About Beach Schools NI

Beach Schools is a new development of the internationally acclaimed Forest Schools Programme which places an emphasis on outdoor learning and engagement for children of all ages.  The aim of Beach Schools is to get children outdoors and to ignite the fun of exploration, discovery and learning within coastal environments.

Beach Schools are springing up throughout the UK and Beach Schools NI is the only beach schools centre in NI run by a professionally trained beach schools practitioner.  Beach Schools NI provides a range of short interactive sessions and schools programmes throughout the year, for kids of all ages, whatever the weather.

About Beach Schools NI

Beach Schools is a new development of the internationally acclaimed Forest Schools Programme which places an emphasis on outdoor learning and engagement for children of all ages.  The aim of Beach Schools is to get children outdoors and to ignite the fun of exploration, discovery and learning within coastal environments.

Beach Schools are springing up throughout the UK and Beach Schools NI is the only beach schools centre in NI run by a professionally trained beach schools practitioner.  Beach Schools NI provides a range of short interactive sessions and schools programmes throughout the year, for kids of all ages, whatever the weather.

It’s time to explore the shore!

Welcome to Beach Schools NI, the first beach school programme in Northern Ireland.  I am passionate about outdoor learning and as a geography teacher and mother of two young boys I want them to grow up with an enthusiasm and love for the outdoors. Recently, while living in England, my two year old son engaged in all sorts of sensory beach school activities which he loved!  These activities supported his development and the physical exercise and fresh air helped him to sleep at night, which was a bonus!  I could see the potential of beach schools to transform the learning experience of our children. In 2017 I trained in England to be a Beach Schools Practitioner and now I’m excited to bring the concept to Northern Ireland.  Where better to launch NI’s first beach school than on the spectacular and award winning beaches of the north coast. Let’s change the story of how our children learn by getting outdoors, being active and having lots of fun. – Maggie

It’s time to explore the shore!

Welcome to Beach Schools NI, the first beach school programme in Northern Ireland.  I am passionate about outdoor learning and as a geography teacher and mother of two young boys I want them to grow up with an enthusiasm and love for the outdoors. Recently, while living in England, my two year old son engaged in all sorts of sensory beach school activities which he loved!  These activities supported his development and the physical exercise and fresh air helped him to sleep at night, which was a bonus!  I could see the potential of beach schools to transform the learning experience of our children. In 2017 I trained in England to be a Beach Schools Practitioner and now I’m excited to bring the concept to Northern Ireland.  Where better to launch NI’s first beach school than on the spectacular and award winning beaches of the north coast. Let’s change the story of how our children learn by getting outdoors, being active and having lots of fun.

– Maggie

Book a Session

Beach Schools NI run sessions throughout the year for preschoolers and children of primary school age.  Parents can book to join sessions on a first come basis as and when classes are advertised.  We also partner with nursery schools, primary and secondary schools throughout the year to provide classes with a range of fun activities delivered on a shore near you.

You can view our timetable here

Get in touch with us at

beachschoolsni@yahoo.com

What we do

Children will learn to forage for materials, create sculptures from driftwood, learn about the tides and coastal habitats, bird watch, go rock pooling, light fires, cook marshmallows and listen to their favourite pirate stories.  Sessions are relaxed and fun and work to a general beach school curriculum set by the practitioner. Beach Schools provide an opportunity for children to develop their curiosity for the natural world while supporting mental and physical welling by encouraging children to play on the sand dunes and splash in rock pools.  Beach Schools NI will create a wealth of learning opportunities for your children, creating memories and experiences that will stay with them for life.

What we do

Children will learn to forage for materials, create sculptures from driftwood, learn about the tides and coastal habitats, bird watch, go rock pooling, light fires, cook marshmallows and listen to their favourite pirate stories.  Sessions are relaxed and fun and work to a general beach school curriculum set by the practitioner. Beach Schools provide an opportunity for children to develop their curiosity for the natural world while supporting mental and physical welling by encouraging children to play on the sand dunes and splash in rock pools.  Beach Schools NI will create a wealth of learning opportunities for your children, creating memories and experiences that will stay with them for life.

Our Activities

  • Rock pooling
  • Scavenger huts
  • Beach art and crafts
  • Building shelters
  • Building shelters
  • Role play – pirates
  • Map making
  • Science experiments
  • Campfires
  • Singing and story telling

Our Activities

  • Rock pooling
  • Scavenger huts
  • Beach art and crafts
  • Building shelters
  • Building shelters
  • Role play – pirates
  • Map making
  • Science experiments
  • Campfires
  • Singing and story telling

Nurseries & Primary Schools

Beach Schools NI will deliver beach sessions for nursery schools and primary schools upon request.  These sessions can be tailored to support the requirements of the school curriculum and areas of interest.  Suggestions of beach activities that can be aligned to the NI curriculum area are outlined below.  Beach Schools bring learning to life for young children using the teaching ethos ‘classrooms without walls’. For more information contact:  beachschoolsni@yahoo.com

Nurseries & Primary Schools

Beach Schools NI will deliver beach sessions for nursery schools and primary schools upon request.  These sessions can be tailored to support the requirements of the school curriculum and areas of interest.  Suggestions of beach activities that can be aligned to the NI curriculum area are outlined below.  Beach Schools bring learning to life for young children using the teaching ethos ‘classrooms without walls’. For more information contact:  beachschoolsni@yahoo.com

Keystage 1 & 2

Curriculum AreaBeach School activities
Language and LiteracyVocabulary, storytelling, singing, poetry, letter writing
Mathematics and NumeracySorting, sequencing, construction, shapes
The ArtsSounds, beach art, crafts, design
The World around usCoastal environment, habitats, ecosystems, weather, local history
Personal DevelopmentConfidence building, team work
Physical EducationBeach sports, scrambling, active learning
Religious EducationMoral responsibilities and values

Keystage 3

Curriculum AreaBeach School activities
English with Media EducationVocabulary, storytelling, creative writing, poetry
Mathematics and NumeracyMeasures, balance, sequencing, construction, shapes
The ArtsBeach materials, creative design, sculpture
Learning for Life and WorkTeamwork, confidence building, career opportunities
Environment and SocietyCoastal environment, habitats, ecosystems, weather, local history
Modern LanguagesVocabulary
Science and TechnologyShelter building, campfire lighting, science experiments
Physical EducationBeach sports, scrambling, active learning
Religious EducationMoral responsibilities and values

GCSE and A-Level

As an experienced Geography teacher I can lead coastal field trips for Geography or Biology courses exploring tidal movements, coastal processes, succession, impact assessments, habitats and sand dune studies.

Get in touch

Contact beachschoolsni@yahoo.com for more information.

FAQs

Who is responsible for my child during the session?
The adult accompanying your child will be responsible for their supervision at all times during the Beach Schools session.
What if the weather is bad?
We don’t let cold temperatures or rain stop us but we will not go out in very poor conditions. We will make the final decision ahead of the session keeping the safety of the group paramount.
What do we need to wear?
Parents and children need to dress for the weather conditions. Beaches are very exposed environments and it is essential that clothing is warm and waterproof on wet windy days and sun hats and sun cream are applied when the sun is shining. Due to the nature of activities surfaces may be uneven so shoes with a good grip, or wellies, must be worn at all sessions.
Do you go into the water?
Beach Schools NI is a beach programme so at the very most children will paddle to ankle deep in the sea or rock pools. It may be a good idea to bring spare clothes and a towel just in case.
Do you give refunds if I can't attend?
A refund will only be given if the session is cancelled by Beach Schools NI. If a child cannot attend we will make all efforts to offer an alternative session if one is available.
Where do we meet?
The location will be indicated in your booking email and Maggie will meet you on the beach. If you have any queries call 07858759414 or email in advance at beachschoolsni@yahoo.com

FAQs

Who is responsible for my child during the session?
The adult accompanying your child will be responsible for their supervision at all times during the Beach Schools session.
What if the weather is bad?
We don’t let cold temperatures or rain stop us but we will not go out in very poor conditions. We will make the final decision ahead of the session keeping the safety of the group paramount.
What do we need to wear?
Parents and children need to dress for the weather conditions. Beaches are very exposed environments and it is essential that clothing is warm and waterproof on wet windy days and sun hats and sun cream are applied when the sun is shining. Due to the nature of activities surfaces may be uneven so shoes with a good grip, or wellies, must be worn at all sessions.
Do you go into the water?
Beach Schools NI is a beach programme so at the very most children will paddle to ankle deep in the sea or rock pools. It may be a good idea to bring spare clothes and a towel just in case.
Do you give refunds if I can't attend?
A refund will only be given if the session is cancelled by Beach Schools NI. If a child cannot attend we will make all efforts to offer an alternative session if one is available.
Where do we meet?
The location will be indicated in your booking email and Maggie will meet you on the beach. If you have any queries call 07858759414 or email in advance at beachschoolsni@yahoo.com

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Planning is underway for our 2019 Beach School family sessions for 2-4yrs and 5-8yrs. We would love to gauge interest regarding locations and dates. Comment or send a pm if you have particular request and we will see what is possible. We want to make the sessions as accessible to as many children as we can. #2019events #beachschoolsni #familytime #getyourkidsoutside ... See MoreSee Less

Planning is underway for our 2019 Beach School family sessions for 2-4yrs and 5-8yrs. We would love to gauge interest regarding locations and dates. Comment or send a pm if you have particular request and we will see what is possible. We want to make the sessions as accessible to as many children as we can. #2019events #beachschoolsni #familytime #getyourkidsoutside

 

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Thank you all so much for your enthusiasm and feedback. Lots of food for thought!! Summer sessions will be mainly focused on North coast beaches. However Holywood and Loughshore are definite possibilities for beach sessions. Are Saturday sessions thru May/June of interest? Which age group would you be using? 2-4yrs or 5-8yrs?

Brown's bay or Jordans town Loughshore, maybe Whitehead, but path was closed recently? We are very interested thanks!

Sea park holywood please if ur expanding this direction

Newcastle please!

Jordanstown loughshore or Browns bay is the closest for as. Claire Leeona Celine R Sorina Susana Polanco De Danielle Joyce Amy Rebecca Twinemm

Wherever ur going- we’ll be there!! Can’t recommend this enough!!! My little girl had a ball and is still talking about it!!

Castlerock or Benone venues would be great!!

Murlough

Yes jordanstown or loughshore

Benone or Castlerock please

Castlerock would be great 😊

Jemma Kobi? Would u fancy?

Castlerock please!

Castlerock

Would love a session in Carrick, but don't know if the beach is nice enough! Can drive to Whitehead or Loughshore though 🙂

Holywood/Bangor direction be great! Ballyholme beach?!😁

Stacey McCausland maybe a Bangor beach school family reunion!!!

Carrickfergus direction would be great!

Holywood or Crawfordsburn maybe?

Castlerock or downhill would be great

Holywood would be amazing!!!

Benone or portstewart 😁

Holywood/Bangor please

Brown's bay / portmuck 👍

Portstewart please.

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