Northumberland Coast Rocks!

This project, which was completed during 2015 organised by the Howick Heritage Group and supported with HLF funding, delivered a book, some educational work with a local first and middle school and a series of walks and talks. In this section of geo-diversity resources you can have a look at the presentation given for the walks and talks as well as much of the material which was used in the educational work including lesson plans, activities and exercises.  There is also a handy guide to fossils to be found on the beach at Seahouses (and elsewhere on the coast).

Walks and talks:

This is the presentation that was used for the "walks 'n talks" part of this project. 

Educational Material:

Middle School lesson structure. Seahouses_Middle_School_4-6-15.pdf

First School lesson structure. Seahouses_Primary_School_3-6-15.pdf 

Geology and local resources worksheet (for the Middle School). Geology_and_local_resources_worksheets.pdf

Seahouses field trip questions and fossil guide. Geology_field_trip_questions_and_guide.pdf

Sedimentary environment presentation. This slide presentation, which includes sound effects, was used as part of an exercise where the students put a scoop of sediment into a jar, with a grain size dependant on the weather portrayed in the presentation. This gives a basic introduction to the idea that the faster a river is flowing the larger the sediment particles it can carry as well as showing how layering can form in sediments.

Information and modelling (coal reserves measurement, plate tectonics model, earth structure model etc) used during lessons. Seahouses_Middle_School_Model_information.pdf

Tectonics and fingernails presentation



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  • "Ian is an ethusiastic geologist and if you go on enough of his walks you soon will be too! Although I have visited the Northumberland Coast many times before, learning about its geology allowed me to see it from a very different perspective. Ian was an enagaging and entertaining guide and as a result of his walk I was able to understand more about this fascinating area."

    Sam Isaac
    Sustainable Tourism researcher


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