Pond Dipping and Adaptations

Pond Dipping - Media

Explore the creatures that live below the surface of our waterbodies, and learn how they have adapted to this habitat! 

Learn the skill of pond dipping and discover different creatures that live below the surface of the water. We will also investigate an "adaptation trail" learning about survival features of different animals. We will use our favourite adaptations to build our very own imaginary "super beast"!

Note for teachers: This session involves working close to the water’s edge and walking around a trail. We can adapt the length of the trail and give extra help with pond dipping for groups with mobility issues.

This session is only available March to October and in parks with safely accessible ponds. We may not be able to cater this session to your local park.

How does this session link to the National Curriculum? (Key Stage 1 & 2)

  • Identify and name a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.
  • Identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals.
  • Identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution.
  • Analyse the advantages and disadvantages of specific adaptations, such as being on two feet rather than four, having a long or a short beak, having gills or lungs.

Download the session plan here

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