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Forest and Beach Schools

Beach School

We are incredibly lucky to live in a coastal town with miles of stunning and diverse beach right on our doorstep.

Beach Schools is a program being offered here at Silverdale Primary Academy, to truly make the most of our natural environment.

Beach Schools, like Forest Schools, originated in Scandinavia, and after it was seen just how much it positively contributed to life, learning and personal wellbeing including overall holistic development. It was adopted by a primary school in Devon. As its geographical area grew, so too did the positive feedback from teachers, children and their parents.

At Beach Schools the children are encouraged to explore the world around them and learn life skills in nature. Some of the activities in the program include: paddling, rocking pooling and identifying marine life, building shelters, painting, sculpting, cooking over open fire and even exploring the Amsterdam shipwreck, just off of the Bulverhythe coast!

We believe this experimental learning opens minds and builds bridges to positive life, learning and respect for peers, adults and the amazing world around us.

Forest School

The Forest School Ethos was developed in the 1950s in Scandinavia for Pre-School children and since the 1990s has become increasingly popular here in the UK. It is a concept that takes a sustained approach to Outdoor Learning which seeks to encourage, motivate, engage and inspire children through positive outdoor experiences.

Research in Sweden concluded that children in a forest school setting were more balanced with greater social capability, had better concentration and coordination skills and their attendance at school was improved.

Forest School is an inspirational process that offers regular opportunities for the participants to appreciate and enjoy their local woodland.