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Beach Schools

Lyndhurst Infant School is a Beach School!    

We are fortunate to have the beach in such close proximity to our school and are able to make use of it regularly as a fantastic learning resource for our children. Beach School has a holistic, first hand experience approach to learning and we use the beach environment right here in Worthing to take the curriculum outside.

This method of learning helps the children become aware of the coastal environment and develop a greater awareness of marine life and plants, along with a better understanding of beach safety.

Beach School provides all our explorers with the opportunity to grow and develop self esteem, creativity and confidence through exploration and learning in a natural marine environment.

Click here to read our Beach Code

Click here to read the Telegraph News Article 2016

 What do we do?

Each year team go to the beach at least twice a year, at different times. They take part in many different activities; play games, create sculptures, build shelters and discover marine life. The outdoor environment stimulates their physical health and emotional and spiritual well being.

We are actively involved in supporting the  MCS beach clean and intend to participate once again in a beach clean during 2017. The Lyndhurst Leaders previously took part in a beach clean and found a great deal of plastic! (See Lyndhurst Leaders page for details). The MCIS litter survey results for 2016 have now been released and have shown a very slight decrease in the rubbish picked up from our coastlines. 268,384 individual pieces of rubbish were collected from 364 beaches in just one weekend! The number of plastic bags collected was almost half the number of those found in 2015 - possibly reflecting the new 5p charge at the checkout. However there was a huge rise of over 50% in balloon related litter and a 4% rise in drinks containers, lids and caps that were collected.

Plastic can be fatal for wildlife as small pieces are mistaken as food and eaten by seabirds, dolphins and fish. There was also an increase in the volume of wet wipes still being flushed down toilets. These are slow to degrade and are increasingly being washed up. Plastic bags create similar problems and tiny degrading plastic bag particles may be taken up by Zooplankton, which are the juvenile forms of sea creatures such as crabs & shellfish.

At Lyndhurst Infant School we encourage the children to look after the oceans and to be responsible for taking their own rubbish home.

The Marine Conservation Society's Beach Cleans are taking place around the country over the next few months. If you would like to take part you can find all the details and register at http://www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch/beach/worthing-pier-pool/event/2017-09-16

  Beach Trips 

A new school year has begun and we have been busy organising the beach trips for this year. Year 2 have already visited and explored the beach and rock pools during September, with some smaller groups of children planned to explore the shoreline during October and November. Fingers' crossed for good weather!

Last year's trips also began with Year 2, who visited Worthing beach during September and then returned to the beach in January to experience the winter coastline. They used their senses to explore the winter beach and thought of some fantastic adjectives to support their winter beach topic. A small group of Year 2 children returned in the Summer term to visit the Beach Office and learn about water safety, and to explore a summer beach and all it's zones.

Smaller groups from Year 1 investigated the different beach tidal zones and explored a winter rock pool during January and February, and the entire Year Group visited once again on 'World Ocean Day - Our Oceans, Our Future' to think about how to protect the beach environment. This has supported the children's knowledge and understanding; linking life underwater to the shoreline ecology. The rock pools uncovered at low tide have proved to be a firm favourite due to all the life that the children have discovered there!  Year 1 enjoyed working together to create land art and learning about the marine life they discovered in each of the tidal zones. We are very lucky that we have been enjoying Beach School during the colder months of this year in our exciting outdoor learning area and classroom.                   

     

During the Summer term small groups of Reception children walked to the beach and enjoyed investigating and exploring the rock pools to discover the creatures that live there.

Parents and carers will be informed of any upcoming beach trips for their children as we progress through the school year.

 World Ocean Day 8th June 2017 - Our Oceans, Our Future!

We were very lucky  this year to receive a visit from the RNLI and the Marine Conservation Society on World Ocean Day at Lyndhurst. The RNLI is a charity that saves lives at sea by providing lifeboats, seasonal lifeguards, flood rescue response and water safety education. Years 1 and 2 enjoyed a water safety assembly whilst Reception participated in a water safety storytelling session.

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is the UK's leading charity for the protection of our seas, shores and wildlife.  Year 2 took part in 'Aliens of the Deep' workshops with Kate and Emmeline from MCS. They learnt about the adaptations  creatures who live in the depths of our oceans have developed in order to survive, and created their own 'Alien of the Deep' with the adaptations they believed it needed to eat, live and survive in the coldest, darkest, depths of the sea.

                                                                            

 

Interesting Links!

Make your own plankton net and explore Worthing's seashore:

http://www.dnr.sc.gov/aquaticed/pdf/PlanktonNet.pdf

Interactive Ocean Games to play:

http://www.primarygames.com/science/ocean/games.htm

                       

      Evaluations and Case Studies

 

Read our Beach Schools Evaluation - Summer 2015

 

Read our Beach Schools Evaluation - Spring 2016

 

Read our Beach Schools Evaluation - Spring 2017

 

Read our Case Study - Autumn 2015

 

  Undersea Explorer

Autumn has crept up on us and the nights are beginning to draw in, but even though air temperatures have begun to drop the sea itself is still a warm 18 degrees Celsius. The rock pools along the coast of Worthing are experiencing rougher waves, and becoming a harsher environment for the marine life that live there. Rock pools are very difficult places for creatures to survive - with crashing waves, strong currents, rapidly changing water temperatures, harsh sunlight and lots of hungry predators. Seagulls particularly are seen investigating the rocks at this time of the year on the lookout for something tasty to eat!

Reception and Year 2 discovered all of these marine creatures as well as mussels and a variety of seaweeds when they explored the low tide zone during June. The shingle and seaweed along the strandline contains lots of wonderful marine objects to be discovered and explored. The best time to explore the rock pools is at low tide which happens twice a day. When the tide goes out seawater is trapped and the creatures that live in it stranded in the dips and channels between the rocks. You could take a net to help you explore and maybe a plastic container to investigate what you have found more closely. Remember to return your findings back to the rock pools when you have finished and put any rocks you have lifted up back down gently.

 What will you discover in the rockpools?

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The recent windy weather we have been experiencing has led to a huge variety of objects being washed up and left along the splash zone of the beach. It's a great area to explore as many exciting objects that are usually hidden underwater can be found there!