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KS2 List of Possible Supported Studies or Fully Self Staffed Studies

Here at the Conway Centre, we have put together some studies which will augment the school curriculum; these studies can be delivered by the school staff themselves, together with a comprehensive information pack.  The studies could also be led by one of our members of staff with the support of two or three school staff; we term these Supported Studies (i.e. studies with a ratio of between1:20 up to 1:30 of our staff to pupils with 2/3 school teaching staff alongside).  One or two studies can only be delivered as Supported Studies.  Each study will be no longer than 3 hours duration and are excellent as half day modules.

Biology - Stream Ecology

In this unit students focus on the ways in which plants and animals adapt to a river environment. Using kick sampling they will test the changes in invertebrate populations at the source, middle and mouth of a river. They will be able to determine the relationships that exist between organisms and their environment.

Biology - Freshwater Pollution

The idea of Indicator Species is investigated within a freshwater environment. The level of pollution is measured by sweep samples at strategic places, alongside abiotic tests, such as Nitrate test strips. A number of measuring sites are used for comparison and the reasons behind any variation discussed.

Geology - Rocks and Fossils

Hundreds of millions of years ago, dinosaurs roamed the Earth. This unit allows students the chance to see that world through unique outcrops of geology. Through examination of rocks, structures and fossils, students learn about sea level change, fossilisation, extinctions and how and where creatures - now long dead - lived on Earth. Through this unit students learn that mountains get eroded, that rivers transport sediment to the sea and they will also learn the rudiments of the rock cycle.

Geology and the Landscape

Students are introduced to various geological concepts; such as the difference between sedimentary and igneous rocks, the rock cycle, weathering, erosion and the processes that have led to the formation of a particular local geological landmark. The unit involves a walk where the group can investigate different areas and ask questions about what they discover.

Geography Map Skills

Students learn map and problem solving skills with emphasis on teamwork and communication. The students work in groups to identify a locality on site with a six-figure grid reference, orientate their map and themselves to locate a clue. That clue will lead them to a map skills related challenge that they need to complete in order to be given the next grid reference. They learn to read maps accurately and adapt their skills to a new environment.  A review of the session allows students to see how they have competed as a team and what personal challenges they have encountered.

Geography – Pollution and Waste

This unit looks at some of the main issues surrounding the amount of waste and pollution created by current technologies and common industrial and social practices. Using simple experiments, the students will define and investigate several different forms of pollution in the air, in water and on land. Using the evidence, the students will make an opinion as to the scale of the environmental impacts which they have identified. They will be encouraged to decide whether present industrial and social practices are sustainable.

Habitats and Adaptations
The students will have an opportunity to examine the idea of a habitat and how it provides the creatures found there with a beneficial environment to sustain life. Investigations will include the measurements of the soil pH, moisture, sunlight and temperature along with observation of the characteristics of particular habitats. Students will learn about the interdependence and feeding relationships of living things as well as the way in which plants in different habitats depend upon each other and are suited to their environment.

Life Cycles

In this unit, the students will be introduced to the concepts of competition, predation and food chains, and by investigating a range of organisms found at the centre; students will identify and discuss life cycles in terms of reproduction, development and growth, adaptations and life spans.

Nature Trail

In this study, the students explore the different plants and animals in the local area while on a short walk around the centre. They will visit a variety of habitats and examine the differences between them; they will also be able to study the effect of human impact. The investigations will include a variety of data collection techniques and surveys, both qualitative and quantitative.

A Contrasting Locality

The students will investigate a locality different from their own home town.  Field sketches, land use mapping, digital photos and traffic counts are used to investigate settlement structure and function. The students can then take these studies home and they can then compare with their own environment. Full info/sheets for continuation and completion of work back at school, for the home area should also be provided.

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