In Giraffe Behaviour Study pupils will work scientifically to collect real data on our herd of giraffes. At Giraffe Heights, students will work in groups and come face to face with our herd of giants to collect behavioural data using ethograms. The students will then use this data to create behaviour bar charts and to compare behaviours between different age groups in the herd. Group discussions will then allow students to elaborate on how this data could be used for the conservation of the species in the wild.
Key Stage: KS2 (7-11 years old)
Duration: 45 min
Capacity: 30 students
Location: Giraffe heights
Please be aware that this session will be held outside. Students should wear appropriate clothing and footwear.
National Curriculum links:
Identify and classify;
Record findings using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts and tables;
Report on findings from enquiries, including oral explanations, displays or presentations of results and conclusions;
Living things and their habitats
Work of scientists;
Impact of humans (both positively and negatively) on environments.
Evolution and inheritance
Identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution.
Intended learning outcomes:
Students will be able to:
Work scientifically to collect real-time behavioural data using ethograms;
Create bar charts to illustrate their results;
Use scientific language to explain their results;
Describe how research can impact the conservation of animals in the wild.
Many objects from the natural world used in this session are loaned to us by HM Revenue and Customs.
Spend five minutes at each of the following enclosures noting down all behaviours that you see the animal exhibiting. Use the Ethogram to note down each behaviour, describe the behaviour and how long the animal was seen doing this behaviour.
Link to session
Mammal behaviour/ Forest habitat
Bird behaviour/Sea & cliff habitat
Right of Europe
Mammal behaviour/Sea habitat
Ring tailed lemur
Mammal behaviour/Dry Forest habitat
Whites Tree Frog
After your visit:
With your completed ethograms, can you create any further bar charts? Organise the data to tell you different things. Compare the data for different animals – do all animals exhibit the same behaviours? Do different animals spend more or less time eating?
Collate the class information on all the giraffes that you collected in your session.
Create an activity budget pie chart for the time you watched the giraffes.
Prepare for your Giraffe Behaviour Study (KS2) session with our information pack.