KS3 Workshops

Evolution and Adaptations

How does the environment help shape what animals look like? Why do giraffe have such long necks?

We’ll explore the answers to these questions by examining the process of evolution through natural selection, using case studies from our animal collection.  Using a combination of engaging group activities, games and presentations, your students will investigate how variations in the genetic code react with habitats, leading to some weird and wonderful adaptations in the Animal Kingdom!

We will then get your students to apply their knowledge to predict which adaptations give a selective advantage in different habitats – time to let their imagination run wild!

Age group:  Key Stage
Duration: 50 minutes
Capacity: 25 pupils
Meeting point: Learning Centre

Curriculum links:


Genetics and evolution

Inheritance, chromosomes, DNA and genes

  • differences between species
  • the variation between species and between individuals of the same species meaning some organisms compete more successfully, which can drive natural selection

Please note:Chester Zoo discovery workshops can be adapted to your learners needs and abilities, please speak to one of the team to find out more.

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