The RSPB Experience

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RSPB Bempton Cliffs, North Yorkshire

Between April and August each year, almost quarter of a million seabirds come to Bempton and make the cliffs come alive. There are adults bringing food to their nests and young chicks making their first faltering flights, creating a unique and very special experience for your pupils.

Bempton Cliffs provides the perfectly safe setting for exploring a coastal habitat while having fun together. The seabirds provide an up-close experience to explore topics such as habitats, food chains and adaptation.

Each programme is designed to last two hours; sessions usually run from 10am – noon, and then 1pm – 3pm. Two programmes can be combined to make a whole day visit.

EYFS/KS1 Sensational Detectives

Come and join us for a seasonal sensory walk.   We will decide what season we are in and what we expect to discover whilst using our different senses whilst exploring our dramatic landscape.

We will be detectives during our nature discovery walk and look for clues to identify the season. The children will use their senses to search for different colours, sounds, textures and smells. We will search for plants and animals and share what we have found.

The children will use their imagination to describe what the area will look, sound, feel and smell like during different seasons. In their groups, children will match four picture cards of seasons with weather and day length cards. We end the session with the children will imagining they are a living creature or tree, reacting to the changes of each season.

Success criteria includes; Use their senses to explore the habitat to find out which season they are in, describe how the environment changes across the seasons.

EYFS/KS1 Brilliant Birds

Explore our wonderful bird life at Bempton Cliffs. We will start by looking at the birds around us and discovering how much the group already knows. We then look at the basic requirements for survival shared by people, wildlife and plants (food, water, shelter, air, sunlight).

We’ll look at the different features of birds including feathers, beak shapes and sizes, and feet. We will use singing birds and finger puppets to learn about bird song and behaviour.

We will go on a nature discovery walk to see what and how many birds are out and about. The children will discover what’s special about the birds we find. We will look at some beak shapes and sizes to determine what they eat. We end the session by playing a bird survival game and by searching for natural foods that birds eat.

Success criteria includes; EYFS – Find signs of birds and recognise where they like to live, discover what is special about birds and that there are lots of different types. KS1 – Identify some birds and discover what is special about them, identify some of the basic requirements of birds, identify and name some sources of food.

KS2 – Investigating coasts

Explore our magnificent cliffs at Bempton. We start with a discussion about how a coast line is created, what features we might expect and who uses these areas. The children will study the local coast formations by working in small groups to identify the features of the coast line and consider how it was created through natural process such as erosion, wave energy and weather.

Children will create a field sketch of the coastline and label the physical and human features. In groups, the children will identify any wildlife they can see or evidence that is left behind. They will consider how humans use the coast and the impact this can have, including the challenge or need to defend coastlines.

At the end of the session we ask pupils to draw a picture or discuss what they think the coast may look like in the future, explaining why their changes have occurred.

KS2 Discovering Birds

Come and experience our range of birdlife at Bempton Cliffs.   We start by discussing what the children already know about birds and the different types of habitats they live in.

We take them on a nature discovery walk to discover which birds are out and about on the reserve. We will find out what’s special about the birds we find and learn how birds communicate.   The children will spend time in a wildlife hide and use binoculars to explore some of the top predators in the food chain. Learn all about how their adaptations help them to survive.

At the end of the sessions children will construct simple food chains in small groups and share these with the rest of the class and identify herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. They will have time to reflect on their experience and what they have learned during the day.