Kingswood

KS3 Environmental

Our Key Stage 3 environmental programmes inspire students with a passion for the natural world and are tailored to meet the needs of your school and the curriculum.

Our trained instructors provide engaging, hands-on experiences of fieldwork outside of the classroom. Perfect for schools wishing to support classroom learning, giving their students an unforgettable geographical experience and if necessary can be used in conjunction with entrance exams. The students can follow this up with use of our specialist computer software to collate, evaluate and debate the data collected.

We can design your programme to include the use of our centres activities to further the students confidence and communication skills. Please see below to explore individual subjects further.

KS3 Environmental
KS3 Environmental

Suitable for

Secondary schools

Coastal processes and management

Students visit a site/multiple sites to investigate the differing impact of physical processes and the measures taken to defend the coastline and/or establish the reasons for differing approaches to coastal management along a stretch of coastline, they can also evaluate plans for future management of the area. Fieldwork may include:

  • Field Sketches

  • Bipolar Evaluations

  • Beach and Groyne Profiles

  • Wave Counts

  • Longshore drift tests

  • Beach and defence modelling with sandcastles

The study will be tailored for the individual schools needs and objectives, with the option of follow up work to support school projects or entrance exams.

Tourism

Students will visit a site/multiple sites in order to explore the growth of the tourism industry, different types of tourism, positive and negative impacts of tourism and they will also evaluate different methods of managing tourism. Fieldwork may include:

  • Field Sketches

  • Bipolar Evaluations

  • Index of Tourist Impact

  • Environmental Quality Index

  • Tourist Retail GOAD Mapping

  • Pedestrian Counts

  • Questionnaires

  • Questions and note taking of information about each site

The study will be tailored for the individual schools needs and objectives, with the option of follow up work to support school projects or entrance exams.

Rivers

Students will explore changes as they travel downstream along the river, they will investigate the physical processes associated with these changes and human influences along the river. Fieldwork may include:

  • Measurements of width, depth, wetted perimeter

  • Measurements of gradient, flow velocity, float velocity

  • Measurements of bedload size and shape

The study will be tailored for the individual schools needs and objectives, with the option of follow up work to support school projects or entrance exams. The study can include invertebrate sampling if wishing to combine geography and science.

Sustainable energy

Students will visit a wind turbine to investigate how resource consumption differs. The students will explore the differences between renewable, sustainable and non-renewable energy and the implications for their consumption. Fieldwork can include:

  • Field Sketches and Note Taking

  • Sustainable Energy Modelling

The study will be tailored for the individual schools needs and objectives, with the option of follow up work to support school projects or entrance exams.

Rockyshore ecology

Groups spend a portion of time in each of the three areas of the rockyshore (low/middle/high tide zones), collecting data on the identification and frequency of organisms in each area. When a new organism is identified, there is a discussion around the adaptations of the organism to its environment. Fieldwork may include:

  • Use of classification keys

  • Quadrat sampling and frequency counting

  • Abiotic recordings

The study will be tailored for the individual schools needs and objectives, with the option of follow up work to support school projects or entrance exams.

Woodland study

Students experience a woodland environment, they will describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences of plants and animals. Fieldwork may include:

  • Habitat exploring

  • Light measurements

  • Temperature and wind speed measurements

  • PH tests

  • Using classification keys

The study will be tailored for the individual schools needs and objectives, with the option of follow up work to support school projects or entrance exams.

Freshwater ecology

Students will compare biotic and abiotic factors within a freshwater ecosystem. They will conduct kick samples in different sections of a river and compare both the water quality and the invertebrates living in the river. They will be able to discuss the different factors which affect the different species that live within the river.

  • Kick Sampling
  • Using Classification keys
  • Assessing levels of pollution
  • Measuring abiotic factors

The study will be tailored for the individual schools needs and objectives, with the option of follow up work to support school projects or entrance exams. This study can be combined with river geography.

Pond dipping

Students will explore the surface, open water and bottom mud of a pond environment. Sweeping their nets through the water from the safety of the bank, young people can discover the delights they have scooped up, identifying them against the ID key provided. Through the session the students will describe adaptations of the pond life, the differences in habitats and exploring the concept of microhabitats. Fieldwork can include:

  • Sweep Net Sampling
  • Using Classification keys

The study will be tailored for the individual schools needs and objectives, with the option of follow up work to support school projects or entrance exams.