Curriculum Links

Although our core aim is to deliver coherent conservation and wildlife messages, we do link to the requirements from awarding bodies and national curricula where they naturally arise. The list below is not exhaustive but does give you a feel for how we align our offer to current school and college curricula in the UK.

We cover the key features of selected habitats, why they change and what animals need from them. Also, simple food webs and chains, predator/prey relationships and simple information about nutrition and materials science.

Our content will help children explore the relationship between living things and their habitats, features of living things that allow them to survive and reproduce and the impact of humans on diversity.

Our content will broadly cover the biodiversity and interdependence within planet earth, specifically sections on food chains and webs, compare the biodiversity of different habitats and how plant and animal characteristics can lead to survival or extinction.

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Relationships in an ecosystem, genetic variation and the importance of maintaining biodiversity and the relationship between the organism and the environment are all covered within our offer.

Most of the GCSE specifications cover biodiversity (and its loss), conservation, genetic variation, predator/prey relationships and trophic levels. Although still in development, our online resource bank will cover these main areas across all specifications using examples from our overseas conservation partners.

When it is complete there will be a suite of dedicated content to support some of the areas of the specification that are hard to deliver in a classroom setting. Mark-release-recapture is one example as conservation organisations have been estimating populations sizes for the last thirty years. All the different methods have their strengths and weakness and we will use practical examples from real conservation projects in Africa and Asia.

We will, in the future, produce dedicated content to support Unit 20: conservation of biodiversity from a global perspective.

There is specific content within both the L2 and L3 specifications around the rehabilitation of animals. We cover the complex process of rehabilitating orphan elephants from rescue to release back into the wild in Zambia.

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Free School Talks

Education is one of the DSWF’s key strategic pillars in our mission to fightprotect and engage on behalf of endangered species across the world. We have been delivering free assemblies, talks and workshops to schools, youth groups and children’s clubs for over 20 years. Find out how to invite DSWF to your school here.

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Education Hub

Access a selection of information, resources, activities designed to support both Educators and Students to better understand biodiversity and conservation.

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Education Strategy

Find out more about the strategy behind our education programme and the guiding principles and themes we use to achieve our goals.

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