‘Shelton Splashes’ was five days of water and seaside themed learning and fun enjoyed by the whole school with a desert island (complete with palm trees) and a huge pirate ship (complete with pirates).
The children were amazed when they came to school on Monday morning to find that a desert island with palm trees (which the children had made) had appeared in the middle of the playground together with a sandy beach! Throughout the week, the children used the desert island in their lessons. The children had another big surprise on Friday when a pirate was found sleeping on the desert island clutching a treasure map. Brave children removed the map from the pirate which led the children, with the help of the pirate, to find treasure!
Children were amazed when they went in the school hall to find a pirate ship had sailed in complete with another four pirates! Throughout the day each class visited the hall to explore the ship, to walk the plank and to throw ‘cannonballs’ at the pirates. The children were VERY excited and had a great time! The ship was enhanced with items made earlier in the week by the children including a wheel to steer the ship, cannons, anchor, figurehead and a brig (jail)!
On Beach Party Day all children rotated around different zones. The highlight for many children was using water squirters to hit photographs of the teachers and teaching assistants and working out how many points they scored – Mr Leigh was worth 100 points! Children participated in chalking the playground, volleyball, beach games, paddling pools and a wide range of water themed activities. Refreshments in the form of ‘mocktails’ were very popular.
On Seaside Sports Day children took part in a variety of competitive challenges around school including flip flop flinging, a donkey derby, an ice cream obstacle relay race and a water bucket race. Great fun was had by all.
All children and staff brought a beach towel to school and we worked out how much of the playground we could cover with our beach towel. When everyone had laid their towel down we discovered we had only covered one third of the playground! Children also created sculptures using their beach towels!
At home children made silly sunglasses and brought these into school for our ‘Silly Sunglasses Parade’. All children who decorated or made sunglasses were rewarded with a special personalised certificate! There were some very creative sunglasses in school.