Beach Study

Rocky shore beach study

South Devon’s beautiful coastline is a fantastic place to study life on the shore over a whole day.  Using sampling methods, groups can study the zones and encounter the fascinating creatures and seaweeds that line the rocky shore in the marine conservation area.

Dawlish Warren is the destination for a sand dune study. Learn how the dunes were formed and how they change with time. Encounter the plants as they adapt and grow in this harsh environment.

In the afternoon, create weird and wonderful sculptures in the sand using debris brought by the tide in a unique celebration of all that can be seen beside the sea!

Curriculum Links

SCIENCE – feeding relationships, adaptations; variation and classification; use simple equipment and materials;predictions, testing theories, evaluating

ENGLISH:Listening; Speaking; Group discussion and interaction

GEOGRAPHY: water and its effects on landscapes and people, the physical features of the , beach, and the processes of erosion and deposition; carry out fieldwork investigations outside the classroom;

Knowledge and understanding of patterns and processes

MATHS; measuring distances, heights, averages, graphs

CITIZENSHIP - Developing confidence and responsibility and making the most of their abilities

Learning Outcomes

Understand how the beach changes, sand dunes develop and succession takes place

Be able to take measurements of the changes in height of the dunes, from one point to another

Assess risks and take safety measures using equipment correctly

Calculate the average of three numbers and appreciate this value

Understand the adaptations needed for different zones on the rocky shore

Handle the flora and fauna with care and consideration.

Appreciate the effect of the tide on the habitat

Be confident using an Identification Key

Recognise and name many of the flora and fauna that they find