lifeboats and coastguards adapted to keep us safer? What features can we identify that make up this famous coastline and does it differ from other places in the world? The seaside has inspired many great artists, poets, musicians and story tellers. How can we use it to inspire our creativity?
As super scientists we will work scientifically to carry out our sand castle investigation.
As hands-on historians we will be very busy considering Victorian past times and how they are different from leisure activities today. We will go back in time and consider the lives of Grace Darling and Lionel Lukin.
As determined designers we will follow a design brief to make traditional textile puppets to create our very own Punch and Judy Puppet Show!
What an amazing start to our new term. In week 1 we looked at a variety of seaside poems to get our learning about being “Beside the Seaside” started. The children then wrote their own poems about the seaside linked to our senses which we learnt about in term 1.
We have been learning about the differences and similarities between Victorian times and now as this is our history focus this term. Many children found it fascinating and horrifying that the Victorians had toilets outside and that poor children as young as 4 had to go to work.
Our learning lift-off trip to Broadstairs beach went well. It really helped excite the children as we got to experience a Victorian seaside and go on all the traditional rides. The children all enjoyed going inside the Victorian sweetshop and learning how some of the sweets are made. The owners of the sweetshop dressed up in traditional Victorian clothes which helped add to the experience.