Unlock the Outdoors with SeaQuest Outdoor Learning!

If you, like many other schools, are looking at Outdoor Learning as a way to get children back into education whilst maintaining a safe environment, then the SeaQuest team of teachers, youth leaders and outdoor specialists have the experience and know-how to make the best possible use of your school's existing outdoor space.

In terms of logistics, our aim is to take the strain! As outdoor learning specialists, we are used to providing educational experiences in a variety of settings. Creating an outdoor classroom in your school grounds can be achieved with ease; we are completely mobile with innovative resources and facilities that are appropriate for all weather conditions.

We understand that needs are changing rapidly, so in addition to our new range of Outdoor Learning workshops, we are also happy to work with you to produce bespoke sessions specific to your school.

Our outdoor sessions give your students experiences they'll never forget, bridging the gap between home and school, and helping them 'learn how to learn' again.  We'll ignite their curiosity for the natural world and give them opportunities to explore, discover and reconnect with nature and each other in a fun and safe way, all the time following the latest government guidelines regarding Covid-19 in the education environment.

The SeaQuest Outdoor Learning Programme is delivered from Foundation to Key Stage 4, includes content from all 6 AoLEs and takes in the Four Purposes of learning.  We work alongside your classroom teaching to help you build students into:
ambitious, capable learners who are ready to learn throughout their lives
enterprising, creative contributors,
ready to play a full part in life and work
ethical, informed citizens
of Wales and the world
healthy, confident individuals,
ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society.

SeaQuest activities are truly cross-curricular, encompassing elements of all 6 AoLEs.

We teach and build on vital skills from all subject areas, including:

Science & Technology - Observing, predicting, testing, observing, explaining, evaluating, classifying.
Maths & Numeracy - Measuring, counting, interpreting data, presenting results, analysing.
Expressive Arts - planning, presenting, designing, creative thinking, reflecting, role play.
Health & Wellbeing - teamwork, communicating, problem-solving, assessing risks, physical activity.
Language, Literacy, Communication - listening, reading, writing, public speaking, using sources.
Humanities - Discussing, presenting, questioning, data-handling, orienteering, reflecting on sources.

SeaQuest Schools Workshops

Click on the titles below for more information about each workshop - if you're after something not covered here then contact us and we'll work with you to create a bespoke workshops to fit your needs.  Workshops are generally 50mins long but can be reformatted to fit with your school timetable.

Topic: Animals that live on the beach and in the sea

Get 'hands on’ with artefacts from the beach and learn about the animals that live there. Students try out their rockpooling skills in our portable rockpool and play beach safety games.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to be safe on the beach
  • Investigate animals in rock pool habitats
  • Produce a creative work showing how to rock pool ethically

Suitable for: Foundation Stage

Sessions approx. 50mins long but can be adapted to suit your school timetable

Topic: Echo Location, Vision, Sound, Feeding

Students identify differences and similarities between dolphins and sharks and investigate how they use the five senses. They take part in games and activities to help understand the senses we have in common with them, as well as echo location and electroreception. 

Learning Objectives:

• Identify the key features of dolphins and sharks
• Investigate how dolphins and sharks use the five senses
• Understand how dolphins and whales use echolocation

Suitable for: Foundation, Ks2, KS3 (Activities adapted to be age appropriate)

Sessions approx. 50mins long but can be adapted to suit your school timetable

Topic: Plastics: Investigating the problems & solutions,

Student investigate the problems and solutions of the increasing amount of plastic we find in our oceans. Following a series of STEM challenges and art activities, we look at the life cycle of plastic from source to end point.

Learning Objectives:

  • Consider reasons for the amount of plastics in our oceans
  • Follow the life cycle of plastic from source to end point.
  • Create artwork showing solutions for reducing plastics

Suitable for: Foundation, Ks2, KS3 (Activities adapted to be age appropriate)

Sessions approx. 50mins long but can be adapted to suit your school timetable

Topic: SS Samtampa, Boat Design & Building

Students investigate and learn about the factors that contributed to the sinking of the SS Samtampa, including building methods, tides, weather and navigation, before taking part in a boat building challenge.

Learning Objectives:

• Learn about the factors that contributed to the sinking
• Construct a boat to carry cargo 
• Test and refine your boat's design

Suitable for: Ks2, KS3 (Activities adapted to be age appropriate)

Sessions approx. 50mins long but can be adapted to suit your school timetable

Topic: Survival, Orienteering, Identifying Plant & Animal Life. Based around the Michael Morpurgo book of the same name, we provide a choice of activities relating to the main character, stranded on a desert island. Choose from fire lighting & fire safety (can include cooking); shelter building; water purifying; sundials; compass skills; natural painting and shell drawing; identifying fauna & flora.

Learning Objectives:

  • Consider basic human needs; food, water, shelter
  • Follow instructions to achieve a simple task
  • Problem solve

Suitable for: Ks2, KS3 (Activities adapted to be age appropriate)

Sessions approx. 50mins long but can be adapted to suit your school timetable

Topic: Fresh & Salt Water and Water Cycle

Students investigate fresh and sea water, dissolving, measuring, and filtering. We look at how water travels from source to sea. the key features of each ocean and how they are linked together, plus human impact on the water cycle.

Learning Objectives:
• Investigate the properties of salt and fresh water
• Follow the journey of water from source to the sea
• Look at human impact on the water cycle

Suitable for: Ks2, KS3 (Activities adapted to be age appropriate)
Sessions approx. 50mins long but can be adapted to suit your school timetable

Topic: Rock Pool Habitats, Adaptations, Food Chains

Students investigate artefacts from rocky shores and find out how creatures deal with the tides. Once they have identified how animals obtain food and placed them in a food chain, they create a piece of art to deepen their understanding. We look at the effects humans have on coastal habitats and how we can protect them.

Learning Objectives:
• Learn the pros and cons of living in/around the rocky shore
• Investigate which animals live in rock pool habitats
• Create a piece of work exploring animal adaptations

Suitable for: Ks2, KS3

Sessions approx. 50mins long but can be adapted to suit your school timetable

Topic: Coral Polyps, Reefs and Human Impact.

Students discover how coral is a colony animal made up of hundreds of polyps. They make edible models to understand key features, then investigate the effect of carbon dioxide on the ocean’s pH and the impact humans have on the coral.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn the key features of coral polyps
  • Consider how coral feeds
  • Investigate the impact of CO2 on coral

Suitable for: Ks2, KS3 (Activities adapted to be age appropriate)
Sessions approx. 50mins long but can be adapted to suit your school timetable

Topic: Myths of Kenfig Pool and Hawies de Londre.

Based on local myths, students gather around the campfire where they are taught fire safety, how to cook stick dough and learn about Welsh cawl. They take part in an engaging story telling activity before creating their own myths and artwork.

Learning objectives:

• Learn local Welsh myths and legends
• Understand fire safety and how to prepare/cook dough
• Learn about traditional welsh food

Suitable for: Ks2, KS3 (Activities adapted to be age appropriate)
Sessions approx. 50mins long but can be adapted to suit your school timetable

Topic: Maps, Problem Solving, Challenges, Social Skills

Students are provided a map and instructions of challenges they must do on their journey. At each base they take part in an activity preselected from our list by staff.

Example activities: fire lighting and fire safety (can include cooking);
shelter building;
water purifying;
sundials;
compass skills;
rope making;
dynamite move;
kite making;
making bird houses/feeders;
First Aid skills

Learning objectives:

• Follow a map
• Teamwork
• Understand and follow simple instructions

Suitable for: Ks2
Sessions approx. 50mins long but can be adapted to suit your school timetable