Local Nature in Curriculum Learning NE715 / A22

7 Hours
Learning Method
Online Delivered CPD


This course is delivered as part of the Natural History Museum Explore: Urban Nature Programme and is available to start at any time after the 10th January 2023.

Through this self-paced course, you will develop an action plan to confidently run an outdoor investigation with your students on or near your school site. 

You will evaluate suitable locations, consider how to support your students in devising a scientific question, and explore how students can become engaged in science through youth advocacy.

Who is it for?

This course has content that can be used within science and geography lessons through primary and secondary, but will be of particular relevance to teachers of 11-14 science.

What topics are covered?

  • Incorporating local nature into learning
  • Choosing suitable locations for local nature investigations
  • Field sampling approaches
  • Urban biodiversity and environmental science
  • Science Capital
  • Supporting students to write scientific questions

How will you learn?

This is a self-paced, online course.  The course will be facilitated by Natural History Museum on the following dates:

March 5th to March 17th 2023

May 7th to May 19th 2023

September 24th to October 6th 2023

How long is this course?

Approximately 7 hours study time.

Who is the course leader?

  • Natural History Museum

    This course is facilitated by a group of museum education experts, scientists and curators from the Real World Science network of museums across...


By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Use local nature and environment to put curriculum science into an engaging context
  • Plan opportunities for using local settings outside the classroom for nature investigations
  • Identify the barriers to investigating local nature and plan to address these
  • Include a range of ecological sampling techniques in lesson plans
  • Support students in devising suitable questions to investigate through fieldwork
  • Collaborate with colleagues, share and critique ideas


1 Local Nature in Curriculum Learning10 January 202300:00-00:00Online course

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State-funded school or collegeActivity feeFreeSubsidy available*£0.00
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