EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE

RAINFOREST RANGERS

This exciting session 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.

Using a variety of real artefacts, musical instruments, smells and sounds, we will take your students on a memorable journey through the rainforest. The students will use all their senses to explore and discover this unusual, noisy, smelly and exciting habitat in their own classroom.

Age group:  Early Years Foundation Stage (Nursery & Reception)
Duration: 30 minutes
Capacity: 30 pupils
Learning Space: Large classroom floor space. Access to laptop, sound and screen set up is preferable.

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SAFARI EXPLORERS

This exciting session will take your young people on a ‘journey’ across 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.

Using a variety of real artefacts, musical instruments, smells and sounds, we will take your students on a memorable journey across the African grasslands. The students will use all their senses to explore and discover this unusual, noisy, smelly and exciting habitat in their own classroom.

Age group: Early Years Foundation Stage (Nursery & Reception)
Duration: 30 minutes
Capacity: 30 pupils
Learning Space: Large classroom floor space. Access to laptop, sound and screen set up is preferable.

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KEY STAGE 1

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.

Why are mini-beasts so important? We will be finding out about many of our smallest creatures in the world, and why they are so important to our planet.

This workshop will get your young people working together and moving around using a variety of activities, games and artefacts to discover different features of mini-beasts, where they live within the UK, why we need them to be able to survive and how we can help them!

Age group: EYFS/KS1 – Reception-Year 2
Duration: 30-50 minutes
Capacity: 30 pupils
Learning Space: Large classroom floor space. Access to laptop, sound and screen set up is preferable.

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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!

Why do some animals come out at night? In this workshop we’ll find out about lots of different nocturnal creatures and how they have adapted to survive during the night.
Using a number of different artefacts, your students will explore different adaptations of 4 species of nocturnal animal that help them to survive. They will help our rangers to identify certain nocturnal animals by using footprints and find out how they can help these more elusive night-time dwellers.

Age group: EYFS/KS1 – Reception-Year 2
Duration: 30-50 minutes
Capacity: 30 pupils
Learning Space: Large classroom floor space. Access to laptop, sound and screen set up is necessary.

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AFRICAN ANIMALS

Africa is home to many different animals from the large to the small. This interactive workshop will introduce you to common habitats in Africa and the animals that live in those habitats.

Africa is a large continent and contains many different habitats. We will be exploring 4 different habitats across Africa and the animals that live there.
Using an animal artefact for each main habitat (Coastal, Grasslands, Rainforest and Desert) the students will find out what animals eat, how they are adapted to where they live and some of the threats that face the animals in Africa.

Age group:KS1 – Year 1 & Year 2
Duration: 50 minutes
Capacity: 30 pupils
Learning Space: Large classroom floor space.

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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.

Together, using a number of different artefacts, 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.

Age group: KS1 – Year 1 & Year 2
Duration: 50 minutes
Capacity: 30 pupils
Learning Space: Large classroom floor space. Access to Projector screen, laptop/computer and sound is necessary.

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KEY STAGE 2

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.

During the session, your students will participate in a number of activities and games exploring the lifecycles of a range of different species. Using a selection of real eggs and mystery objects, your students will play ‘whose eggs’ and will learn how diverse the animal kingdom is and the varying ways in which animals grow.

Age group: KS2 – Year 3-6
Duration: 50 minutes
Capacity: 30 pupils
Learning Space: Classroom layout – with tables and chairs. Access to projector, computer/laptop and sound necessary.

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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.

What are the threats that wildlife faces across our planet? What are Chester Zoo doing to help? What do you think you can do to help?
During this session, we will be looking at a number of different threats that wildlife faces using real artefacts, such as poaching, habitat loss, pollution and the Illegal Wildlife Trade. We will be concentrating on a case study of a conservation project that is carried out by Chester Zoo to explore how not only the zoo helps but also how YOU can help too.

Age group:  KS2 – Year 3-6
Duration: 50 minutes
Capacity: 30 pupils
Learning Space: Classroom layout – with tables and chairs. Access to projector, computer/laptop and sound necessary.

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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.

That’s a lot of rubbish! But how does this impact our planet and what can we do to reduce this impact? Using a series of interactive activities, we will be exploring the how rubbish is produced and what impact that rubbish has on our planet. Did you know that a disposable nappy can remain in the ground for up to 450 years? We will be having a look at what actions can be taken to reduce the impact humans are having on the planet and look at what YOU and your school can do to help!

Age group: KS2 – Year 3-6
Duration: 50 minutes
Capacity: 30 pupils
Learning Space: Classroom layout – with tables and chairs. Access to projector, computer/laptop and sound necessary.

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WE NEED THE RAINFOREST

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.

Together, using a number of different artefacts, we’ll be exploring 3 different rainforests and a species living in each. Your students will 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.

Age group: KS2 – Year 3-6
Duration: 50 minutes
Capacity: 30 pupils
Learning Space: Classroom layout – with tables and chairs. Access to Projector screen, laptop/computer and sound is necessary.

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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).

Humans have always had a relationship with animals, but how has this changed over time? Using historic artwork depicting animals and humans, we will be exploring these relationships, looking into how they can be interpreted and whether your students feel they are acceptable in today’s age. We will be looking at this alongside the modern illegal wildlife trade and various artefacts exploring the modern day threats to wildlife on our planet. We will also be finding out what YOU can do to help save our wildlife too.

Age group: KS2 – Year 3-6
Duration: 50 minutes
Capacity: 30 pupils
Learning Space: Classroom layout – with tables and chairs. Access to Projector screen, laptop/computer and sound is necessary.

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KEY STAGE 3+

KS3+ – 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

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KS3+ – 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.

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KS3+ – 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.

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We have LOTS of downloadable learning resources available to you for free, to help support your learning back in the classroom, before and after a visit to Chester Zoo.

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What ELSE do we offer?

Whether you want to visit the zoo, have us come to your school or you want to sign up for our virtual zoo visits – or all three – we’re sure we’ve got an offer that will suit your needs.  Our team are always happy to help with any enquiries you may have too.

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