Heacham Infants ‘To the Rescue’
6th March 2015 - The following article is reproduced by kind permission of Town and Around
An exhibition of children’s work combined with a cake sale in aid of the RNLI was held on Thursday 5th March at Heacham Infant School. Throwing open its doors to parents and friends, the Red and Blue classes mounted a display of work that filled the hall.
Organised by teachers Nikki Hall and Catherine Tuckwood, the project that has taken a month to complete during which the five and six year olds have learned about the RNLI and the history behind it including the inspirational story of Grace Darling. The children visited the RNLI station and Old Hunstanton beach to collect materials for their artwork that was also on display.
Danny Bailey enjoyed his visit to the Lifeboat station so much he took his Mum to the beach at 8am one Sunday at half term to see the crew on exercise and he made his own special book of the day.
The forty seven children have learned about sea safety and sea rescue, have written sea poems and completed shared writing projects, brainstorming lots of adjectives then have moved on to write their own stories with themselves as Grace Darling.
In their maths classes the children learned about weighing and measuring before moving onto a practical cooking session to produce all the cakes for the sale.
Nikki Hall said: “All the children have been really inspired by this project and it has been a joy to guide them through the process; they have done everything themselves including making the posters to promote the event and sending out invitations.”
Surprise visitors to the exhibition, when children were dressed as characters from their favourite books for World Book Day, were the RNLI’s Robin Rafferty and Lifeboat Crew Member Leesa Espley who arrived in full rescue kit. So far a total of £180 has been raised for the RNLI.