A fun experience of discovering the environment designed especially for the youngest children. They will learn to identify different races of domestic animals through play, and will learn their names.
During an exciting journey through the facilities, they can also get close to them and participate directly in feeding them. Always enjoying opportunities to describe what they see and touch, they will make observations guided by the physical traits of our domestic animals, and can compare them to their own traits. Students will also learn to be respectful of the animals and will start to discover how they are present in their daily lives.
Duration: : 2 hours
Start time : 10:00 a.m.
To get the maximum benefit from the Workshop farm at the Zoo, we recommend that you do some work at school on the following aspects before taking the workshop, both by talking about experiences and in other areas (plastic, body expression, oral and written expression, maths, etc.):
To understand the students’ interests and increase motivation about the animals:
- Make large drawings of typical farm animals.
- Imitate the sounds these animals make.
- Compile stories and songs about farmyard animals that the students can obtain.
To observe animals:
- Visit a traditional farm.
- Watch excerpts of documentaries about farmyard animals.
As specific objectives:
- Identification of the different parts of the body of farmyard animals and their functions.
- Understanding of the idea of farmyard animal.
- Recognition of the most characteristic animals at farms.
- Basic ideas about the feeding and upkeep of farmyard animals.
- Knowledge of the products obtained from farmyard animals.
Come to the Zoo
When reaching the Education Department, the class group will be welcomed by a Zoo educator (biologist), who will then accompany the children to the Zoo Farm on the little train.
There will then be a presentation in the farm classroom-workshop about how the activity works and about the animals they will be working with: the hen, the cow, the pig, the goat and the rabbit.
The morphology of the five animals and their different body parts will be studied using giant jigsaw puzzles. Students have to put the parts of the animal’s body into the right places and say what each of them is for.
To learn about the food the animals eat, the children will have the chance to feed some of the animals at the Zoo Farm.
The farmyard animals are related to the different products that mankind obtains from them and the children are given the different objects and/or materials, which they then put below the puzzle of the animal that produces them.
To finish, they have a small guided tour of the Zoo Farm.
The group can then stay at the Zoo until closing time. We suggest visiting the wild boars, the wild goats, the zebras and the mallards.
What have we learned?
Suggestions about activities to do after the Workshop farm:
Natural and social sciences area:
- Prepare activity sheets for the animals studied.
- Make a mural of a farm, a house and a forest. Collect pictures of animals and group them by categories of farm animals, wild or domestic and place them on the right mural.
Oral and written expression:
- Create stories about the animals studied.
- Tell stories about some of the animals visited.
- Have them paint the animal they liked the best out of all they saw.
- Make animal masks and/or dress up as a farmyard animal.
- Play games imitating the characteristics sounds and movements of the farmyard animals.
Evaluation of learning obtained:
- Prepare farmyard animal activity sheets detailing how mankind uses them.
CROSS-CUTTING CURRICULUM AREAS
Education in defence of the environment.
RELATIONSHIP TO THE CURRICULUM DISCIPLINES
Organisms and their relationship to the environment.
With respect to knowledge, facts and ideas:
- Study the parts of the body of rabbits, cows, hens, lambs and pigs. Introduction to the concept of farmyard animal.
- Discover the products that these animals provide to man.
- Match objects and foods to the farmyard animals.
- Comparison of a traditional farm and a modern farm.
With respect to procedures:
- Learn to treat the animals studied with care and affection.
- Give suitable foods to each animal.
- Deduce the products and foods that are obtained from each animal.
With respect to attitudes and values:
- Foster respect for animals through better knowledge of them.
Small group: 234 € (until 21 students) each additional student until 25, the price are 8,15 € for student. The free teachers
Big Group: 267 € (until 29 students) each additional student until 30, the price are 8,15 € for student. The free teachers
SPECIAL DISCOUNT DURING LOW PERIODS
If you sign up for an educational activity with the Department of Education during the months of September, December, January or February, you will receive a 20% discount off the price. Further, if during these months you do the activity on a Monday or Tuesday, you will receive a 30% discount. (*)
(*) If you sign up for an activity with the Department of Education taking advantage of the promotion and it has to be cancelled due to an incident of force majeure, we will reschedule the activity another day, always with the same original conditions.