Phil Haslam shows some pupils some sea life.

Pupils at a coastal school have been given an insight into life under the sea.

Staff at Heacham Infant and Nursery School successfully applied for a visit from members of the Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority.

The conservation group brought its touch pool to the school on Thursday for the three to seven year-olds to learn more about sea life.

Pupils and their parents were able to take a close look at some of the creatures which live in the local waters including lobsters, crabs and whelks.

Headteacher Louise Jackson said: “We are a coastal, rural school which is keen to support our pupils in their appreciation and understanding of the beach.”

Ms Jackson said the visitors told the children all about the creatures, how they lived and about sustainable fishing.

“The children were fascinated,” said Ms Jackson, who added: “We opened the day up to families after school and they were just as interested as the pupils.”

The school hopes to hold a family beach walking day in July as a follow-up to this visit.

“We hope to apply for an environmental grant and use some of the stones and shells we find at Heacham beach to make a water channel at school,” said Ms Jackson.

She added the planned beach walk would also give the children a chance to look for signs of the sea life they where shown on Thursday.