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Devon Wildlife Trust

"As a headteacher I am always looking for ways to take learning beyond the confines of the classroom, to put learning and skills into context, and where possible, to utilise the wealth of skills in our local community. This project clearly offered all of this and more! The range of activities and experiences enthused staff and pupils alike. It was fantastic that our KS1 and EYFS pupils were part of this project, as so often it is the older pupils who get the opportunities."

Grant Award - £200

This project was based at Wembury Marine Centre, with DWT's experienced marine conservation staff working with Wembury Primary School together with the Marine Conservation Society and the National Trust, providing the school with free activity days from mini beast exploration, a beach clean, beach craft, beachcombing, scavenger hunts and a guided snorkel safari.

As well as giving the children the opportunity to learn about and be inspired by the fascinating marine world the team helped teachers understand how they can use the beach for educational activities.  The project was topped off with an open evening at the beach with parents to showcase the school's work throughout the year.

Outcomes

195 children were engaged with their local marine environment through a variety of exciting and engaging activities. Many of the children were able to view and experience their local marine environment in a new way, particularly the year 5 class who went snorkelling.

Teachers were inspired and parents learned about the project through social media, school newsletters and the end of project parents' evening. All of the children were made aware of how precious and vulnerable our local marine environment is and 3 of the 7 classes took part in positive action to protect it, e.g. beach cleans.

The equipment purchased thanks to Sea-Changers funding has also been used in other sessions – e.g. public and other school beach cleans and public and school snorkel safaris and therefore allowed DWT to reach a greater number of people than the originally anticipated.

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