Being Explorers and Adventurers Close to Home.
Welcome to our Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Beach School page. Outdoor learning sessions at Peacehaven Heights are led by trained staff. It is an inspirational process that offers all pupils regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in our local natural environment.
Sessions will focus on the development of the child as a whole; on their self-awareness, empathy, self-regulation, social skills and self-motivation, whilst encompassing much of the National Curriculum.
We are very fortunate to have fantastic facilities at our Junior site, which inlcludes a wooded area, fire circle, fields and garden. Our Infant site also has a suitable planted area for onsite sessions.
RHS School Gardening Award
As you know the children worked really hard in the Junior site garden last Autumn.
They propagated; planted ferns, garlic, crocus bulbs, perennials, seeds and shrubs; watered; used a variety of tools for these tasks and also harvested Willow to weave a border edging. We also found lots of worms and other creatures and discussed the importance of healthy soil and not using chemicals.
I submitted the evidence of what had been achieved and we have just been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society's level 2 award!!!!🎉🎉🎉💚
Down on the beach....and in the woods….
As a learning resource, the rationale behind visiting our local natural environments is to allow the children to; develop, grow and learn the life skills that might not be as easily taught inside the classrooms. Such lessons might be; problem solving, teamwork and being resilient. We will also encourage the children to take some risks as part of their overall development that will help them achieve the more ‘holistic’ learning outcomes, making them well rounded young people.
Whilst visiting the off-site areas, as a team we are confident with the Normal Operation Procedures (NOP) and the Emergency Action Plans (EAP) both put in place for the children’s safety. Each and every session is risk assessed beforehand and will continue to be reassessed throughout the school year. For further information our policies and handbook are available in school.
Our outdoor sessions may include:
- Nature and habitat exploration
- Building dens and other structures
- Fires and cooking
- Games and invitations for imaginative play
- Natural crafts
- Using tools, such as knives and saws
- Scavenger hunts and adventure
- Seasonal celebrations
- Gardening for wildlife and produce
- Environmental issues
- Connecting with our native wildlife
Beach School Kit
As the seasons change it is important that your child has the appropriate kit in school, to ensure that their outdoor sessions are safe and enjoyable, regardless of the weather.
Outdoor learning is part of the curriculum and the Beach School ethos is that children go out in nearly all weathers. The ‘Beach Kit’ should include the following named items:
Cold weather kit:
- A waterproof coat
- A pair of wellies or old trainers that you don’t mind getting wet or dirty
- Warm old clothes
- A warm hat or hood
- A named water bottle
- Gloves (optional)
Warm weather kit:
- A waterproof jacket
- A spare pair of old trainers that you don’t mind getting wet or dirty
- A spare change of old clothes including spare socks and underwear to suit the weather
- A sun hat
- Sun cream
- A water bottle
- A small hand towel