PLAY BADGER WOOD
Badger Wood is going to be cut down - interview the animals that live there and save their home!
Pupils learn about the plans
for a road through Badger Wood
They navigate through the wood
and search for woodland residents
They interview each resident
and collect information
Finally, they design and write
an article to defend the
wood from development
Save Our Wood provides Yr 3-6 pupils [P4 – 7 in Scotland and Northern Ireland] with an interactive experience in which they become involved in gathering evidence and opinions from the residents of a wood threatened by local development. Comparing the values of conservation with the advantages of the development for the local community provides opportunities for interesting, relevant citizenship education in a classroom setting.
What do pupils do?
By navigating their way through the screens, they question residents of the wood and local area and use these different opinions and points of view, to produce a front page of a newspaper. A template is provided and each step of the process is set out for the pupils to follow. The completed page can be printed out.
In the process of their investigations there is an option to question a local councillor and write letters to the Council. A letter template is provided and these letters can be also be printed out.
The activity provides opportunities for classroom debate and group discussions, which can be linked to the consideration of wider global conservation issues and sustainable development.
Ancient woodland and the effects of habitat loss in Badger Wood
Maps showing the habitats that will be lost in Badger Wood if the bypass is built
Debate sheet - a format for pupils to consider the points for and against the bypass proposal
Letter to council template for pupils to write a response to the letter from the council that appears during the online activity
Newspaper template for pupils to work on a newspaper page offline
England, Wales and Northern Ireland
Citizenship - Preparing to play an active role as citizens
Literacy - Speaking And Listening; writing for different purposes
Science - Life processes and Living Things- habitats; adaptations and interdependence
Geography - Geographical enquiry and skills; knowledge and understanding of places
Sustainable Development - Knowledge and understanding of environmental change and sustainable development
ICT - Working with others to explore a variety of information sources and ICT tools; developing and refining ideas using online publishing packages
Environmental Studies, Social Subjects - people And place, people in society
Environmental Studies, Science - interaction of living things with their environment
Information and Communications Technology - creating and presenting, controlling and modelling