Education spotlight: Keep Wild Animals Wild

When it comes to educating youngsters about animals, we have to instil an understanding and respect for animals at an early age to give us hope for animal conservation in years to come.

IFAW’s Animal Action Education programme team has launched a new free resource for Key Stage 1-3 students called ‘Keep Wild Animals Wild’; focusing on wild animals and the threats they face, especially from illegal wildlife trade. The buying and selling of live wild animals as pets, and the sale of products that use animal parts now threatens thousands of species worldwide.

The new materials, which were unveiled to an audience of wildlife crime enforcers at the National Wildlife Crime Conference recently, include three sets of age-appropriate lesson plans and worksheets, colourful student magazines and films. Key Stage 1 pupils (ages 5-7) will learn what it means to be wild and how they can watch and appreciate wildlife responsibly. Key Stage 2 (ages 8-11) and 3 (ages 11-14) students will learn about illegal wildlife trade; how it impacts on animals, ecosystems and people, as well as how to help keep wildlife wild.

We hope that pupils and teachers alike will enjoy using children’s instinctive natural interest in animals and use this pack to develop knowledge and skills relevant to the national curriculum.

Lessons in the resource link directly to English, Science, Geography and PHSE programmes of study, whether that is English Key Stage 1 and 2 students enjoying a comic-strip turtle story and fantasy tale ‘Daisy and the Dragon’ to Key Stage 3 geography students using maps and charts to track the wildlife chain across the globe and explore the roles of source, transit or consumer countries in illegal wildlife trade.

Teachers and students can also visit our website to check out additional interactive activities to apply learning from this resource. This includes interactive world maps, spotting animals hidden in your back garden, being a responsible shopper in an online shop and creating plans to help stop trade at each stage along the illegal wildlife trade chain.

Along with the teaching materials, IFAW has also launched a new AAE Connect facility on our website – an online community where teachers and students can share projects, exchange ideas and collaborate with other classrooms across the globe.

--JH

For more details, or to download all materials and watch the film that accompanies the pack, please visit www.ifaw.org/keep-wild-animals-wild-uk.

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