Primary Education

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, with literacy and numeracy embedded, create lasting memories that enhance and reinforce classroom learning.

They’re fun, hands-on, interactive AND curriculum linked! 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.

 

Close Encounters

A hands on, fun filled, educational session where pupils will have the  opportunity to meet some animals from our small animal collection. The children will have opportunity to handle some of the animals whilst learning lots of amazing facts about these fascinating creatures.

Special Themed Workshops 2018

Here at Discovery and Learning we thought we’d mix up our schools programme by adding in a few more exciting workshops!  So if you fancy a bit of a change from the usual curriculum related sessions, why not try one of these?

Spring Term – Slime!

What is slime? It’s sticky, slippery, and squelchy! But what is it exactly? Who uses it and what’s it for? In this session students will learn all about the many weird and wonderful ways animals (including humans!) use slime to help them survive. They will get a chance to explore slime in more detail than ever before by getting up close and personal with some of our most impressive slime users. Students will also become scientists in the practical side of the session where they discover that slime can be fun, when they will get a chance to make their own slime!

Summer Term – Predator vs Prey

Imagine you’re a gazelle… could you survive against 15 predators? Find out in our engaging predator vs. prey workshop. Students will learn all about the relationship between predators and prey, they will get the chance to meet a predator and a prey species AND they will be pitted against their classmates in an engaging, dynamic game of predator vs. prey!

Autumn 1 Term – Native Wildlife

Our zoo animals are incredible, so much so in fact that they often outshine our own amazing native wildlife. In this session students will develop their knowledge on native wildlife, they will learn about the importance of invertebrates, and the roles of each animal within the ecosystem. They will get a chance to put their conservation skills to the test by making either a bug house or a bird feeder. All of this will be achieved outside in our bush craft area and will be rounded up with an exciting game of ecosystem giant jenga!

Autumn 2 Term – Adaptions to the cold

Animals all over the world have some fantastic adaptations to help them live in a wide range of habitats. The thought of living somewhere like the Arctic however gives us the chills! So how do animals do it? Find out now in this hands-on adaptations session. Students will learn about the different species living in cold places, and the types of adaptations that help them to do so. They will get involved in making their very own ‘blubber gloves’ to protect their hands from icy water, and will finish the session off with an interactive, limited addition version of winter Zeebs where their very own invented species will try to survive in the arctic!

 

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 zebra’s tooth? Do you know what it means to be an omnivore or herbivore? In Animal Appetites, pupils will get the chance to see real-life examples as they explore teeth, diet and try out new way of grouping animals.

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

 

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 a range of habitats including those in a rainforest, desert and grassland.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • 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

Lower Key Stage 2

 

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  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

 

Life Cycles

How does the life cycle of a mammal compare to that of an insect or an amphibian? In this session we look at the different life cycles of different animals, explain what is meant by metamorphosis and compare the gestation periods of a range of different creatures.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Describe the life cycles for a range of different animals.
  • Explain metamorphosis and life processes that play a role in animal life cycles.
  • Understand the concept of gestation periods and compare animals’ development times with their life span

National Curriculum Links:

  • Year 5 Science – Living Things and their Habitats
  • Year 5 Science – Animals, including humans
  • Working scientifically

 

Classification – The Linnaean System

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, including micro organisms and plants.
  • Identify the characteristics of different types of animals.
  • Classify a creature based on its specific characteristics.
  • Use the Linnaean  System of Classification to help group the animals.

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:

  • Recognise that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth  millions of years ago.
  • Recognise that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents.
  • Identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways.
  • Explain how adaptations lead to evolution.

National Curriculum Links:

  • Year 6 Science – Evolution and Inheritance
  • Working scientifically

 

Adaptations

In this session we introduce Darwin’s theory of evolution and compare the adaptations of two similar animals from different habitats.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Recognise that living things have changed over time.
  • Identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways.
  • Explain how adaptations lead to evolution.
  • Compare the adaptations of two similar animals from different habitats.

 

Super transport savings for schools!

Thinking of booking a trip to Dartmoor Zoo but needing to keep travel costs down? From November 2017 – March 2018 Dartmoor Zoo have teamed up with Plymouth Citybus to bring you an unbeatable transport deal. If your school is based in the Plymouth area, we can provide you with your own coach to and from Dartmoor Zoo for just £75 per 5 hours. For further details please contact the Discovery and Learning team on 01752 837 645.

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