Pooling around the Jurassic Coast

Pupils from Allenbourn Middle School took part in an educational trip to Kimmeridge Bay, as well as learning about the local enviroment they enjoyed some rock pooling.

Pupils from Allenbourn Middle School took part in an educational trip to Kimmeridge Bay, as well as learning about the local enviroment they enjoyed some rock pooling.

Pupils from one east Dorset school dipped their toes into the world of geology and ecology when they spent the day on the Jurassic Coast.

The Year 7 youngsters from Wimborne Academy Trust’s Allenbourn Middle School left their inland classes behind to spend time investigating the coastal habitat of Kimmeridge Bay.

For their fact finding mission they looked at Kimmeridge’s striking rock formations, examined the bountiful supply of fossils found on that part of the coast and listened to a special talk about the importance of the bay for wildlife.

Their day ended with a search for that wildlife as they looked for animals and plants in the rock pools.

Allenbourn’s head of science, Steve Hudson, said: “This is the 18th year in a row we have organised this trip to complement our Year 7 science studies.

“It’s a great way to bring geology to life and we are fantastically lucky to have such a rich resource as the Jurassic Coast not too far away from us.

“At Kimmeridge the students get to explore and touch rock formations and fossils that have been there for millions of years. You just cannot get that experience from a text book or computer screen.”

During the trip the pupils learned about the different types of animals, sea creatures and plants that live on the coast and how they have adapted to suit their environment.

Their findings were recorded in booklets, which will now be used as a reference source for completing a summer term project at home.

Pupils from Allenbourn Middle School took part in an educational trip to Kimmeridge Bay, as well as learning about the local enviroment they enjoyed some rock pooling.

Pupils from Allenbourn Middle School took part in an educational trip to Kimmeridge Bay, as well as learning about the local enviroment they enjoyed some rock pooling.

Wimborne Academy Trust’s CEO, Liz West, said: “Our schools take great pride in bringing learning to life for all our pupils.

“This science trip to Kimmeridge is a perfect example of that and the children have all come back to the classroom with their knowledge enriched.”

Pupils from Allenbourn Middle School took part in an educational trip to Kimmeridge Bay, as well as learning about the local enviroment they enjoyed some rock pooling.

Pupils from Allenbourn Middle School took part in an educational trip to Kimmeridge Bay, as well as learning about the local enviroment they enjoyed some rock pooling.

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