Biodiversity

Caring for all plants, animals and insects

Curriculum Examples

  • English– write a non-chronological report about an animal or plant that is an endangered species.
  • Maths – complete a pictogram of the different types of insects children find in the school grounds/ local park or outside space at home.
  • Science – children could identify and name a variety of plants or animals around their school grounds or local area.

Visit our Biodiversity Pinterest  for quick activities and ideas

Learning About Forests

Learning About Forests uses nature as a classroom. The project has already launched in 28 countries around the world and engaged over 700,000 students… and now, for the first time, young people in England can join the project too!

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Other Actions

There are a lot of other charities and organisations providing fabulous, free resources and project ideas that may help you work on our Biodiversity topic including Eco-Schools friends RSPB and their fantastic Wild Challenge.

RSPB’s Wild Challenge

RSPB’s Wild Challenges are designed to encourage young people to experience and help nature through a series of activities ranging from creating habitat heaps to going on a minibeast safari, each activity is easily adaptable and comes with resources to support. You can complete the activities as a class, year group or whole school and it is completely free to register. Schools can then work towards a Bronze, Silver or Gold award. Upon completion, each pupil, class or year group will receive certificates and stickers and the activities can be completed with a new class or year group each year, saving on planning.

You can register for RSPB’s Wild Challenge here.

Each year the RSPB also conducts The Big School’s Birdwatch, turning young people into conservation scientists helping to track the ups and downs of birds in every corner of the UK.

You can find out more about the RSPB’s Big School’s Birdwatch here.

BLUE Campaign

The BLUE Campaign was founded by wildlife film maker Fergus Beeley in 2014 to address the decline in biodiversity across the UK. The campaign is as simple as setting aside a small part of your school grounds to grow throughout the summer and studying the plants and insects in this area.

Find out more about the BLUE Campaign here.

Biodiversity Topic Winner, Eco-Schools Award Ceremony

Read about Heswall Primary School’s project ‘Extinction is Forever,’ the project that won Eco-Schools first ever Biodiversity Topic Award at the Eco-Schools National Award Ceremony 2019.

Read about Heswall’s Extinction is Forever campaign

School Examples

Lutley Primary School, Halesowen

The Eco-Council at Lutley Primary School carried out an evaluation of their school grounds as part of their Environmental Review, one of the areas that they felt needed improvement was their little Wildlife Garden and its pond. As a result, their wildlife team, 'The Lutley Larks,' spent an afternoon clearing the garden of litter and dead vegetation. At the same time, they created some desirable homes for the many frogs that have been spotted in the pond. There are clay 'Frogitats' that you can buy, but the team decided to research ways to make their own out of broken clay plant pots (they also decided this was a good way to reuse items). They lined and covered the broken clay pots with dead leaves and moss to make a perfect home for frogs. They later discovered that lots of frogspawn had been laid in the pond, so they hope that the frogs will take advantage of their new abodes!

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Woodfield Primary School, Wigan

The wildlife area in the school grounds at Woodfield Primary supports and enhances our curriculum throughout the year. We use the area as an alternative teaching space which contributes towards a healthy lifestyle for all those involved. The children love to use the area as it gives them the opportunity to learn outside the classroom, engage with/understand nature and it also supports their mental health and well being. Our greenhouse, which was built by parent volunteers with plastic bottles supplied by the children, is used to grow plants for the wildlife area. This has helped to bring our community together and given all involved a sense of pride, belonging and investment.

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Penshurst Primary School, Hessle

Children at Penshurst Primary School in Hessle decided to create a sensory area on their school field. This area intends to provide a calm and relaxing outdoor area for pupils, whilst also benefitting local wildlife. Using recycled materials (including old car tyres), flowers, herbs, vegetables and a gooseberry tree have been planted. This benefits both pupils and insects by providing lots of different sights, smells, touches and tastes to help them relax. Now, children at Penshurst are busy learning how to care for their plants and insect visitors. They have even decided to create a bug hotel, tadpole pond (see picture) and bird tables to encourage even more wildlife to enjoy their sensory area. Creating the sensory area was hard work, but both children and staff enjoyed every minute of it!

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