Habitats

Water World

Learn about the exciting world under the water at our purpose-built pond!

Pupils can study the variety of life the water supports, how the animals are adapted to an aquatic environment, use keys to identify them and learn about their life cycles.

At Key Stage 3 and above, abiotic factors such as pH and temperature can also be studied.

An ideal half day activity would include studies of freshwater and woodland habitats at Primary level, this would extend to a full day at Key Stage 3 and above.

  • Duration of activity: flexible, see below
  • Age range: all Key Stages
  • Maximum number of pupils: 16 if the only topic chosen,
    32 if Bug Bonanza studied at same time (see below)
  • Curriculum links: Sc1, Sc2
  • Time of year: April to October

Use of your own transport will be required for this activity

Bug Bonanza

Discover more about minibeasts in a woodland or grassland environment. Different sampling methods are available, and could include leaf litter hunts, sweep netting and using pooters to capture animals.

Use keys to identify the animals, discover who eats who and draw a simple food chain.

At Key Stage 3 and above, food webs and pyramids of numbers can be included in the session, as well as abiotic factors.

An ideal half day activity would include studies of woodland and freshwater habitats at Key Stages 1 and 2, extending to a full day at Key Stage 3 and above.

  • Duration of activity: flexible, see above
  • Age range: all Key Stages
  • Maximum number of pupils:16 if the only topic chosen,
    32 if Water World studied at same time (see above)
  • Curriculum links: Sc1, Sc2
  • Time of year: April to October

Use of your own transport may be required for this activity

Woodland Studies

Pupils can carry out studies in both broadleaved and coniferous woodlands, to include biotic (living) and abiotic (non-living) elements.

Studies of our woodlands through the changing seasons and small mammal surveys are also possible. For younger pupils, we can also lead woodland walks to include various educational and sensory activities and games.

  • Duration of activity: usually half a day
  • Age range: all Key Stages
  • Maximum number of pupils:30 (split into two smaller groups)
  • Curriculum links: Sc1, Sc2, G, H, E, A, M (depending on activities chosen)
  • Time of year: all year for some activities

Use of your own transport may be required for this activity