Key Stage 2
Aim: To learn more about Coastlines
How the coast line changes
How the bays/headlands are formed
Introduction: Humphrey Head is a prime example of changing coastlines. It is a limestone peninsula that stretches out for about a mile into the sandbanks and mudflats of Morecombe bay. There are good examples of mud flats, sand banks, tides, erosion and the estuary for the River Kent. Due to Humphrey Head’s proximity to the sea and the limestone cliffs there is a lot of rare Flora and Fauna to be found here and as a result the area has now been made a Nature Reserve.
What we can offer: A fun environmental day out to look at what the group have studied in the classroom. There is a low level traverse along the bottom of the Limestone Cliffs which offers a great opportunity for pupils to get a taste for rock climbing, develop their own safety awareness and learn to share their own skills by helping each other along the journey. We return along the cliff tops passing over the trig point where there are great panoramic views over the Mountains and Morecombe bay – including the estuary, power station and wind farms which demonstrate how we can use the coastline effectively in our local area.
Part way along the traverse is a small cave which is a great model for how water can wear away weaknesses in rock. The limestone in this area is approximately 325million years old, and there are fossils visible in the rock.
Depending on the time of year pupils may see Peregrine Falcons, Ravens, Curlew, Snipe or Waders.
The sea cliff traverse will take a couple of hours to complete. Afterwards we can run Team Challenges on the beach. These can include a quiz based on the local area, environmental art or a scavenger hunt related to their studies.
Learning Outcomes: To have seen and understood examples of what has been studied in school.