Learning on North Coast KS3 and KS4

Take a closer look at the geology of Carrick-a-Rede © National Trust/Derek Robinson

Take a closer look at the geology of Carrick-a-Rede

National Trust places around the North Coast can offer some of the finest field locations in the country. When young people are given the chance to use their built, natural and cultural environments as learning tools it can significantly enhance not only their academic achievement, but also their environmental understanding.

KS3 and KS4

Subject: The World Around Us

Habitat management
Looking specifically at Portstewart Strand pupils will investigate how the National Trust manages such a sensitive and fragile environment. Special designations and their impacts will be discussed as well as the latest MOSS scheme (Management of Sensitive Sites). They will carry out a dune walk to look at some of the measures in place and depending on the time of year may have the opportunity to carry out some management work.

Sand dune succession studies
Using Portstewart Strand or White Park Bay pupils will be led on a sand dune succession study. They will investigate the changing vegetation through the dunes using sampling techniques from the beginning embryo dunes right back to the climatic climax vegetation.

Carrick-a-Rede - industry and geology
Pupils take a close look at the geology of the site, they investigate the rock types that can be found and even can look for some fossils. They will then consider, as a result of this, the type of work that occurred here in the past. They will examine in an interactive way the old quarry industry and fishing industry. An exciting programme which leads them to the bridge and beyond. During the programme, the biodiversity found on site will also be investigated.

Further information: contact Lisa McCaughan 028 2073 3327 or email