These resources allow teachers and students throughout the world to learn more about the Falkland Islands, its unique environment and fantastic wildlife enabling them to compare where they live to our wonderful islands.

The information is for children between 4 to 11 years and 11 to 14 years, and is linked to the National Curriculum for England and Wales, taught throughout schools in the Falkland Islands.

The structure for each section is based upon the units of work devised by the QCA (Qualifications and Curriculum Authority) and the Learning Objectives stated in the National Curriculum. The resources available are by no means conclusive, nor do they cover all of the required Learning Objectives simply because many of the environmental aspects of the Science and Geography curriculum require students to study their own local environment. An example is given in each section, with more comprehensive information available to download.

 

Primary Education: Ages 4 – 11
Key Stage 1 and 2


Children as young as 4 years old are getting hands on experience of their local environment, taking part in pond dipping activities and visits to the local beach.

The format for the Primary sector includes a number of Learning Objectives that have been identified within these units of work. For example, Unit 2B Plants and Animals in the Local Environment. To access described resources for this Unit, and obtain full information on the following further Primary Learning Objectives:

 

Full information on all Primary/Secondary Education Resources is available on request

 

Secondary Education: Ages 11 – 14
Key Stage 3

Older children have opportunities to study the different habitats and species common to each. Some learn about the main features of their local coastline producing walking guides to popular tourist destinations. Secondary school students focus on particular native species in order to learn about classification, reproduction and photosynthesis.


Students are also encouraged to undertake practical conservation work. A sixth form group here are planting tussac grass.

The format for the Secondary Resources is slightly different. Rather than suggesting activities for the students to complete, relevant Learning Objectives have been identified and the resources that could be used to deliver these objectives with a Falkland Islands focus are highlighted. For example, Unit 7C, Environment and Feeding Relationships. To access all described resources for this Unit, and obtain full information on the following further Secondary Units:

Full information on all Primary/Secondary Education Resources is available on request

 


OTHER LINKS

Rockhopper Penguins at Sea in the Falkland Islands. (Primary school resource)

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ARKive

With the help of UK government funding, education and conservation charity Wildscreen, has been working to highlight biodiversity in the UK Overseas Territories through its online initiative ARKive (www.arkive.org). Based in the UK, the Wildscreen charity works globally to promote an appreciation of biodiversity and nature through the power of wildlife imagery.  With support from Defra and the Overseas Territories Environment Programme (OTEP) – a joint programme of the Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Wildscreen has been profiling the rich and unique species found in the UK Overseas Territories (UKOTS) on ARKive for awareness-raising and educational purposes.

Included in ARKive’s vast collection of stunning imagery are around 130 species from the Falklands. This includes endemic species, such as the the flightless Falkland steamerduck and ground-hugging false-plantain, as well as some of the island’s most charismatic and iconic animals – the gregarious rockhopper penguin and conspicuous South American sea lion.

As part of the funding we have also developed three new teaching resources, using the species of the UKOTs as inspiration. The three new teaching resources for 7 to 16 year olds, explore topics such as food chains, biodiversity and conservation, and feature many species familiar to the Falkland Islands, such as the black-browed albatross and the macaroni penguin. The fun and interactive resources, which cover key science topics, are free for educators to download from the ARKive website. It is hoped that teachers and educators within the Falkland Islands will find these new tools for the classroom a valuable addition to their lesson plans.