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Story Boat

Have you been to a church service outdoors? Maybe you've been to an outdoor service by the sea?

Wherever he went, crowds gathered to hear Jesus tell them about God.

Boat on the sea of Galilee

One day, a very large crowd gathered beside the sea to hear Jesus. They came nearer and nearer to Jesus as more people arrived.

In the end, Jesus had to climb into a nearby boat on the seashore so he could be seen and heard.

Jesus sat down and began one of his stories about God's kingdom.

Imagine, listening to Jesus telling a story on the beach.

Cowes Week

Have you been to the Isle of Wight for a day trip or holiday?

Yacht races have taken place in August at Cowes for years and attract lots of famous faces. Sadly it's not happening this year.

Yachts at Cowes Just seven yachts competed for a gold cup in the first race. By the 1960's several clubs had joined in the festival. Today there are a number of races with up to 1000 yachts, a mix of both classic and the latest designs.

There's usually plenty for visitors to see and do. Quite a spectacle!


We think of lifeboats rescuing people at sea but have you seen a lifeboat on a river?

RNLI Lifeboat Margaret Russell Fraser

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is a charity set up to rescue people in all kinds of watery difficulties. They have over 430 boats which are manned by volunteers.

Our nearest lifeboat is based at Teddington, one of the four new stations along the River Thames.

Knock, Knock

Row boat Who's there?


Rhoda who?

Rhoda boat ashore

Bunch of bananas Why are bananas never lonely?

Because they go round in bunches!

Look Out

Here's July's Art Extravaganza winning entry.

Wheat and weeds

August's challenge is to create an art work about The Big Picnic. Use paint or pencils, make a collage or sculpture.

Take a photo of your finished masterpiece and send the image to us by the end of the month at take 5

Pilgrim Boat

Along with her sister ship The Speedwell, The Mayflower set sail for North America 400 years ago.

Painting of The Mayflower in Plymouth Harbour by William Halsall

Among the passengers were a group of pilgrims, looking for a new place to live and a new life.

All did not go well. The Speedwell leaked and returned to port. In the end only the Mayflower sailed away.

Many travellers didn't survive the harsh conditions. They struggled through their first winter thanks to the kindness of the Wampanoag people. Both are all celebrated at Thanksgiving each year.

A splash of water

What do you like to do on holiday?

Have you seen a bright yellow banana boat creating a splash of colour as it rides the waves at the seaside?

3-10 riders hold on tightly as they are towed on the inflatable banana boat, screaming as they splash through the waves.

Banana boat

What a fun thing to do at the seaside!

Boat Lore

Can you find 16 boating words hidden in the grid?

Boat wordsearch

Answers below.

Banana Boat Sundae

Yummy fruit and icecream - just right for a summer treat.

What you need

What you need for Banana Boat Sundae
  • chopping board
  • sharp knife
  • icecream scoop
  • dish
  • cocktail sticks
  • banana
  • slices of other fruit
  • flaked almonds
  • glace cherries
  • icecream sauce
  • icecream

What you do


Banana Boat Sundae step 1

Cut 2 or 3 slices of fruit thick enough to skewer with a cocktail stick. Skewer ready for use later.

Tip: Hold the knife carefully with all your fingers round the handle. Keep the blade away from the fingers holding the fruit.


Banana Boat Sundae step 2

Peel the banana and slice in two along the length.

Arrange in the dish leaving a gap between the halves.


Banana Boat Sundae step 3

Add 2 or 3 scoops of icecream along the centre of the banana.


Banana Boat Sundae step 4

Decorate with sauce and nuts if liked before pushing the cocktail sticks with slices of fruit into the icecream to look like sails.


Banana Boat Sundae step 5

Enjoy before the icecream melts!

Boat Lore

Boat wordsearch

You should be able to find boat, ship, oars, hull, mast, funnel, rudder, sail, keel, bridge, cabin, galley, deck, bow, stern and porthole.

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