Oly Hemmings from the Knapdale Beaver Trial and The Scottish Wildlife Trust visited Primary 5 in January and February to help the children learn about beavers and other Scottish wildlife and their habitats. Favourite activities were looking at animal skulls and pelts, trying to make the best dam and creating an arch of dependant plants and creatures with beavers as the keystone species. Using giant building blocks, the children showed their understanding of the food chain. A vigorous game of musical chairs demonstrated what happens when the habitat of animals is changed.
The children were encouraged to give their own opinions and they used their listening and talking skills to discuss questions and problems. Everyone felt that this active way of teaching encouraged children and adults to remember facts more easily.