After a quick walk along the promenade in the glorious October sunshine, the 28 Year 3 children, and accompanying staff, made their way into the Oceanarium building - the first customers of the day. What followed was nearly two hours of an enthralling insight into what life is really like under the sea.
The visit was brought to life courtesy of two Oceanarium guides - Laura and Hannah - who amazed everyone with their wealth of knowledge and patience in answering questions from fascinated children. Particularly popular was the 'hands on session' where the children were able to touch various items such as a real turtle shell and a complete shark's jawbone - three rows of teeth still intact!
As the weather was so unbelievably fine for October, lunch and playtime on the beach was a 'must' and the staff enjoyed watching the children sculpt a variety of sea creatures out of the sand. The return journey to Talbot Heath involved walking all the way back, along the Bourne Valley Greenway, where the children took the opportunity to follow maps and note the important buildings and features of Bournemouth's Lower Gardens, ready for their future map skills work.
A thoroughly enjoyable day was had by all and the girls had gained an abundance of knowledge for their "Under the Sea" topic. Thanks go to Mrs Walrond for organizing the trip.