On Tuesday 9th May 2017 one hundred and ten students attending Qala Primary School participated in organised activities at Ħondoq Bay. The activities were hands-on and everyone enjoyed learning in the beautiful environment, which this picturesque bay offers. Students in Year 3 and Kinder showed us their artistic skills by using the natural backdrop to inspire them to paint their own seaside picture. Students in Years 1 & 2 enjoyed listening to a story about fish. Apart from participating by predicting what might happen next, they also created the main character in the story – using colourful paper and their cutting skills.
Older students showed everyone that they are growing into responsible citizens who want a cleaner environment for the benefit of everyone’s health. Some of them participated in a clean-up activity. Apart from enjoying themselves using the hand pickers, they provided a cleaner bay for the general public. Although the bay is cleaned on a daily basis, there still is a small number of persons who haven’t learned to clean up behind them.
Ħondoq Bay is the perfect place where one can spot Comino and our Year 4 students had the opportunity to participate in a Social Studies lesson where they managed to talk about the islands and buildings they could spot. They identified the Comino Tower as an old fortification which was used to guard our islands against enemies. These students also participated in a literacy session with a difference. They practised their listening and speaking skills with a native speaker in the outdoors whilst enjoying the light breeze.
Ħondoq is also home to different species of plants, which the Year 5 and Year 6 students had the opportunity to observe in detail. They went for a nature walk and spotted many plants. The questions they had were answered by an expert in the field and they were impressed at the different number of plants they saw, most of which were new for a lot of them.
Kinder students also participated in Maths activities with a beach theme, where they sorted small, big and medium pebbles into colourful pails. Students in Year 1 and Year 2 even tried their adding skills by choosing two numbered pebbles which together made the number 10 and later 20. Of course we couldn’t leave out staying healthy through fun and so one could see a station with colourful Physical Education Equipment, where the students enjoyed the games prepared for them.
Later, the Kinder students were busily investigating their shadows on white paper. They enjoyed moving their hands and seeing their shadows move too. Some older students sprang to action and traced the younger students’ shadows. It was a tough job with all the movement. But it was a job well done and our youngsters then enjoyed filling in their traced shadows using sponges and colours.
Our main aim – that of an enjoyable cross-curricular learning experience for all – was achieved. What a day! The smiles on the children’s faces said it all. This activity will surely go down in our calendar as a yearly event. Well done to all persons involved who contributed in one way or another to make this activity such a success!