Key Stage 4 Wakehurst - Fresh water studies workshop (Biology)
In this session, secondary school students undertake fresh water ecology studies in the Wetland area at Wakehurst. The fresh water studies workshop is part of a half day or full day visit that is tailored to suit the needs of your group and planned in detail prior to the visit.
The Boardwalk winds through the Westwood Lake wetland conservation area at Wakehurst.
Students study the identification of pond animals and adaptations for aquatic life and construct food chains and webs. They also learn to use pond animals as pollution indicators.
- Length: Typical workshop - 1.5 - 2 hours.
- Group size: 20 students.
- Minimum supervision required: 1 adult per 10 students.
- Programme cost: Part of a full day visit - fee starts at £180 | Part of a half day visit - fee starts at £130 | See our detailed pricing plan for more information.
School visits at Wakehurst support and enhance the curriculum offered in schools. We aim to give students opportunities that are difficult or impossible to create in the school environment.
As teachers ourselves, we design our sessions to match the learning outcomes in the National Curriculum. At the moment, the new government has withdrawn the changes planned for 2010/11 and will be producing new curriculum guidelines. Once they have done that, we will re-visit the learning outcomes for our sessions.
The learning outcomes shown apply to the curriculum as it is at this time. Please note that all our sessions have a cross curricular approach and are tailored to suit the educational needs of your group. This session offers students the opportunity to learn to:
- identify pond animals
- study adaptations for aquatic life
- construct feeding relationships, trophic levels and food webs
- study transfer of energy along a food chain
- use pond animals as pollution indicators
- measure rates of water flow
- investigate water purity.
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The specification for exam boards vary. When you book a school visit at Wakehurst, let us know which exam board you are using and we will work with you to tailor the session for your students.
A typical day at Wakehurst is made up of either two sessions of approximately 1.5 - 2 hours each, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, or three sessions of approximately 1 hour each, two in the morning and one in the afternoon.
We also offer a number of activity days, designed around a theme. Once you've selected a combination of activities for your group, you can make a school booking to visit Wakehurst by filling in our online form.
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