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Workshops for schools

The school workshops cater for audiences ranging from pre-school up to Year 10.

ANIMO-MIMES
Pre-school
After a session where children are introduced to mime, they closely observe several species and then mime how they move around while the rest of the class guess which animal they have chosen.
Duration: 1 ½ hours

HAIR OR SCALES?
Pre-school
After learning about the differences between feathers, hair and scales, the children set off to observe the animal they have been allocated and work out which it has.
Duration: 1 ½ hours

ALIVE OR NOT ALIVE?
Pre-school
Are a rose, a stone and a macaw alive? The children attempt to answer this question by testing their hypotheses on the characteristics of living things through experimentation.
Duration: 1 ½ hours

DINNER’S READY!
Key Stage 1
Pupils identify the main types of diet by examining skulls. They then think about the food they would give to the zoo animals.
Duration: 1 ½ hours

I NEED AN ENCLOSURE!
Key Stage 1
What if an okapi came to live at the zoo? Pupils imagine the ideal conditions for accommodating this species by observing the park’s other enclosures.
Duration: 1 ½ hours

THE MENU, PLEASE
Key Stage 2
Pupils set off to learn about the diet of animals living in the Sahel-Sudan, comparing their diet in their natural habitat and at the zoo, and then working out the food web of the savanna.
Duration: 1 ½ hours

NATURE IN DANGER
Key Stage 2
Through learning and reflection, pupils try to help Nali, a young Madagascan girl who has appealed to them to preserve her island’s natural environment.
Duration: 1 ½ hours

THE A – Z OF BIODIVERSITY
Years 7 - 8
Pupils compete in a re-worked A-level game in which they learn about the concept of biodiversity.
Duration: 1 ½ hours

ONE FOR ALL AND ALL FOR BIODIVERSITY
Years 9 -10
How do you encourage people to preserve biodiversity? That is the question posed during this workshop which invites pupils to create a poster for an awareness-raising campaign.
Duration: 2 hours

CLASSIFYING LIVING BEINGS
Key Stage 1
Armed with observation checklists, pupils look for the common characteristics in animals, then draw up their first classification.
Duration: 1 ½ hours

Key Stage 2
After having chosen the most relevant characteristics to observe, pupils set off to observe the park animals in order to draw up a nested classification of living beings.
Duration: 1 ½ hours

Years 7 - 8
After having discussed the value of classifying living beings, the pupils go and observe the animals and their common attributes to draw up nested groups.
Duration: 1 ½ hours

Years 9 -10
Based on their observations of animals and their common characteristics, pupils draw up a nested classification which they represent in the form of a family tree.
Duration: 1 ½ hours

ONE ZOO, MANY PROFESSIONS
Years 7 - 8 - Years 9 -10
Pupils find out about the various professions in the zoo before meeting someone in the animal profession who tells them what their job involves on a daily basis.
Duration: 12 hours

To book, please go to the heading Instructions and booking.

If you wish to cancel your participation in a reserved activity or move it to another time, please do so at least 48 hours before the tour date. If you pass this deadline, you will still have to pay for the tour.
The weather is not grounds for cancellation or a refund.

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