For five decades, Penscynor Wildlife Park in south Wales was a much-loved day out for hundreds of thousands of people a year.

I was the Education Officer there for four years between 1990 to 1994. It was my first job after university and gave me a wonderful opportunity to develop performance, presentation and teaching techniques that I still use today.

In my filing cabinets and digital folders I have a substantial amount of archive material from those days. I’m gradually getting the stuff I think might be of interest to others online in the ‘Penscynor’ posts.

Latest posts

  • Sense and response
    During lockdown I’ve had time to prepare lots of lesson plans and resources. This one has had lots of positive feedback from colleagues and requests that I share it, so that’s what I’m doing. This les …
  • Lesson – Sense and response
    Organisms have to react to change in their environment (both internal and external) to stay alive. This online lesson was written for GCSE science students. The lesson is suitable for combined science …
  • Videos – Sense and response
    I’ve put together a selection of YouTube clips that illustrate how organisms sense changes and respond to them. Watch a couple, or three, or all… and have a think about the questions I have posed. Thi …
  • Mitosis
    The phases of mitosis – where eurcaryote cells (that’s animals, plants, fungi… but not bacteria and the other prokaryotes) divide to create two identical copies of themselves can be tricky to remember …
  • Games in science lessons
    Games are a valuable tool the can help embed models, linking the domain of the observed/real to the domain of the unseen/theoretical. They break up a lesson, encourage participation and allow children …

There’s more… View all posts in the Penscynor category.

I am happy to answer questions and help with specific information requests, just email office [at] howiewatkins [dot] co [dot] uk.