The Pownall+ Ocean Rescue topic was a huge success! It contextualised many different skills from a range of subjects and placed them in to a topic that can truly change the world.
The week launched with an exciting visit from Mark Taylor from the RNLI, with lots of whole school audience involvement on the Boddington Theatre stage, including children dressing up as weather crew or lifeguards to undertake pretend rescues.The Form 5 and 6 children then participated in ‘heritage sessions’ and were enthralled when learning all about the Whitby Bay, Rohilla rescue in 1914 and the heroes of the RNLI.
Throughout the day, children of all ages engaged in many ocean related activities, all of which served to enhance their knowledge of and passion toward our oceans.
The Pownall Nursery learned a song created by Mrs Poyzer, called ‘5 plastic bottles, floating in the sea’. The children enjoyed free flow activities in their themed outdoor area of Saving our Oceans.
In Kindergarten, children thought about the items we take with us on trips to the beach and the importance of taking our rubbish home. They made jellyfish with a special quote attached ‘we’re giving a helping hand to clean up the sea and sand’. They also made some Octopus as the focus number of the week was ‘8’. Children enjoyed using celery, dipped in different coloured paint, to make scales for rainbow fish, as well as using magnifying glasses to explore rock pools and shells.
In Reception the children explored floating and sinking through experiments set up in their classrooms and free flow areas. The children then made their own boats to find out about structure, shape and materials for floating and sinking.
Form 1 children made Ocean Rescue leaflets. They drew the ocean on the front cover with a catchy related title…Save Our Oceans. Inside the leaflet they drew and wrote about the harmful effects of plastic in our oceans and learned ways to help stop plastic polluting the ocean. Form 1 also created ocean ‘weaves’. They weaved strips of plastic bags (ocean colours) through slits in card. The children have put them up on the display in the lunch hall.
Form 2 looked at the marine life in the North Atlantic Ocean and discovered that Greenpeace had sent a boat with a team of people to investigate pollution around these islands. Pupils identified ways of reducing this pollution by reusing and recycling. The children also created marine artwork using outlines of fish and recycled materials. Form 2 also wrote letters to encourage and educate fellow human beings about looking after our planet.
In Form 3 the children learned all about overfishing and the devastating effects it has on our ecosystems. They created information pages to explain what overfishing is and what causes it. Then the children created posters to tell people how they can help prevent overfishing. Form 3 prepared and filmed an interview on what is being done by organisations to stop overfishing. Finally, they planned and presented a factual, emotive assembly to tell others pupils all about it and how they can help.
Form 4 children created figurative language laden poems, learning about syllabic structure and rhythm at the same time. The poems highlighted some of the problems faced by our oceans and are displayed in the dining room.
Form 5 have researched and presented a hard-hitting, fact-laden, journalistic style google slide presentations conveying the terrible problems that our oceans face. They have also created emotive, image heavy, pre-prep target audience based posters to display around the younger areas of the school.
Form 6 have written EYFS level stories to read to the youngest of our children. They have focused upon plastic in the oceans and how dangerous littering is for our ocean creatures. They have personified sea creatures, written in a simple manner, conveying a clear message through the voices of wonderful ocean based characters. The stories are going to be published in to hard copy and also online in a digital magazine sent to over 22,000 teachers from independent schools across the country.
We all learned so much about how important are oceans are to the human race and to the survival of our planet. The ‘Big Blue’ is the very lifeblood of our Earth and we must protect it…now!