PrimarySea Watch provides primary school trips and visits covering marine life, whales and dolphins and marine threats incorporating the new curriculum. There are a range of opportunities for teachers and pupils to get involved with the work that Sea Watch conducts around the UK and at our research base in New Quay.
Visits to schools: Bring the marine ecosystem into the classroom! Where children will see, explore and learn in a fun and engaging manner.
The content that our Sea Watch Presenters deliver provides exciting and memorable lessons that children may not otherwise have the opportunity to do. They keep children emerged and active throughout the sessions and can provide classroom or outdoor activities.
Visits begin with an in-depth talk, including a slideshow, audio, images, activities and video about the bottlenose dolphins of Cardigan Bay, and then include a reading from The Magic Dolphin. We can now offer Live Links with our Cardigan Bay research team using skype, where the children can ask our team questions directly!
If you are interested in holding a marine themed event or school session please talk to Kirsten Hintner: contact us.
Visits to New Quay Research Centre:
- Visits to New Quay can be arranged where you can meet our research team who are researching bottlenose dolphins and porpoises in Cardigan Bay. The visit will include resources from our education sector and will be held on the pier and beaches in New Quay, Wales.
- Visits can be booked for May until the end of October. Visits can be tailor made to your schools curriculum needs.
More information about why you should choose us for your school visit and prices:
SecondarySea Watch Presenters are expanding their educational resources by offering secondary school resources, trips and visits.
We aim to provide opportunities for secondary school teachers and pupils to incorporate current scientific research from our Cardigan Bay Monitoring Project and surveys around the UK into their teaching.
NEW Live Links! Bringing links with current marine research into your classroom.
We can provide live links using skype to connect you to our research team in New Quay. We are currently looking for keen teachers to pilot our new live link, if you are interested please contact Kirsten Hintner.
This film was made by 10 pupils from Greenhill Secondary school, Tenby. Their film is all about marine pollution and was screened at the Sea Watch Young Persons Environmental Film screening evening at the Torch, Milford Haven.
This film was made by 10 children from St Marks, Fenton and Broadhaven primary schools in Pembrokeshire during the Sea Watch Young Persons Environmental Film Screening Workshops. October 2010. It is all about bycatch and with this film, they aim to raise awareness of this problem. All funding came from Environment Wales.
UniversitiesIf you are interested in having a guest lecture visit your university class or group please contact us for more details about what we can provide.
Part of a community group like Girl Guides, Scouts or the WI? And want to learn more about whales and dolphins around the UK?
We can offer a diverse range of talks and activities that you can use for free, please contact us if you are interested.
Educational Resources – Key stage 1 and 2
Teachers working with pupils in Key stages 1 and 2 can now use an education pack designed specifically for primary school children.
Primary school teacher, and specialist science co-ordinator, Sarah Langford has worked in partnership with Sea Watch to produce these educational resources that are curriculum linked.
Activity 1: Mapping cetacean in the UKTeachers notes 1 UK map outline Mini photos Photo cards 1 Photo cards 2 UK_A3_outline
Activity 2: Marine MigrationsTeachers notes on migrations Map of Americas Marine traveller passport Sightings notes for children
Activity 3: Investigating adaptation of cetaceans and understanding water resistance (suitable for KS2)
QCA link Science Unit 4C Friction
Includes extra activities
- Investigating dolphin anatomy
- Whale and Dolphin Identification Quiz
Activity 4: Measuring sizes of cetaceans (suitable for KS1 and 2)
Includes extra activities – (suitable for KS2)
- Scale drawing activity
- Numeracy investigation to consifer the relationship between size of cetacean and the maximum time they can hold their breath for.
Sea Watch Investigator Assembly and Ocean Odyssey
Science plays an important part in the Primary Curriculum and children’s enjoyment of practical science activities. To celebrate our oceans and the biodiveristy of life an “Ocean Odyssey” range of acivites for all Key Stages has been developed.
Continue to learn about the UK dolphins. Adopt a dolphin for £42 a year and your school will be sent a monthly newsletter which will keep teachers and pupils up to date with the issues and challenges faced by our marine mammals. Monies raised go directly into funding our research. For further information click here
What dangers do whales and dolphins face off the UK coast?
Dolphins, whales and porpoises can get entangled in fishing nets, over 10,000 porpoises die a year this way.
Oil, waste and sewage are dumped into our seas.
Fishermen are catching huge numbers of fish, making the competition for food enormous.
Whales and dolphins use sonar (echoes) to navigate around the sea. Unfortunately, many human activities (drilling for oil, military boats) produce these noises and this confuses the animals.