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. 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

Price list as of Nov 2019

Anagh Coar school assembly

New for Autumn 2019- Jen will spend a morning or afternoon with your class to fit in with play time (2 hrs of teaching) Single class only. Best suited to years 3-6. £65

Any of the below sessions (1hr) followed by measuring out species in the playground, break time, then back to the class to discuss threats and conservation issues (with interactive activity) Brainstorm ways we can help keep the oceans clean and how each and every one of us can take steps to make a difference. This session is very thorough and gets the children actively thinking about the world around them and the issues we face, coming up with ideas to make positive changes.

Marine wildlife of the Isle of Man (powerpoint presentation) 1hr – Single class £30 -whole year group £50 – entire school assembly £70

An engaging and interactive look at whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals and basking sharks and how to tell the different species apart. Spot the difference by looking at head shape, fin shape, scarring and colour.  Learn how dolphins and whales communicate, hunt and socialise. Measure out the different species using a 30 metre tape. Tips on how to go out spotting for yourselves and good places to look. Q&A. This talk is ideal for an entire school assembly and can be adjusted to suit any age group. Jen will bring Perkyn the porpoise.

Class sessions can be followed up with a land-watch (see the bottom of page for details) Or a visit to the MWDW Visitor’s Centre (max 20 children due to space) 

Marine predators – Not Just Sharks and Killer Whales! – Single class £30- whole year group £50 

An interactive look at marine predators of all shapes and sizes from around the globe. How they have adapted to their environment and use trickery to fool their unsuspecting prey. Perfect if your class are learning about food chains and adaptations. 


Dolphin lesson – Single class £30 –1hr

A detailed look at dolphins: dorsal fin, teeth, melon, pectoral fins. Discover their awesome methods of working together to find food and how they have a ‘superpower’ known as echolocation. Dolphin playtime – throwing jellyfish, passing seaweed and surfing. Class activity-Photo-Identification game – using a template dorsal fin; draw the lines, cuts and scars that you see on the photos. Learn how scientists use these markings to recognise individual dolphins. 

Whale lesson – Single class £30 – 1hr

A detailed look at whales and some of the species within the group. Find out how whales hunt and feed using hairy filters called baleen plates, discover what baleen is made of and why they have it. Learn how whales communicate, socialise and migrate. Class activity– Baleen game: Using jugs of water, dried basil and various tools, find out how baleen plates trap their prey. 

 Dolphin lesson and whale lesson on same day, with break (2 hours of teaching)- £65

Youth groups (Rainbows-Guides and Beavers-Scouts) £30 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

Outdoor learning – £40

School and youth 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.

  • Filling in junior survey forms. Recording sightings of marine mammals and birds. 
  • Collecting environmental data
  • Use binoculars to look out
  • Learn about the hints and signs that marine mammals may be in the area

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 25 children. Binoculars, clipboards, pens and forms are provided. Risk assessment will be provided in advance. You will need your own high vis jackets. 

Please be aware that land-watches can be subject to short notice cancellation due to weather.

Nursery £20 – 30 min

With the help of her friend, Perkyn the Porpoise, Jen will visit your nursery group and talk to the little ones. Sitting in a circle with a laptop presentation she will guide them through various whales and dolphins; how some and teeth and some do not, how they talk to each other, sing-songs and play games. Using Perkyn, she will teach them the names and functions of the body parts; dorsal fin, blowhole etc

How to book

Please contact Jen directly: or 07624 393 496, alternatively, fill out the form below

Educational services contact form

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Jen and her pal Perkyn

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