OPAL surveys are a fantastic way to take teaching outdoors, learn new skills and contribute to real scientific research.
Take part in OPAL surveys
- Find simplified survey materials for young children in our Resources section.
- Download easy-to-print Bugs Count recording sheets on the Bugs Count Survey page.
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Download easy-to-print recording sheets for schools (black and white)
Popular teacher downloads
Crest – OPAL activities
CREST is a science award scheme for schools and colleges run by the British Science Association.
Earn your awards by completing science projects and use OPAL resources to help you.
Get guidance on adapting OPAL surveys for your lessons
Our free lesson plans and curriculum guides take you step-by-step through teaching OPAL surveys to your pupils:
From animal tracking to tree maths, learn more about the environment with these curriculum-linked activities.
Explore the great outdoors in every season, and take part in follow-up activities when you get back to the classroom:
Discover the world through a series of challenges, and earn points as you go. Can you top the leaderboard?
Look out for the OPAL missions to earn your Nature Explorer reward:
- Natural History Museum – Education
Activity ideas, online resources, and museum events for schools.
- Met Office – Learning
Curriculum-linked activities to support the teaching of weather and climate.
- TES – Teaching resources
A huge database to support all levels and subjects, including science.
- School Science – Resources
A large selection specifically aimed at teaching science to ages 5-19.
- ARKive – Education
Teaching resources for biology subjects such as adaptation, natural selection and classification.