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Intent, Implementation and Impact

Beach School Policy


Pupils at Shakespeare Primary have been actively using the beach for Beach School sessions over the last 4 years.  Beach School follows the same principles as Forest School, using the coast as a platform for a whole new learning experience. Beach School isn't just for the summer months, it is a year round learning experience. Children gain a greater understanding of their local environment by exposure in all weathers, seeing and feeling seasonal changes. Children love the freedom that being outside offers. The beach environment enables them to try out new challenges without inhibition, work on skills learnt in the classroom, develop team work and emotional intelligence, and give them the opportunity to think and respond creatively. At the heart of the learning are the obvious environmental messages; keep our beach clean, care for our marine wildlife and learn how to protect our coast for our future generations. 






We give all pupils the chance to explore and experience the natural world through practical activities using the outdoors to promote confidence, independence, risk-taking and self-esteem. We aim to promote positive relationships through cooperation with others, we want our children to be independent, self-motivated, courageous, considerate and respectful and set them up for lifelong learning.


The six guiding principles of Forest School are:

* Forest School is a long-term process of frequent and regular sessions in a woodland or natural environment, rather than a one-off visit. Planning, adaptation, observations and reviewing are integral elements of Forest School.

* Forest School takes place in a woodland or natural wooded environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.

* Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners

* Forest School offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.

* Forest School is run by qualified Forest School practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.

* Forest School uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for development and learning. (Forest School Association)




Year 1 enjoy their Outdoor lesson each week.

Children from 5H have been on the beach making art to remember the queen. We loved learning about tides and waves too.

Year 2 have been learning how to orienteer

Year 1 have been looking for pirate treasure and making maps

In year 1 we have been using natural materials to create pictures of different mini beasts

Year 2 Sketching and Sculpture

Reception had perfect weather for Beach School this week. They found a very Hungry Caterpillar that needed food and shelter.

WORLD OCEAN DAY 2022 Year 1 celebrated by learning about dolphins and thinking about how they can help protect them.

Year 2 celebrated World Bee Day 2022 by learning facts about bees, learning the waggle dance, painting their own bee and making some bee friendly flower bunting

Year 2 have been looking for Habitats on the beach and creating a habitat xx

Reception beach exploration and amazing sea creatures!

Year 3 Stone Age hunter gatherers

Year 4 visit to the RNLI

Year 1 exploring the beach and learning about marine life

Reception - What makes a good shelter?

Year 5 - Vikings on the beach

Year 1 Outdoor Maths - counting, comparing and ordering number

Year 3 Ancient Greeks - Asking questions, finding answers and communicating ideas about the past

Year 3 Using our senses on the beach

Learning about legends of the sea

Year 2 love beach school!

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YEAR 3 BEACH SCHOOL: Is there varied biodiversity on our beach?

YEAR 4 BEACH SCHOOL: What will I see on our coast?