Key Stage 1

Our Key Stage 1 workshops are just the ticket to get your pupils buzzing about our amazing planet and the animals and plants we share it with.

We know how inquisitive young minds can be so we've put our older minds together and come up with a great range of curriculum-linked workshops to complement the work you’re doing in school. 

This year, we’re also offering a lovely seasonal treat.  In our Wild Winter workshop your pupils are invited for a walk through our magical wood, learning about native species and ending with a meeting with Santa Claus himself!  It’s a limited run session so we suggest booking early for this special workshop. 

You can see all about our taught sessions at Key Stage 1 workshops or if you prefer a self-guided visit 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. 

If you want to book or find out more, our contact details are on the Book Your Visit page.

Bring learning to life

All our workshops 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.

But, 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 Workshops

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'