KS3-5 Projects

Choose your project and click on the title for the detailed project outline and resources. Want more help? Email us!

Sketch 2015-10-19 18_48_50Bees Sketch 2015-10-19 19_11_42Moths & butterflies
  • Count species of bees on a bush and mark them with paper tags for population monitoring and flight distance
  • Measure the temperature and record the date
  • Time of year: February-September
  • Equipment: FSC bee identification chart, thermometer, laminated paper tags, glue, paintbrush, permanent pen, small clear containers for holding bees
  • Curriculum links: sampling techniques, data manipulation and handling, data presentation, scientific attitudes and experimental skills, classification, statistical tests
    • Make your own light box to capture moths
    • Mark moths with paper tags for population monitoring
    • 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, laminated paper tags, glue, paintbrush, permanent pen
    • Curriculum links: sampling techniques, data manipulation and handling, data presentation, scientific attitudes and experimental skills, classification, statistical tests
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: sampling techniques, data manipulation and handling, data presentation, scientific attitudes and experimental skills, ecosystems, classification, statistical tests
    • 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: sampling techniques, data manipulation and handling, data presentation, scientific attitudes and experimental skills, ecosystems, classification, statistical tests
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: sampling techniques, data manipulation and handling, data presentation, scientific attitudes and experimental skills, ecosystems, classification, statistical tests
    • Record fungal species in your grounds, monitor how long they last for and who eats them
    • Measure the temperature and record the date
    • Place fungi in paper cups with vermiculite to rear flies breeding on mushrooms
    • Time of year: October – March
    • Equipment: camera, FSC fungi identification chart, fly identification chart (provided), thermometer, paper cups, vermiculite, 100% alcohol (provided)
    • Curriculum links: sampling techniques, data manipulation and handling, data presentation, scientific attitudes and experimental skills, ecosystems, classification, statistical tests
Sketch 2015-10-19 19_56_39Pollen Sketch 2015-10-20 15_11_40[2]Reptiles
    • Put 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
    • Curriculum links: sampling techniques, data manipulation and handling, data presentation, scientific attitudes and experimental skills, statistical tests
    • 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: sampling techniques, data manipulation and handling, data presentation, scientific attitudes and experimental skills, statistical tests
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 charts
    • Curriculum links: sampling techniques, data manipulation and handling, data presentation, scientific attitudes and experimental skills, ecosystems, classification, statistical tests
    • 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, pH meter or barium sulphate
    • Curriculum links: sampling techniques, data manipulation and handling, data presentation, scientific attitudes and experimental skills, ecosystems, classification, field techniques, statistical tests, soil analysis
Advertisements