Secondary school students on the Green Futures workshop
Kensington Gardens

Secondary (KS3 & KS4)

Visit us in the park, or link up from your classroom 

Whether you want to bring your group to the park or take part from your classroom, we can give your students a live experience that will inspire and engage them. Sessions are inspired by the nature and heritage of these famous green spaces – most are based in Hyde Park, but we can also offer experiences in Kensington Gardens, St James's Park and Brompton Cemetery. 

Use the following links to our partners for visits to Greenwich Park, The Regent's Park, Bushy Park or Richmond Park:

In the parks

We're ready to welcome your group to the Royal Parks to explore these incredible natural environments confidently and safely. All sessions remain curriculum-linked to meet learning outcomes but also give students a unique opportunity to get outside and explore some of the most famous parkland in the world. Sessions are priced at £120+VAT (half day) or £220+VAT (full day) for a class of up to 30 students. 

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 hand-lenses 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.

Suitable for: KS3 Duration: Half day
Students pond dipping

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 hand-lenses. 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.

Suitable for: KS3 Duration: Half day

Food chains and webs

Find out about relationships in an ecosystem by investigating food chains and webs. Students explore the grounds of the Hyde Park Learning Centre 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 hand-lenses to identify their feeding adaptations. Students will consider the interdependence of organisms in an ecosystem and the impact of changes within the environment.

Suitable for: KS3 Duration: Half day
Blue tit feeding its young

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.

Suitable for: KS3 Duration: Half day

Adaptations for survival

Investigate how aquatic and terrestrial animals are adapted for survival. Students use fieldwork techniques to collect organisms from aquatic and terrestrial habitats and identify adaptations for moving, feeding, breathing, avoiding predation and finding mates. There is the opportunity to study some of the organisms using hand-lenses. Students will produce scientific drawings of a terrestrial and aquatic organism and compare their adaptations for surviving in different habitats.

Suitable for: KS4 Duration: Half day
Pond skater

Practical investigation day

Become an ecologist for the day and undertake scientific investigations in Hyde Park. Students gain practical experience of conducting scientific investigations, using a range of fieldwork techniques and sampling methods to survey a meadow habitat.

In the full day version, students will also survey a pond habitat, and conduct a full investigation including generating hypotheses, producing risk assessments and field sketches, and using data to draw conclusions.

Suitable for: KS4 Duration: Full or half day
Students researching

Investigating Hyde Park and its role in urban sustainability

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 grounds and facilities of the Hyde Park Learning Centre to review their investigation and present their findings.

Suitable for: KS3 or KS4 Duration: Full day
Aerial view above Hyde Park

All about maps: the Hyde Park challenge

The Hyde Park Learning Centre 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.

Suitable for: KS3 or KS4 Duration: Full day
Hyde Park map with compass

Speak Out at Speakers' Corner

Inspire your students with the history of Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park, and the principle of free speech that is a cornerstone of life in the UK. In this outdoor workshop, students will discover the history of this infamous place, practice their debating, and improve their oratory skills.

They’ll learn about opinion forming while visiting the site of the Reformers’ Tree; practice techniques to make their point heard in the busy park environment; and put their persuasive powers to the test on location in our Speakers’ Corner Speak-Off.

This session is linked to the English curriculum for KS3 and KS4; and English Language and Sociology for KS5.

Suitable for: KS3, KS4 or KS5 Duration: Half day
Signage on the Speakers' Corner kiosk

Our fieldwork practical activities will enhance your students learning, giving them the opportunity to see first hand the different methods used to understand, survey and plan management of the Royal Parks.

The investigations will focus on freshwater habitats, grasslands, tree populations, air pollution (via lichen studies), and observing visitor interactions and their impact on the park environment.

Sessions follow the Pearson BTEC Applied Sciences curricula at Levels 1, 2 and 3.

Full day sessions are 4 hours long, and half day sessions are 2 hours long.

Level 1/2 Unit 4 Aim A: Animal Relationships

In this session, students will explore freshwater and meadow habitats, collecting invertebrates from each. They will create scientific drawings, examining the variation and adaptation of species. Additionally, students will investigate the interdependence of animals in their habitats, construct food chains and webs, and discuss potential impacts of disruptions to these processes.

Suitable for: KS4 Duration: Half day
Animal relationships

Level 1/2 Unit 4 Aim B: How Polluted is the Environment?

Students will learn how living and non-living indicators can measure pollution levels in an ecosystem. Focusing on either air or water quality in the park, they will use specialized equipment and survey techniques. The session will include discussions on how these results can influence future management strategies for Hyde Park.

Suitable for: KS4 Duration: Half day
How Polluted half day

Level 1/2 Unit 4 Aim B: How Polluted is the Environment?

In this extended session, students will explore both air and water quality, considering the impact of visitors on the park. They will study a freshwater habitat by identifying invertebrates in the pond and analysing oxygen and nitrate levels in the water. The role of lichen as an indicator species of air pollution will also be examined. Using a range of specialized equipment and survey techniques, students will discuss how these findings can guide future management of Hyde Park.

Suitable for: KS4 Duration: Full day
How Polluted full day

Plan your visit

Have you chosen which sessions you’d like to join? You can take a look at our practical information (including details on prices and bursaries) or go ahead with planning your visit by filling out the form below.  

If you have any questions, you can also call us on 0300 061 2286 or email