KS3 Biology: Field studies

How do we understand the relationships between plants, animals and the environment? Take part in one of our field study challenges to find out.

Close-up of grasses in the Grass Garden at Kew


Key Stage 3


90 minutes

Allocated space

15 pupils per group


Get to grips with species richness, random sampling and abiotic measurements and examine populations within various microhabitats at Kew. Pupils will work collaboratively to create a hypothesis and design a sampling method. They will collect data and interpret and share their findings.

Learning outcomes

Pupils will be able to:

  • Gain an understanding of basic sampling strategies, methods and equipment.
  • Interpret and analyse the results.
  • Justify the use of one method over another and suggest improvements for further sampling.
  • Explain why ecologists use various sampling techniques.
  • Discuss the complex interactions and impacts between plants, animals and the environment.

We will ensure learning outcomes focus on the year group taking part. 

Curriculum links

Science – Biology 

Interactions and interdependencies – Relationships in an ecosystem 

  • The interdependence of organisms in an ecosystem.

  • How organisms affect, and are affected by, their environment, including the accumulation of toxic materials.

Working scientifically

  • Use appropriate techniques, apparatus, and materials during fieldwork and laboratory work, paying attention to health and safety.

  • Make and record observations and measurements using a range of methods for different investigations; and evaluate the reliability of methods and suggest possible improvements.
  • Apply sampling techniques.
 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.