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Church Lane, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN5 7EZ


Barnburgh Primary School

Learning to shine together


Autumn 1- Coastlines

This project teaches children about the physical and human features of coastal regions across the United Kingdom, including a detailed exploration of the coastal town of Whitby, in Yorkshire.

What do we know about a coastlines? What do we want to find out? 

Our class text


LQ: How do you copy a short rhythm and recognise simple notation?

Children listened to African folk music while going on safari around the classroom,  they used voices to imitate the sounds of the animals they meet, and learnt to clap back animal rhythms in time to the music. By the end of the lesson the children showed a good understanding of clapping to the rhythm of the animal sounds.


LQ: How do you move, dodge and kick a ball to attack and defend?

The children were encouraged to dribble their ball in order to show control. The children were then encouraged to dribble their ball around obstacles and then around their friends. They had to defend their ball from their friends and try and keep their tags. The children showed good control over their footballs and were able to dodge others in order to keep their ball and their tag. The children could use vocabulary linked to the lesson such as defend, invade and dodge.


LQ: How do you explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive?

The children discussed what each word meant in the lesson. We spoke about how things are alive and their features through animals, humans and plants. The children then discussed what it meant if something had once been alive. The chidlren were able to use the vocabulary linked to this lesson such as Alive, Once Alive and Never Alive. By the end of the lesson, the children were able to sort out different pictures into the correct section and talk about why they have put it in that box.


LQ: What is the RNLI? How do they help us?

We had to think about how to keep safe at the coastline. We looked into more detail regarding the RNLI and we found out their special roles. The children discussed why people might need to use them and how we can keep ourselves as safe as possible to minimise these things happening. By the end of the session the children were able to talk about how the RNLI keep us safe at the coast and how they rescue people.


LQ: How do you recognise the parts of a computer? 
The children Learnt the names and properties of different parts of a computer. They were then encouraged to label parts of a laptop in a small group to see what they could remember. The children showed they were able to label key features of a computer and discuss the purposes of each feature. The children showed a better understanding of computers and were able to talk more confidently about them,


 Miss Kilby came to teach art in Year two and this terms theme is 'Beach Huts'. The children were encouraged to look at the Beach hut picture cards and  were encouraged to think about  'Where were the photographs taken? What are the beach huts used for? What are the beach huts made from? Why are the beach huts colourful?' . The children were encouraged to describe the features of a beach hut and then begin designing their own. The children  designed their own beach huts focussing on drawing the outline and using bright colours to bring their drawings to life. 


In drama, we have been taking on the roles of Mr and Mrs Grinling as well as the seagulls from our class text The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch. The children sang sea shanties, discussed the story and thought about different ways to move and act like the characters from the story. It was a fantastic session from Ceri!

Learning Question:  How can we keep ourselves and others safe at the coast?

The children were shown different Coastal signs picture cards.  The children were encouraged to read the warnings. The children were able to identify specific dangers and we spoke about how can we keep ourselves and others safe at the coast? The children made their own warning signs and were encouraged to relate their warning signs to the coast. The children were able to discuss their warning signs clearly using language linked to warning and danger.

Engage Day: A day at the beach in Barnburgh!

The children came to school in their fabulous beach themed clothes ready to find out more about the coastline! The children found out about erosion, made boats, created shells and finished the day off with beach games! 

The children took part in an experiment which looked at coastal erosion. The children built sand castles to represent the land and used rocks as sea defences which were used to stop coastal erosion. The children worked in pairs and small teams really well and learnt some brilliant vocabulary along the way - they all had a great time!  The children showed a better understanding of erosion by the end of the session. 

The children looked at the artist Alfred Wallis, who likes to create sea related art work. Alfred is known for his colourful shells. We started by looking at shells and what patterns, textures, colours and sizes we could identify. The children carefully looked at them and then used clay to create their own design! The children were able to talk about their shells and use different tools to create a desired effect. 

The children finished their day at the beach with some fun beach games such as crazy golf, volley ball and building sandcastles with their friends. It was great to see the children taking turns and working with one another.

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