Suitable for Year 2 and above, and for those with disabilities
All pupils will dip in the pond and put their findings in trays to be looked at closely and identified. We also have a raised pond to make sure everyone is able to access. The children will explore the rich variety of lifeforms found in the ponds. They will use indentification charts to name what they catch and will record their findings. We hope that by the end of the session they will be able to name 12 of the main forms of pond life.
Which season is best for this activity?
This activity is best done in the spring and summer months when the pond is full of newly developing and maturing creatures.
Learning objectives and links to the National Curriculum of Study
The session links directly to the National Curriculum Science Programmes of Study (animals, icluding humans and living things and their habitats) for Key Stage 1 and 2. (https://bit.ly/3GlgU58) . All our sessions are underpinned by detailed lesson plans. These plans are adjusted to take account of the variations in abilty and skill level across the Key Stages.
Pupils should be taught to work scientifically by:
- Asking questions and using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions.
- Identifying and classifying
- Gathering and recording data
- Observing closely using simple equipment
Outline of the Activity
The group will then be split into three and do the following activities in turn on our nature trail:
- Pond dipping games to explore food chains.
- Pond dipping - main pond
- Pond dipping -raised pond
Ideas for pre-visit learning
Before bringing a group to do this activity, here are a few ideas to help introduce the subject:
- What sort of creatures live in ponds?
- Do any of them have ponds in their gardens?
- What would happen if a pond dried up and how can humans help?
Ideas for follow up work back at school
- Draw up record sheets for creatures found in the pond. Work out the BMWP scores for our pond (explanation on the tally sheet)
- Discuss the fact that they found no fish in our pond. Why might we have decided not to stock it with fish?
- Create a pond in a basin or bucket and see what come to live there.
"We had an amazing time! Everyone was exremely pleased and happy with the visit. Staff were friendly and helpful, very engaging in the topic. (Year 3, 2021)