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Classification stations

Understanding classification systems

Understanding classification systems is a key learning goal within the primary science curriculum. The easiest way to understand the theory of classification is to put it into practice, through outdoor learning opportunities.

This project, set in the school grounds, involves developing a toolkit of outdoor information display areas, exhibition gardens, learning resources, reference library and extensive plant labelling, all dedicated to assisting the children in practicing their classification skills on living things within the woodland, pond and gardens.

The wonders of nature

Learning how to classify the diversity of life on our planet is a fascinating topic, full of anomalies and eccentricities. Is a spider an insect? Do you think a fox is more like a dog or a cat? Do all plants have seeds? These are the sorts of questions we would like to help children to answer using these resources.

Displays and workshops

Displays will outline the main principles and categories, supported by an easily decipherable, colour coded reference library for deeper inquiry.

Classification workshops will be developed for use within the curriculum, with classification theory embedded in practical tasks and fun challenges, using the outdoor environment as a source of discovery for the children. Building up knowledge of identification keys, by exploring the process within a context, the children will have practical ‘hands-on’ interactive opportunities within the field of biology.

Get involved

This project is in the planning phase and we are looking for people, either linked to the school or living in the community, who would like to help us to create this valuable resource. There may be some of you keen gardeners or wildlife spotters out there who would like to get involved, with the opportunity to widen your own knowledge of classification systems in the process of helping to build this resource. You don't have to be an expert to get involved, but you may become one!

Please contact the Apple Tree Initiative team if you would like to get involved.