Pond Life UK
A Windows program for easy identification of creatures commonly found in British ponds and other small bodies of freshwater. There are 37 species. The program is aimed at younger children or those with learning difficulties. It fulfils many of the requirements of National Curriculum Science, Life Process and Living Things, Key Stages 1 and 2 and some special needs. It has been created by a teacher for teachers and is artistically unique in using original full colour illustrations.
The child friendly interface has a common format throughout with a bright central content box. A preview bar and large buttons provide simple navigation. Options settable by teachers include audible tips and large text. Full context sensitive help is available.
The program is available on CD ROM or to download. Use the shopping cart at the bottom of this page to order.
Identification forms have simple questions such as "How many legs does it have?" Just click on the best answer.
For each species there is a brief and simple description using large clear text.
Thumbnails are presented in best match order with partial or non matches marked. Also viewable in alphabetical order.
For each species there is an outline picture which may be pasted into a paint program for children to fill in.
Click a thumbnail to open a full colour picture. The picture may be pasted into a paint program.
Five interactive exercises use drag and drop on bright colour pictures. Some have multiple contents.
- Microsoft Windows 10 or 7 or
- Microsoft Vista or
- Microsoft Windows XP with service pack 2 or later
Updates: Whenever possible, any updates we make to this program will be made available on our website free of charge to users of previous versions.
General: Programs are not for sale or use outside the EU.