CALLING RELENTLESS RESEARCHERS! QUESTIONING FOR INFORMATION AT THE DONKEY SANCTUARY
Designed to support a school trip to Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary
ENGLISH Upper Key Stage 2
Variants: Low Ability students
Questioning, listening, recording and summarising
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Students are asked to come up with a number of questions prior to their visit. Using their experiences at the Donkey Sanctuary as their stimulus material, they will then collect information and endeavour to ask further questions whilst on site. The students are then expected to record their collected information in an appropriate manner on their return, and complete a display or leaflet.
This is an English resource that engages students with their visit to the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary. The resource task enables them to practise their thinking and questioning skills as well as their research and writing skills. Students are asked to come up with a number of questions prior to their visit. Using their experiences at the Sanctuary as their stimulus material, they will then collect information and endeavour to ask further questions whilst on site. The pupils are then expected to record their collected information in an appropriate manner on their return.
This is a pre-visit, on-site and post-visit resource. This task will be introduced before the visit to the Donkey Sanctuary so that students are aware of the need to plan their questions and can form ideas for possible creative research.
It is anticipated that students will have an enriched experience as they will be reflecting on the potential research opportunities prior
to their school visit as well as being able to find out information in a number of ways whilst on-site. The follow up activities will be inspired by the real and practical ways in which the information has been gathered. This will reinforce how English can provide valuable tools for communication.
Key Skills Practised
Planning for research
Constructing different types of questions using Bloom’s Taxonomy
Gathering information through reading, speaking and listening
Recording information in an engaging manner
The pre-visit task could be used to explore the importance of asking the right questions, e.g. open and closed questions. Using Bloom’s Heirarchy, pupils should be able to scaffold their questions in order to elicit a wealth of information whilst on site.
During the Visit
The visit should provide opportunities for reading information boards, interviewing staff and using their own observational skills. Pupils should be aware that a mixture of all these will be required for the best results.
Why not complete this resource on a day trip?
The Isle of Wight can be reached in as little as 12 minutes! If you're located close to the south coast then a day trip is easily achievable...
This resource could be completed as part of the following day trip:
Donkey Day Out! from £17.02pp
A fascinating insight into the world of donkeys, ideal for KS1 up to KS3. Get up close with these gentle and lovable creatures.
Collation of their information, gained by questioning and recording information. Completion of their presentation/leaflet/display. Completion of self-evaluation.
Students will demonstrate their thinking, questioning, reading, speaking, listening and writing skills. They will demonstrate evidence of planning, creative thinking, gathering of information and the recording of it in an effective and engaging way.
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