Caring for Habitats and Understanding Food Chains
Groups of one class at a time will undertake a hands – on pond dip in the new purpose developed dipping pond and will also carry out a mini-beast hunt in the woods to explore and compare two habitats and consider the adaptations needed by the creatures they study. They will use classification keys, magnifiers and underwater cameras and will be encouraged to record their findings using worksheets or drawings and models.
Most suitable for all KS2 with a range of study adapted to the different year groups. Pupils will also look at examples of food chains and consider the fact that all living things need energy which derives from the sun.
Getting out of the classroom they hunt for evidence of food chain activity in the grounds of the Centre in small groups and present their evidence showing the relationship of predators to prey.
The consequences of reducing a link in the chain are considered as they sort cards and materials into order and play the food web game. How can we protect fragile habitats? This can be a half day or a full day depending on the depth of study required and is a hands-on, outdoor activity that helps to reinforce classroom teaching.
Pre-visit classroom study could include use of scientific terms such as Primary and Secondary consumer, Predator and Prey, Photosynthesis and Inter-dependance.