Students comparing the sizes of grey and red squirrels

Classes across the British Isles are enthralled by the topic of studying squirrels. From children in cities who may only have seen grey squirrels in parks to students in rural areas which may provide a suitable habitat for red squirrel regeneration, the Red Squirrel Education Pack is stimulating awareness of the issues concerned.

Educationally, through a varied and inspiring range of activities, the Red Squirrel Education Pack provokes thought and helps children to form measured opinions. The proof of whether an activity has made a good impression is often whether or not it comes up in conversation around the family dinner table and, judging by the contact we have had from interested parents wanting to find out about Red Squirrel Conservation efforts, that is certainly happening.

Here is a look at one of the Work Slides from the Red Squirrel Education Pack:

Screen Shot 2016-11-10 at 18.20.58In this activity students look at what a Red Squirrel does season-by-season. They then think about what they, themselves, do typically in each season of the year. The Red Squirrel has a different coat for winter and summer. Do the students wear different clothes in different seasons? In autumn squirrels bury nuts in readiness for winter. Do the students eat different foods in different seasons?

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A sample extract from the Teachers’ Notes

The Teachers’ Notes which accompany the Red Squirrel Education Pack contain a comprehensive guide to how to deliver the material to the class with suggested extension activities. With answers included, it makes teaching the topic extremely straightforward for all teachers whether they have an existing passion for the cause of the Red Squirrel or have no previous subject knowledge.