HOW'S YOUR NATURE KNOWLEDGE? READING FOR INFORMATION.
Designed to support a school trip to Robin Hill Country Park
ENGLISH Upper Key Stage 2
Other Key Stage Variants: Lower Key Stage 2 (High Ability) | Lower Key Stage 2 (Mid Ability) | Lower Key Stage 2 (Low Ability)
Variants: High Ability students | Mid Ability students
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Students read an extract from Robin Hill's 'Nature Notes' on local birds and butterflies, and answer questions that demonstrate their understanding of the information contained therein.
This pre-visit activity enables students to engage with a venue- relevant text, encouraging them to practise their reading and comprehension skills. The main focus of the task is reading for information, and being able to synthesise and summarise their understanding. The task links to specific information about the features and biology of local species and other interesting facts relating to nature in the environs of the park. Students read a nature fact sheet on mammals, birds or butterflies that are found locally, and could be seen during a visit to the park, and they answer questions on the content. The resources available are relevant to students in both lower and upper years of key stage 2 (years 3-6). There is a crossover with Science due to the topic contained within the text.
This is a peripheral pre-visit resource, which could also be used post- visit if required. Ideally, students complete the activity before they visit. This enables students to not only practise their English skills in reading, but to also gain an enriched view of the subject and venue context as relating to local nature, both at the Robin Hill Country Park and on the Isle of Wight. Students will hopefully explore the venue with a view to identifying these species and also with a greater desire for knowledge.
Key Skills Practised
Reading for meaning and information
Completion of the English: Reading - Comprehension resource/s linked to this document
During the Visit
Activities could be completed on-site if a suitable space could be found, however this resource is designed as a pre-visit classroom or homework activity.
This task could be completed post-visit if required
The task will prepare students for visiting the park and gardens as they will have gained an insight into the kind of nature attractions they could discover there, enriching their entire experience. Students will have practised their reading and interpretation skills. Students will have gained additional knowledge about mammals, birds or butterflies in the park’s vicinity (depending on the resource chosen); this will support their learning in Science (crosses over with aspects of units such as ‘Plants’ and ‘Living Things and their Habitats’ etc.)
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