Explore our resources!
When teaching about the environment, people often use examples of wildlife across the globe. We want to help bring the Yorkshire coast into the classroom, using examples of wildlife we find right here on our doorstep. Each video is accompanied with educator resources, including all key stages (1-4) it can potentially be linked to.
With your students, try our living seas 'after school' club to teach them about the wildlife we find off the Yorkshire coast, the problems our oceans face and why the sea is so important to us!
Discover the basic marine life we find in Yorkshire rockpools!
Using examples of marine animals you find right here off the Yorkshire coast, learn about food chains...
Learn about the variety of adaptations rockpool and estuary animals and plants have had to adopt to survive living along the Yorkshire coast...
Find out about the common fossils we find in Yorkshire and what animals they came from. Also work out the height of a megalosaurus from within your own classroom...
Children who are members of the Children's University can claim one learning hour for each of the activities completed. Keep your work as evidence and add the hours to your CU passport.
Living Seas 'after school' club
With your students, watch the videos below and work through the different activities to teach them about the wildlife we find off the Yorkshire coast, the problems our oceans face and why the sea is so important to us!
Week 2: Habitats & Marine Protected Areas
Design and draw a HABITAT that your creature may live in.
Think about how it moves, what it eats and what it looks like.
Look at the map and decide on a place you would like to protect and why.
Week 3: Marine Plastics
Pick up litter wherever you are.
It can be at school, at your local park or on a beach if you are lucky enough to live near the sea!
Use the form below to record what you have collected and think about what it is, what it's made from, where it might have come from and how long it might take to break down.
Why not try sorting the litter into different materials and seeing how much there is?
Think about how you can cut down on plastics and single use items at home or at school.
Week 4: Ocean acidification
Demonstrate how humans can have an effect on ocean acidification.
1. First, measure the pH of the sea water
2. Then gently blow into it using the straw
3. Measure the pH again - how much has it changed?
- pH strips
- Jar of sea water
- Paper straws
How does acid (vinegar) affect your chosen shell?
Place it in the vinegar and write down what happens
- A shell
- Jar of vinegar
Week 5: People & sea
Design a questionnaire about the sea.
You can ask questions, get people to rank their answer, use true or false. List 5 to 10 questions. If you have time, illustrate your questionnaire.
2 jobs - scientist and fisherperson
Discuss each one - what skills do you need and how could they both work together?
Week 6: Future for oceans
Create and Ocean Code.
Design a code that can be followed by people that use the sea and helps both protect it, and for it to be enjoyed. Illustrate it if you have time.
Create an Ocean Campaign.
Design a campaign on an ocean issue. Think about:
- What you are campaigning about
- Who you are targeting
- What actions are you asking people to do
- How to get the most people involved as possible