Beach School

Marshside Beach School

We believe every child should be given the opportunity to experience and learn, about and in the natural environment.
By experiencing the wonders of our local coastline and environs it provides children with the opportunity to visit, learn about and fall in love with the outdoors through hands-on learning.

Being a Beach School we can make the most of the outdoor classroom that surrounds our school. Outdoor learning is said to boost not only academic performance, but also children’s confidence, self-esteem, social skills and well-being.

Our Beach School curriculum will cater for all children across the school with a focus on making use of all our natural space which inevitably includes the beach but not exclusively. For example, this would also include: school grounds, the protected marshlands area owned by the RSPB and the coastline.

Our Aims:

  • Make regular and frequent visits by the whole school
  • Embedded within the whole school curriculum
  • Use holistic learning approaches
  • Develop a strong sense of stewardship and Environmental awareness
  • Utilise play based education pedagogy
  • Use a range of pedagogy
  • Deepen connections with the local community
  • Develop good ecological practice and understanding (understanding our triple S.I.standard NW coastline)

There are four interrelated components to our offer:

Education IN the environment

Using children’s immediate surroundings and the wider world as a learning resource.

This can be thought of as the ‘hands-on’ element focused on a chosen area of the curriculum to enhance learning.     

E.G: a science focused activity – Species identification and information, coastal and marshland habitat investigations.  Art: Environmental/marine art

Education ABOUT the environment

Developing knowledge and understanding and awareness of the local environment and then extend to an understanding of global environmental issues.

E.G: How to behave sensibly and act responsibly when using the beach or other local natural environs, including understanding seasons and tides.

Education FOR the environment

The development of positive attitudes and behaviours towards the environment which can only be effective if the other two elements are in place.  E.G. Practical conservation, mini beach cleans. Understanding the pressures on the local environment.

Wellbeing

The final element comes from considering the need to respond to the growing concerns around the mental well-being of all of our children nationally and locally at Marshside.

With this in mind, sessions would also include activities that aim to develop children’s ‘sense of calm’ in connecting with themselves, others and nature – a sense of oneness so important for developing positive well-being.