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We’re on a mission to enthuse students of all ages about the wonders of the invertebrate world. Together with our learning partners, we have developed a year-long programme of inspirational free sessions taking place across the eight Royal Parks.

When

  • Free sessions:   Spring term 2018 (Tuesday 2 January – Thursday 29 March)
  • 50% off sessions:  Summer term 2018 (Monday 16 April – Friday 20 July)

Who

Mission: Invertebrate sessions are available for SEND groups, KS1, KS2, KS3 and KS4.

Please note, places are limited to:

  • Non-fee paying schools only
  • Two sessions per school

Sessions

KS1 and KS2

Radical Recyclers – all year

Dig for detritivores (worms, beetles, millipedes and more) in their park habitats and learn about the role they play in recycling. Identify, name and classify invertebrates by bee-coming one yourself. View the relevant curriculum links.

Boy with bee hat

Fantastic Food Chains – all year

Explore food chains in park habitats and the importance of invertebrates in them. Identify, name and classify invertebrates by bee-coming one yourself. View the relevant curriculum links.
Children learning about invertebrates

Perfect Pollinators – Summer term only

Discover park pollinators and plants in their habitats. Identify, name and classify invertebrates by bee-coming one yourself. View the relevant curriculum links.

KS3 and KS4

Examining worms

Radical Recyclers – all year

Investigate interdependence and the role of decomposers and detritivores in park ecosystems. Survey and examine invertebrates in the park, measuring continuous and discontinuous variation in earthworms, in this practical session. Identify invertebrate species and look at their distribution and abundance. View the relevant curriculum links.

Examining petri pitfall contents

Fantastic Food Webs – all year

Investigate interdependence in park ecosystems and the importance of invertebrates in food webs. Collect a sample and identify invertebrates and think about how they affect, and are affected by, the park environment. Consider positive and negative human interactions with park ecosystems. View the relevant curriculum links.

Small Blue Butterfly

Perfect Pollinators – Summer term only

Investigate interdependence in and pollinator adaptations park ecosystems, and the importance of invertebrates in pollinating crops. Take a closer look at plant reproduction and pollinating invertebrates in the park in this interactive session. Identify pollinator species and look at their distribution and abundance. View the relevant curriculum links.

Booking

On the booking enquiry form, please quote ‘Mission: Invertebrate’, and the name of one of the above sessions. Please include information about the school stage and year of the students you plan to bring.

For Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, and The Green Park, please use The Royal Parks enquiry form.

For Bushy Park, Greenwich Park and The Regent’s Park, please use the Field Studies Council enquiry form.

Sessions for SEND students are available at Richmond Park. Please use the Holly Lodge Centre enquiry form.

Essential information

Here are some key things you need to know before your visit:

  • All teaching resources are provided so you don’t need to bring any with you.
  • Please ensure that you check the weather forecast before your visit so that students are wearing appropriate clothing for the activities.
  • If you would like to bring lunch with you, we encourage you to picnic in the wider park.

If you have any other questions feel free to get in touch with Kirsty at kgarland@royalparks.org.uk

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