Biodiversity boosts KS1-2

Boost the biodiversity of your school grounds with one of our improvement projects:

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Visit TES to download our KS1-2 project pack containing all projects here.

Bees Butterflies
  • Identify and count species of bees in green areas of grounds
  • Plant pollinator-friendly plants and/or make a bee box
  • Identify and count species of bees in new habitats
  • Time of year: February-September
  • Equipment: FSC bee identification chart, thermometer, plants and/or plastic drink bottle and bamboo sticks
  • Curriculum links: identifying and classifying, change over seasons, habitats, data recording and presentation, taking measurements, plant life cycle, changing environments, using classification keys, increasing vocabulary, writing skills, numeracy, scientific units, computer skills
      • Identify and count species of butterflies in green areas of grounds
      • Plant meadow seeds to attract butterflies
      • Identify and count species of butterflies in new habitat
      • Time of year: Any time (summer term best)
      • Equipment: meadow seeds, thermometer, FSC identification sheets
      • Curriculum links: change over seasons, habitats, data recording and presentation, taking measurements, changing environments, using classification keys, increasing vocabulary, writing skills, numeracy, scientific units, computer skills
Mammals Birds
    • Record species of mammals in an area of your grounds using photos, prints, and droppings
    • Make hedgehog channels under your fences, build a hedgehog house, make a log pile to encourage small mammals
    • Time of year: Any time
    • Equipment: Logs, crate, spade, trowel, earth, sticks, leaves, saw
    • Curriculum links: identify mammals, identify carnivores and herbivores, habitats, food chains, data recording and presentation, changing environments, increasing vocabulary, writing skills, numeracy, scientific units, computer skills
      • Record bird species, measure the temperature and record the date
      • Make bird food tree decorations
      • Record bird species again
      • Time of year: Autumn and winter terms
      • Equipment: FSC bird identification chart, thermometer, bird feeders
      • Curriculum links: identify birds, change over seasons, habitats, data recording and presentation, taking measurements, changing environments, using classification keys, reproduction, increasing vocabulary, writing skills, numeracy, scientific units, computer skills
Insects Reptiles & amphibians
    • Survey a green area of your grounds for insect species
    • Build a bug hotel, bury a bucket for beetles (and then dig it up a year later to check for inhabitants)
    • Survey your green area for insect species again
    • Time of year: March – October
    • Equipment: FSC insect identification chart, flowerpots, thermometer, magnifying glass, small clear containers for holding insects
    • Curriculum links: change over seasons, habitats, data recording and presentation, taking measurements, changing environments, using classification keys, increasing vocabulary, writing skills, numeracy, scientific units, computer skills
        • Put down mats to monitor reptiles and amphibians in your grounds
        • Build a compost heap and a log pile
        • Put down mats to monitor reptiles and amphibians again
        • Time of year: Spring/Summer terms
        • Equipment: carpet tiles, rubber gloves, camera, logs, compost
        • Curriculum links: identify species, change over seasons, habitats, data recording and presentation, taking measurements, changing environments, using classification keys, increasing vocabulary, writing skills, numeracy, scientific units, computer skills
Pondlife
    • Make a sink pond
    • Pond dip to discover what species are inhabiting your new habitat
    • Time of year: Early spring
    • Equipment: thermometer, nets, small bucket, magnifying glass, teaspoons, FSC identification sheets or equivalent, baby bath or equivalent, spade, stones, gravel, small aquatic plants
    • Curriculum links: structure of common animals, change over seasons, habitats, data recording and presentation, food chains, taking measurements, changing environments, using classification keys, increasing vocabulary, writing skills, numeracy, scientific units, computer skills

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