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Education and learning

My Beach Your Beach is our campaign to support bathing water quality at a selection of Scottish beaches where this is a challenge: Ayr, Troon, Irvine, Saltcoats/Ardrossan, Kinghorn Harbour, Portobello and Fisherrow Sands. The campaign encourages people to adopt better habits at the beach and also indoors in order to help protect the sand and sea. Head to the campaign homepage to learn more.

Bathing water quality: diving in

Local schools can get involved to support the campaign and their local bathing water quality in the following ways:

Classroom resource

As part of the Year of Coasts and Waters, we have created a new curriculum-linked classroom resource for S1-S6 on the water quality issues that can affect your local bathing water. A follow-up assignment further invites pupils to reflect on and celebrate their local beach by telling us about it in the form of a report.

The resource includes a 50 min classroom presentation, as well as an assignment and the opportunity to participate in a competition for the 2022 campaign. 

Why get involved?

  • Teach your class about a topical local environmental quality issue and encourage them to care for beaches and bathing waters.
  • Create applied local Learning for Sustainability opportunities, aligned to the Curriculum for Excellence and the Eco-Schools Scotland Green Flag Award
  • Shape content and participate in this summer’s My Beach Your Beach campaign (2021)

Working on this issue could also fit well within the Eco-Schools Topics of Water or Litter and Waste and any work you do can be counted towards your next Green Flag Award assessment.

Interested? Get started!

Download the beach-specific power-point presentation:

Ayr
Troon
Irvine
Saltcoats/Ardrossan
Kinghorn Harbour
Portobello
Fisherrow Sands

Download the Teacher's guide and Assignment.

Take action

Put the learning into context with activities on your local beach:

Put the learning into context with activities on your local beach:

  • Carry out a litter survey
    Engage first hand with the types of litter present at your beach, reflect on where they're coming from, how and why they end up there and what can be done to prevent this. Pupils will fain experience with surveying and contribute to national monitoring efforts both for My Beach Your Beach and our broader Clean Up Scotland campaign. 
  • Carry out a litter pick
    Engage first hand with the scale and impact of litter, both left of the beach or brought in from the sea -80% of which starts out on land! This activity can give a taste of what's involved in litter management whilst also providing a valuable service to your community. Consider liaising with the council to ensure you go out at the end of their cleansing cycle

Raise awareness

By displaying campaign materials at school you can help raise awareness and reinforce important campaign messages with pupils and staff.

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