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.
Some Year 2 children participated in a MCS Beachwatch workshop 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 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.
This year we have been lucky with the weather this Spring term with warm air temperatures and lots of sunshine on our beach visit days.
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.
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 8th June 2020!
This year's theme for World Ocean Day is 'Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean', thinking of different ideas and developing technologies that can support the sustainability of the ocean environment.
We celebrate World Ocean Day for lots of important reasons, for example;
Did you know that the ocean makes a lot of the oxygen we need to breath?
Or that it controls our climate?
Trillions of fish and other sea creatures live in the oceans and these provide food to all the different countries around the world.
You could be an Ocean Detective and find out how the ocean makes oxygen or explore the affect that oceans have on the weather.
World Ocean Day themed activities can be found at
Last year we celebrated World Ocean Day in school with 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!
Beachwatch Beach Clean
Some Year 2 children participated in 'Beachwatch' with the Marine Conservation Society. 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 - Spring 2016
- Read our Beach Schools Evaluation - Spring 2017
- Read our Case Study - Autumn 2015
With the arrival of sunnier days and warmer weather now is a great time to explore the beach and rock pools and discover the marine life that live there. With air temperatures rising, and lighter evenings the sea has warmed up to 15 degrees Celsius; only a few degrees 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!
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.
It's a great area of the beach to explore and to investigate the many exciting objects that are usually hidden underwater that can be found there!