Ponds, grassland, wildflowers, woodlands and heathland make up the habitats we have at Lesnes Abbey and they are teeming with life for your students to discover.

The Circuit pond

Age: Key Stage 1 (5-7) and Key Stage 2 (7-11)

Curriculum Links: working scientifically, animals including humans, living things and their habitats

Description: Half the day will be spent at our pond taking part in pond dipping and looking for underwater dwellers such as dragonfly nymphs, newts and tadpoles. The children will have the chance to get up close and personal with these creatures using magnifying pots and to learn about their lifecycles. The second half will be taking part in minibeast safaris and the children will become explorers as they use sweep nets, pooters and magnifying pots to find the creatures that call Lesnes home. Using a portable microscope hooked up to a tablet they will then in their groups identify them, learn about their behaviours and lifecycles.

Costs:  Full Day £7.70 per pupil (minimum charge £215)

Insect on a stem
close-up of bee on flower

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