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Introduction to animals

 

This introduction gives the school or establishment the opportunity to introduce as many children as possible to the animals in the time allotted. Small groups of children travel through the bus with their staff or carers meeting the animals and learning about them as they go. The staff on board will discuss the animals with the children, talking about things like good animal husbandry, the five animal freedoms, some of the history of the livestock etc. The children will have chance to ask questions and improve their own learning regarding the animals.

 The group size is flexible depending on the age and needs of the children. We are able to accommodate mainstream  pupils of any age or ability through to pupils with special needs e.g. wheelchair access would be two to three at a time depending on the type of chair the young person uses and lower deck only. For children unable to access the bus at all it is possible to have some of the smaller animals taken in to the school /establishment for them to meet.

 The activity is designed to give the children the opportunity to explore and investigate the animals in a way that suits their own specific needs and abilities. They will encounter farm animals on the lower deck and small animals like rabbits, gerbils, chinchillas, hamsters, lizards etc on the upper deck. The animals on the bus may vary according to the needs of the animals themselves but there will always be a large selection of animals for the children to meet.

 

Introduction to animals with a lesson.

 

This Introduction takes small groups of children on to the bus where they will be able to meet the animals but follow through with a specific lesson plan of choice. The lessons can be chosen from the list offered on the website prior to the buses arrival. The children will have the opportunity to study the animals at hand while sitting on hay bales on the upper deck as the lesson is delivered. 

The lessons will have Maths and English elements as an integral part of the lesson plan but will address subjects like Geography, Science, History, PSHCE, D.T, and Art. The worksheets and educational materials will all relate to aspects of the national curriculum through all key stages.

The types of activities they will encounter could range from candling eggs to observe the growth of the chick inside, comparing the gestation periods of animals to humans, sheep shearing, wool carding and spinning, finger knitting, foot trimming, worming, teeth checking to bottle feeding and the correct diets for the animals.

Presentation of information on topics like the History of the animals or the geography of the landscapes they come from will be delivered in a visual and interactive way using film footage, pictures, slide shows, picture booklets, and CDs of animal and farm sounds. The lessons will be differentiated to the children’s specific needs and abilities including work using signs and symbols.

This method of introduction means fewer children will access the bus in the chosen time span. However those that do will receive an experience of much greater depth that affords them the chance to learn aspects of their country’s farming heritage as well as address some of the units of work required by the national curriculum in a much more hands on and unique way.

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