What an amazing time Year 1 had last week with their ‘sand sculptures’ learning event!
It all began on Tuesday morning when the children watched a presentation with St Julian’s art teacher, Laura Vicente. They learned that sculptures are 3D artwork and were taught how to design and make these in the sand using simple 3 steps.
Later that day they experimented with wet and dry sand in the playground sandpits. The children worked on recording their sea creatures on paper as a plan for the work on the beach. They had to think carefully about what they would need to prepare for the trip and how they would keep safe in the sun. Children were then given the task of being independent and bringing everything they would need to school for the beach visit.
On Thursday morning the children arrived at school ready with sun cream applied, water bottles and spades ready to pack into their special yellow event bags. They were also given yellow hats to wear. With the support of the Year 1 team and many helpful parent volunteers, they set off to the beach, full of excitement!
Step 1- The children worked together to draw the outline of the sea creatures into the sand with sticks.
Step 2 - Everyone worked together to dig, fill buckets and pile sand onto their designs. Some of the designs were very big so they had a lot of digging to do. This is when the value of being committed and not giving up was very important!
Step 3 - Next it was time to compact the sand using spades and hands. Everyone enjoyed working hard to make the sand firm and define the shapes of their sea creatures. Finally, they used lots of lovely shells and sticks to decorate their sculptures.
After a very busy morning the children in each group walked along the beach to share their work with others and admire the amazing creations. They then returned to school with every child still in possession of their yellow bags and hats, showing they had taken responsibility for their belongings.
The Year 1 teachers would like to thank all of the parents and helpers who volunteered to come along and helped to make this learning event such a success.
Report by Lou Banthorpe, on behalf of the Year 1 Team