Based on their Topic: Habitats and Sea Life
Year 2 went on a wonderful adventure to Taling Nam beach to gain more practical knowledge about their current topic, Habitats and Sea Life. Am Samui Resort in Taling Ngam warmly welcomed the excited group of children to their beach in order to conduct interesting investigations of their surroundings.
As a school, we are so fortunate to be surrounded by such an interesting habitat, with the option of tropical jungles and pristine white beaches on our doorstep, helping our students put some of their learning into context.
"Learning about the word "habitat": Investigating carefully for
things in nature which are living, dead or have never been alive!"
Once at the beach, Miss Forte split the class into four groups. With the support of Pii Pak, Pii Apple and Miss Eunice each group was well looked after. The 4 groups splintered to different areas of the resort with the aim of finding interesting things and record these in a tally format. Maths skills are also put into practise here!
The students were challenged to record the data under the right column, "Alive", "Dead" or "Never alive". The students' mission was to accomplish the following tasks:
Looking at local habitats
Drawing local trees, plants and any animal homes
Mapping the local area
What is a habitat? looking carefully to find things which are living, dead or have never been alive.
Immediately, and excitedly, the children spotted ants, bugs, fish, hermit crab, tree barks, seashells, corals and so much more. They collected flowers which were used to draw a big heart in the sand.
Miss Eunice recollects this enjoyable day:
"Whilst having our morning snack, we watched big, red ants line up and march up to the top
of a tree and we discussed why these ants chose this tree as their habitat.
"The students also did a fantastic job mapping their surroundings.
"We had our picnic lunch on the grass which the students enjoyed along with their toys and teddies.
"Once all learning tasks were completed, it was time to have some fun on the beach! Some children played football whilst another group built sandcastles. A third group used nets to catch some fish and hermit crabs -- these creatures were, of course, returned to the sea immediately!
"It was a truly wonderful day and, towards the end the children were treated to ice lollies!"
Thank you Miss Forte for organising this fun-filled trip. Nature is definitely one of the best classrooms in the world and as an international school in Koh Samui, Thailand, we are very privileged to have such beautiful nature to learn from.