the Pits! Life in a Restored Gravel Pit
Science Unit 7C - Environment and
‘It’s the pits’ provides a stimulating way to
fulfil the requirements of Unit 7c in a combination of four lessons
(approx. 50 minutes per lesson), one four-hour practical fieldwork
session and one practical session in the lab. Using their own data
from fieldwork brings ownership and engagement to the work.
Pupils can learn about a working gravel extraction pit using the
‘Virtual Quarry’ resource and how this could be restored
when the extraction is completed. By using secondary resources the
pupils can learn about life in a still freshwater habitat and consider
how habitats vary within a gravel pit, adaptations to living in
different habitats, interactions between plants, animals and environment
and feeding adaptations.
They can also design and carry out a fieldwork investigation in
a local disused gravel pit, lake or pond and follow this up with
the design and execution of individual experiments.
This unit is made up of: