Some are furry, cute, and cuddly; some are ferocious, wild, and untamed; and some are small, fast, and eight-legged. Animals come in all shapes and sizes, and each one is unique in its own right. Today, on World Animal Day, we are celebrating the different qualities and attributes of many animals and highlighting what we can learn from them.
The mission of World Animal Day is to “raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe”. The focus of many events around the world will be counteracting animal welfare challenges. However, in our school, we are taking this opportunity to focus on the lives of animals and the important lessons they can teach us.
Animals live in very particular habitats. Many of them have evolved over time to become better suited to their environment, while some have moved to habitats that accommodate their biological makeup. These adaptations are a fantastic lesson in biology that children identify with thanks to the real-world examples animals provide.
The life cycle is another important biological feature that children can learn from studying animals. Although humans also follow a life cycle, it can be challenging to grasp the concept without having animals to analyse as a case study.
By putting learning in the context of animals — something that our pupils are familiar with — they find it easier to understand more complex biological theories.
At Nyland School, we are always searching for new gateways to learning. World Animal Day is a fantastic opportunity for us to use animals as the subject for engaging biology lessons that children are really enthusiastic about.