Find sites with bird activity, identify birds and record what you find. Then use the data to produce graphs.
- Birds education pack (ZIP, 227KB)
Discuss with your class the different habitats birds can be found in, how human activity might affect these habitats and how we can protect birds.
Use simplified versions of the OPAL Bugs Count survey to look at the invertebrates found in different habitats. Then use the data to produce graphs.
- Minibeasts - KS1 (PDF, 2MB) - Coming soon!
- Minibeasts - KS2 (PDF, 2MB) - Coming soon!
Everything you need for this activity is in the downloadable pack.
If you would like to do more bug hunting, download our additional minibeasts resources (ZIP, 471KB) for instructions.
Focus on the feeding relationships between plants and animals with card-matching activities and more active games.
- Food chains - KS1 (PDF, 3.4MB) - Coming soon!
- Food chains - KS2 (PDF, 3.1MB) - Coming soon!
Before your visit, we recommend teaching pupils about the animals and plants in the environment you will visit, and what the animals eat. Pupils should also have some knowledge of food chains and an understanding of the terms 'producer' and 'consumer'.
Focus on the creatures that live in ponds and what they can tell you about pond health. Activities are best carried out between spring and autumn when creatures are easier to find.
- Pondlife education pack (ZIP, 485KB)
Health and safety advice: ensure the trays are at least two metres from the water's edge. Ideally the children should spend more time looking at what they have found than dipping. Explain the dangers of water to your class.
Download our activities to complete before and after your pond dipping (Word, 262KB).
Soil and earthworms
Use simplified versions of the OPAL soil and earthworm survey, learning how to find and classify worms.
- Earthworm education pack (ZIP, 399KB)
Back in the classroom, try our painting with soil activity (PDF, 362KB) and research natural artists such as Andy Goldsworthy for inspiration.
Give your hand-to-eye coordination a workout with our Earthworm Frenzy game.