Education Trips to Cardiff Bay

Cardiff Bay is a fascinating educational resource, and Cardiff Harbour Authority are pleased to offer 3 experiences for Key Stage 2 pupils. Up to approximately 60 children can be accommodated at any one time. Each trip lasts approximately 2 hours and all materials required are provided. The descriptions below are general guides and can be amended if necessary to complement the topic being studied in school.

Visiting schools often take the opportunity to combine one of these trips with a boat tour around the Bay. These are provided by an external operator and details can be supplied if required.

An opportunity for pupils to find out more about the fascinating ecology of Cardiff Bay. There will be a chance to take part in pond-dipping to examine the insects that play such an important role in the food web. As well as this, the children will discover the Wildlife Explorer Trail. They will search for the 12 posts within the reserve and collect markings from the metal plaques, finding out more about the flora and fauna of the area.

This activity gives pupils an insight into the history of Cardiff Bay and how it has changed over the years, including the rise and fall of a great maritime city. The sessions start with an introduction to using a compass and finding landmarks associated with the 4 cardinal points. Following this, the children are provided with a map and taught how to navigate. We then walk around the area as a group finding points on the map and discussing how aspects of the historical Cardiff Docks remain within the modern environment.

There may also be an opportunity to go into the magnificent Pierhead Building and view the short 7-minute video on the history of the area (this is dependent on the Pierhead being accessible and not closed for another event).

One of the Environment Officers from Cardiff Harbour Authority will visit the school and do an interactive session looking at the importance of our rivers and seas and why it is essential that we all play our part in keeping them clean.

Later on in the term, the pupils will come down to Cardiff Bay and take part in a litter pick along the shore. This is a great opportunity to emphasise the points made in the classroom session.

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Family Adventures

If you’re looking for an educational family day out look no further than Cardiff Bay Wetlands with accessible parking at Havannah St car park.

Encourage children to discover the highlights of the Cardiff Bay Wetland Reserve with the Wildlife Explorer Trail. Download the PDF to find out more about the flora and fauna that inhabits the area. Plus, follow a printout of the map to discover the 12 posts in and around the reserve, and collect markings from the metal plaques.

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