Today the sun shone, the birds were tweeting and the tide had gone far enough out to allow our first visit to the beach for our topic 'Living by the sea'. Last week we had created a beach picture on the IWB using the backgrounds and clipart from the Promethean built in resources. This week- the real thing. Our visit was brief (due to the east wind coming in from Siberia) but fruitful-shells, interesting pebbles, bits of crockery, dried seaweed and some feathers. We are creating our own beach scene with rockpool back in class. On our next visit we shall visit some rockpools. Whilst looking on the web for information about beaches I came across the site for Monterey Bay Aquarium in California. An amazing wealth of resources, some of which we looked at using the board. An interactive game for putting the right creatures in rockpools was enjoyed by the kids.
We tried to watch some Quicktime movies of jellyfish swimming and limpets rushing over the rocks (speeded up of course)but were unable to view them. They had worked at home successfully so I don't know what the problem was. Now I was just thinking that a fact finding mission to Monterey Bay would be great but when you've got a resource like this on the doorstep - who needs to go abroad?