The London Borough of Lewisham encourages outdoor learning and is keen to work in partnership with schools to provide classes relevant to the National Curriculum. We are able to offer facilitated sessions to local schools in Habitat Studies with our Conservation Officer on a number of sites throughout the Borough.
We try to incorporate themes into the session that will assist with the pupils learning and development in the relevant Key Stages. If there is an aspect of the curriculum that you would like to feature in to the session or if there is anything that you would wish to add or modify, please let us know and we will try to accommodate you where possible.
Fore more information, please either contact Jordan Ogbeide-Ihama . If you do take a session with us, we would appreciate it if you could fill out the following survey Download the ‘Pond & Habitats Pack’
Self guided sessions
Rather than having officer led sessions, school classes may decide that they would like to visit our sites independently. To assist teachers with this we have devised a ‘Pond Pack’ full of useful information local sites, how to pond dip as well as a number of worksheets. These are all available to download free of charge. All we would ask is that you leave feedback on what is good about these sheets, how they could be improved or even ideas for other worksheets. You will see below that these worksheets do not just cover pond work but also a number on habitat studies.
These sheets are suitable to use on any of our sites, but please book with us before you go, so that we know you are there and can offer any extra assistance if need be. We are also happy to arrange a site visit with our Nature Conservation Officer beforehand to go through the sheets and talk over the risk assessments and health and safety for the site. At a couple of our sites of our sites, we are also able to offer tools and equipment for your session, thanks to a successful grant application from the Mayors Fund and National Lottery. If you are interested in visiting this site it is important that you book as we will need to arrange for you to have access to the site and the equipment.
PLEASE NOTE WE ARE ALWAYS UPDATING THIS SECTION OF THE BLOG, WITH NEW AND UPDATED SHEETS. IF YOU THINK SOME TOPIC IS MISSING PLEASE CONTACT US AND WE WILL SEE WHAT WE CAN DO.
1. Teacher’s Guides
2. Teachers Guides Answers
3. Lesson Plans
4. Habitat Worksheets
5. Minibeast Worksheets
6. Foodchains worksheets
7. Adaptation Worksheets
8. Tree Worksheets
9. Litter & Habitats Worksheets
10. Lifecycle Worksheets
11. Map Worksheets
12. River Worksheets (Opens new window)
Teachers Guide 1 – A Teachers guide to pond dipping
Teachers Guide 2 – Pond dipping tips
Teachers Guide 3 – A teachers guide to looking for minibeasts
Teachers Guide 4– A teachers guide to minibeasts
Teachers Guide 6 – Nature glossary
Teachers Guide 7 – River glossary
Teachers Guide 8 – Important information for children
Teachers Guide 9 – A teachers guide to using Pitfall traps
Teachers Guide 10 – Rocks and Soils glossary
Teachers Guide 11 – A teachers guide to Rocks and Soils (available soon)
Look out for our ‘Word Detective’ on the worksheets. She defines the important vocabulary needed for the tasks and sessions!
TEACHERS GUIDES – ANSWERS
Worksheet 011 – Food chain quiz
Worksheet 012 – Stag beetle lifecycle
Worksheet 13 – Flower lifecycle
Worksheet 045 – Rocks and Soils True or False (available soon)
Lesson Plan 1 – Adapatation & Food chains lesson plan
Lesson Plan 2 – Habitat studies lesson plan
Lesson Plan 3 – Pond/River dipping lesson plan
Worksheet 001 – Habitat survey worsheet
Worksheet 002 – Comparing habitats
Worksheet 003 – Habitat wordsearch
Worksheet 004 – Draw the habitat
Worksheet 005 – Match the animals to their habitats
Worksheet 006 – Future of habitats
Worksheet 007 – Look before you leap (pitfall traps)
Worksheet 008 – Draw your own minibeast
Worksheet 009 – Tally – How many minibeasts?
Worksheet 010 – How many?
Worksheet 011 – Did you find me?
Worksheet 012 – Food chains 1 – Missing words
Worksheet 013 – Food chains 2 – Different biomes
Worksheet 014 – Food chains 3 – Make your own food chains
Worksheet 015 – Habitats/adaptation missing words
Worksheet 016 – Name the Continent
Worksheet 017 – Camel vs Polar bear
Worksheet 018 – Adapting to habitats
Worksheet 019 – Why wouldn’t you find a Polar bear in the desert?
Worksheet 020 – Investigate a tree
Worksheet 021 – Find my tree
Worksheet 022 – Parts of a tree
Worksheet 023 – Tree seasons
Worksheet 024 – Woodland habitats
Worksheet 025 – Pond minibeast recording sheet
Litter and Habitats Worksheets
Worksheet 026 – Litter/Garffiti
Worksheet 027 – Birds/Animals
Worksheet 028 – Natural/Man made features
Worksheet 29 – Sorting waste
Worksheet 30 – Lewis looking for litter
Worksheet 31 – Lewis and friends
Worksheet 33 – Stag beetle life cycle
Worksheet 34 – Flower life cycle
Worksheet 035 – Ernest Shackleton
Worksheet 036 – Compass points and me
Worksheet 037 – How to use a compass
Worksheet 038 – Compass points
Rocks and Soils worksheets
Worksheet 039 – Rocks and Soils introductory questions (available soon)
Worksheet 040 – Rock fact file (available soon)
Worksheet 041 – Soil horizons (available soon)
Worksheet 042 – Soil horizons ‘jam jar’ experiment (available soon)
Worksheet 043 – Observing and describing soil (available soon)
Worksheet o44 – Types and properties of soil
Worksheet 045 – Rocks and Soils True or False
Worksheet 046 – The ‘Rock Cycle’
Please visit our River Resources blog where you will find lots of useful materials and information on how to hire our equipment.
Rocks and Soils worksheets
A diverse array of freshwater invertebrates and vertebrates can be found in (and on) the rivers of Lewisham. The River Ravensbourne channel in Ladywell Fields is particularly rich and offers a very accessible place to investigate some of this wildlife.
Please visit our Rivers and People resources blog where you will find a lot more information on the project, a number of educational resources and ways to get involved or to hire our equipment.
Beckenham Place Park
For educational opportunities at Beckenham Place Park, please see this post from the home page.
Creekside Education Trust
A tidal tributary of the Thames, Deptford Creek is one of London’s hidden green gems. The Creek is a haven for hundreds of fresh and saltwater plants and animals. One of London’s most historic waterways, where the past flows into the present. The Creekside Centre offers organised visits for groups from all areas of education. A major attraction is our unique Creek access, but we are able to provide a range of sessions that do not depend on low tide access. Students can explore the wildlife, history and geography of the Creek. The sessions are designed to be fun and exciting as well as meeting curriculum / course requirements.
Please contact THEM to arrange a free pre-visit for teachers.
A web based resource for teachers to 26 fascinating parks and woodlands in SE London. You can find out;
- Where can you take your class to look for fossil teeth of prehistoric sharks?
- Where can you stand in the footprints of Bronze Age people?
- Where did Dick Turpin and other highwaymen terrify travellers out of their wits?
- Where has a river recently been brought out from underground to run in its own beautiful valley?
- Where can you find yourself in London’s largest maze? (It’s OK, it’s not scarey!)
Websites you may find useful
There are a wealth of fantastic websites out there for you to use to teach yourself – and maybe learn a few things too. Below are just a few that you might fine useful;