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We are able to offer a wider range of curriculum related activities tying in to both KS3 and KS4.    Expand a topic below for more information and curriculum links.    Sessions are best suited to group sizes up to 30 but we can accommodate larger numbers if necessary.

Adaptation and Evolution

 Pupils are given real life examples of how organisms are adapted to their environment and the relationships between them. Case studies covering several taxonomic groups, this session can include an interactive PowerPoint within the visitor centre to introduce Darwin and natural selection. Links to KS3 – Biology. KS4 – Biology AQA– Speciation, Biology AQA – Evolution, Biology AQA – Interdependence and adaptations, Biology OCR – Life on Earth, Biology Edexcel – Classification, variation, and inheritance, Biology Edexcel – Common systems

Aquatic Invertebrates and Water Quality

 Pupils use pond dipping equipment to collect aquatic invertebrates from two freshwater sources. Identify these and consider what the organisms found suggest about the water quality. Links to KS3 Biology and Geography. KS4 – Biology AQA – Interdependence and adaptations, Biology OCR – Life on Earth

Biological Surveys (Fauna and Flora)

 Pupils can take part in a wide array of environmental surveys using standard scientific methods, building a hypothesis and analysis of results. Links to KS3 – Biology, Biology Edexcel – Classification, variation and inheritance, Biology AQA – How science works, Biology AQA – Why organisms are different, Biology OCR – Life on Earth

Conservation Management

 Pupils consider the importance of biodiversity and ecosystem services, assess the differences between habitats and map these as part of an orienteering exercise around the site. Examples and approaches to active conservation are given and pupils can assist with environmental management tasks. KS3 – Biology, Geography, English and Citizenship. KS4 – Biology AQA – Environmental change, Biology OCR – Further biology, Biology Edexcel – Problems of, and solutions to a changing environment, Geography Edexcel – People and their environments

Eco-tourism

Interactive PowerPoint and opportunity to take part in photography and marketing ideas for the project, discussion of issues with using nature reserves and natural areas for tourism and case study examples for the potential risks/benefits. KS3 – English, Spoken language: Biology AQA – Environmental change: Biology AQA – Humans and their environment: Biology Edexcel – Problems of, and solutions to a changing environment, Citizenship Studies AQA – Global issues and making a difference

Energy Solutions

 Pupils consider the different ways we use energy and where this comes from, including the difference between renewable and non-renewable sources of fuel. Students will be introduced to the concept of biofuel and energy crops and debate their efficiency. Links to: KS3 – Geography, Mathematics, Citizenship, Design & Technology. KS4 – Geography Edexcel – People and their environments, AQA Design and Technology – Designing skills, OCR Design and Technology – Introduction to designing and making, Edexcel Design and Technology, Citizenship Studies AQA – Global issues and making a difference

Environmental Impacts

 A session surrounding human impacts on the environment, what behaviours can be changed to reduce this, how to communicate and raise awareness of environmental issues, leave no trace principles, and actions we can take to reduce our impacts. Links to KS3 Geography, Biology, English, Citizenship, KS4 – Biology AQA – Environmental change, Biology OCR – Further biology, Biology Edexcel – Problems of, and solutions to a changing environment, Geography Edexcel – People and their environments, Geography Edexcel – Practical Geographical enquiry

Farming and Nature

 This session focusses on crop production methods and practices, how farming can damage and/or help habitats and species. A detailed look at environmental stewardships at the Chatham Green Project including biodiversity surveys of the field margin habitat. Links to KS3 Biology, Geography, Chemistry and English, KS4 – Biology AQA – Environmental change, Biology OCR – Further biology, Biology Edexcel – Problems of, and solutions to a changing environment, Geography Edexcel – People and their environments, Practical Geographical enquiry

Farming for the Future

 Pupils will be introduced to some of the major challenges faced by farmers of the future such as population growth and climate change. They will have the opportunity to come up with their own solutions and find out about solutions that are already being tried out (e.g. robotics, GM). Links to KS3 Biology, Geography, Design &Technology and English. Biology AQA – Food production, Biology OCR – Further biology, Citizenship Studies AQA – Global issues and making a difference

Farming Economics

 Pupils identify crops grown at Hyde Hall Farm (CGP site) and conduct calculations to assess economics of producing these. Diseases and pests are investigated along with other environmental factors and solutions to these issues are discussed. Links to KS3 Mathematics, English and Biology, Citizenship Studies AQA – Global issues and making a difference, Citizenship Studies OCR – Our rights and responsibilities as global citizens, Biology OCR – Further biology, Biology Edexcel – Biotechnology, GCSE Business Studies, GCSE Economics, Biology AQA – Food production

Field to Fork

 Where our food comes from, how long it takes to grow? Pupils identify crops, learn about growth stages, pests and diseases, and mill wheat to make flour. Links to KS3 Biology, Geography, Design & Technology. KS4 Biology AQA – Food production, Citizenship Studies AQA – Global issues and making a difference, Citizenship Studies OCR – Our rights and responsibilities as global citizens, Biology OCR – Further biology, Biology Edexcel – Biotechnology, GCSE Business Studies

Food Waste

 Pupils will learn about how food is wasted on the farm, during processing, in shops and in the home. They can find out where most food is wasted and learn the difference between avoidable and unavoidable waste. Pupils can identify practical ways to reduce food waste at home and at school. Links to KS3 Biology, Geography, Design & Technology. Citizenship Studies AQA – Global issues and making a difference, Citizenship Studies OCR – Our rights and responsibilities as global citizens, Biology AQA – Food production: Biology OCR – Further biology, Biology AQA – Waste from human activities

History and Heritage

Pupils discuss changes in landscape and agricultural practices along with way of life and examining historic maps of the area to identify change. Links to KS3 History and Geography. KS4 – Geography Edexcel – People and their environments, Practical Geographical enquiry, History AQA – Historical Enquiry – History around us.

Orienteering

Map reading tasks and puzzle solving, can be integrated with map drawing exercises and many other sessions. Links to KS3 Geography, Geography Edexcel – People and their environments, Practical Geographical enquiry

Plant Life Cycle and Light

 Specific focus on plant biology, both crops and native plants, their requirements for life and the inputs and considerations made by farmers when planning a crop field. Pupils investigate relationships between plants, light, water and nutrients. KS3 Science, Links to KS3 – Biology. KS4 – Biology AQA – Interdependence and adaptations, Biology OCR – Life on Earth, Biology Edexcel – Classification, variation, and inheritance, Biology Edexcel – Common systems

Soil Science

 Pupils learn why soil is so important to farmers, and that it can be very different in different locations. Students will learn about soil texture (what it’s made of) and soil structure (how it is arranged). They can find out why some soils are better quality than others and what farmers can do to improve or damage the soil. The role of organisms and microorganisms is also discussed. KS3 – Biology, Geography and English. KS4 – Biology AQA – Environmental change, Biology OCR – Further biology, Biology Edexcel – Problems of, and solutions to a changing environment, Geography Edexcel – People and their environments

Sustainability

 Pupils learn from real life examples of sustainability and complete worksheets to address key questions. The session encompasses solar energy, waste management, sustainable farming and stewardships, ecosystem services and conservation. Biology AQA – Environmental change, Biology AQA – Humans and their environment, Biology AQA – Waste from human activities, Biology Edexcel – Problems of, and solutions to a changing environment, Biology OCR – Further biology, Biology Edexcel – Biotechnology, Citizenship Studies Edexcel – policies and practices for sustainable development and their impact on the environment

Terrestrial Invertebrate Survey and Classification

 Invertebrates are surveyed in different habitats and identified based on morphological features using field guides, pupils receive information on the classification hierarchy and look for signs of adaptation to different environmental factors. KS3 Science, KS4 – Biology AQA– Speciation, Biology AQA – Evolution, Biology AQA – Interdependence and adaptations, Biology OCR – Life on Earth, Biology Edexcel – Classification, variation, and inheritance, Biology Edexcel – Common systems

The Supply Chain

Pupils will learn about the different stages in the supply chain, from farmer to consumer. They can investigate the supply chains of different products, from wheat which needs processing and packaging to be sold as bread, to potatoes which can be sold directly. Links to KS3 Mathematics, English and Biology, Citizenship Studies AQA – Global issues and making a difference, Citizenship Studies OCR – Our rights and responsibilities as global citizens, Biology OCR – Further biology, Biology Edexcel – Biotechnology, GCSE Business Studies, GCSE Economics, Biology AQA – Food production

Water and Resources

 Pupils will learn why water is important on the farm and about the water cycle. They can find out which parts of the UK and the world experience drought and try to solve the problem of moving water from place to place. Pupils consider what other natural resources may influence land management. KS3 Geography, Science, Citizenship. KS4 – Citizenship Studies AQA – Global issues and making a difference, Biology Edexcel – Problems of, and solutions to a changing environment, Geography Edexcel – People and their environments

 

To discuss any of these options please call our education team on 0300 123 3073 or make a booking enquiry.