Beach school is a fun and exciting way to get in touch with nature and to gain a greater understanding of the world around us. It is known that ‘working’ outdoors helps to improve children’s confidence, self-esteem, communication skills and is great for health and well-being.  It can help to reduce stress, improve concentration and the children will be learning in a very hands-on and meaningful way.  As a school, we understand that learning does not only happen within 4 walls.

We are extremely lucky to have a member of staff, fully trained with a Level 3 Wild Beach qualification. Classes taking part will be offered half a term of sessions that will include a mix of class-based and beach based sessions at Kingston Beach.  Over the weeks we will learn more about beach safety, local sea creatures and their habitats and about our environmental impact.
 
Each week we will start with a welcome circle before we get involved in investigating and taking part in any activities that have been planned. Although we will have a planned activity we will very much be following the lead and the interests of the children.  The children will also be helping to record the weather, the sea state and if there is a low or high tide each week.  We will finish each session with a 5-minute beach clean so that we leave the beach in a better state than we found it.
To allow children to fully engage in all of the activities on offer it is important for children to be dressed appropriately.  For the cold/wet weather sessions children would benefit from warm waterproof coats, waterproof trousers, woolly hat and wellies.

Pupil's feedback from their beach school lesson

I loved going to the beach (Burney)

I liked going to the Lifeboat Station (Vytas)

Learning about the tide was amazing (Harvey)

We learnt a lot about different creatures (Finn)

Walking on the stones is really hard (Elliot)

We helped by picking up litter (Roseanne)

I like to make our beach clean (Harry)

We found lots of rubbish on the beach (Seth)