Primary Stage Workshops

 

BRINGING LEARNING TO LIFE

 

Whether you’re interested in our curriculum linked workshops delivered by our team of skilled and highly knowledgeable Discovery and Learning Officers, a personalised tour tailored to your curriculum objectives, or prefer to lead your own self-guided visit, we have all the information you need for an inspirational day out.

 

Whatever the age our workshops and tours at Dartmoor Zoo are a great way to introduce your pupils to science and create lasting memories that enhance and reinforce classroom learning.

 

They’re fun, hands-on, interactive AND curriculum linked! Furthermore we can tailor our sessions to any classroom topic. If you don’t see a workshop below that quite fits your needs please do give us a call and we can create an individualised lesson plan to accommodate the most specific of curriculum objectives.

 

Key Stage 1

Classification - Vertebrates

 Come along and discover what makes an animal a mammal, reptile or bird in this interactive session where our scaly friends help us put animals into groups.

 Learning Outcomes:

 By the end of the session the students should be able to:

  •  Name at least 1 animal from each of the following classes: mammal, reptile, bird.
  • Use appropriate terminology to describe how animals differ from one another.
  • Separate animals into categories using a range of methods of observation.
  • Explain why animals are classified into different categories.

 National Curriculum Links:

  •  Year 1 Science - Animals, including humans
  • Working scientifically

 

Animal Appetites

Could you tell the difference between a tiger and a bear's poo? What about the teeth of an omnivore or herbivore? In Animal Appetites, pupils will get the chance to see real-life examples as they explore teeth, diet and poo like never before.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the session the students should be able to:

  • State the differences between a herbivore, omnivore and carnivore.
  • Recognise and name different types of teeth and state their function.
  • Explain whether an animal is a herbivore, omnivore or carnivore by examining examples of animal teeth.
  • Sort animals into simple groups based on animal diets.   

National Curriculum Links:

  • Year 1 – Animals including humans
  • Working scientifically

 

Life processes

How can you tell if something is alive? In this workshop, pupils use their senses to explore the seven life processes that all living things share. They will learn how all animals (including themselves) grow and have babies of their own, move, eat, breathe, use their senses and, leaving the best until last, POO!

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the session the students should be able to:

  • Say what is different about things that are living, dead and have never been alive.
  • Explain the seven different life processes that all living things share.
  • Classify objects as those that are living, dead and those that have never been alive.

National Curriculum links:

  • Year 2 – Living things and their habitats
  • Working scientifically

 

Habitats

Take a closer look at the world around us as we compare our environment to animal habitats all over the globe. In this interactive session, pupils will learn about micro-habitats as they investigate the plants in our learning garden as well as those in a Rainforest, Desert and African Savannah.    

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the session the students should be able to:

  • Recall the seven different life processes that all living things share (note nothing about plants anymore!)
  • Describe a habitat and identify the animals that live in it.
  • Explain how an animal is suited to its habitat.
  • Describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals and understand a simple food chain.
  • Explain how living things in a habitat depend on each other.

National Curriculum Links:

  • Year 2 – Living things and their habitats
  • Working scientifically

 

Animal Babies (summer only)

Do animal babies always look like their parents? How do babies change as they grow?  In this interactive session, pupils will learn to classify different kinds of animal babies and learn about the basic needs that are shared by humans and animals. 

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the session the students should be able to:

  • Describe how animals change as they grow
  • Match different animals to their babies
  • Describe the basic needs of humans and animals for survival (water, food and air)
  • Understand the different needs of animals within our care

National Curriculum Links:

  • Year 2 – Living things and their habitats
  • Working scientifically

 

Lower Key Stage 2

Skeletons and Movement

Investigate how different animals have taken on the challenge of movement in a variety of different environments and how important the right nutrition is to ensure the healthy maintenance of skeletons and muscle.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the session the students should be able to:

  • Explain why animals need the right type of nutrients
  • Sort animals accordingly to their skeletons
  • Identify and name key skeletal bones
  • Explain the three main functions of a skeleton and understand why we need muscles to move

 

National Curriculum Links:

  • Year 3 Science – Animals including Humans
  • Working scientifically

 

Classification - Vertebrates & Invertebrates

What do a jellyfish and a grasshopper have in common? They are both invertebrates! Come along and discover how we can classify both vertebrates and invertebrates according to their similarities and differences and help us put them into their correct groups.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the session the students should be able to:

  • Name at least 3 animals from each of the following classes: vertebrates, invertebrates
  • Use appropriate terminology to describe how animals differ from one another.
  • Separate animals into categories using a range of methods of observation.
  • Explain why animals are classified into different categories.
  • Understand the impact that changes to an environment can have on living things

National Curriculum Links:

  • Year 4 Science – Living Things and their Habitats
  • Working scientifically

 

Upper Key Stage 2

Classification – Curious Creatures

In this session we look at more sophisticated classification systems and how different sets of living things can be classified into broad groups according to their similarities and differences. We will take a look at more curious creatures and find out where they belong on the Linnaean System of Classification.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the session the students should be able to:

  • Describe how living things are classified into groups
  • Identify the characteristics of different types of animals
  • Classify a creature based on its characteristics
  • Describe and investigate helpful and harmful organisms

National Curriculum Links:

  • Year 6 Science – Living Things and their Habitats
  • Working scientifically

 

Evolution & Inheritance

With the help of our highly evolved reptile collection, pupils are introduced to Darwin’s theory of evolution and can discover for themselves how animals adapt to their environment and evolve over time.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the session the students should be able to:

  • Explain the scientific concept of inheritance.
  • Identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and these adaptations may lead to evolution.
  • Identify the key ideas of the theory of evolution.
  • Describe how adaptations can results in both advantages and disadvantages and how human intervention affects evolution

National Curriculum Links:

  • Year 6 Science – Evolution and Inheritance
  • Working scientifically

 

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