See a pig keeping a “nose” on her offspring, hens learning from watching television and sheep who know that one vehicle sounds different from another.
22 minutes - for ages 7-11 (but people of all ages will love this film!)
Educational films from the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB)
This film was made by the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour, a charity whose members are largely professional biologists working in universities, research institutes and schools.
ASAB's aim is to promote the scientific study of animal behaviour, for example, through its ownership of the leading international academic journal in its field and producing resources, like this film, to encourage the teaching of animal behaviour in schools.
Let’s Ask the Animals was produced in conjunction with scientists from Cambridge and Bristol and is designed to teach the needs of animals using a range of fascinating farm animal stories. Hens run obstacle courses to prove they need nests; pigs display remarkable senses and intelligence; sheep show their learning skills and maternal instincts. A positive video guaranteed to raise empathy for farm animals amongst children.
Also teaches useful science - the needs of animals. Aimed at children of seven or older, younger children will enjoy selected sections. Older children (and adults) will also love it, though it is wise to warn them it is aimed at younger children. Although 22 minutes long, it will hold children spellbound. £5 (but available free to primary schools).
(NB ASAB’s other video Stimulus Response is also strongly recommended for students aged 14 and above which uses the same stories to teach about the nervous system and animal behaviour).