KS1-2 Projects


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Sketch 2015-10-19 18_48_50Bees Sketch 2015-10-19 19_11_42Moths & butterflies
  • Identify and count species of bees on bushes
  • Measure the temperature and record the date
  • Time of year: February-September
  • Equipment: FSC bee identification chart, thermometer
  • 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
      • Make your own light box to capture moths
      • Plant meadow seeds to attract butterflies
      • Record the species, measure the temperature and record the date
      • Time of year: Any time (summer term best)
      • Equipment: washing up bowl, light bulb, extension cord, PVC, meadow seeds, thermometer, egg boxes, magnifying glass, small clear containers for holding insects, FSC identification sheets
      • Curriculum links: change over seasons, habitats, use of everyday materials, data recording and presentation, taking measurements, changing environments, using classification keys, increasing vocabulary, writing skills, numeracy, scientific units, computer skills
Sketch 2015-10-19 19_27_42Mammals Sketch 2015-10-19 19_52_48Birds
    • Record species of mammals in an area of your grounds using photos, prints, and droppings
    • Time of year: Any time
    • Equipment: Camera trap
    • Curriculum links: identify mammals, identify carnivores and herbivores, change over seasons, habitats, food chains, data recording and presentation, animal nutrition, changing environments, increasing vocabulary, writing skills, numeracy, scientific units, computer skills
      • Record bird species, measure the temperature and record the date
      • Carry out a breeding census using birdsong and nesting behaviour
      • Check whether birds have a favourite food colour
      • Time of year: Any time (breeding census spring)
      • Equipment: FSC bird identification chart, food colouring, dough, 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
Sketch 2015-10-19 19_19_01Insects Sketch 2015-10-19 19_38_28Fungi
    • Bury flowerpot pitfall traps to catch beetles
    • Identify and release species, measure the temperature and record the date
    • 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
    • Record fungal species in your grounds, monitor how long they last for and who eats them
    • Measure the temperature and record the date
    • Time of year: October-March
    • Equipment: camera, FSC fungi identification chart, thermometer
    • Curriculum links: 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
Sketch 2015-10-19 19_56_39Pollen Sketch 2015-10-20 15_11_40[2]Reptiles
    • Using fluorescent powder on flowering plants
    • Track pollination by monitoring how the powder is spread to other plants
    • Time of year: Spring/Summer terms
    • Equipment: Fluorescent powder, fine paint brush, magnifying glass, FSC flower guides, measuring tapes
    • Curriculum links: change over seasons, habitats, data recording and presentation, map skills, taking measurements, plant life cycle, changing environments, using classification keys, increasing vocabulary, writing skills, numeracy, scientific units, computer skills
    • Put down mats to monitor slow worms in your grounds
    • Time of year: Spring/Summer terms
    • Equipment: carpet tiles, rubber gloves, tray, camera, ruler
    • Curriculum links: identify reptiles, change over seasons, habitats, data recording and presentation, taking measurements, changing environments, using classification keys, increasing vocabulary, writing skills, numeracy, scientific units, computer skills
Sketch 2015-10-20 14_50_20[2]Pondlife Sketch 2015-10-20 14_56_02[2]Plants
    • Monitor appearance and development of frog and toad spawn in a pond
    • Measure the temperature and record the date
    • Pond dip to discover which insect species live in the pond
    • Time of year: Spring term
    • Equipment: thermometer, nets, small bucket, magnifying glass, teaspoons, FSC identification sheets
    • 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
    • See which plants grow throughout the year, the dominant species, and how soil affects it
    • See which plants grow in the hedgerow and which animals live there
    • Time of year: Any time
    • Equipment: quadrat, FSC plant identification sheets, cylinders, oven, magnifying glass, small clear containers to hold insects
    • Curriculum links: Plant identification, change over seasons, habitats, how plants grow, data recording and presentation, plant life cycle, changing environments, using classification keys, increasing vocabulary, writing skills, numeracy, scientific units, computer skills