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Key Stage 3

Summer session 

The world around us: conservation challenge

Discussion on a conservation problem on a national or international scale, working as a group and suggesting a conservation programme to halt or reverse the problem. The students will identify a range of animals and habitats under threat. Each group will choose a topic such as: the trade in wild animals, hunting, monocrops etc, discuss the problem and its potential solution in groups and then with the whole class. 

Curriculum Content 
Developing pupils as Individuals 
  • Identify how skills developed through this study will be useful to a wide range of careers, jobs involving animal welfare, ICT or conservation work at both graduate and vocational level.
Developing pupils as Contributors to the Economy and the Environment 
  • Pupils have the opportunity to explore the importance of the range of animals in the animal kingdom, how they add to biodiversity and their impact on our lives.
Learning outcomes 
  • Understand to some of the major conservation issues of the 21st century.
  • Explore the interdependence of human activity and the environment.



Super saver or enhanced session 

The world around us: diversity of life (Classification)

Students look in detail at classification of vertebrates and at a selection of invertebrates Students will explore the similarities and differences of a range of vertebrate and invertebrate animals and discover the features that will allow them to classify the animals into groups. 

Curriculum Content 
Developing pupils as Individuals 
  • Pupils have the opportunity to respect and co-operate with others in the process of scientific enquiry on classification of animals, explore the complexity, diversity and interdependence of living things.
Developing pupils as Contributors to Society 
  • Pupils have an opportunity to consider how the development of scientific ideas or theories relate to historical; scientific data or cultural fact
Developing pupils as Contributors to the Economy and the Environment 
  • Pupils have the opportunity to explore the importance of the range of animals in the animal kingdom, how they add to biodiversity and their impact on our lives through the uses of those animals for food, medicine etc 
Learning outcomes 
  • Discover the features that will allow them to classify the five vertebrate groups.
  • Understand the similarities and differences of a range of invertebrate animals.
  • Classify a range of live animals by observing these features and characteristics.



More information

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