KS1 ‘Sense-ational’ Zoologists!
Seasonal Sensory Walk
RSPB Bempton Cliffs
Zoologists have the fabulous job of exploring and discovering animals and habitats of the world. Use your super senses to become a Zoologist, joining us on a sensory walk around RSPB Bempton Cliffs.
This is a half-day session. You can make it a full day by blending with our Brilliant Birds session.
Sounds and Songs Humans are very noisy animals, but we’re not the only ones! In our Wildlife Garden we explore the songs and calls of our garden birds. Can you tell your robins from your blue tits? Explore why birds use calls and songs and enjoy watching the birds as they feed.
Rainbow Trail on the Nature Trail Nature is full of colour and so are the animals that live around us. Some colours are great for showing off and some are great for hiding. Explore the colours around us with our rainbow shards and see how many colours you can find – do they tell us anything about the seasons?
Watery World Zoologists know that animals live in all sorts of places and grow and change in all sorts of ways. Watch our pond to see if you can spot any signs of the season and discover how a teeny tiny water dwelling tadpole turns into a bouncy land-loving frog!
Un-nature Trail To survive, animals need to know what should and what should-not be in their environment. They must be able to spot natural and man-made objects. Can you spot the un-natural objects along our nature trail and find signs of the season as we go?
Clifftop Bonanza Take a walk to the cliff tops (all securely fenced) and peek into the amazing lives of our visiting seabirds. Using all your senses learn about life from chick to adult with Goldie the Gannet (who loves to be hugged) and learn to dive like a gannet!
In Autumn or on rainy days we may change some of session games to reflect the season we are in such as:
Become a Barn Owl Explore the super senses of the barn owls who hunt over our grasslands and even try your hand at dressing up as one.
Squirreling away! Have fun playing our squirreling away game, hiding food in the autumn ready for colder months. Can you find it later? Will you survive the winter?!
Seasonal sensory map Have fun indoors by making your own seasonal sensory map of Bempton Cliffs. Lots of textures, lots of creatures and lots of imagination.
KS2 Geologists Rock!
RSPB Bempton Cliffs
Geologists are scientists who study the Earth. Join us on a fascinating journey as we explore the cliffs at Bempton, how they were made, what they are made from and how they change over time. We bet you’ll be hooked and like us, think that Geologists Rock!
This is a half-day session. You can make it a full day by blending with our Discovering Birds session.
Erosion in Action Indoors, using our cliff top model we demonstrate how the cliffs we have here today have always been changing and how they will continue to change. We learn the features caused by erosion & weathering on our coastline and cliffs.
On the Edge Trail In small teams (but as a class) we take the ‘On The Edge Trail Challenge’, walking along the cliff tops, finding those features we have just learned about. On top of the ‘elephant’ (a sea arch) we will discover the real-life impact of weathering and erosion on the cliff tops.
Life on the Edge On the cliff tops, ponder what it must be like to live here. At the end of our On the Edge Trail we can see one of the biggest gannet colonies at Bempton Cliffs and the ONLY gannet colony in mainland England. Together we look at the gannets and why they choose the sea arch to nest on.
Coccolithophores RockTogether we take a step back in time to the Cretaceous Period to discover what chalk is made from. Each child then has the opportunity to make their own coccolithophores using air hardening clay to take home with them. A little messy, a bit crafty and a lot of fun!
In Autumn or on rainy days we may change some of the session games to reflect the season we are in. For example:
This is a great opportunity to get a little messy and take on a geological experiment. In teams you will create your own hypothesis to test whether chalk, flint or boulder clay will erode the fastest with wave action. Using sweets as rocks we test your hypothesis to see if your prediction comes true.
KS2 Ornithologists on the Edge!
Welcome to a world high up on RSPB Bempton Cliffs. Discover what it takes to be an Ornithologist and have fun with us as we explore the lives of birds on the edge!
This is a half-day session. You can make it a full day by blending with our Investigating Coats session.
Seabird Scavenger On the cliff tops can you complete the Seabird Scavenger Challenge, hunting for the signs and sounds of our resident seabirds? Take a peak over the edge (on our very safe viewing platforms!) and start to hone your ornithological observation skills.
Getting in a Flap The puffins are an all-time favourite bird to watch but we bet you don’t know about their amazing adaptations and how they live life at sea. Have you got what it takes to flap like a puffin and dive into their depths?
I Love Gulls! Our local gulls – the herring gulls and kittiwakes – need a lot of love. They are having a hard time and need you to speak out for them. Watch, wonder and learn about our gorgeous gulls and work out how you can help.
Fantastic Fulmars! Learn to identify a fulmar and discover their awesome adaptations and unique way of defending themselves! Watch you don’t get wet!
Food Chain Challenge Having met so many of our iconic bird species can you take on the team challenge of creating their food chains? How similar or different are their food chains and what can it tell us?
Be the Future We have learned a lot about our resident birds. Why do you think they like RSPB Bempton Cliffs? Now you have been an Ornithologist, your journey need not stop here. What would like to study next and how could YOU be part of a fantastic future and give nature a home?
What you need to know
- Please dress ready for all and any weathers! We are on an exposed and windy cliff top.
- A half-day session is 2 hours and a full day is normally 4½ hours. Times can be flexible.
- Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your start time to allow for toilet trips and snacks.
- Your session will be led by fully trained RSPB staff and volunteers but we will encourage you to join in!
- Please have the class ready to split into small groups with accompanying adults.
- We have fully accessible paths and toilets so people of all abilities can enjoy the cliff top habitats.
- The cliff tops are fenced with fantastic cliff top viewing platforms – they are very safe.
- You may have lunch here but please let us know when you book if you would like to do so.
- There is a servery on site selling hot drinks and snacks for adults. Please bring lunch for your students.
- We don’t normally use binoculars with KS1 but if you would like your class to use them, please do let us know and we will be happy to do so. Please note that we can only use binoculars on dry days.
- We aim to be outside as much as the weather allows because that’s where we have the most fun, but we do have some indoor activities if the weather gets a bit too wild!