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Regional Curriculum Resources: Your Coast

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The Outreach Team ran a pilot project looking at the feasibility of a Regional Maritime Curriculum.   In this particular case the high school choose to learn about the local maritime heritage.  We developed complimentary activities and resources that utilised the schools locality,  in each case the marine environment.

The outreach team worked with the students during several sessions either in the schools, University main campus or at the Dove Marine Laboratory. The pupils completed pre and post project questionnaires which looked at baseline knowledge of marine concepts and specific knowledge about their topic. Information was gathered about the pupil’s attitudes to their locality and their feelings of sense of place. In each school the results showed significant increases in knowledge and positive changes in attitudes towards locality and community. 

We have decided to upload the resources we developed via this project and we hope the resources inspire others to learn about their local area. 

Project Aims:

  1. Do school pupils find it interesting to learn about the local area?
  2. How much do pupils know about the local coastal area?
  3. Do pupils like learning outside the classroom?
  4. Do pupils think is beneficial to learn from experts in the marine environment?

Project Outline:

Session 1:       Marine coastal systems and Classification of marine animals.

Session 2:       History of ship building in Amble and the physics of ship building

Session 3:       The Ocean as a resource - Human uses and impacts

For further information about this project please contact our Marine Education Officer by email


Teachers Notes: an example of a regional maritime curriculum

Session 1 - Your Coast Project Intro and local area

Session 1 :Worksheet 1,Activity

Session 2_inventions from the NE, the coble and ship

Session 3_The Ocean as a resource_Human uses and impact

Session 3: Worksheet 2

Session 3: Worksheet 2: mix and match fish ID (pupil version)

Session 3: Worksheet 2: mix and match fish ID (large version)

Session 3: Worksheet 3: mix and match fish ID (teachers version)

Relevant subjects Type of activity Suitable audiences
  • Marine Science
  • Biology
  • Environmental Studies
  • Resources
  • Y 11
  • Y 10
  • Y 7
  • Y 8
  • Y 9
  • KS 3
  • KS 4