Pond Dipping

Event information

Event type: Workshop

Location: Darwin Centre atrium

Suitable for: key stage 2 (ages 7-11)

Capacity: 35 students

Duration: 90 minutes

Ticket prices:

£3 per student
Booking required

School visits to the Museums at South Kensington and Tring

Due to Health and Safety guidelines we are unable to welcome back large group visits, including school groups, until further notice. This is for both self-guided visits and booked workshops and shows.

We are currently working on a plan for school visits to return, as well as exciting opportunities for us to connect with you digitally in school. Please email school-bookings@nhm.ac.uk if you have any questions about the Museum at South Kensington.

For information on our Museum at Tring, please email tring-bookings@nhm.ac.uk.

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You can also browse our range of learning resources that can support your lessons.

Take on the role of pond conservationist and explore the diverse pond life in the Museum's beautiful Wildlife Garden.

With help from enthusiastic and experienced science educators, pupils will explore the diversity of invertebrates living in our Wildlife Garden pond. They will be encouraged to consider and discuss how different organisms are suited to life there. The activity will help pupils to learn how to do pond surveys and why they are important.

Pupils will all dip a net to collect pond creatures and use a simple key to identify the invertebrates they find by looking at their features and learn how different features can be used to aid identification. They will then record the invertebrates they’ve found and where they found them. The activity concludes with a discussion about the variety of invertebrates found in the pond. Pupils will discuss the features of each invertebrate and how these could help it survive in the pond.

Pupils will use different scientific equipment and identification keys to observe, identify and record a great variety of pond animals in a tray freshly prepared by science educators. Pupils will also practice pond surveying using pH strips and pond animal indicators.

Pupils will learn about how Museum scientists carry out pond surveys before carrying out their own survey to determine the quality and biodiversity of the Wildlife Garden’s pond. Pupils will be divided into three groups and given different tasks to take a lead on.

The activity concludes with group presentations about the invertebrates found in the pond, what features they have that could help them to survive in the pond habitat and how to measure pond health.

Learning themes: working scientifically, identification, plants, living things and their habitats

Pre-visit information and curriculum links PDF (541KB)

Additional information for booked school groups

This outdoor activity runs in all weather conditions. Please ensure your students bring appropriate clothing.

Essential information

Everything you need to know for a smooth-running day, from where to go for lunch to completing a risk assessment.