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Activities for school visits and post-visit activities
The following activities are suitable for use in schools after a Threave Bat Reserve visit. These activities should help to reinforce the learning that has taken place during the pupils’ visit. Some activities focus on new areas of the curriculum e.g. Bat poetry.
5-8 year olds
8-11 year olds
12-14 year olds
Activities for school visits 12-14 year olds
Science (training in basic ecology skills), Technologies, English (literacy, creative writing skills), Art.
  • Learning about bats
      The pupils handle life-sized bat models so they can see what a bat looks like and begin to learn about its adaptations. The next activity, Bat facts, is a follow-up to the Learning about bats activity. Science.

      Curriculum for Excellence Purposes
      This activity will help pupils achieve the four capacities of learning by:

      • encouraging enthusiasm and motivation for learning
      • thinking creatively and independently
      • making reasoned evaluations

    • Bat facts
        Pupils answer questions based on the information available at Threave Bat Reserve (through the introductory talk by the bat ranger including the Learning about bats activity, the Scotland Story about the reserve, information in the Bat Mobile and the Threave Bat Reserve leaflet). Questions include those on bat adaptations, bat habitats, threats to bats and some myths about bats. Science and English.

        Curriculum for Excellence Purposes
        This activity will help pupils achieve the four capacities of learning by:

        • thinking independently
        • encouraging openness to new thinking and ideas
        • applying critical thinking in new contexts
        • use of literacy skills

      • Using bat detectors
          In this activity pupils practice listening closely to bat sound recordings and learn to interpret these and how to use a bat detector. They also learn how bat detectors have lead to the identification of species previously unrecorded in the UK. Science and Technologies.

          Curriculum for Excellence Purposes
          This activity will help pupils achieve the four capacities of learning by:

          • encouraging enthusiasm and motivation for learning
          • encouraging openness to new thinking and ideas
          • communicating in different ways
          • using technology for learning
          • thinking creatively
          • applying critical thinking in new contexts

Post-visit activities for school visits 12-14 year olds
Science (training in basic ecology skills), Technologies, English (literacy, creative writing skills), Art.
  • Bat poetry
      Pupils practise artistic expression through poetry. English and Art.

      Curriculum for Excellence Purposes
      This activity will help pupils achieve the four capacities of learning by:

      • thinking creatively and independently
      • using literacy skills
      • creating and developing

  • Learning from cartoons
      By looking carefully at cartoons pupils learn about threats to bats in Scotland. They are invited to draw their own cartoon to illustrate another threat. Science, English and Art.

      Curriculum for Excellence Purposes
      This activity will help pupils achieve the four capacities of learning by:

      • encouraging enthusiasm and motivation for learning
      • encouraging openness to new thinking and ideas
      • making reasoned evaluations
      • evaluating environmental issues
      • applying critical thinking in new contexts
      • thinking creatively
      • creating and developing

      download activity worksheet (PDF)

  • Writing a magazine article about bats
      Pupils write an article for a magazine or create a display for their local library debunking popular myths about bats. This activity gives them practise in research, creativity, literacy and writing skills. Science, English and Technologies (ICT).

      Curriculum for Excellence Purposes
      This activity will help pupils achieve the four capacities of learning by:

      • encouraging enthusiasm and motivation for learning
      • encouraging openness to new thinking and ideas
      • using literacy skills
      • thinking creatively and independently
      • using technology for learning
      • applying critical thinking in new contexts

      download activity worksheet (PDF)

  • Conserving bats leaflet
      Pupils design a leaflet promoting the conservation of bats in Scotland. This activity gives them practise in research, creativity, literacy and writing skills. Science, English and Technologies (ICT).

      Curriculum for Excellence Purposes
      This activity will help pupils achieve the four capacities of learning by:

      • encouraging enthusiasm and motivation for learning
      • encouraging openness to new thinking and ideas
      • using literacy skills
      • thinking creatively and independently
      • applying critical thinking in new contexts
      • creating and developing
      • evaluating environmental issues

      download activity worksheet (PDF)

  • Adapt and survive
      Pupils practise their research skills and learn how bats are adapted to survive. Science, English and Technologies (ICT).

      Curriculum for Excellence Purposes
      This activity will help pupils achieve the four capacities of learning by:

      • using technology for learning
      • thinking independently
      • using literacy skills

      download activity worksheet (PDF)

  • Bat adaptations
      Pupils write a scientific report on how bats occurring at Threave are adapted so they do not compete with each other. Science and English.

      Curriculum for Excellence Purposes
      This activity will help pupils achieve the four capacities of learning by:

      • encouraging enthusiasm and motivation for learning
      • encouraging openness to new thinking and ideas
      • using literacy skills
      • applying critical thinking in new contexts

      download activity worksheet (PDF)

  • Survival solutions
      Pupils complete a survival square for bats. By doing so they learn about threats to bats and what can be done to conserve them. The activity entails developing their research skills and practising creative writing. Science, English and Technologies (ICT).

      Curriculum for Excellence Purposes
      This activity will help pupils achieve the four capacities of learning by:

      • using literacy skills
      • using technology for learning
      • evaluating environmental issues
      • making reasoned evaluations
      • thinking creatively
      • creating and developing

      download activity worksheet (PDF)

  • Listen to and watch the bats
      In this activity pupils can listen to and try to learn to identify some bats from their calls. They practise what they have learnt on one species. The activity includes a video clip of bats leaving a roost calling as they do so. Science and Technologies (ICT).

      Curriculum for Excellence Purposes
      This activity will help pupils achieve the four capacities of learning by:

      • using technology for learning
      • making reasoned evaluations
      • solving problems

      download activity worksheet (PDF)

  • How can we help bats?
      Pupils design a poster for their local community to encourage them to make their gardens bat-friendly. The activity entails practising creativity, literacy, writing and communication skills. Science, Art and Technologies (ICT).

      Curriculum for Excellence Purposes
      This activity will help pupils achieve the four capacities of learning by:

      • encouraging enthusiasm and motivation for learning
      • encouraging openness to new thinking and ideas
      • thinking creatively and independently
      • creating and developing
      • evaluating environmental issues
      • using communication skills (11-14 year olds)
      • using literacy skills (11-14 year olds)
      • using technology for learning (11-14 year olds)

      download activity worksheet (PDF)

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