At West Leigh Junior School, we believe that the beach is a fantastic resource which can be utilised to develop further the quality learning experiences of our children. The ‘Council for Learning Outside the Classroom’ states that:
“LOtC should not be about a once a year school trip, but about frequent, continuous and progressive opportunities to learning outside the classroom that build on knowledge and skills gained during previous experiences both inside and outside the classroom.” (LOtC – The OFSTED perspective)
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. Coastal Schools provides a holistic, first-hand experience approach to learning and we use the beach environment, right here in Leigh-on-Sea, to take the curriculum outdoors.
This method of learning develops the children’s awareness of the coastal environment and promotes a greater awareness of marine life and plants, along with a better understanding of beach safety.
Coastal Schools provides all the children with the opportunity to grow and develop self-esteem, creativity and confidence through exploration and learning in a natural marine environment.
We will visit the beach in any weather: rain or shine. The only instances where weather will stop a beach trip is during storms or particularly strong winds.
To encourage children to become aware of the coastal environment and develop a greater awareness of marine life and plants, along with a better understanding of beach safety.
To provide all our explorers with the opportunity to grow and develop self -esteem, creativity, confidence and well-being through exploration and learning in a natural marine environment
To allow children to develop independence, physical skills in terms of balance and core strength as well as fine motor skills
To develop all areas of Emotional Intelligence that include Intra Personal Skills: self-awareness and self-regulation as well as Interpersonal Skills: self-motivation, empathy and social skills.