This area of our work focuses on schools which face barriers to engaging with Chester Zoo.
The criteria for schools being eligible for this service is that they have a high percentage of students receiving free school meals (32% or higher), and that they are within 60 minutes’ drive time from Chester Zoo. Following this schools will be prioritised by those which have not previously visited/been visited by Chester Zoo or have not visited for a long time. This project approach aims to inspire and enable conservation action through multiple workshops with a common theme.
The delivery offer includes:
- Kickstarter meeting to introduce the school staff to the project, additional FREE learning resources that we have on offer, and ideas for how the teachers can make this a cross-curricular project for all year groups.
- Between two and four Safari Ranger led interactive workshops in the school setting for each class.
- A visit to Chester Zoo including teaching and activities led by the wider Chester Zoo education team.
- Creative work to enable reflection and recording of learning.
- An event or display within school to enable sharing of learning with wider school community.
Our workshop offer is for Y1-Y6 only. We do offer a related one-off workshop for F1 and F2 but they will not be included in the full offer.
Our workshops are based on three very important conservation campaigns to PREVENT EXTINCTION!
Sing for Songbirds
All over Indonesia forests are falling silent as the songbirds that once lived there are threatened with extinction. Students explore this problem through looking at rainforest habitats and culture. They will also learn about UK native birds and how they can help them.
This project is all about protecting and connecting the habitats of native wildlife in our country. Students will learn about native species in the UK, why their habitats are so important to protect, and what we can all do to help them.
Sustainable Palm Oil Challenge
The unsustainable production of palm oil is one of the biggest threats to the forests of Borneo and Sumatra. This project explores the impact that palm oil is having on the fascinating rainforest creatures that live there, and how we can help by using sustainable palm oil. Students will learn about rainforest animals, different cultures, food production as well as how to be sustainable when shopping.
If your school is interested in being a project school but you are not eligible under our project school criteria you can still get involved. Providing you are within the 60 minutes’ drive time from Chester Zoo we can offer a kickstarter meeting to introduce the school staff to the project, additional FREE learning resources that we have on offer, and ideas for how the teachers can make this a cross-curricular project for all year groups. We can also offer a one-off content-based Safari Ranger led workshop in the school setting for all classes, plus access to all of our online learning resources to develop the project within your school.