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Magnificent meadow resources

Defining the meadow habitat

This resource  provides a good classroom based activity enabling pupils to consider what a habitat as and what the features of a meadow habitat are. Group work enables pupils to explore features of different habitats and a series of discussion questions encourage thinking. This resource should be used with Card Set 1.

What are meadow plants? 

In this classroom based activity pupils have the opportunity to develop their skills at creating a dichotomous or branching key. Card Set 2 provides images of 6 meadow flowers that can be used to develop a key. Pupils are encouraged to think about developing their descriptive language and using their knowledge of botanical literacy. Pupils can also demonstrate their use of a key using this resource Identifying meadow plants.

What minibeasts live in meadows?

This simple activity for Key Stage 1 provides pupils with an opportunity to consider different minibeasts that they may encounter in meadows. They can create their own 'spotter sheet' before going outside on a minibeast hunt by using the What minibeasts live in meadows - My Bungo Chart.

How do minibeasts move in meadows?

This fun filled activity allows pupils to consider the movement of different minibeasts in meadows and reflect on how this movement influences where the minibeasts may be found. A great resource for considering differences and biological adaptations.

Spotter sheets

Meadows have a high biodiversity which means they are home not only to a wide variety of plants but also to a wide variety of animals, for example different birds, bees and dragonflies. The spotter sheets provide pupils with a focus to explore this biodiversity further.

Bee Spotter sheet

Butterfly Spotter sheet

Bird Spotter sheet

Moth Spotter sheet

Grass Spotter sheet

Damselfly and Dragonfly Spotter sheet

Waxcap Spotter sheet

Get to know your meadow species

Plants belong to different families and members of the same family share traits or characteristics. These sheets have been designed as a stimulus to allow pupils to explore variety between families and shared similarities within families. They build observation and perception and enhance botanical literacy.

Get to know your meadow species Collection (all)

Get to know your daisies

Get to know your buttercups

Get to know your geraniums

Get to know your orchids

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School newsletters

Since mid 2013 we have changed our newsletter so that it features a series of investigations for the classroom and out in the field based in a key habitat.

This newsletter explores our magnificent meadows. How healthy is your wild flower meadow? How important are wild flowers for meadow animals? Could you create your own impressionist picture or be inspired to create music based on meadows?

This newsletter provides a series of classroom investigations that help provide a greater understanding of plant adaptations in mountainous environments. There is an opportunity to make a carnivorous plant.

This newsletter looks at lower plants (lichens and mosses) in woodlands and allows children to explore the water cycle, light and natural navigation.

This newsletter looks at adaptations that seaweeds have made to harsh environmental conditions and explores whether seaweeds are useful or not.


Other school resources and investigations

Bee Scene resources can be found here. You may also like the investigations below.

Ranscombe Farm School resources

Ranscombe Farm is Plantlife's flagship reserve near Strood in Kent. The team have developed number of investigations to support primary school teachers lead fieldwork at the reserve. Key topics are:

  • Changing woodland 
  • Seasons through Ranscombe
  • Roots and routes through the countryside

Teachers wishing to visit the reserve may like to download our education pack which is suitable for Key Stages 1-3. Find full notes in our pack for teachers and find the worksheets for each activity below.

To make sure your visit is safe and enjoyable you may wish to download Taking the Right Kit and Preparing for an Expedition.