Environmental Science Field Studies – Key Stage 3
The Centre offers field study courses in Key Stage 3 Environmental Science, which are specially tailored for each school. Fieldwork reinforces the curriculum and allows students to collect and analyse their own data in a safe environment.
The study of Environmental Science fires pupils’ curiosity about phenomena in the
World around them and offers opportunities to find explanations.
Recommended fieldwork topics for Key Stage 3 Environmental Science:
Hands-on experience of using simple keys and measuring contrasting physical factors which influence life in a pond, and compare 3 ponds within walking distance of the Centre. Key concepts such as photosynthesis and respiration are used to explain differences.
Students carry out practical work on the estuarine mudflats to investigate what is living there and the importance of the mudflats for many wading birds, for which the Medina Estuary is nationally and internationally recognised through various conservation designations.
Students investigate the affect of light intensity on the number and variety of plants found on the woodland floor. There is also a chance to explore woodland areas on the Island and looking at the woodland habitat.
Students have the opportunity to look closely at both plants and animals which live on the very diverse rocky seashore on the eastern tip of the Island. They estimate the population size of some species and collect data which can be used to generate pyramids of number and biomass.