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.
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 Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and worked with them in a beach clean during June of this year.
Some Year 2 children participated in a MCS Beachwatch workshop last year and cleared a section of Worthing Beach. The results of their findings can be found further down this page. We look forward to comparing the results of their findings last year to this years collection.
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 in a local beach clean you can find all the details and register at https://www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch/events/gbbc
This year we have been lucky with the weather this Summer term with warm air temperatures and lots of sunshine on our beach visit days. Our Reception classes visited the Beach during June where they had the opportunity to explore the rock pool environment and discover the life living within them. Smaller groups of children have been also been visiting the beach and creating fantastic natural art on the shore.
Small groups of Year 2 investigated the beach in the Spring term. They discovered that there were not so many things to find in the rock pools in the colder weather and noticed that more seaweed and objects were washed up along the strandline as a result of the harsher conditions.
Some groups of children from Year 1 explored the winter beach during November and December and thought about the adaptations that the creatures who live in rock pools have to help them survive in the harsh environment. They used what they had discovered to design a creature complete with it's own adaptations and explained how the features they had added were suited to rock pool life. This has supported the children's knowledge and understanding of a beach environment; linking life underwater to the shoreline ecology.
Year 2 visited and explored the beach and rock pools during September and January as a year group. They explored under the rocks to see what they could discover and carefully replaced them when they had finished to ensure that nothing would be hurt or damaged.
We are very lucky that we are able to enjoy Beach School all year round in our exciting outdoor learning area and classroom.
Parents and carers will be informed of any upcoming beach trips for their children as we progress through the school year.
World Ocean Day 7th June 2019!
We were very lucky this year to receive a visit from Jenny, Rob and Trevor from British Divers Marine Life Rescue(BDMLR), an organisation dedicated to the rescue and well being of all marine animals in distress around the UK.
Our children learnt about the work that BDMLR carry out and had the opportunity to take part in a seal and dolphin rescue re-enactment. We collected loose change each day for a week in our classes and raised over £300 for BDMLR. Amazing! Well done to Turtle Class who raised the most amount of money and enjoyed a treat to celebrate.
Beachwatch Beach Clean June 2018
Some Year 2 children participated in 'Beachwatch' with the Marine Conservation Society last year. They held their own 'Beach Clean' and litter survey over two sections of the beach and recorded the different types of litter they found. They were quite shocked at the amount of rubbish in such a small area, particularly the number of pieces of plastic and rubber, and thought about ways they could encourage others to dispose of their rubbish carefully. Here is a summary of what we found!
Make your own plankton net and explore Worthing's seashore:
Interactive Ocean Games to play:
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
With the Summer fast approaching it's a great time to explore the beach and rock pools and discover the marine life that live there. With air temperatures rising, gentler winds and lighter evenings the sea has warmed up to 17 degrees Celsius; only a little less than the air temperature at this time of year.The rock pools along the coast of Worthing are experiencing warm temperatures and calmer tidal surges, becoming a less harsh environment for the marine life that live there. Seagulls are seen investigating the rocks and splashline at this time of the year on the lookout for shrimp and some soft shelled tiny crabs to eat!
Reception discovered there was an increased variety of marine creatures when they explored the low tide zone and rock pools this term when compared to the winter months. 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 are left 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?
It's a great area to explore the many exciting objects that are usually hidden underwater that can be found there!