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Key Stage 1 - Life in Water

Pupils will be amazed by the variety of life they find as they pond dip in the bog garden.
Bog garden and dipping platform at Wakehurst.


Pupils will be amazed by the variety of life in ponds when they dip in small groups in a secure environment.

They are introduced to pond dipping techniques to find and observe the wonderful variety of creatures in this habitat. They explore how these creatures are connected and how they are adapted to life in water. Working scientifically they identify and name carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.

  • Length: approximately 45 minutes.
  • Group size: 30 students (maximum).
  • Minimum supervision required: 1 adult per 5 students.
  • Programme cost: Part of a full- or half-day visit. See our Prices and FAQs page for more information.

Prices and FAQs

Learning outcomes

We design our sessions to match the learning outcomes in the National Curriculum. All our sessions have a cross-curricular approach and are tailored to suit the educational needs of your group. We aim to give pupils opportunities to work scientifically in areas that are difficult or impossible to create in the school environment.

This session offers pupils the opportunity to:

  • collect pond creatures by dipping in the bog garden pond
  • identify pond creatures using simple keys
  • compare the creatures collected
  • sort the creatures into groups
  • construct a simple food chain

Curriculum links

This KS1 visit supports and enhances the Science curriculum offered in schools.

Year 2 Living things and their habitat

  • identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other
  • identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including micro-habitats
  • describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food.