Title ID 993Collection ID487
Title[Nature Classes and Field Trips]
CollectionAstor School
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurEducationalNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemePublic Services
KeywordsAnimals Beaches Children Education Landscape Nature Reserves Plants Schools Wetlands
LocalDover Dymchurch New Romney Hothfield Dungeness
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionAstor School
Format16mm Colour Silent
Duration11min. 34sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Forming part of the Astor School collection, this amateur film features pupils and teachers from the Astor School, Dover. The pupils are accompanied by teachers on a field trip to Hythe Bay where they are seen exploring flora and fauna in different locations. The children return to a classroom and create displays with what they have found.


The film opens with two schoolboys standing next to a cage in a field; poster on cage reads: "Bird Oil Pollution Survey.". Schoolchildren look on as a man wearing a lab coat cleans oil from the feathers of a seagull. The children place the bird in a cage outside. Title: "presented by Astor School Dover". Children walk into a science laboratory holding specimen boxes; close-ups of specimens. Children load equipment onto a coach; a teacher supervises. Shots of the bus pulling away; close-up shot of a hand drawn map of Hythe Bay; an arrow points to Dymchurch. Sign: "New Romney"; shots of the children exploring flora and fauna in a field. The children help prepare equipment; shots of the group pond-dipping; close-up of pond-life. Close up of clock; the time reads 6.56. Shots of the children exploring pond-life in the classroom, and clearing up equipment outside. Close-up of sign: "West Ashford R.D.C. Hothfield Common". Shots of children exploring the common, close-up of a birds nest. Shot of teachers eating lunch; children working in a classroom. Children and teacher gathered on a beach; the teacher draws in the sand. The children examine the flora and fauna on the beach. Close-up of the hand drawn map, a boy moves an arrow to point to Dungeness. Close-up of signs "Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Bird Reserve, Strictly Private" & "Warden". Shots of Dungeness, including close-ups of the shingle and plants. Close-up of a man with binoculars ringing a small bird before releasing it. Dark shots of a child holding a snake; children working outdoors and in a classroom, examining specimens. Two girls shake a blanket and a boy polishes a pair of shoes. Shots of children exploring a rock pool on a beach, followed by shots of a classroom. The film ends with shots of various displays. Posters read: "Display Of Plants Found In Camp Area", "Fresh Water Biology + Pond dipping." & "Weed Animals And Shells Found On The Local Beach".