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The LookOut, Hyde Park provides the perfect base for A-level, BTEC and International Baccalaureate fieldwork. Students have access to field equipment, a range of park habitats and expert educators to guide their data collection. Uncover, discover and be inspired by the natural world!

To discuss your requirements with our experienced education team, just fill in our enquiry form and we'll be in touch.

Sessions

Practical ecology and fieldwork (AS/A2 level)

We offer carefully developed modules mapped to the specifications of each major exam board, and can tailor these according to the sampling techniques that your students need to practice. You can book either a half or full-day depending on your needs.

Students will plan and complete a scientific investigation using qualitative and quantitative sampling techniques and record their observations and results. They will learn to use a range of equipment to take biotic and abiotic measurements and be encouraged to reflect on their fieldwork, identifying limitations and scope for future improvements. Depending on the module and preferences of the group risk assessments, field sketches or scientific drawings may be made and written procedures followed. Modules can be chosen to cover random, systematic or stratified sampling, and use habitats including meadow, amenity grassland, freshwater and trees (lichen studies). One module can be completed per half day session.

The following exam board specified practicals may be completed:

  • OCR – Practical Activity Group 3 - 3.1, 3.2, 3.3
  • AQA Core Practical Activity 12
  • Edexcel A Core Practical 10
  • Edexcel B Core Practical 16

Please discuss the needs of your group with us and we can arrange a session to suit your students. If you are looking for something not listed above please get in touch – we may well be able to cater for your needs.

Three-day investigations for International Baccalaureate diploma programme

Our three-day investigations course is suitable for students studying environmental systems and societies and/or biology. It gives them a comprehensive grounding in sampling techniques, which enables them to design their own individual investigation that they carry out during the course. This investigation is suitable for students to write up for internal assessment.

Students use qualitative and quantitative techniques to complete random, systematic and stratified sampling. They learn to plan and execute their own investigations, select and evaluate methods and equipment, and complete risk assessments. A variety of habitats including freshwater and meadows are used to survey plants and animals. There may also be opportunities to complete Lincoln indexes, Simpson’s index of diversity and pyramids of biomass. Please get in touch with us so we can discuss the needs of your group.

NEA Fieldwork Skills

Our NEA Fieldwork Skills courses are specifically designed to help prepare students for their Non-Examined Assessment and count towards compulsory fieldwork requirements. Pupils will be guided through the enquiry process, learn about and justify sampling strategies and consider good scientific process while using a range of qualitative and quantitative fieldwork techniques to complete an investigation in Hyde Park. Each of our fieldwork days follow a different sampling strategy and topic so combining days is also a fantastic way to lay the foundations for your students to form their own investigations right here in the heart of London.

Our NEA skills courses are as follows:

Topic: Place

Duration: Half-day (2hr session)

In this session we consider the impact of Hyde Park on Place within London through a range of qualitative and quantitative fieldwork techniques to measure Place characteristics within Hyde Park. Students will discuss limitations to the fieldwork, learn about and justify sampling strategies, and select the fieldwork techniques most relevant to their own question.

The investigation will consider historical influences on sense of place alongside using systematic sampling to measure emotional, environmental and social factors from the perimeters of Hyde Park towards the centre. The students will use iPads to plot results directly onto ArcGIS and conclude the research by creating a place profile of Hyde Park.

Topic: Carbon

Duration: Offered as either a half day introduction or a full-day study

Half-day (2hr session)

In this session we consider the impact of Hyde Park on atmospheric carbon dioxide through estimating the trees’ carbon sequestration. Students write risk assessments, discuss limitations, learn about and justify sampling strategies, and collect qualitative data through field-sketches and conflict-benefit matrices. The investigation will use stratified sampling with random sampling within each strata to take repeat quantitative data measurements of the dominant tree species. The students will use trigonometry to calculate the average tree volume, read the tree biomass from secondary data graphs and infer average carbon content.

Full-day (4hr session)

The full day session will extend the investigation to enable them to propose a new Hyde Park tree management plan. The students will have the chance to form their own independent research questions using the techniques they learnt in the morning, and the following discussions, enabling them to test a hypothesis about the best way of managing Hyde Park to reduce atmospheric CO2. Each group will write their own hypotheses and method before heading out to complete data collection. Students will use iPads to plot their results directly onto ArcGIS and present their proposed management plans to the group at the end of the day. Students will also go away with data suitable for statistical analysis.

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 learn@royalparks.org.uk.

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