Treorchy Comprehensive School

Treorchy Comprehensive School and the local Primary Schools have been working together to investigate the Pond Life at Clydach Lake. As part of the Transition Period before the Primary School children commence their Secondary education at the comprehensive, Year 6 pupils undergo a project to discover what lies beneath the rocks and stones of this local habitat.

Adorned with ‘wellies’ and equipment kindly loaned to us from the Dare Valley Environmental Education Service and Cardiff University, the enthusiastic youngsters became environmental scientists for the morning. This year the project expanded to offer the same transition experience to pupils who will be attending Treorchy Comprehensive from outside our cluster to great success! Pupils were given the opportunity to dip into nature, a little too literally in some cases, and identify some pond life not usually visible to regular pond goers.
All of the youngsters were really enthusiastic despite challenging weather conditions, demonstrating superb ecological skills when collecting their samples and with the aid of scientific key, were able to identify the organisms living in the lake. All involved had a great morning and Treorchy Comprehensive School and Staff look forward to welcoming their new students in September.