School and youth group visits with Education Manager Jen Adams

Jen’s school talks cover a wide spectrum of activities and can be tailor-made to fit into a particular module. She can run assemblies and speak to the whole school or visit separate classes to run an engaging session with or without craft activities.

Jen is also regularly invited to run sessions for youth groups such as the scouts. Please scroll down the page for further information.

Fitting cetaceans into the curriculum. Key stage 1 and 2

Please see the link below for ways in which cetacean science can fit into the National Curriculum. The information is based on the new UK curriculum.

Cetaceans in the curriculum

We are not currently able to offer children’s sessions free of charge due to charity finances. We are, however, on the lookout for a funder or grant giver to support Jen’s salary costs, which in turn will allow her to run activities free of charge.  If you can help, or know someone who can, please get in touch.

Anagh Coar school assembly

Whales, dolphins and porpoises of the Isle of Man – entire school assembly £50 – individual class £30

An interactive look at Manx cetaceans and how to tell the different species apart with a powerpoint presentation. Spot the difference by looking at head shape, fin shape, scarring and colour.  How dolphins and whales find food; an explanation of echolocation and baleen plates. Q&A. Measuring out the different species using a 30 metre tape. This talk is ideal for an entire school assembly and can be adjusted to suit any age group.

Dolphin lesson – classroom based – £30 for an hour

A detailed look at dolphins: dorsal fin, teeth, melon, pectoral fins and how they use each of them. Hunting, echolocation and various ways of working together to find food. Playtime – throwing jellyfish, passing seaweed, surfing. How scientists recognise individuals- Photo-ID game.

Whale lesson – classroom based – £30 for an hour

A detailed look at baleen whales and some of the species within the group. How whales hunt and an explanation of baleen, what is it made of and why do they have it? How whales live, socialise and migrate. Baleen game: discover how baleen works using buckets of water, some dried basil, and various tools. Optional add-ons: make a Baleen mask.

Marine predators – Not Just Sharks and Killer Whales! – entire school assembly £50 – individual class £30

An interactive look at marine predators of all shapes and sizes from around the globe. How they use trickery to disguise themselves in their habitat and methods of predation.

 

Threats – can be added on to any other session free of charge

A look at potential threats to cetaceans and the marine environment and how the children can actively make a difference. Activity- ‘Bag of Threats’ matching up the photo’s with objects in a bag relating to marine threats (over-fishing, by-catch, oil spills, litter etc) and discussing them

Outdoor learning – £40 – or a special deal for an indoor talk followed up by a land watch – £60 for both

Classroom talks can be followed up by a land watch session. This is a superb way of getting children excited about the outside world and actively involved in data collection and observation techniques.

  • Explanation of junior survey forms
  • How to use a compass to record sightings information
  • How to use binoculars
  • Watching session and looking out for marine life
  • Filling out forms and recording environmental data

For school trips to run, a minimum of 1 adult per 4 children is required. Please note that due to health and safety there is a maximum group size of 20 children.

Please be aware that land-watches can be subject to short notice cancellation due to weather. In the event that we cannot reschedule, a full refund will be given.

Secondary and college – entire school assembly £50 – individual class £30

A detailed look at cetaceans of the Isle of Man, the Manx marine habitat, threats cetaceans face globally and how students can help. Explanation of the various ways students can get involved. Optional add-on: how to pursue a career in marine conservation.

Youth groups (Rainbows-Guides and Beavers-Scouts) £25 for an hour

A hands-on, interactive session aimed at small groups:

  • What is a cetacean
  • Talk about our 5 local species, spot the difference (colour, beak and fin shape)
  • The differences between whales and dolphins
  • How dolphins find prey using echolocation
  • How whales find food and eat using Baleen plates
  • Social behaviour, how they play and communicate
  • Measuring out the species using a giant 30-metre measuring tape
  • Questions and answers

Youth groups outdoor land watch £30

  • Explanation of junior survey forms
  • How to use a compass to record sightings information
  • How to use binoculars
  • Watching session and looking out for marine life
  • Filling out forms and recording environmental data

Please be aware that land-watches can be subject to short notice cancellation due to weather. In the event that we cannot reschedule, a full refund will be given.There is a minimum requirement of 1 adult helper per 4 children.

A special offer is available if you would like an indoor session followed up with a land-watch on another day. For this, I charge £45 for the two sessions.

How to book

Please contact Jen directly: education@mwdw.net or 07624 393 496, alternatively, fill out the form below

Educational services contact form

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Measuring out a Blue whale at Anagh Coar school

Outdoor land watch with Peel 3rd Scouts

Land watch with Victoria Road Primary

St Ninians Rainbows

Rushen Beavers looking out at the Sound

Secret Lives of Dolphins at Onchan Library