Primary from Year 2 to Year 6
Children’s stories are full of bears but what do we really know about them?
The bear is big, strong and powerful, but fascinating and cuddly too with its good-natured air and thick fur. It even likes to stand up on its legs, just like us! But watch out: a bear is extremely solitary and can become ferocious. It’s also the biggest carnivore on land. In its own territory, bears fear nothing or no-one – except humans.
Children will get to explore various aspects of the bear world: their place among Carnivores; bears around the world; bears in the human world, and the life of a bear e.g. anatomy, diet, droppings and life span. Discussing the threat to the survival of various bear species is a chance to explore the subjects of the environment and how we can protect it.
With reference to pieces from the collection and other support resources, the facilitator will approach the subject from various angles: what is the difference between a teddy bear and a real bear? How can you tell apart the different species of bear around the world? What do they eat? How many young does a bear give birth to? What do they do in winter?
The Pyrenean brown bear is put under the microscope. Children will learn how to spot one and get to know the animal, its life span and the factors threatening its survival.
- Describe and know the bear’s morphology
- Understand its place in the Carnivora order
- Learn about its diet, reproduction and behaviour
- Learn about the diversity of bear species and their geographic distribution
- Learn about its place in nature and identify the possible implications of their decline and reintroduction
- Conduct research and learn some new words
During the workshop, the facilitator will present a selection from the Museum of Bordeaux collections including a host of osteological pieces. Children will also get to work with learning resources specially devised or assembled for the session.
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