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OPAL Surveys

OPAL surveys and Curriculum for Excellence

Primary Curriculum links                                S1-S3 Sciences Curriculum links         

S1-S3 Social Studies Curriculum links              National 3, 4, 5 Biology Curriculum links        

National 3, 4, 5 Geography Curriculum links     National 3, 4, 5 Environmental Science Curriculum links  

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Complete an OPAL survey with your students and contribute to Citizen Science in Scotland.  
Choose from:

 

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Water Quality

Assess the water quality in your local river, pond or lake by seeing what lives under the water.

P5-7 example lesson plan
National 3, 4 and 5 example lesson plan

S1-S3 example lesson plan

Air Quality

Assess the quality of the air around you by identifying   pollution sensitive lichens.

P5-P7 example lesson plan
National 3, 4 and 5 example lesson plan

S1-S3 example lesson plan

Biodiversity

Identify invertebrates and assess the variety of life in your   local hedgerows.

P2 example lesson plan
P3-4 example lesson plan
National 3, 4 and 5 example lesson plan

S1-S3 example lesson plan

Bugs Count

Identify mini-beasts in different natural and man-made habitats in your local area.

P1 example lesson plan
P3-4 example lesson plan
National 3, 4 and 5 example lesson plan

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S1-S3 example lesson plan

Tree Health

Observe and inspect your local trees to look for signs of diseases and/or parasites.

National 3, 4 and 5 example lesson plan
S1-S3 example lesson plan

Soil and Earthworms

Assess soil characteristics and identify earthworm species in your local area.

P5-7 example lesson plan
National 3, 4 and 5 example lesson plan

S1-S3 example lesson plan

 

 

 

To book an OPAL scientist visit or order a survey pack phone 
01475 530581 or email: [email protected]