Our intrepid Safari Rangers arrive in the Rangermobile and bring along brilliant resources including biofacts for use in our workshops.
Elephant tusks, snake skins, macaw feathers, skulls, porcupine quills or ostrich eggs are just a few of the amazing biofacts which our Safari Ranger uses to engage your pupils about the natural world in our interactive sessions. Our resources really do bring a little bit of the zoo to you!
This offer is available for all schools with the only restrictions being our availability and the travel times – see below:
|Travel time from zoo
(based on AA route planner)
|up to 30 minutes||up to 45 minutes||up to 60 minutes|
|Minimum number of classes||1||4||7|
|Maximum number of classes (dependent on 3 Safari Rangers being available)||12||12||12|
|Start time||9.30am||9.45 / 10am||10am|
||We’d always like to see more than one class to make our visit worthwhile so please check if other classes in your school would like a visit too before you book.||To fit 4 sessions into your school day you may need to be flexible with break times.||To fit 7 sessions into your school day you may need to be flexible with break times|
EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE
EYFS – RAINFOREST RANGERS
The sessions will take your young people on a ‘journey’ through the rainforest to discover how it feels, smells and what it sounds like along the way we will encounter clues to what we would find living in this fascinating habitat.
EYFS – SAFARI EXPLORERS
The sessions will take your young people on a ‘journey’ the African grasslands to discover how it feels, smells and what it sounds like along the way we will encounter clues to what we would find living in this fascinating place.
KEY STAGE 1
KS1 – MINI-BEASTS
All creatures are fascinating, whether great or small. This workshop looks at some of the smallest animals that are all around us, the mini-beasts. Your students will learn what invertebrates eat, where they live, their adaptations and why they are so important.
KS1 – NIGHT TIME CREATURES
The dark can be scary or fascinating. This workshop focuses on a group of animals who thrive in it. Focusing on four species, we look at how they have adapted to life in the darkness and the senses they use to find food and avoid predators. Your student’s senses will be challenged too!
KS1 – AFRICAN ANIMALS
Africa is home to many different animals from the large to the small. This workshop will introduce you to common habitats in Africa. Using an animal artefact for each main habitat the students will find out what animals eat, how they are adapted to where they live.
KS1 – RAINFORESTS
Rainforests are bursting with life, and home to over half of the worlds species. Sadly, many of these species are facing extinction. We need YOUR class to help to save the rainforest and all the animals that live there. We’ll learn about how rainforests are really important, the layers of the rainforest and about some of the amazing animals that live there. We’ll also discuss how rainforest animals have special adaptations to help them to survive. Finally you will learn what we can do to protect this amazing habitat.
KEY STAGE 2
KS2 – LIFE CYCLES
What is a life cycle? During this interactive workshop we will explore what is a life cycle using examples of mammals, amphibians and insects. With the use of ‘whose eggs’ and mystery objects your students will learn how diverse the animal kingdom is and the varying ways in which animals grow.
KS2 – ACT FOR WILDLIFE
The second biggest threat to animal survival after habitat loss is poaching. This workshop looks at the illegal wildlife trade of five iconic species, Chester Zoo’s global conservation efforts to prevent this, and most importantly what we can do to make a difference.
KS2 – TALKING RUBBISH
Every year the UK produces 31 million tonnes of household rubbish. This workshop focuses on the effects this rubbish is having on our environment and endangered animals, and looks at what we can all do to reduce our impact on the planet, using rainforest and UK shoreline case studies.
KS2 – WE NEED THE RAINFOREST
(Borneo) Rainforests are being destroyed at the rate of a football pitch every three seconds. In this workshop you’ll learn about the importance of the rainforests to us. We’ll also discuss the layers of the rainforest and which animals we would expect to find there. Finally you will learn what we can do to protect this amazing habitat.
KS2 – ANIMALS IN ART
Animals have always been an important part of human life. In this new and exciting workshop we will use artwork (in collaboration with the Williamson Art Gallery exhibition ‘Animal Encounters’ to explore and reflect on human relationships with animals and the natural world (both currently and historically). We will use this idea to further explore (using real artefacts) one of the GREATEST threats to animals worldwide, the illegal wildlife trade.
KS2 – ILLEGAL WILDLIFE TRADE
Our campaign workshop provides an introduction to this important global issue, the wildlife that is suffering and the role we might all be playing in it. Your students will have the opportunity to develop their own conservation campaign after the session to share with their class and the wider school community
KS2 – SUSTAINABLE PALM OIL CHALLENGE
Our workshop is a great way to introduce the impact of palm oil production on the animals and plants of the South East Asian rainforests. We can all play a part in protecting the rainforest by supporting the use of sustainable palm oil. Your students will have the opportunity to develop their own conservation campaign after the session to share with their class and the wider school community.
KS2 – WILDLIFE CONNECTIONS
Chester zoo is also working hard to help protect UK wildlife. This campaign is a great way to introduce your students to the wildlife around them and will challenge and support them to apply what they learn to develop their own campaign and take action for local wildlife.