Hear from our Volunteers - reporting on British Science Week 2016

29th Mar 2016

- Rachael giving an assembly at Bailey Green Primary School

Hi! I’m Jess and I was on placement with ORCA throughout British Science Week. Here I helped Your Seas Community Wildlife Officer Rachael Forster deliver workshops to five different schools – Bailey Green Primary, Hazelwood Primary, Morpeth All Saints, Cambo First School and St Peters Wallsend - reaching over 400 children.

Throughout the week we taught them about the whale and dolphin species of the North Sea as well as the threats which they face – focusing greatly on marine litter. On the Thursday we took Cambo First School to Cullercoats Bay where we did a beach clean – with all the litter we collected going to make a life size litter porpoise!

Cambo First School’s beach clean

On the Thursday and Friday, Rachael let me take the workshops, which was scary but a lot of fun! In the mornings I got to teach the class, a lot of which I learnt from Rachael throughout the week. Then in the afternoons, we did activities ranging from the beach cleans through to puppet shows and re-enacting the size of the blue whale (the biggest animal to ever live!).

Me ^ presenting to Cambo First School

- Cambo First School creating the length of the Blue Whale!

To end such an amazing week, our last activity was decorating eggs with a marine theme. We had octopus, crabs, dolphins, even the DFDS Ferry! I couldn’t have asked for a better week, I’m already missing being able to do this every day.

- Eggs decorated by St Peters Wallsend

Learn more about the Your Seas Education Programme, available for schools and community groups in the north east and south coast.

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