Key stage 1 (KS1) courses

Scientific Enquiry (KS1)

This course will cover all the investigative skills required for Attainment Target 1: Scientific enquiry. It introduces pupils to the scientific process in a simple and manageable way. 

Areas covered

Is High Elms pond polluted?
Planning: pupils will have a chance to observe and then collect information to prove or disprove their observation; plan how to investigate this using a fair test

Obtaining and presenting evidence: collect results by sampling the pond animals

Considering evidence and evaluating: compare and discuss results

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Planning: pupils will have a chance to observe and then collect information to compare what happened with what they expected would happen; the planning process and discuss the idea of a fair test.

Obtaining and presenting evidence: carry out the investigation collecting the evidence and presenting it in simple ways.

Considering evidence and evaluating: compare and discuss results


National Curriculum links

Early Learning Goals (ELG):
Communication, language and literacy - language for communication
Knowledge and understanding of the world - exploration and investigation; sense of place

Attainment Target 1: all

Qualification and Curriculum Authority (QCA) relevance:
1A, 1B, 2B, 2C, 3B


This course is available from the Easter break to the October half term. The pond 'rests' during the autumn and winter. Sorry, this course is not available as a half day option.

Environmental education service


Tel: 01689 860571

High Elms Country Park, Shire Lane, Orpington, BR6 7JH