An introduction to scientific enquiry through the study of ecosystems and the interactions within them. 

Students identify and classify organisms in different habitats including woodland, grassland and/or freshwater ponds (habitats will depend on the location booked).  Pupils are encouraged to think about how organisms are adapted to their environment, how food webs are interdependent and how energy is cycled within them.

Example Timetable

The following is an example of how this course might look. This course usually runs from 10am – 3pm, but times can be adjusted to suit your group and travel plans.

Welcome and Introduction

  • Setting and sharing objectives
  • Introduce microhabitats, biotic and abiotic factors.


Investigation 1 

Plan an investigation:

  • Introduction to the habitat
  • Make predictions
  • Plan a scientific enquiry to test predictions

Carry out an investigation:

  • Use appropriate techniques and equipment
  • Make and record observations and measurements
  • Identify organisms using keys
  • Measure abiotic factors

Analysis and evaluation: verbal data review to interpret observations and draw conclusions with reference to predictions made


Investigation 2 

  • The afternoon will be a second investigation in another habitat

Alternative afternoon option: additional time can be taken investigating one habitat and spent on data analysis and evaluation.

Please note specific timings and activities are subject to change. We go out in all weathers and seasons and will tailor the content of the day accordingly.  There will be some variation between what is offered at specific centres due to habitat availability.

How this course fulfills the specification

Key Stage 3, Science, Biology

Working Scientifically 

  • Scientific attitudes
  • Experimental skills and investigations
  • Analysis and evaluation

Interactions and interdependencies  

  • Relationships in an ecosystem: the interdependence of organisms in an ecosystem, including food webs

Added value of this course

  • Develop personal skills
  • Have fun
  • Be inspired by a passion for the subject
  • Build friendships

Why Choose Field Studies Council?

  • Expert tuition by fully trained staff

  • Stunning locations across the UK

  • Outstanding curriculum knowledge

  • Rigorous health and safety procedures

  • Support before and after your visit

  • Free places for visiting staff