Edwardian Seaside

 Oh we do like to be beside the seaside! The Year 1 pupils at Bourne Abbey C of E Primary and Bourne Elsea Park C of E Primary Academies were recently transported back to Edwardian times for a day out at the seaside.  To kick off their final topic of the year, the two schools welcomed the wonderful Steve Adby from the Partake Theatre Group to lead the children back in time for the day.

Their journey began with an insight into the past looking at photographs and objects of the period.  They giggled at the idea of wearing the bathing costumes, marvelled at the idea of being taken into the sea in a bathing hut, wondered at the metal bucket and wooden spade and gasped at the measly amount of ice cream you got in a penny lick glass!

Then it was time for the fun to really begin. After jumping out of bed, getting washed and dressed, packing a lunch and making their way to the station, their journey began on a noisy steam train and they were jostled in their seats as the train trundled on to the seaside.  As they stepped off the train into the sunshine they transformed into seagulls and soared above the beach looking down on the day trippers below.  It was time to settle back down and with the help of a parasol for the girls and a straw hat for the boys, the children were soon strolling down the promenade greeting each other with a courteous smile and a jolly “Good Morning”.

Suddenly it was time for a ride on the beautifully painted carousel; going up and down and gathering speed.  Laughter filled the air as the children delighted in their role play.  After a picnic lunch, it was the part of the day they had waited for!  After a quick change and a wobbly journey in the bathing hut, it was time to play chase the waves before a quick swim in the chilly water.  ‘I wish, I wish, I was a fish,’ chanted the children and as if by magic they were under the sea watching the sun sparkle on the waves.

All too soon it was time to return to dry land and settle down in front of the brass band playing in the bandstand.  They even got to conduct the band before an unexpected shower forced everyone to rush back to the waiting train.  Goodness what a busy day!  As the train chugged its way home, some very sleepy children reminisced about their incredible day out. Every single child grinned from ear to ear as they thanked Steve for taking them on such an adventure with the aid of just a few props, some inspiring music and their astonishing imaginations.  WOW what a day!