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Rock Pooling:

Science: Key stage 1: Year 1:   


- Identify common plants and their basic structure


- Identify different types of animals and how they are different.

- Herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores.

Science: Key stage 1: Year 2:

Living things

- Identify living things and things that aren’t alive.

- Habitats

- Food chains


- Understand how plants need water, light and the right temperature


- Understand how offspring that grow into adults.

- What are animals basic needs?

Science: Key stage 2: Year 3:  


- Identify the different functions of different parts of plants.

- Identify requirements of plants for life and growth

- Understand the role of flowers in the lifecycle of plants.


- Understanding that animals need food and food chains.                                      

- Vertebrates and invertebrates.

Science: Key stage 2Year 4:  

Living things

- Understanding and identifying different groups for different living things.                                                  

- Use classification keys to identify and group living things

- Environments can change & pose threat to living things.

- Food chains; producers, predators and prey.

Science: Key stage 2Year 5:

Living Things

- Understand the differences in life cycle of different animals.

- Describe the process of reproduction in some plants and animals.

Science: Key stage 2Year 6:

Living things

- Organise living things into groups based on observable characteristics

- Looks how nutrients is transported in animals.


- Understand how living things adapt to suit environment.

Science: Key stage 3: Biology

- Understand the interdependence of organisms in an ecosystem

- Understand how organisms are affected by their environment.

- Adaptation and evolution.

- Photosynthesis – the dependence of life on photosynthesis.

What aspects of the National Curriculum do we cover?


Our surf lessons cover the subject matter of the national curriculum for physical education for key stages 1 to 4; developing agility, co-ordination, control, and balance; improving technique and performance; understanding water safety at the beach; taking part in outdoor and adventurous activity.


Environmental Education:

We make sure that we are fulfilling key parts of the curriculum with science and geography through our sessions, working in a scientific manner and developing field study skills with our exploration, as well as covering specific topics which are outlined below:

In addition to this we also include literacy and numeracy in our sessions. There is language and vocabulary development as we work with groups exploring our coast. We also not just observe but measure, record and interpret findings which will include some basic mathematical skills and calculation. We can adjust these elements, so they are covered indirectly as we explore naturally or are covered more directly in sessions.

We can adjust the sessions to cover the specific part of the curriculum that you want:

Coastal Exploration Days:

We can include all the points from rock pooling plus:

Geography: Key stage 1:

- Characteristics of the surrounding seas.

- Vocabulary to describe features.

- Location, maps and directional language.

Geography: Key stage 2:

- Land use, distribution of minerals and resources.

- Identify geographical regions and physical characteristics and understand how they change over time.

Geography: Key stage 3:

- How coasts change over time.

- Human interactions changing the landscape, environment and climate.

- Using maps and grid references.

Exploring the tide:

Science: Key Stage 2:

Earth & Space: 

- Movement of the moon in relation to the earth

- Movement of the earth in relation to sun.

Science: Key Stage 2:

Space Physics

- Gravity forces between the earth, moon and sun.


- Observed waves, reflection and superposition.

Maths: Key Stages 1 & 2:

Measurement and fractions.

Beach Combing and Sculptures:

Science: Key stage 1: Year 1: 


- Identify the materials and object is made up of

Science: Key stage 1: Year 2: 


- Understand we use materials for specific things

- Change materials shapes.

Science: Key stage 2: Year 3


- Understand there are different types of rocks and some are made from organic matter.

Science: Key stage 2: Year 5


- Group together materials based on their properties.

Geography: Key stage 1:

- Develop basic vocab to describe sea, ocean, river, coast, cliff, beach, hill

Geography: Key stage 1:

- Identify geographical regions and how the physical characteristics and understand how they change over time.

Geography: Key stage 1:

- Understand how human interactions are changing the landscape, environment, and climate.

Art: Key stage 1:

- Use a range of materials creatively to design and make products.

- Use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination

- Develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.

Art: Key stage 2:

- Pupils should be taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.

- Improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials

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