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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
9-11 year olds
12-14 year olds
Activities for school visits 9-11 year olds
Encouraging Science, English (basic literacy skills), Drama, 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. 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

  • Why real bats are Super Heroes
      The pupils compare their own bodies to those of bats and so learn how impressive bats really are and how well adapted bats are to their life styles. Science and Drama.

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

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

  • Adapt and survive
      The children learn how bats are adapted to survive by playing a dressing up game. Science and Drama.

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

      • encouraging enthusiasm and motivation for learning
      • thinking creatively
      • being given the opportunity to take the initiative and lead
      • working in partnership
      • making reasoned evaluations

  • Making a sound picture
      In this game, children learn how to make their own sound pictures and so can imagine what it is to be a bat. Science.

      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
      • applying critical thinking in new contexts

  • Bat echoes
      This game is a follow-up to Making a sound picture. Children learn how bats use echolocation. Science.

      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
      • working in partnership

  • Using bat detectors
      In this activity children practice listening closely to bat sound recordings and learn to interpret these and how to use a bat detector. 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
      • working in partnership

  • Bat habitats
      In this game children learn that habitats have four components and animals need all of these to survive. They also learn that bats in Scotland are threatened and begin to understand the reasons why. Science.

      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
      • solving problems
      • working in partnership

  • A bat detective hunt
      Children explore the gardens for clues to find out whether bats are our friends or enemies. This game should lead to children dismissing many of the myths surrounding bats. Science.

      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
      • thinking independently
      • solving problems

  • Habitat damage
      This game which resembles musical chairs encourages children to think about human impacts on the environment, and also how they can help bats. Older or more able children will also learn through the game that damaging habitats can be much more far-reaching than just to the area damaged. Science.

      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 independently
      • making reasoned evaluations
      • evaluating environmental issues
      • applying critical thinking in new contexts
      • solving problems
      • working in partnership

Post-visit activities for school visits 9-11 year olds
Encouraging English, Art, Science, and Technologies (ICT).
  • My visit to Threave Bat Reserve
      Children write an account about their visit to Threave and can illustrate this with a painting or use photos to illustrate their visit in a photo album or blog. Children each write comments or bat facts on bat-shaped cards which can be pinned up in the classroom. English and Art; also ICT (optional).

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

      • thinking creatively
      • creating and developing
      • using literacy skills

      download activity worksheet (PDF)

  • Bat poetry +
      Children develop their artistic expression through poetry and art. 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

      download activity worksheet (PDF)

  • Research and writing on bats
      In this activity children develop their research skills by using the internet and practise reading and writing skills. Science, English and Technologies (ICT).

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

      • use of literacy skills
      • use of technology for learning
      • thinking independently

      download activity worksheet (PDF)

  • Learning from cartoons +
      By looking carefully at cartoons children learn about threats to bats in Scotland. They can 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)

  • A day in the life of a bat
      In this activity children practise creative writing and interpreting diagrams. Science, English and also Technologies (ICT) (older pupils or more able pupils).

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

      • using literacy skills
      • thinking creatively and independently
      • creating and developing
      • using technology for learning (older pupils or more able pupils)

      download activity worksheet (PDF)

  • Adapt and survive
      Children 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)

  • A bat treasure hunt on the internet
      This activity gives children the opportunity to develop their research skills. Science 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)

  • Survival solutions
      Children 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, 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)

  • How can we help bats?
      Children learn how to make a garden attractive for bats and either paint a picture to illustrate this or take photos of the features they think make good bat habitat and write short explanations of why they took each photo. Children compare the good habitat features at Threave with features in the school garden. For young children this could be like a game of eye spy. In this activity children develop their creativity skills and learn how to help bats. Science 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
      • 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)

  • Bat drama
      Children develop their creativity by producing their own plays based on their Threave bat reserve visit. The activity also enables pupils to show what they have learned on their Threave visit about threats facing bats and other wildlife. It also gives children practise in communicating and working together. Drama 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
      • thinking creatively and independently
      • creating and developing
      • communicating in different ways
      • working in a team
      • being given the opportunity to take the initiative and lead

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