Practical activity: Explorer cards - fieldwork

These activities are designed to get students thinking and working like scientists out in the field.

Students become experts in different practical skills before sharing their research methods and findings with the class to quickly build up a picture of nature in their local area.

  • Key Stage: KS2, KS3
  • Time required: varies with activity

About this resource

  • Resource type: outdoor practical activity
  • Theme: Tools for outdoor enquiry
  • Curriculum links

Materials required

  • outdoor spaces
  • Fieldworks cards
  • printed Google satellite map
  • hula hoop or wire frame quadrat
  • tape measure
  • vinegar
  • scoops
  • water
  • hand washing facilities
  • optional: OS map or smartphone
  • optional: compass (most smartphones have one built in)
  • optional: camera

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