On the Edge (KS2)

In On the Edge (KS2) pupils will be introduced to endangered species and discover the threats facing the species in the wild. Pupils will investigate real case studies of endangered species and learn about the conservation work that ZSL takes part in to protect different species, and suggest a way in which people can help to protect endangered animals by completing simple actions. Pupils who attend an On the Edge session will have the opportunity to enter a poster based on their findings to educate zoo visitors about an endangered species.

A cheetah at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Key Stage: KS2 (Years 3-6, 7-11 years old)

Duration: 30 - 40 minutes

Capacity: 35 students

 

 

National Curriculum Links:            

 

KS2 Science

Living Things and their Habitats

  • Recognise that environments can change and this can sometimes pose dangers to living things

 

 

Intended Learning Outcomes:

Students will be able:

  • Give a definition of the term “endangered”
  • Identify at least one endangered animal
  • Describe at least one threat to wild animals
  • Suggest an action that they can complete to save an endangered species

 

 

For this session

 

Before your visit:

  • Recap the terms “endangered” and “extinct”. Can you find an example of one endangered and one extinct animal? Why are they endangered or why did they become extinct?
  • How can conservation help endangered animals? Visit our website www.zsl.org/conservation to discover more about one of our conservation projects

 

While at the zoo:

  • Look at the IUCN Red List status of animals in the zoo. Discuss what might have occurred to make some animals endangered and try to think of ways that people could help.

Animal

Region

Conservation Status

Chimpanzee

Base Camp

Endangered

African Penguin

Beyond Europe

Endangered

Amur Tiger

Asia

Endangered

Bactrian Camel

Asia

Critically Endangered

 

After the visit:

  • Design a poster based on the information that you have discovered during your session. Posters should encourage people to change their behaviour to save an animal (e.g. Don’t leave plastic bags on the beach – turtles may mistake them for jellyfish and try to eat them)

Posters can be entered into our “On the Edge Poster Competition”. Please send all entries to:

On the Edge Poster Design

Discovery and Learning

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

LU5 4GW

  • Create a plan to make your school more sustainable and advise your school on how their actions can impact on wildlife.