Working Scientifically at Chester Zoo
We use science every day – it underpins of all our work, and helps us to learn more about animals and the environment around us.
In this workshop, we will guide your students to propose a hypothesis about our primates, visit the chimpanzee habitat to undertake an animal behaviour observation collecting data, then return to the Learning Centre to analyse the results and draw conclusions.
Age group: Key Stage 3
Duration: 50 minutes
Capacity: 25 pupils
Meeting point: Learning Centre
Experimental skills and investigations:
- ask questions and develop a line of enquiry based on observations of the real world, alongside prior knowledge and experience
- make predictions using scientific knowledge and understanding
- select, plan and carry out the most appropriate types of scientific enquiries to test predictions, including identifying independent, dependent and control variables
Analysis and evaluation:
- present observations and data using appropriate methods, including tables and graphs
- interpret observations and data, including identifying patterns and using observations, measurements and data to draw conclusions
- present reasoned explanations, including explaining data in relation to predictions and hypotheses
- evaluate data, showing awareness of potential sources of random and systematic error
- identify further questions arising from their results
Please note: Chester Zoo discovery workshops can be adapted to your learners needs and abilities, please speak to one of the team to find out more.