Lepe Country Park

Pond Dipping

Learning objectives

Investigate life in the pond and adaptations of the pond organisms to their environment.

Opportunities for


  • Sc 2a health and growth
  • Sc 2b plants and animals in the local environment
  • Sc 2c variety of living things
  • Sc 4b habitats
  • Sc 5b lifecycles
  • Sc 6a adaptations

Learning skills

  • Group work
  • Assessing risk
  • Communication
  • Problem solving


Introduction to Lepe – sense of place, what we will do, what do you think you will find, where will we find them, what risks are there.


Dip for creatures in the pond, identify a range of animals using simple keys and discuss movement, adaptations and lifecycles.


Recap on species, movement and adaptations, questions and answers, true or false game.


Most children will – be able to identify and name a number of species found in the pond, use a simple key with help, describe some animal adaptations.

Some children will have progressed further and will – be able to identify species using a key, understand species interactions and lifecycles.

Additional activities

These activities can be built into this session as extension tasks or fun additions:  

food webs, microscope investigation, ‘Who am I?’ game, comparison to woodland and meadow habitats.


White trays, nets, tanks, ID keys, magnifying pots, plastic spoons, magnifying glasses (additional: nets, games equipment, food web, microscopes).

Post visit ideas

Adaptations worksheet, compare habitat to school grounds, watch tadpoles turning into frogs and investigate other pond creature lifecycles.