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Animal Homes

Learning Objectives


  • Observe a range of animal homes in differing habitats
  • Construct suitable homes for animals
  • Use keys to identify different animals
  • Investigate the needs of Badgers in the woodland habitat


  • Improve observational skills
  • Develop an understanding of variety, adaptation, life processes and food chains
  • Through direct experience, develop an understanding of properties of materials
  • Develop appreciation of the environment

Key words/phrases:

Food chain, keys, identification, habitat, environment, Dray, Sett, Nest, Warren, Form, Den, shelter, food, water, warmth, hibernate, migrate


Centre staff will welcome your group and describe the day’s programme, learning objectives, and the health and safety issues. (10 mins)

½ Day Course Programme

  • Walk out to Church Wood looking for signs of animals (10 mins)
  • In small groups the pupils receive one the following toys: badger, fox, rabbit, squirrel, owl or hedgehog, whilst discussing where they might live (10 mins)
  • Groups to then build a home for their animal in the woodland habitat (10 mins)
  • In their groups wander around to look at the other animal homes (5 mins)
  • If time groups can build another home with another animal (10 -15 mins)
  • Walk to another area of Church Wood (5 mins)
  • Badgers Breakfast activity (Role playing being badgers to find out if there is enough food in the area) (15 mins)
  • Back to the centre. (5 mins)

Detailed activity sheets about Badgers Breakfast can be found in the Acclimatisation curriculum material. Copies available on request.


Back at the Centre the group will reflect on their day and consider how well the learning objectives have been met. (5 mins)

Safety Considerations

Weather Conditions and clothing:

Some outdoor clothing and footwear is available at the Centre but please ensure that children are dressed warmly and have suitable waterproof outerwear. Activities will take place in all but the most severe weather conditions. The centre educator will contact the group leader if conditions are unsafe for the visit to continue.

Equipment supplied:

Bag of soft toys, Badgers Breakfast resources, first aid kit, clipboards pencils, food chain resource

Equipment needed from school:


Other Information:

The actual programme may vary depending on the number and needs of pupils, length of visit and weather conditions.

As a variation to this programme, the story of the Wild Woods can be used if preferred. Through its re-enactment pupils will learn how it links to the habitat at Sherwood. A curriculum material (The Wild Woods literacy pack) created at the centre contains detailed sheets to support this activity.


Use of additional vocabulary: Predator, prey, life cycle, carnivore, herbivore. Create food  chains  with  foam  board. Create  environmental  art  pieces  of  the  animals discussed.