OPAL surveys are a fantastic way to take teaching outdoors, learn new skills and contribute to real scientific research.
Take part in OPAL surveys
OPAL recording sheets
Download our easy-to-print, black and white recording sheets for use with the OPAL Surveys:
Get guidance on adapting OPAL surveys for your lessons
Our free lesson plans and curriculum guides take you step-by-step through teaching OPAL surveys to your pupils:
From animal tracking to tree maths, learn more about the environment with these curriculum-linked activities.
Explore the great outdoors in every season, and take part in follow-up activities when you get back to the classroom:
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CREST – OPAL activities
CREST is a science award scheme for schools and colleges run by the British Science Association.
Earn your awards by completing science projects and use OPAL resources to help you.
- Natural History Museum – Education
Activity ideas, online resources, and museum events for schools.
- Met Office – Learning
Curriculum-linked activities to support the teaching of weather and climate.
- TES – Teaching resources
A huge database to support all levels and subjects, including science.
- School Science – Resources
A large selection specifically aimed at teaching science to ages 5-19.
- ARKive – Education
Teaching resources for biology subjects such as adaptation, natural selection and classification.