Neville Collard
Laura Stocker
Mapping Bathers Beach Movie

Bathers Beach Prints

Scratch foam was used to make a print onto material that was sewn together to make a quilt. Each child drew onto the foam an aspect of Bathers Beach and its use. Children represented something in the water, on the water, the beach area or the surrounding area.

The book One Less Fish (authors-Kim Michelle Toft and Allan Sheather)  captured the interest of the class and connections were made to this story and our beach. We identified the issues from the story that affect the marine ecosystem.

We identified 5 issues that they as children could do something about. We recognised that some such as oil drilling was not something that they as children can take immediate action about.

The 5 issues identified were

  • Don’t feed the fish in the sea
  • Keep the water clean
  • Don’t catch too many fish
  • Keep plastic bags out of the water
  • Don’t catch small fish

    These issues become the basis of small
    plays that were performed to other classmates
The Values project was linked to our literacy program giving many opportunities to write and to use a variety of text forms. It gave the kids some great experiences to write recounts  with the events being motivating and the kids being eager to share their experiences with others.

The kids loved writing justifications about why Bathers Beach was important to them. They liked listing as many reasons as possible and demonstrated that Bathers Beach was a place of importance to them.

Overhead projector Transparencies were made using photos of Bathers Beach and other locations around Fremantle. The children used these as backdrops for shadow plays about the beach. They also added materials to the OHP to enhance the beach scenes.

Block corner was set up with a variety of materials for representing a marine environment. Items such as shells, rocks, sea animals, sponges, starfish, and blue and yellow cloth were used by the class to make sea worlds.



Surveys
were another way that the children showed how they valued Bathers Beach. A teacher modeled survey of “Should dogs be allowed at Bather’s beach?’ was followed by the children generating their own surveys. Great questions were asked  such as “ Should people be allowed to fish at Bather’s beach?” and "Should they still catch whales at Bather’s beach?”

The light box was set up with photos of Bathers Beach and drawing materials so that the children could trace the beach and produce drawings of their own.

Painting photos
Photos of Bathers Beach were changed into black and white drawings using I-photo. These were then painted or coloured by the children. They experimented with colour and different mediums to produce their landscapes.

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