Bamburgh Class 2021-22

Arctic Explorers Beach Day

On the way to the beach we stopped on the bridge to view the river Aln and everyone used their observation skills to spot wildlife near the river. We saw a heron, Canadian geese, ducks and jackdaws. We discussed how we knew it was low tide and what we would see when we returned to school later in the day and how it would be different.

On the way to Alnmouth the class had a challenge to spot seasonal changes and look out for early signs of spring. The first flowers of spring seemed to be popping up everywhere and we had great fun spotting the snowdrops on our way.

We spotted gorse and broom. We talked about how we could remember the name gorse – we practised saying it’s gorse of course!

As intrepid arctic explorers we went to places we had not been before. We discussed what we knew about Arctic explorers and thought about why they went exploring and if it was easy. We had a very long trek which was exciting and we used our skills of resilience and determination.

We saw the beacon above Alnmouth estuary. We had an excellent view over Alnmouth Bay and could see as far as Amble. We thought about explorers and how they would see different views.

 We talked about how beacons were lit on hills or high places, used either as lighthouses for navigation at sea, or for signaling over land that an enemy was approaching to alert villages. Children thought about times in history when a beacon might have been used and they suggested the Vikings and World War 2. We talked about how the beacon at Alnmouth was erected in 1988 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Spanish Armada.

When we reached the very top of Bracken hill we sat quietly to see what we could see and hear. We could hear birds, the waves and the wind around us. We imagined what we would need if were camping there at night and what we would need to survive.

As explorers we went on a nature hunt expedition to find and collect natural and interesting objects. We thought about the animals that live in the Arctic. How they have adapted to survive in that harsh cold environment. The children then created Arctic animals in the sand out of natural found objects. They recalled many Arctic animals and made polar bears, seals, narwhals, orca, arctic foxes, hares and walruses.

After lunch we returned to the beach, where we were surprised to see a wonderful rainbow. We talked about the weather and how a rainbow was formed, when the Sun’s rays strike raindrops falling from faraway rain clouds. We talked about the colours of the rainbow. Unfortunately, the rain clouds were not so far away and we did need to put our hoods up for a short while in the afternoon.