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Programme ideas - Key stage 3 and beyond

Key stage 3 building

These are popular themes. We will plan a tailor-made day for your group.

Variation and classification
Carry out a scientific study to find out how microclimate conditions can cause plant variation within a habitat. Investigate why plants and animal populations show variation. Use a range of field techniques to collect and identify invertebrates and classify them into groups.

Ecosystems
Undertake a practical investigation of an ecosystem. Use scientific methods and techniques to examine biotic and abiotic factors and explore microclimates. Build a food web to show feeding relationships and explore the interdependence of living organisms within an ecosystem.

Geographical enquiry
Orienteer around the nature reserve using maps, compasses, grid references and directional instructions. Explore space and scale by creating a three dimensional habitat map for classmates to use.

Compare and contrast habitats
Sampling and comparing two contrasting habitats using field skills and equipment to assess how physical and human influences affect vegetation, invertebrate populations and distribution.

Environmental issues, climate change, and sustainability
Explore the challenges facing our nature reserves through climate change and pollution and how these feed into habitat management decisions. Take freshwater samples to investigate the water cycle, aquatic invertebrates and the impact of eutrophication. Establish why the site is designated as special.

Cross-curricular visit for KS 3
A bespoke day of cross-curricular outdoor learning using science, art, English, geography, maths and history skills. Students will be challenged through problem solving, team tasks, photography, story writing, natural art, orienteering, scientific enquiry and adventure.

To find out more or book a programme please contact the education centre of your choice.