Class 3’s Trip to Scotstown Beach
On Friday 25th May, Class 3 went on a trip to Scotstown Beach because their project is The Sea and Seashore. When we got off the bus we met up with Ms. Kath Hamper from The Buchan Countryside Group. First of all she told us about the safety rules on the beach. Then she told us to look at the sand through a magnifying glass and she asked us questions about what it was made of. We found out that it was made from crushed shells and rocks and that long ago there were mountains there. Down by the sea the grains of sand were bigger. As we dug deeper the sand became wetter, damper, heavier and darker because it had been raining the night before. However the sand on the top was softer and drier. It was crumbly and light coloured. This was because the wind and sun had dried it up.
Sand dunes are formed by the sea coming in. The sand piles up on rocks and it makes a big hill. We were doing a bit of Drama. Some of us were the sand and others were rocks. We pushed together.
We went down towards the sea and looked for shells, seaweed and things which were alive or dead. We found heaps and heaps of shells and seaweed. Some shells have different patterns on them. Some of the seaweed was wet and smelly. We had to get into groups of four. We built a crab and it ate seaweed. The first crab got crushed. The second one was not very good. One group made a starfish and I thought it was quite good. The last one was not very good but it was better than ours.
When we climbed a dune my welly got full of sand. It was very hard to climb. I saw older and younger dunes from the top and we saw everybody. The Marram grass helps the sand dunes stay as a big pile of sand. When we got on the bus we went back home and had lunch.
By Iain and the boys and girls of Class 3.