Some excited Year 8 students visited Juniper Hall Field Studies Centre in Dorking, Surrey.
They were greeted by bright sunshine, blue skies and enthusiastic trainee teachers from King’s College, London. After fun ice-breaker games, they carried out some field work like true Biologists! One session was to carry out an investigation into the effect of pollution in two different ponds, by collecting and identifying tiny invertebrates, some of which are considered pollution indicators. They were delighted to find hundreds of the tiniest of creatures living in murky waters! This was followed by a discussion of the effect of human activity and pollution on the range of biodiversity of species and their abundance. The next session was to develop their team work, map reading and orienteering skills to navigate their way through different areas of Juniper Hall fields. All in all, a good if exhausting day, was had by everyone!