Our key stage 3 (KS3) sessions at The LookOut, Hyde Park bring learning to life for young people aged 11 to 14 years. Uncover, discover and be inspired by the natural world!
You can book either a half or full-day session. Two half day sessions may be combined to make a full day. In the list below sessions are half day length unless otherwise stated. Once you’ve selected your sessions, just fill in our enquiry form and we can arrange your visit.
Free school visits
Mission: Invertebrate aims to better understand the invertebrates that make their home in the Royal Parks. Without invertebrates like bees, butterflies, spiders and worms, we’d struggle to survive. As part of our mission, free visits to The LookOut Discovery Centre, Hyde Park are available to non-fee paying schools during the second half of the spring term (19th February – 29th March 2018). Find out what’s available and how to book your group’s visit on the Mission: Invertebrate for schools page.
Investigating Hyde Park and its role in urban sustainability – full day session
Your group will investigate the role of Hyde Park in London today, following a geographical route of enquiry. They’ll develop and test their own hypotheses to compare two contrasting sites within the park. Students learn about how the park is managed while creating land use maps and measuring human impacts and biodiversity. This session gives students the chance to use GIS (geographic information system) and a range of fieldwork equipment including quadrats and anemometers. They will evaluate the park’s contribution to sustainable urban living in London, and use The LookOut’s grounds and facilities to review their investigation and present their findings.
All about maps – the Hyde Park challenge – full day session
The LookOut, Hyde Park provides a perfect base for students to learn a range of cartographic skills. Uncover the hidden secrets of the park as your group completes the Hyde Park Challenge, honing their GIS (geographic information system) skills along the way. Your students are introduced to a variety of maps and skills including using coordinates, measuring distance, height and gradient, and navigating with a compass.
All about plants
Investigate the world of plants in The LookOut’s beautiful garden in Hyde Park. Students dissect a flower using a microscope and follow the story from pollination to seed dispersal. They’ll use scientific equipment to measure abiotic factors and determine the necessities for germination and growth in this fascinating practical session. Students have the opportunity to plant their own seed to take away at the end of their visit.
Variation - focus on classification
Investigate the differences between species by developing skills in classification. Students explore our pond or meadow sites to identify organisms belonging to the five kingdoms and use fieldwork equipment to collect invertebrate samples. With microscopes and classification keys they will identify these samples and have a go at designing their own ID guides based on their observations. Variation between individuals within a species is observed, through which students consider what leads to natural selection.
Variation - focus on adaptation
Investigate the differences between species by identifying their adaptations for moving, feeding, breathing and avoiding predation. Students use fieldwork techniques to collect organisms from a habitat and study their adaptations closely using microscopes. Students will produce a scientific drawing for one of their organisms. Students then consider how variation between species and between individuals of the same species can give them a competitive advantage.
Food chains and webs
Find out about relationships in an ecosystem by investigating food chains and webs. Students explore the grounds of The LookOut, Hyde Park and conduct a habitat survey to identify organisms from different feeding groups. This data is used to create food chains and webs. Some of the organisms are studied in more detail using microscopes to identify their feeding adaptations. Students will consider the interdependence of organisms in an ecosystem and the impact of changes within the environment.
Science project skills
Gain practical skills in how to plan and conduct a scientific investigation. Students practice using fieldwork equipment and appropriate techniques to collect abiotic and biotic data. They are then presented with a fictional situation for which they have to plan an investigation to prove the biological importance of a pond or meadow site. Students will have the opportunity to evaluate the reliability of methods used and suggest possible improvements.
Plan your visit
Have you chosen which sessions you’d like to join? Fill out our enquiry form so we can plan your visit! If you'd like more information, just drop us a line on 0300 061 2286 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.