Students will study the invertebrates in a pond and consider their adaptations, relationships and requirements, and how this relates to the distribution of invertebrates. Fieldwork includes designing their own fieldwork technique as a group and collecting data using standard dip-netting. Students will also have an opportunity to evaluate their methodology and create pyramids of numbers and biomass using the students’ own data.
This course usually runs from 9.30am - 3.30pm, but times can be adjusted to suit your group and travel plans. During your visit you will be welcome to the centre and given an appropriate health and safety briefing. Your session will start with an introduction to the day, aims and objectives. Throughout the day we will undertake fieldwork, collecting data appropriate to the topic. We will break for lunch, before continuing with our fieldwork. Depending on the day and the specific times of your visit we may include some data presentation and analysis and we will end the day with a summary including drawing conclusions and limitations. Please note that specific activities for your group are subject to change. We go out in all weathers and seasons and will tailor the content of the day accordingly.
How this course fulfills the specification
- AQA 4.7.1 adaptations, interdependence and competition
- Edexcel Topic 9 Ecosystems and Material cycles
- OCR B3 Living together food and ecosystems, B3.3 organisms in an ecosystem
- Eduqas 6.1 organisms in an ecosystem
Added value of this course
- Develop personal skills
- Have fun
- Be inspired by a passion for the subject
- Build friendships