Learning on the Beach
St. John’s Primary School & Killowen Primary School, Coleraine
The programme brought together young people from St. John’s and Killowen Primary Schools, Coleraine , helping the children to develop friendships, learn and have fun. It ran during September and October 2019. The first 2 sessions were held in Good Relations week to celebrate the relationship between the 2 schools.
The programme saw the facilitation of 7 three hour shared educational beach visits, one for each year group on Portstewart Strand. Every pupil from both schools was involved; A total of 363 pupils. The facilitator was Fred Corscadden, North West Orienteering Club Schools’ Coach.
Each session focused on an area of the curriculum linked to the World Around Us which is age appropriate. For example workshop sessions included mapping, orientation, scale and distance, learning about the tides.
The outdoor sessions also included a short litter pick. The programme aimed to foster responsibility for the environment with the young people. Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful kindly loaned a range of clean-up equipment including; litter pickers, hi-vis vests, gloves and bags.
The programme was funded through the Radius Coleraine T:BUC good relations plan. Radius has a shared housing development in Laurel Hill Gardens, Coleraine. The plan for Laurel Hill Gardens includes ‘bridging’ events with the wider community which encourage a range of outcomes including shared education.