This module, developed by Lisa Bell, has been designed to enable students to learn and practice a variety of fieldwork techniques in their school grounds. It is aimed at Key Stage 3 (KS3), and would fit into a unit of study on ecosystems; a standard component of the KS3 scheme of work.
Students will be presented with a map of the school grounds, showing several different sites. The fieldwork will involve them investigating both the soils and the microclimate at each site. They will then analyse and compare their findings, and will use thinking skills and independent research to make informed decisions about which is the most suitable site for a vegetable garden.