Trip to the Sea Club

Last week we went on a trip to The Sea Club. Despite it being a cloudy day it was almost the perfect trip! 

The beach was easy to get to from school, and had some nice covered areas for lunch bags and water bottles to be stashed. 

We let the children bring their own bucket and spade, which most of them did. They absolutely loved this trip! They were perfectly happy and content to dig and bury each other, make sand castles, and fill up their buckets. There was also a small climbing frame area which they enjoyed. 


To enhance the educational aspect I brought along some clipboards and pencils, as I’ve been really trying to encourage mark making this term! We wrote our names in the wet sand. There were lots of hearts and stars too! I also bought along some magnifying glasses, a couple of the girls were really intrigued by them, and some jumbo tweezers to pick up anything we found. 

The children were so chilled. Having enough space for all of them (we took five classes of 28 children!) really helped. There was very little squabbling over buckets, lots of great PSED skills being shown. I just wish I’d thought to bring some post its for observations! 

Turkey Basters

 

These may be the best things I’ve ever bought. I got them just after Christmas in Wilkos for a pound each.

 The children love them. They call them “squeezers” and ask for them nearly every day. Today I put them out in the water box (as close as a water tray that I can get) with some bowls. I spent some time challenging the children to try to fill the bowls and make them sink. They loved it and there was some great capacity related language going on. They did not manage to make them sink, mostly because they kept tipping all the water out to fill them up again. 

They are great for fine motor skills. Some children use their whole hand and some use fingers in more of a pinching movement. 

In the past they’ve used them for putting water all over the floor and for watering plants. I want to use them for paint but I’m worried I might ruin them. 

Another brilliant idea that a boy had today was to take the rubber top off and make a “super long squeezer” by putting one vaster insde another. It was very popular; they all wanted a turn!