Talks and Workshops for Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 (KS3 & KS4)

The following talks and workshops are designed for Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 (KS3 & KS4) – please see below details for national curriculum links.

Endangered! (Duration: 30 minutes)
(This talk is also suitable for an assembly)
Find out what led wildlife artist David Shepherd to become a conservationist and set up a foundation dedicated to protecting endangered wildlife in Africa and Asia. We will look at the species that we work to protect, the major threats that they are facing and the work that is being done to help them. We will also look at how students can make small changes in their own lives to make a difference.

A Case Study: Kaziranga National Park, India. (Duration: 30 minutes)
At the foot of the Himalayas and a UNESCO World Heritage, Kaziranga National Park in India is a biodiversity hotspot, regarded as one of the finest wildlife reserves in the world. It is home to the highest density of Bengal tigers of all the protected areas in the world, and one third of the planets Greater one horned rhinos. Students will learn how human activities and physical processes in this area are altering the Park and having implications for its incredible wildlife.
The following workshop can be done in conjunction with the Kaziranga talk:
(Full Duration with talk: 120 minutes)
After the talk, in small groups of 4-5, the students will be assigned an animal species which can be found in Kaziranga, they will research the animal, in particular looking at habitat, diet, adaptations and threats. They will be asked to create a poster as a group about the animal and then present their poster and what they’ve discovered to rest of the group. The students will be asked if they can come up with suggestions to help conserve the species, practical solutions or ideas to raise funds or awareness.
NB Students will need access to computers/iPads for the research part of this workshop.

DSWF visits schools and delivers these talks, workshops, or assemblies free of charge in order to raise awareness about endangered wildlife and conservation.

To make a booking or for any questions you may have, please email DSWF’s Education Manager Jo Elphick –

KS3 & KS4 Curriculum Links

Key Stage 3
Pupils should be taught to:
Locational knowledge:
– extend their locational knowledge and deepen their spatial awareness of the world’s countries… including India. Focusing on their environmental regions… key physical and human characteristics.
Place knowledge:
– Study the human and physical geography of a region within Asia
Human geography:
– Understand how human and physical processes interact to influence, and change landscapes, environments and the climate; and how human activity relies on effective functioning of natural systems.
Key Stage 4
People and the Environment
Global ecosystems and biodiversity:
– An overview of the distribution and characteristics of large scale natural global ecosystems. For two selected ecosystems, draw out the interdependence of climate, soil, water, plants, animals and humans; the processes and interactions that operate within them at different scales; and issues related to biodiversity and to their sustainable use and management. (we will look at Kaziranga National Park, India)
Resources and their management:
– An overview of how humans use, modify and change ecosystems and environments in order to obtain food, energy and water resources. Detailed study of one of either food, energy or water, recognising the changing characteristics and distribution of demand and supply, past and present impacts of human intervention, and issues related to their sustainable use and management at a variety of scales.

Key Stage 3
Pupils should be taught about:
Interactions and Interdependencies:
-Relationships in an Ecosystem
-The interdependence of organisms in an ecosystem.
-How organisms affect and are affected by their environment
Genetics and Evolution
-The importance of maintaining biodiversity.
-Change in the environment may leave individuals within and species and some entire species, less well adapted to compete successfully and reproduce, which in turn may lead to extinction.
Key Stage 4
Pupils should be taught about:
-Some abiotic and biotic factors which affect communities; the importance of interactions between organisms in a community
-Organisms are interdependent and are adapted to their environment
-The importance of biodiversity
-Positive and negative human interactions with ecosystems.

English Spoken language
Key stage 3
Pupils should be taught to speak confidently, audibly and effectively
-using Standard English in a range of contexts.
– Give presentations, expressing their own ideas and keeping to a point
Key stage 4
Pupils should be taught to speak confidently, audibly and effectively
– Using standard English when the context and audience require it
– Working effectively in groups of different size and taking on required roles
– Listening to and building on the contributions of others, asking questions to clarify and inform, and challenging courteously when necessary
– planning for different purposes and audiences, including selecting and organising information and ideas effectively and persuasively for formal spoken presentations and debates