Living with badgers

The aim of this session is to consider the impact of human activity on animals and the environment and to consider ways to minimise this impact. Students will consider a case study of badgers whose habitat is threatened by building development. They will explore views that are not necessarily their own, in addition to expressing their own opinions.

Curriculum objectives

Students should learn:

  • that living organisms are dependent on the environment and other species for their survival
  • that species may be threatened as a result of human activity
  • about the impact of human activity on the environment and the species within it. 

Animal welfare objectives

Students should learn:

  • to understand that badgers are protected by UK legislation
  • to recognise that our indigenous species may be put at risk by human activity.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this lesson:

  • most students: are aware that human activity can affect the habitats of animals in a variety of ways. They realise that, in England and Wales, the law protects some species and this must be taken into consideration when land development is proposed. They are able to discuss the issues raised, present their ideas, reflect on their opinions and those of others
  • some students have not made so much progress and: are aware of some of the ways that human activity can affect the habitats of animals. They understand that different people have different views on the issue of animal welfare
  • some students have progressed further and: have a good understanding of the impact of human activity on the habitats of animals. They understand ways in which habits of animals can be tracked, with as little intrusion as possible, to provide information so that reasoned decisions can be made. They discuss the issues raised, present their ideas and reflect on their opinions and those of others.