KS3 Workshops

Ecosystems

  • KS3 Workshops

We work in different ecosystems around the world, so we see first-hand how different environmental conditions can shape the biodiversity of an area - but also the impact changes have on plants and animals.

This workshop will cover the basics of biomes, look at species interdependencies and discuss ecosystem threats.  From drones to camera traps and DNA to GPS, your students will learn how we monitor ecosystems and learn the same mark and recapture techniques we use to monitor critically endangered Golden Mantella frogs in Madagascar.

Age group:  Key Stage 3                                                                                         

Duration: 50 minutes

Capacity: 25 pupils

Meeting point: Learning Centre

Curriculum Links:

Science:

Interactions and interdependencies

Relationships in an ecosystem

  • interdependence of organisms in an ecosystem, including food webs (…)
  • how organisms affect, and are affected by, their environment (…)

Ecosystems

  • organisms are interdependent and are adapted to their environment
  • the importance of biodiversity
  • methods of identifying species and measuring distribution, frequency and abundance of species within a habitat
  • positive and negative human interactions with ecosystems.

Geography:

  • interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

Human and physical geography

  • physical geography relating to: (…) weather and climate, including the change in climate (…)
  • understand how human and physical processes interact to influence, and change landscapes, environments and the climate; and how human activity relies on effective functioning of natural systems

Please note: Chester Zoo discovery workshops can be adapted to your learners needs and abilities, please speak to one of the team to find out more.

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