What is Beach School?
Our beach school programme uses our local coast as a platform to offer new learning experiences in a safe and organised setting. Children are encouraged to explore their natural surroundings, follow their own curiosity and ultimately deepen their connection, love for the environment and motivation to look after it! By removing the classroom walls, we work in groups to build on social skills and develop communication between peers.
The FSF Beach School is available at 2 locations, to class sizes between 12 and 30 children:
Hill Head Beach, Hampshire
Hayling Island, Hampshire
Please note that you will need your own transport.
Some of the skills we will learn about are:
- How to be sensible, safe and responsible when using/enjoying the beach.
- Explore the effects that changing seasons and tides have on the coast.
- Understand sea defences, and what hard and soft sea defences are.
- Take part in mini beach cleans, and why this is important for the environment.
- Explore the natural coastal environment.
- Learn survival skills such as shelter building, fire lighting and cooking outdoors.
Why should our pupils take part?
- It’s free for pupils until 2023, and then remains free for pupils in receipt of pupil premium funding (£5 per child not receiving pupil premium funding)
- It is part of your wider curriculum offer
- It encourages independence in a guided and safe setting
- It encourages informed risk-taking which builds confidence and often transpires back
- in the classroom
- It develops their physical and mental health- reducing anxiety.