Key Stage 1
It’s never too early for children to learn about our brilliant planet and the animals and plants we share it with and to get them started we have a great range of workshops at Key Stage 1.
We know how inquisitive your young pupils are so from September 2013 we’re introducing a brand new question and answer session where your budding conservationists can ask us any question they like about animals, plants and the zoo.
We run some of our workshops at animal enclosures and some in our classrooms but in all our sessions we make links to our 11,000 animals and the conservation work we are involved in both at home and overseas.
We bring learning to life and give your pupils the opportunity to experience nature hands-on by using our incredible collection of artefacts and sometimes live animals.
Before your children get too excited, we should point out that in line with the BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) ‘Guidelines on Animal Handling’, we don’t include animal handling for any classes containing Reception age children (children under the age of 5), although we may still bring the animals into the classroom for the children to look at. Click here for more information on animal handling.
Most of our workshops are 50 minutes long (our question and answer sessions last for 30 minutes) and we run them at 4 time slots on each week day during term time (10.30; 11.30; 1.00; 2.00). We have three classrooms and take a maximum of 20 pupils in each. Click here for our prices.
If you prefer not to have a workshop, you might be interested in our trails and activities. We’ve put these together for you to enjoy doing with your class in the zoo.
KS1 Trails and Activities
Here’s what some of our visitors said about our KS1 and KS2 workshops:
'All children were absorbed and stimulated throughout'
'Content reinforced learning taking place in school. Use of lovely resources delighted the children'
'Superb! Kept all the class interested and motivated'
'It covered all the main aspects we had talked about in class but you had fantastic resources too'