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RZSS Education

Build a Zoo

Age Suitability: P1 - P7

Availability: Edinburgh Zoo & Highland Wildlife Park

Duration of lesson: 1 hour 20 minutes

Maximum Class Size: 33


Lesson Outline:

Find out about the design of the enclosures for animals, what keeps our animals happy and what all captive animals need. This session includes a tour of some of our animal enclosures where the features will be described and the five freedoms of captive animals can be explained. The session will finish with the students designing their own enclosure, including rough measurements.


Learning Outcomes:

  • To understand that captive animals have needs (the five freedoms).
  • To design a new enclosure for a zoo animal using the knowledge gained from the zoo/park.

Curriculum for Excellence Experiences and Outcomes:

  • TCH 1-13a/TCH 2-13a ‘During practical activities and design challenges, I can estimate and measure using appropriate instruments and units.’
  • TCH 1-14b/TCH 2-14b ‘Having evaluated my work, I can adapt and improve, where appropriate, through trial and error or by using feedback.’
  • EXA 2-03a ‘I can create and present work that shows developing skill in using the visual elements and concepts.’
  • EXA 2-04a ‘Through observing and recording from my experiences across the curriculum, I can create images and objects which show my awareness and recognition of detail.’
  • EXA 2-06a ‘I can develop and communicate my ideas, demonstrating imagination and presenting at least one possible solution to a design problem.’