Imagine learning in the fresh air, in an environment full of resources and opportunities, where senses are stimulated and you can run wild... This is Beach School. A natural adjunct to Forest School, developed from the Scandinavian education system where children and young people can build self esteem, independence and skills through exploring and experiencing the natural world.
The Fylde coastline is a wonderful, natural learning resource which provides fantastic opportunities for Beach School practice.
Our experienced and qualified team of Archimedes Beach School Practitioners will engage your group with exciting, motivational and memorable sessions. We offer a six week Beach School programme or half/full day visits. All of our Beach School activities link in with the National Curriculum and OFSTED Outdoor Learning best practice.
Learning Outside the Classroom Manifesto
“THERE IS STRONG EVIDENCE THAT GOOD QUALITY LEARNING OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM ADDS MUCH VALUE TO CLASSROOM LEARNING. IT CAN LEAD TO A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF THE CONCEPTS THAT SPAN TRADITIONAL SUBJECT BOUNDARIES AND WHICH ARE FREQUENTLY DIFFICULT TO TEACH EFFECTIVELY USING CLASSROOM METHODS ALONE.”
INTRODUCTION TO BEACH SCHOOL & BEACH SAFETY
In this session we learn how to assess our own risks, practice water safety and beach safety using fun games. You will have the opportunity to explore the strandline and collect and identify marine life and to think about where sea water comes from.
SAND DUNE SAFARI
Learn about how sand dunes develop and the importance of pioneer plants. Identify local dune plants and insects, then discover how they have adapted to this habitat. Consider how we can protect the dunes and be introduced to the three Ps.
TIME AND TIDES
Recognise what high and low tide look like, identify whether a tide is coming in or going out and begin to understand what causes high and low tides. Play the waves game and understand how the beach can make its own power by exploring forces in nature. Understand what a ‘fat trap’ is and why they would be used.
Compare and contrast features of intertidal zones and the habitats within them. Explore the different zones and identify flora and fauna within them. Look for evidence of what is living beyond our reach in the sea.
Explore and use a range of natural material to create sculptures and marine wildlife found in our sea. Compare and contrast actual size models of marine wildlife. Think about the birds, mammals and other marine life which need clean seas and explore how pollution could affect marine food chains.
I’m on a desert island help! Use your senses and imagination through role play. Develop teamwork, prioritising, organisation and problem solving skill through shelter building. Express feelings and experiences through art and literacy. Learn about the processes of filtration, evaporation and condensation by making sea salt and warm up with a cup of cocoa.
PIRATE PARTY BEACH CLEAN UP
The pirates have invaded! Build your own boat. Make a mini den. Go on a scavenger hunt. Build a campfire to keep yourself warm. Have fun playing pirate games but don’t forget to pick your litter up after you! Can be adapted for a Viking invasion.
Training and Support
We can deliver training and support on Beach School practice. Book a taster session or INSET with us. Can’t come to us? We’ll come to you with our Outreach service. Please contact us to see how best we can help support your school/group.
Session duration is 2 hours. Sessions are led by the Beach School Practitioner. Session costs include curriculum linked planning, risk assessments and all resources. Sessions are delivered at St Anne’s beach and dunes. Beach School sessions run throughout the year. Rigorous risk assessments ensure participants safety is paramount. All staff are DBS checked, as are all of our volunteers. Groups will be advised on appropriate clothing for sessions. Sessions may have to be postponed due to adverse weather conditions. Please phone or email for up to date session costs.