Teaching Aids for Hayle

Hayle Towans Photo courtesy of Jacquie Wilkes Photography

Hayle Towans Photo courtesy of Jacquie Wilkes Photography

Hayle Towans, are a wonderful outdoor resource for many aspects of the National Curriculum. Sand dunes provide a fascinating introduction to wildlife, coastal processes, and cultural interactions with coastal habitats. They can be a valuable educational resource for all ages with a huge diversity of conspicuous plant species and animals. Sand dunes are perfect for demonstrating the effects of a variety of past and present land uses and are often rich in history. Easy examples can be found to illustrate many biological and geographical principles, such as sand movements, sea level change, human impacts and natural succession.

Cornwall County Council with support from the European Regional Development Fund  have produced ‘A Guide to exploring Cornwall’s Sand Dunes’ from which several helpful teaching activities have been taken.

Click on the links below to take you to the following pages:

*[http://bit.ly/ZzTP2P Teaching activities for 3-11 year olds]
*[http://www.cornwall.gov.uk/pdf/dune%20worksheet%20ages%2011-16.pdf Teaching Activities for 11-16 year olds]
*[http://www.cornwall.gov.uk/pdf/dune%20worksheet%20ages%2016+.pdf Teaching activities for ages 16+]

See below for links to the National Curriculum


The dune environment may be used as a context for all of the following elements of the programme of study.

The study of sand dune environment allows pupils to develop a range of geographical and fieldwork skills and to address aspects of the knowledge and understanding of places, patterns and processes and of environmental change and sustainable development

Key Stage 1

  • Locality study – an area that contrasts to that of the school.
  • Fieldwork Investigation Outside the Classroom
  • ask questions, observe and record, express views about places and environments
  • Knowledge and Understanding of Places
  • identify and describe the place.
  • recognise how place has become the way it is and how it is changing
  • recognise how places compare with other places.
  • Knowledge and Understanding of Patterns and Processes
  • make observations about where things are located and about other features in the environment.
  • recognise changes in features
  • Knowledge and understanding of how environmental change and Sustainable Development
  • recognise how the environment may be improved and sustained.Key Stage 2
  • UK locality studythe physical features of coasts and the processes of erosion and deposition that effect them.
    an environmental issue caused by change in the environment and attempts to manage an environment sustainably.
  • Geographical Skillsask questions, collect and record evidence, analyse evidence and draw conclusions.
    identify and explain different views of an issue.
    use appropriate fieldwork techniques and secondary sources of information.
    draw plans and maps.
    use ICT
    develop decision making skills.
  • Knowledge and Understanding of Placesexplain why a place is like it is.
    explain why and how places change and how they may change in the future.
  • Knowledge and Understanding of Patterns and Processes
    recognise and explain patterns made by physical and human features in an environment.
    recognise some physical and human processes and explain how these can cause changes in places and environment.
  • Knowledge and Understanding of Environmental Change and Sustainable Developmentrecognise how people can improve the environment and damage it and how decisions about places and environments affect the future quality of peoples’ lives.
    recognise how and why people may seek to manage environments sustainably and to identify opportunities for their own environment.Key Stage 3Geomorphological process and their effect on landscapes and people including the processes responsible for selected landforms.
    Ecosystems – how physical and human processes influence vegetation.Environmental issues includinghow conflicting demands on an environment arise.
    how and why attempts are made to plan and manage environments.
    effects of management on people, places and environments.

    Key Stage 4

    The dune environment, accessed through this pack enables GCSE and AS/A Level students to address geomorphological processes, ecosystems and environmental management.  Aspects of GNVQ Leisure and Tourism and Environmental Conservation may also be addressed by considerations of the development of the dune coast.

    This guide will be useful as a context for studying aspects of ‘Living Things in their Environment’, which is one of the aspects of Sc2, Life Processes and Living Things in the Science National Curriculum. It could be used at Key Stage 2, 3 or 4.

    The aspects of science it could contribute to are:

    Ways in which living things and their environment can be protected and the importance of sustainable development;
    That habitats support a diversity of plants and animals that are independent;
    How some organisms are adapted to survive daily and seasonal changes in their habitats;
    How predation and competition for resources affects the size of populations.