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KS4 Biology: Grassland

Students take part in a grassland investigation in one of the many beautiful meadow areas at Wakehurst.

A quadrat is being used to survey plants in a meadow at the woodland edge.

Overview

Students explore the grasslands using a variety of techniques. They study how distribution of plants depends on different growing conditions and management regimes.

This is a half-day session or could be part of a full-day visit that is tailored to suit the needs of your group and planned in detail prior to the visit.

  • Length: 1.5 to 2 hours.
  • Group size: 20 students maximum.
  • Minimum supervision required: 1 adult per 10 students.
  • Programme cost: Part of a full- or half-day visit.

Prices and FAQs


Learning outcomes

School visits at Wakehurst support and enhance the curriculum offered in schools and colleges. We aim to give students opportunities that are difficult or impossible to create in the school or college environment.

We design our sessions to match the learning outcomes in the National Curriculum and GCSE specifications.

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • identify plants and animals in the meadow
  • construct a transect to show distribution of plants across the meadow
  • measure factors affecting distribution of plants e.g. soil, light, water and temperature
  • notice human effects on distribution
  • explore the interdependence of plants and animals
  • describe the management of a conservation area
  • compare this habitat with another

Links to the GCSE curriculum

The specifications 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.