Learning resources

A number of learning resources and activities about how we benefit from nature have been produced by the BESS programme, in collaboration with educators. These are available to download here and on the national STEM e-library and STEM ambassador resources. 

 

The learning resources are aimed at children, teachers, parents and researchers. They were created to:

  • Encourage children to work scientifically and understand the scientific process. 
  • Have curriculum-linked learning outcomes. 
  • Have options to extend beyond the curriculum and do cross-curricular activities. 
  • Highlight the relevance of ecological science and geography to society. 
  • Inspire the next generation of researchers. 
  • Encourage outdoor learning. 
  • Influence adults and encourage activities and conversations at home. 
  • Reconnect children and adults with the natural world.

Be a Bee

Be a Bee is an activity about bees, pollination and food security. Participants forage amongst different species of flowers collecting nectar with their honeybee or bumblebee before returning to fill the hive or nest.  Participants discover that they transfer pollen between flowers, with fruit produced if the pollen matches.

The curriculum-linked instruction packs are aimed at researchers running activities at events such as science festivals, but could also be used by teachers in a classroom setting.  The core activities are designed for 7-11 year olds, but there are suggested adaptations for younger and older participants and extension activities.  The packs also include profiles of BESS researchers.  

Download an instruction pack:

Be a Bee (England and Wales version)

Be a Bee (Scotland version)

Be a Bee (Northern Ireland version)

 

Love your saltmarsh

Love your saltmarsh was produced to initiate discussion about coastal management. When there is no saltmarsh and mudflat in front of a Lego town, participants discover that they spend more of their chocolate coins to build and maintain a higher sea wall.

The curriculum-linked instruction packs are aimed at researchers running activities at events such as science festivals, but could also be used by teachers in a classroom setting.  The core activities are designed for 7-11 year olds, but there are suggested adaptations for younger and older participants and extension activities.  The packs also include profiles of BESS researchers.

Download an instruction pack:

Love your saltmarsh (England and Wales version)

Carwch eich morfeydd heli

Love your saltmarsh (Scotland version)

Love your saltmarsh (Northern Ireland version)

 

Researcher profiles

A few of the researchers involved in the BESS programme explain their work and their passion for science. These profiles are aimed at early secondary school students and highlight both the relevance of ecological science to human well-being and research as a possible career option.

Download the researcher profiles document.

 

 

 

 

These pages contain the archive of the NERC Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Sustainability (BESS) programme