As a reward for reaching the top of our Ladder of Kindness, Room 14 went down to Pt.England beach for the afternoon.
The plan was simple: We'll take a couple of balls and let the kids have free play (with some adult supervision).
The result was a fantastic success. The rugby ball and football were pretty much ignored and instead the kids built sandcastles with classmates they didn't usually play with, collected shells for each other, buried friends in the sand, hunted for crabs, collected clay, investigated rock pools, tried to catch fish, looked under rocks. It was wonderful to watch.
I saw lots of real work on Key Competencies. The kids were placed in a very stimulating environment, away from the familiar playground and familiar routines and they were let loose into this new playground and had a very valuable experience. For me, it was very interesting to see how the children interacted with each other differently and made decisions about how they would spend their time on the beach.
Needless to say we're doing this again.