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Rocky Shore Ramble

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With the Dove’s marine aquarium facilities, young learners can overcome their fears of living organisms through holding and observing animals in a non-threatening space. The Dove also provides a safe base from which to stage field-based trips. We offer pupils a very hands on, practical experience.

We offer a huge range of topics, but generally during visits pupils learn:

  • How to treat living animals with care and sensitivity
  • The range and diversity of living things and how they are structured
  • Simple classification and grouping living organisms
  • Introductory level food chains and the essential role of plants
  • Exploring a habitat and how animals and plants interconnect
  • Pollution and how to care for local habitat

We have added a few documents to help you teach rocky shore classes independently and to allow you to do follow up work in school after your visit to the Lab. 

Find out more:

To discuss your field trip needs in more detail you can use the blue enquiry form to the right of this page. Alternatively you can contact our Marine Education Officer by email or by telephone: 0191 208 3066.


Resource Booklet_Rocky Shore Ramble

Extension Activity: Line drawings of marine creatures

Simple identification guide for the rocky shore

Pupils Quiz: can you name the rocky shore creature

Relevant subjects Type of activity Suitable audiences
  • Marine Science
  • Biology
  • Resources
  • Y 3
  • Y 4
  • Y 5
  • Y 6
  • KS 2