School from the Zoo
During this third lockdown while the zoo is closed, our Education team are going to be creating and presenting fortnightly video lessons via Teams for any teachers and home-schooling parents to enjoy with pupils and children.
lesson six - rarest animal at the zoo
You can find out why animals become endangered and how scientists work out how worried to be, as we meet examples that live here at the zoo.
What is the rarest species we care for, and how can we help? This lesson is aimed at Upper KS2.
Covering: vulnerable, endangered, extinct; reasons for declines; habitat loss, over-exploitation, invasive species; breeding programmes; re-release. Final activity: class discussion.
lesson five - African Safari
We care for lots of amazing African animals here at the zoo – the famous, the less well-known, and the weird! Meet the species, and learn about their habitats and lives in the wild. This African Safari lesson is aimed at KS1 pupils but is suitable for all primary children.
Covering geography and science topics including: Africa, climate, habitats, endangered animals, adaptations, similarities and differences between the UK and another country.
Follow-up task: design a zoo home for an African animal. Research the animal, then make a model or draw a picture and add notes to tell us why you have chosen the features.
lesson four - skulls, teeth & food chains
This exciting lesson featuring some of the amazing skulls here at Paignton Zoo was shared at 11am on Friday 26th February and can now be watched in full below. The 15 minute lesson on Skulls, Teeth & Food Chains is aimed at lower KS2 pupils and includes short tasks.
Covering: herbivores, carnivores, omnivores, teeth, animal diets at the zoo and in the wild and food chains.
N.B: The large skull featured at the end of this lesson is of... a hippo!
Some handy tips for joining the Teams lessons:
- If you can, it is best to use a desktop device - Microsoft Teams does not always work smoothly with Apple products. Once the video stream has started, you will be able to make it full screen on Teams.
- You do not typically need a Teams account login to 'join' a video like this lesson, but you will need to have and be signed in to your own account if you wish to ask any questions on the chat feed.
- Join the above link in plenty of time so that none of the lesson is missed. As it's being broadcast 'live' from 11am, you won't be able to pause the lesson, but we'll be sharing the full video on this webpage and on our Youtube and Facebook channels later in the day. This means you can complete the video lesson at your own pace or at another time that suits you and your pupils.
- Ensure you have the volume turned up/off mute.
- Please bear with us on the day - technological mishaps can sometimes happen, but we're hopeful that everything will run smoothly! You will need a strong WiFi connection to prevent any buffering on Teams.
- We choose to go 'live' via Microsoft Teams as it's a platform that both parents and teachers can access from school and home.
lesson three - rainforests
The third lesson went live at 11am on Friday 12th February and can now be watched in full below.
The 15 minute lesson on Rainforests features some of the incredible species at the zoo and is aimed at lower KS2 pupils, however is suitable for all primary school children. It includes short tasks during the lesson and an optional follow-up task.
Including: What is the rainforest really like? What is life like in a multi-story habitat? Why is camouflage important? and How do you stay in touch with friends you cannot see?
lesson two - adaptations
The second of our 'School from the Zoo' lessons went live at 11am on Friday 29th January and can now be watched in full below.
This short 15 minute lesson explores Adaptations, using examples from some of the amazing animals and plants that we have at the zoo, and is aimed at KS2 pupils, but anyone can watch.
Including: what is an adaptation? What adaptations can you observe in our animals and plants? How do they help them overcome different challenges in the wild? What adaptation would I choose..?
lesson one - habitats
Our first 'School from the Zoo' lesson was on Habitats, aimed at KS2 pupils.
This lesson is around 15 minutes long with additional short tasks for children to complete.
Including: What is a habitat? How could we describe the habitats? Which habitats would the zoo animals inhabit in the wild, and how would that affect the way they live?
The Habitats (KS2) lesson went 'live' on Teams at 11am on 15th January and can now be watched in full below.
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