Marine Biologist For a Day

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The Living Seas Centre is Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s exciting coastal education facility set amongst the beautiful chalk cliffs of South Landing, Flamborough. The centre offers a wide range of activities to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds about the diverse and exciting marine wildlife found off the Yorkshire coast.

“Marine Biologist for a Day” offers high quality environmental activities for schools, enabling pupils to learn both in the classroom and out on the rocky shore. With such resources at our fingertips, learning is guaranteed to be exciting, fun and engaging!

The programme is aimed at Key Stages 1 and 2. All our activities can be tailored to meet the requirements of your group and are linked to the National Curriculum. The visit will generally involve 3 activities and for certain sessions, be dependent on tide times.

Activities

Seashore Safari

On a ‘Seashore Safari’ you’ll discover and identify the fascinating wildlife that lives on the rocky shore. We’ll be looking for limpets, seeking out shannies and surveying for seaweed!

Success criteria includes: Identifying and naming a variety of plants and animals in their habitat; identifying and classifying using a simple key; identifying and describing the functions of different parts of a seaweed; describing how living things are classified in groups according to common observable characteristics.

Seashore Detective 

The strandline is a treasure trove of fascinating finds. As ‘Seashore Detectives’ we’ll be looking for clues as to what lurks in the mysterious offshore waters.

Success criteria includes: Using observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions; identifying and naming a variety of common seaweeds and seashore animals; exploring and comparing the differences between things that are living, dead and things that have never been alive; identifying and naming a variety of different materials; describing how fossils are formed.

Waves of Waste

Sadly, litter is now a common sight on our beaches, with ‘Waves of Waste’ washing up each day. As we take a walk along the shore we will use litter pickers to collect items and ask: What is it? Where did it come from? How does it affect marine wildlife? How long will it last?

Success criteria includes: Gathering and recording data to help in answering questions; reporting and presenting findings; comparing and grouping a variety of everyday materials by their properties; recognising that environments can be changed by humans and that this can pose danger to living things.

Seabed Explorer

‘Seabed Explorer’ will take us on a journey through the hidden undersea landscape. A unique underwater film, shot here in Yorkshire, alongside special seabed maps will help us to discover vast deserts, huge rocky reefs, underwater caves and dense forests. We will also learn about the many weird and wonderful marine animals that live in the hidden waters of the North Sea.

Success criteria includes: Using observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions; exploring what different types of seaweed needs for life and growth; identifying and naming a variety of marine animals and undersea habitats.

Natural Art

The seashore is an artist’s dream, full of interesting materials from which to create a masterpiece. The beauty is that these works will only last as long as the tide and sea allow. Pupils will get the chance to let their artistic expression run wild.

Success criteria includes: Identifying and naming a variety of common seaweeds and seashore animals; identifying and naming a variety of different materials; experimenting with a wide range of art and design techniques using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.

Accessibility

The Living Seas Centre make every effort to ensure our centre and classroom facilities are accessible to all. The Centre is wheelchair accessible and there is a disabled toilet on site. Access to the shore is down a concrete road (steep incline), while the beach is a mixture of pebble, cobbles, sand and bedrock. Please inform us if any of your group has particular needs.