What will we do to make things better?

Beach Schools South West makes it easy to take a class on to the beach. Where schools may dismiss the idea because there is too much to organise and plan – we take care of all of it. Schools, families and organisations can just turn up on the day and everything is taken care of.

We will make it easy to embark on an outdoor learning programme. Our qualified practitioners will work closely with the group leader to ensure that they will have suitable relevant content in the session, be it a curriculum based subject, a topic or theme or even a holiday session.

The responsibility of planning the session will lie entirely with the practitioner and the group leader can enjoy the lesson, safe in the knowledge that their input will be included in the planning of the lesson.

More benefits have been seen with children participating in regular outdoor learning sessions – we are able to devise a package of sessions that will develop the children, build their confidence and help them to learn without them even realising it. Finally we will be making things better by encouraging future generations to learn, respect and care for our marine environment.

Curriculum Based Learning

There are any number of curriculum-based subjects that we can plan a Beach Schools Day around, tying in with the National Curriculum and simultaneously stimulating children’s learning in the natural environment.

Some examples of Learning in the Natural Environment in the New National Curriculum include:

Underachieving Children

“Engaging and sustaining engagement of children in Learning”

Community and Parents

“Building cohesion between the school, parents and community”

PHSE School Curriculum

“Building good relationships and self assurance”

History: Key Stage 1

“Pupils should be taught about events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally”

History: A Local History Study for KS2

“A study over time tracing how several aspects of national history are reflected in the locality (this can go beyond 1066)”

Behaviour, Social and Emotional Needs

“Overcoming barrier to learning so they can participate with their peers in the classroom”

Art and Design : Key Stage 2

“Improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials (for example, pencil, charcoal, paint etc.)”

Science: Seasonal Changes for KS1

“Pupils should be taught to: observe changes across the four seasons, describing the weather associated with the seasons and how day length varies”

Science: Living things and habitats for KS2

“Describe how animals, obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain and identify and name different sources of food.”

Physical Education: Key Stage 1

“Perform dances using simple movement patterns”

English: Punctuation/Grammar for KS1

“Expanding noun phrases to describe and specify (for example, the blue butterfly)”

History: Key Stage 2

“Pupils should be taught about: changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age”

Science: Plants for KS1

“Pupils should be taught to: identify, name and describe a variety of plants including deciduous/evergreens/flowering plants/trees & their structures.”

Computing: Key Stage 2

“Understanding computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services such as the world wide web and the opportunities they offer.”

English: Foundation Reading

“Listening to and discussing a wide range of poems, stories and non-fiction at a level beyond that at which they can read independently”

Science: Light for KS2

“Pupils should be taught to: recognise that shadows are formed when the light from a source is blocked by a solid object.”

Science: Light for KS2

“Pupils should be taught to: recognise that shadows are formed when the light from a source is blocked by a solid object.”

Cooking and Nutrition: Key Stage 2

“Understanding seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed”

Art & Design: Key Stage 1

“Develop a wide range of art and design techniques is using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space”

Geography: Skills and Field Work for KS1

“Use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the UK and its countries, as well as the countries, continents and oceans”

Design and Technology: Key Stage 1

“Building structures and exploring how they can be made stronger, sturdier and more stable.”

Science: Animals for KS1

“Identify, name, draw & label the basic parts of the human body & say which part of the body is associated with each sense”

Computing: Key Stage 1

“Use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content”

Maths: Ratio and Proportion for KS2

“Solve problems involving unequal sharing and grouping using knowledge of fractions and multiples”

Geography: Human/Physical for KS2

“Describe and understand key aspects of: physical geography, including climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes, and the water cycle”

English: Reading Comprehension at KS2

“Increasing their familiarity with a wide range of books, including myths, legends and traditional stories, modern fiction, fiction from out literary heritage, and books from other cultures and traditions.”

Maths: Statistics for Key Stage 1

“Pupils should be taught to: interpret/construct simple pictograms, tally charts, block diagrams, simple tables – ask/answer simple questions by counting objects and comparing data”


What people say about us! pagetitle

“Learning outside of the classroom and connecting with the local environment greatly benefits children’s learning and complements the work that they do in school. Research carried out by ourselves and partners in the south west currently is adding to the mounting evidence of the health and well-being benefits of engaging with the marine environment. From reducing stress and improving concentration to helping children with ADHD and other learning difficulties, there are potentially no limits to the power of a prescription of “a bit of sea time”.
“Beach Schools children will be our coastline’s biggest advocates and protectors in the future, they will be passionate and not only that will seek out this wonderful place of wildness to seek their solace and to sooth their own souls and spirits as they will be able to recreate fond memories of well-being and relationship and affection.” Sarah Blackwell, Archimedes Training

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