Coastal processes
  • } Target level: KS3 and KS4
  • c Time: six sessions of 40 minutes (plus time for field trips)
  • u Links to geography and mathematics

Learning objectives

  • Learn about coastal Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) in the South West of England.
  • Learn about the geographical characteristics of each site.
  • Learn to interpret data from graphs.
  • Reflect on existing approaches for coastal conservation.
  • Reflect on possible future approaches to future conservation.

Resources needed

  • Internet (for further research and to download the case studies).
  • Outdoor clothes if venturing out to the sites.
  • An interest in coastal knowledge and graphs would be desirable.



Download the six case studies below. Read through them and complete the attached questions and activities.

Visit the SSSIs described in each case study to put your learning into action and witness the coastal processes first-hand.

The Plymouth Coastal Observatory can provide more data, support and resources to help you with these case studies.

<p>Coastal processes wave graph<br></p>

How to put this idea into practice

The sites can be visited and the graphs provided can be interacted with at home or school. Pupils can undertake tasks from home or school independently or with teacher and/or parental support.

Students should download the six case studies and follow the tasks in each PDF file. Students can choose to do one or all tasks depending on their skills or interests. The tasks are designed to develop a mixture of reflection, writing and data interpretation skills.


Ways to include all learners

The activities do not require full time commitment and can be undertaken independently at different paces.


How might this activity support social, emotional and mental health needs?

If the work is undertaken outside (such as through site visits), walking can contribute to supporting mental health.

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