Topics Overview

Topics Overview2018-09-04T08:50:16+00:00
No. Topic Description
1 Observing and Identifying pond life
  • Use your pond and local wetland areas throughout the year to explore and answer questions about living things in these habitats. Recognise and name common amphibians, invertebrates and plants.
2 Grouping and Classifying
  • Group and classify pond life by observable features using common scientific language.
  • Present your findings using drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts and tables.
3 Invertebrates
  • Know about the common species of invertebrates including worms, snails, larvae and beetles that live in ponds and freshwater environments.
4 Amphibians
  • Know about the different species of toads, newts, frogs that live in and around ponds.
5 Habitats 1 – Plants and wildlife that live in the pond
  • Find out which living things can be found on the surface, middle and bed of your pond.
6 Life Cycles
  • Draw and describe the stages in the life cycle of a frog.
  • Find evidence in and around your school pond to show that the breeding season has started.
7 Food Chains and Food Webs
  • What do the living things (amphibians, invertebrates and birds) that live in and around your pond eat?
  • Are they carnivores, omnivores or herbivores?
  • Create food chains to show the dependency of different living things.
  • Understand and be able to explain how if one part of the food chain was removed other species might struggle to exist.
8 Adaptation
  • How do the stems, roots and leaves of aquatic plants enable them to adapt and survive in pond environment?
  • How do invertebrates stay buoyant and move in the water?
9 Habitats 2 – Plants and wildlife that lives in and around ponds
  • Find out which species of plants and wildlife (including birds) live out of the water in the reeds, marshes and woodland adjacent to ponds.
10 Habitats 3 – Giving nature a home
  • A real or abstract exercise. What factors must you consider when siting a new pond in your school grounds?
11 Conservation and Protection 1 – How healthy is your pond?
  • How do you know your school or local pond is healthy? How clear is the water? Is the water acid or alkaline? How many species of wildlife can the pond support?
12 Conservation and Protections 2 – Designing a pond management plan
  • Create a pond management plan to look after your school pond. What actions need to be taken each year to ensure your pond remains in a healthy condition.

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