KS1: Blencathra

Welcome to Blencathra 

Term 5 and 6: Coastline


In the Coastline project, your child will use maps to learn about the location of the world’s seas and oceans and keys to learn about map symbols. They will also find out about the directions on a compass. They will learn about the human and physical features of a coastline, including the effects of erosion and how to stay safe when visiting the coast. They will have the opportunity to learn about the work of the RNLI, what happened to the SS Rohilla and about the coastal town of Whitby, including how Captain Cook is linked to the town. They will research the tourism industry and consider what features make a place a successful tourist destination.


Beach hut


Special people; Staying safe; Strengths and goals


Narrative - Song of the Sea; Recount - Our trip to the coast; Narrative - The Secret of Black Rock; Information - Plants

Hooked on Books

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch; Katie Morag and the New Pier; Grace Darling; Winnie and Wilbur at the Seaside; Flotsam; Lifeboat Crew: People who help us


Number; Measurement; Geometry

Memorable experience

Coastal visit

Innovate challenge

My coastal town


Maps, globes and atlases; World seas and oceans; Human and physical features; Locational language; Compass directions; Physical processes – erosion; Changes over time; Tourism


Flower Head


Jobs in the past; Significant people – Captain Cook


Materials; Plant survival


Friendship; Reflect, rewind and replay


We are treasure hunters; We are photographers

What have we been learning this week?

Blencathra have had a fantastic start to the term and absolutely loved our memorable experience day to Weston-Super-Mare. We took in the views of the pier, sampled some seaside chips, built sand sculptures, and enjoyed an ice-cream in the sunshine. Being on a double-decker bus was also a great experience! We will now use our experiences of being on the beach to identify human and physical features, understand how to remain safe near the coast and understand the importance of tourism.

We have thoroughly enjoyed hearing the children's voices in the classroom again with our new music unit based on friendship. The Friendship Song is all about what it means to be a good friend and how much they mean to us. We are very much looking forward to adding in some musical instruments to our performance! 

In English, we have started our sentence stacking lessons based on the Irish Myth, "Song of the Sea". We have thought of some wonderful vocabulary to describe May opening the chest and we are trying really hard to think of interesting ways to begin sentences. 

Please look in our gallery below.