Dog (Whelk) Days

Just a reflection on some of the coasteering days that some East Lothian Schools have enjoyed (endured!) earlier in the year.

It was one of the best experiences of my life so far! Everyone in my group had fun and it was great to experience the life of sea creatures and how they survive. Heather

Law Primary once again took up the opportunity for their P7 to discover their local coastline – walking down from school; changing into wetsuits and appreciating their town/local environment from an entirely different perspective.
Confident individuals Increasing confidence was shown throughout the sessions as increasing numbers of young people appreciated what they were physically and emotionally capable of.
Effective contributions also came through during the sessions as they were given more and more responsibility for each others safety and managing of risk once a little knowledge of the dynamic environment was gained.
Successful learners. The sessions were set out with 3 main learning intentions. Increased knowledge of the littoral zone (eroded landforms/ flora and fauna); managing risk (not removal of risk);Working as a team to help others (help and be helped). On return to shore through varied reviewing techniques these appeared to be the outcomes.
Responsible Citizens All young people showed great responsibility by adhering to all instructions given in what is a rather intimidating classroom. We also as a group ensured that any disturbance to wildlife was kept to a minimum.

It was a VERY fun activity because you had to think at all times for different routes in case one was too dangerous. Jedd

Windygoul Primary
used coasteering sessions as a precursor to their annual camp to Benmore in March.
One of their topics this year is Our Fragile Earth and so we used this title to look carefully at the fragility of the intertidal zone in a coasteering session. On initial look the pupils agreed that it didn’t appear fragile at all, however once we got to look carefully in some of the deeper rockpools and the tiniest of creatures and plants that survive and thrive we all began to realise the fragility of their situation.
As the sessions were in small teams the pupils were able to ‘gel’ in and outdoor setting overcoming some of their fears concerning being cold and wet – this should help them make the most of their time on camp and make sure they become fully immersed in the activities (they certainly got fully immersed in the sea!)

Longniddry Primary will be using coasteering as part of their John Muir Award in Summer 2015.

We look forward to all wet days. Sea(!) you there.
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For more information on using the seashore as a classroom in East Lothian contact your Outdoor Learning Service and Ranger Service Facebook page.

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