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When working at the London Borough of Bromley, I was involved in the development of the 'Walking with Beetles Education Pack'. The pack was accessible via some of the Borough's biodiversity pages, but these are now defunct, so I've taken the opportunity of uploading them here for your use.
The objective of the File is to provide an educational resource:
• with a local focus – The Beck Corridor,
• that integrates and promotes biodiversity, walking and sustainable transport ,
• that is relevant to both inside and outside of the classroom.
The Beck Corridor
The ‘Beck Corridor’ is a loosely defined area in the vicinity of ‘The Beck’ river, chosen to bring attention to the value that green spaces can give to a locality. Green spaces, whether they be gardens, sports grounds or parks, connect together. They provide ‘green corridors’ or networks of green spaces which can provide food, shelter and nesting places for plants and animals naturally occurring in the area. These corridors provide additional benefits that contribute to our quality of life too. In the context of this File, the Beck Corridor provides the ‘case study’ on which the activities are based.
The objectives are to be delivered by two means:
• Provision of activities for 7-11 year olds led by parents/carers and Walking Bus Coordinators.
Walking with Beetles…at School!
• Provision of teacher-led activities during school time.
In the former case, Key Stage 2 teachers have opportunity to encourage students to do ‘Walking with Beetles…to School!’ activities during their own time as well as link the activities with formal National Curriculum teaching.
The File has been produced for teachers delivering Core Subjects and Foundation Subjects at:
• Key Stage 1 (Years 1-2, Ages 5-7),
• Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6, Ages 7-11),
• Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9, Ages 11-14).
The pack includes:
• Walking with Beetles…to School Activities for Key Stage 2
• Walking with Beetles…at School Lesson Plans & Worksheets for Key Stage 1
• Walking with Beetles…at School Lesson Plans & Worksheets for Key Stage 2
• Walking with Beetles…at School Lesson Plans & Worksheets for Key Stage 3
Every Lesson Plan has suggestions on how it may be adapted for the remaining two Key Stages. Many can be used in any location in Britain, not just in the London Borough of Bromley. Click here to access all the numbered lesson plans and worksheets.
The Lesson Plans, Worksheets and Teachers’ Notes may be photocopied. Though current and historic maps and aerial photographs were provided as part of the original file, they are not provided here.
Code of Conduct for Outdoor Activities
• Consider the impact surveys might have on biodiversity in parks and other publicly accessible open spaces; seek permission from the Council or other authority where appropriate.
• Seek permission from the relevant landowner before undertaking visits or survey work on privately-owned land.
• Don’t make unnecessary noise. This may disturb wildlife and disrupt the enjoyment of green space by other members of the public.
• Respect habitats as ‘animal homes’.
• Avoid collecting biodiversity. If this is necessary, ensure sampling is small, that techniques used are not destructive to individual species or habitats and that samples are returned from where they came.
• Avoid unnecessary trampling of habitats. Stick to paths wherever possible.
• Follow guidance notices displayed at the green space site, where this exists.
• Observe bye-laws and legislation.
• Stay safe.
• Ensure all equipment and litter is taken away with you.
• Where undertaking activities within the wider countryside, follow the Countryside Code.
Visit www.kew.org/education ‘Attitudes and Behaviour in Wildlife Habitats’ for further information about addressing attitudes and fears and developing a sense of care and responsibility amongst students.
Visit www.countrysideaccess.gov.uk for details of the Countryside Code.
Health & Safety Considerations
The activities within the pack are diverse. It is the responsibility of each teacher and school to consider the health & safety implications of activities within their classroom and school environment, or in the context of lessons held outside of school grounds. Each school must apply its own existing Risk Assessments and Policies. Additional Risk Assessments should be drawn up for the Lesson Plans outlined within the File as necessary. Where relevant, each school need also consider insurance arrangements in relation to the Lesson Plans. Please see the following table which outlines a Generic Risk Assessment for the Lesson Plans within this File.