KS3 Biodiversity

What is biodiversity and how is it linked to clean air, medicines and weather? Discover the work of Kew scientists to conserve and research biodiversity around the globe.

A scientists collects seed of Brahea armata


Key Stage 3


90 minutes

Allocated space

15 pupils per group


What is biodiversity and how is it linked to clean air, medicines and weather?

Discover the work of Kew scientists to conserve and research biodiversity around the globe and unearth how geographical information and mapping has supported this.  

Investigate how biodiversity is essential to the natural environment and the impact that human activity can have on it. Pupils will test and extend their skills by interpreting and using various sources of geographical information that link to global Kew biodiversity projects and research. 

Pupils will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of biodiversity and the effective functioning of ecosystems.
  • Give examples of both positive and negative ways human activity can affect biodiversity.
  • Interpret and analyse sources of information, including maps and GIS, and apply this information to real life scenarios.

We will ensure learning outcomes are relevant to the age group of your pupils.

Curriculum links 


  • Interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

Human and physical geography

  • Understand how human and physical processes interact to influence, and change landscapes, environments and the climate; and how human activity relies on effective functioning of natural systems.
  • Build on their knowledge of globes, maps and atlases and apply and develop this knowledge routinely in the classroom and in the field.

Science – Biology

Working scientifically

  • Interpret observations and data, including identifying patterns and using observations, measurements and data to draw conclusions, present reasoned explanations, including explaining data in relation to predictions and hypotheses.

Science – Chemistry

Earth and atmosphere

  • Earth as a source of limited resources and the efficacy of recycling.
  • The production of carbon dioxide by human activity and the impact on climate.
 Student examining seeds

Key Stage 3 sessions

Our Key Stage 3 sessions offers a science and geography focus for pupils of 11 to 14 years.