School Activities

A cross-curricular suite of resources has been produced to help schools get outside and enjoy the meadows and grasslands on their doorstep.

The resources, aimed at KS1, KS2 and KS3, are based around four key themes:

  • What are meadows?

  • Why are meadows important?

  • How are meadows changing and what is the impact?

  • How can we help meadows?

There is also a leaflet on how to create a mini-meadow in the school grounds or a raised bed.

How healthy is your meadow?

Healthy meadows attract a huge range of wildlife and can be full of many different types of wild plants. This resource includes an identification guide and an activity sheet in English and a Welsh language version of the identification guide and activity sheet

Defining the meadow habitat

This resource  provides a good classroom based activity enabling pupils to consider what a habitat as and what the features of a meadow habitat are. Group work enables pupils to explore features of different habitats and a series of discussion questions encourage thinking. This resource should be used with Card Set 1.

What are meadow plants? 

In this classroom based activity pupils have the opportunity to develop their skills at creating a dichotomous or branching key. Card Set 2 provides images of 6 meadow flowers that can be used to develop a key. Pupils are encouraged to think about developing their descriptive language and using their knowledge of botanical literacy. Pupils can also demonstrate their use of a key using this resource Identifying meadow plants.

What minibeasts live in meadows?

This simple activity for Key Stage 1 provides pupils with an opportunity to consider different minibeasts that they may encounter in meadows. They can create their own 'spotter sheet' before going outside on a minibeast hunt by using the What minibeasts live in meadows - My Bungo Chart.

How do minibeasts move in meadows?

This fun filled activity allows pupils to consider the movement of different minibeasts in meadows and reflect on how this movement influences where the minibeasts may be found. A great resource for considering differences and biological adaptations.

Spotter sheets and get to know your meadow plants

These spotter sheets provide pupils with a focus to explore meadow biodiversity further.  Available for bees, butterflies, birds, damselflies and dragonflies, moths, grasses and waxcaps. The get to know your meadow species sheets have been designed to allow pupils to enhance their botanical literacy. All are available on the family activities page.