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Working Scientifically workshops at Marwell Zoo

Date Posted: 19/12/2014

The latest series of educational sessions at Marwell Zoo are linked to the National Curriculum and encourage pupils to broaden their investigative skills.

Each workshop lasts 70 minutes and involves an activity in the zoo grounds, an introduction to some animal artefacts, and interaction with a live animal in the classroom.

Four different levels of workshop are available – aimed at Key Stage 1, Lower Key Stage 2, Upper Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3.

The Key Stage 1 session introduces pupils to the skulls of animals and encourages them to think about what they might have eaten from studies of the teeth. Students then go on to explore the concepts of carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.

The Lower Key Stage 2 workshops get pupils hands-on with animals to examine the purpose of muscles and skeletons.

Data is the focus of the Upper Key Stage 2 sessions, as pupils use scientific data collection skills to explore the concept of difference.

The snow leopard enclosure is the focus of Key Stage 3 workshops, meanwhile. In these sessions pupils will use their scientific skills in a role play scenario in which they must work out if someone is illegally smuggling endangered animal artefacts.

To find out more about the educational offering at Marwell Zoo visit www.marwell.org.uk/education

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