Most pupils will understand/be able to:
- There is a variety of animals in one area
- A map represents an area of ground
- Some of the differences between a rural and urban environment
- How to prepare for a local walk
- The need for safe and sensible behaviour
Some pupils will have the opportunity to:
- Make decisions on route choice
- Relate the map to the ground (setting)
- Describe/record a variety of habitats
- Improve observation skills
- Discuss adaptation, behaviour, species variation and competition
- Apply skills in an unfamiliar environment
Adaptation, Animal, Behaviour, Camouflage, Competition, Conservation, Food Chain/Web, Habitat, Indigenous, Map, Predator, National Park, Navigation, Route Choice, Species, Variation, Wildlife.
Organisms, behaviour; science outside the school environment
Maps; explore real contexts
Art and design
Creativity; working from first hand observation
Fresh connections between ideas, experiences, texts and words
Work in groups, different roles and responsibilities
Half a day (could be less and combined with e.g. pond study).
Grounds of Hagg Farm.
Use animal trail map and art materials to locate and discuss/record wood carvings. Session can be led by visiting teaching staff.
Animal trail curriculum pack, laminated animal pictures, clipboards, sketch pads, cameras, pencils, drawing equipment/creative media.
Health and safety
The trail is around Hagg Farm on paths and tracks and is appropriate for wheelchair users/less mobile students. Appropriate clothing and footwear required. Safety pack (with first aid kit etc.) risk assessment no. 17 (field studies). Pupil ratio appropriate to group 1:20 max.
- Indoor discussion: prior knowledge, maps and map work, recording media, and what students expect to find.
- Outdoors: use of map to locate animal carvings around Hagg Farm grounds. Visit each animal carving in turn.
- Students to spend time talking about each carving: what they think it is, what they know about it, where they would expect to find it, its habitat?
- Record as appropriate for the group (sketching, poems, photos, discussion etc).
- Option to return indoors to develop artwork or draw from photos.
(at Hagg Farm if cold/wet)
- Have learning outcomes, above, been met?
- Presentations and feedback as appropriate: animal poems, animal masks, make a display.
- Help the students describe what they have observed. Can they describe or write about their route? Can they make a map of their route?
- Encourage and extend learning with further work on animal habitats. Discussion regarding food chains, predators etc.