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Learning: Heathland - teaching resources

Studying heathland vegetationThe curriculum-linked GCSE and A-Level teaching resources are primarily aimed at KS4 and KS5 students studying biology or environmental studies.

Some aspects will also be relevant to students studying geography.

The primary school activities are suitable for children working at KS2 level.

All elements of resource packs are free to use for educational purposes. They can be used separately or together to support one-off projects. Field and classroom-based options provide flexibility for year-round use.

Each GCSE/A-level resource pack contains:

  • PowerPoint presentation
  • teacher’s notes
  • student workbook
  • ID charts (where applicable)
  • example risk assessments (where applicable)

 

 

Primary school activities

Fun indoor and outdoor activities to inspire younger pupils

 

Heathland colours

Identify the different colours that can be found on heathland, record them and use them to inspire craft activites.

Heathland colours

    (ZIP, 153KB)

 

Heathland games

Search for plants and creatures that live in heathland, either outdoors or in the classroom with our fun games for children.

Heathland games

    (ZIP, 625KB)

 

GCSE – resource packs

Field-based teaching resource packs for GCSE

 

What to Conserve

Compare biotic and abiotic characteristics of three habitats. Decide which habitat should be protected as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

What to Conserve

    (ZIP, 8MB)

 

How Polluted?

Measure characteristics of the soil, air and vegetation to investigate whether the heathland is being affected by nitrogen pollution.

How Polluted?

    (ZIP, 12MB)

 

Mapping for Climate Change

Assess the state of vegetation and use GPS technology to map a heathland fragment.

Mapping Climate Change

    (ZIP, 15MB)

 

Designing Investigations

Suggestions for independent investigations that could be carried out at heathland sites.

Designing Investigations

    (ZIP, 400KB)

 

Pony Grazing

Compare the vegetation and characteristics of two heathland sites – one managed by pony grazing and one not. Is pony grazing a suitable heathland management tool?

Pony Grazing

    (ZIP, 8MB)

 

Classroom-based teaching resource packs for GCSE

 

Introduction to Lowland Heathland

Use different sources of information to learn and teach each other about the lowland heathland habitat. 

Intro to Heathland

    (ZIP, 3MB)

 

A-Level – resource packs

Field-based teaching resource packs for A-Level

 

Heather Distribution

Use field, laboratory and data analysis techniques to investigate how soil abiotic factors influence the distribution of different heather species.

Heather distribution

    (ZIP, 7MB)

 

Designing Investigations

Suggestions for independent investigations that could be carried out at heathland sites.

Designing Investigations

    (ZIP, 400KB)

 

Classroom-based teaching resource packs for A-Level

 

Introduction to Lowland Heathland

Use different sources of information to learn and teach each other about the lowland heathland habitat. 

Intro to Heathland

    (ZIP, 3MB)

 

Nitrogen Pollution (Virtual Field Trip)

Use ecological surveying techniques, and graphical and statistical analysis to investigate the impact of nitrogen pollution on heathland vegetation.

Nitrogen Pollution

    (ZIP, 30MB)

 

Heathlands and Roads (Virtual Field Trip)

Use a case study to investigate the impacts roads have on the vegetation and fragmentation of heathland habitats.

Heathlands and Roads

    (ZIP, 15MB)

 

Conservation and Management

A series of interactive activities to understand the conflicts surrounding land use in the UK – particularly the conflicts between economic and social benefits, and environmental conservation.

Conservation and Management

    (ZIP, 6MB)

 

Conference presentations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Further resources and information