Why does a leopard have its spots? How can an elephant avoid sunburn? Investigate our animal specimens, including an elephant’s tooth and arctic fox fur, to discover why and how they have developed as they have. Pupils will also design and draw their own animal.

Level: First and second (P2-P7)
Cost: £70
Length of workshop: 75 minutes starting at either 10:15/11:45/13:15
(check your booking for timings and arrive at the museum at least 15 minutes before the start of your workshop)
Dates available: August - June, subject to availability
Booking: Complete our online booking request form.

How should I prepare my class for this workshop?

Split your class into four groups and assign one adult per group. Maximum capacity 33 children.

What will my pupils do in the workshop?

Pupils will: 

  • Take part in a tour of the animal galleries looking at how animals are adapted for survival.
  • Working in groups, handle and explore animal specimens to gather information on how they have adapted to their environments. You will investigate diet, habitat, camouflage and other special features that help them survive.
  • Design and draw their own specially-adapted animal as a class.

Follow up activities

  • Visit our Animal galleries on Levels 1, 3 and 5.
  • Visit the Beginnings gallery on Level -1 to discover the origins and evolution of Scotland's landscapes and natural world.

Curriculum links

Early

First

Second

Literacy

 

When I engage with others, I know when and how to listen, when to talk, how much to say, when to ask questions and how to respond with respect.

LIT 1-02a

When I engage with others, I can respond in ways appropriate to my role, show that I value others’ contributions and use these to build on thinking.

LIT 2-02a

Expressive Arts

Inspired by a range of stimuli, I can express and communicate my ideas, thoughts and feelings through activities within art and design.

EXA 0-05a

Inspired by a range of stimuli, I can express and communicate my ideas, thoughts and feelings through activities within art and design.

EXA 1-05a

Inspired by a range of stimuli, I can express and communicate my ideas, thoughts and feelings through activities within art and design.

EXA 2-05a

 

I can use exploration and imagination to solve design problems related to real-life situations.

EXA 1-06a

I can develop and communicate my ideas, demonstrating imagination and presenting at least one possible solution to a design problem.

EXA 2-06a

Science

 

I can distinguish between living and non living things. I can sort living things into groups and explain my decisions.

SCN 1-01a  

I can identify and classify examples of living things, past and present, to help me appreciate their diversity. I can relate physical and behavioural characteristics to their survival or extinction.

SCN 2-01a

Social Studies

 

By exploring a natural environment different from my own, I can discover how the physical features influence the variety of living things.

SOC 1-13b

 

 

By exploring climate zones around the world, I can compare and describe how climate affects living things.

SOC 1-12b

 

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