Discovery Workshops

Discovery Workshops

"The teaching was pitched at exactly the right level for my class, allowing them to both observe and take part in stories about how African animals have adapted to living in such a unique environment. Having now been back at school for a few weeks, it is clear the experience has helped their understanding of the topics we are covering in class."

A discovery workshop is a vital part of your visit to us. All of our discovery workshops are led by professional educators and use live animal and bio artefacts to really bring learning to life in a way that wouldn’t be possible in the classroom.

Workshops are 45 minutes during the off peak season (September, October, March & April) and 30 minutes during peak season (May, June & July).

We have a range of curriculum linked topics for you to choose from, just choose the key stage you are interested in to see what we have to offer.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Foundation fun – ages 3+

A workshop designed with EYFS in mind! The children are introduced to facts about famous animals including elephant, lion, deer and get the chance to explore a range of artefacts such as skulls, feathers and eggs. This is followed up by meeting a range of live minibeasts!

Senses on Safari – ages 2+

How does a lion see? What does a snake skin feel like? What noise does a tiger make? How does a camel find its food? All these questions and more can be answered with our Senses on Safari workshop. Children will be introduced to the wonderful world of senses and colour in this fun and interactive session. As well as discovering a range of animals senses the children can use their own senses to discover an array of artefacts from snake skin to real animal fur. Activities also include a range of fun games which will be used to bring the world of animals alive with all elements developed with EYFS in mind! – No live animals are used during this session.

Key Stage 1

Habitats

Children explore how animals are suited to their environment by looking at a range of habitats including savannah grasslands of Africa, the rainforest and the desert.

Rainforests

Pupils explore the animals, plants and resources found in the rainforests. They discover threats to this habitat and how their actions can help.

Classifications

Children become “mini-zoologists” in this session where we explore how we group animals. Emphasis is placed on the differences between the 5 vertebrate groups: mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish.

African Animals

Children explore the amazing animals famous continent of Africa. We focus in particular on the savannah habitat home to lions, zebra and giraffe.

Growing up

Children examine how different animals grow and have babies and make comparisons to the human life cycle.

Why aren’t humans like tigers?

Why do some animals have stripes? Why don’t humans have tails? Explore the differences between humans and animals in this session.

20 Questions

Perfect for teachers with inquisitive kids!

If you have been studying a topic not offered in our workshops or just want the chance to quiz a real live zoologist this is your chance. Book a session where the content is entirely based around the children’s questions.

Amazing Animals (peak season only)

Give the kids an extra wild encounter with this fun, engaging session learning about animals large and small. This session is ideal for those on an end of year trip who want to add educational value in an informal way. (Content is applicable across the science curriculum and includes reference to habitat, diet and classification. For sessions linked to specific areas of the curriculum see above).

Nocturnal animals

Children discover how some animals are able to survive at night time through a range of amazing features.

Mini-beast Discovery

New for 2016, this is a fun and interactive session where your students will get to explore our woodland walk. Working in groups, they will be able to get involved in a mini-beast hunt: where they will discover various mini-beasts, lurking in our safari woodland. This engaging session involves learning about habitats and classification, with various curriculum links.

 

Key Stage 2

Classifications

Children become “mini-zoologists” in this session where we explore how we group animals. Emphasis is placed on the differences between the 5 vertebrate groups: mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish.

Rainforests

Pupils explore the animals, plants and resources found in the rainforests. They discover threats to this habitat and how their actions can help.

Adaptations to Habitats

Explore the rainforest, savannah grassland and desert habitats. What are they like to live in and how do the animals there survive.

Endangered Animals

Pupils are introduced to two driving forces behind the current increase in animal extinctions: poaching and habitat loss.

African Animals

Children explore the amazing animals famous continent of Africa. We focus in particular on the savannah habitat home to lions, zebra and giraffe.

Food & Feeding

Children explore the different diets of animals and look at the advantages and disadvantages of being a herbivore, carnivore and omnivore.

Evolution: have we always looked like this?

Children explore how animals are adapted to their environment by the process of natural selection and discover more about a range of species which no longer exist.

Growing up

Children examine how different animals grow and have babies and make comparisons to the human life cycle.

20 Questions

Perfect for teachers with inquisitive kids!

If you have been studying a topic not offered in our workshops or just want the chance to quiz a real live zoologist this is your chance. Book a session where the content is entirely based around the children’s questions.

Amazing Animals (peak season only)

Give the kids an extra wild encounter with this fun, engaging session learning about animals large and small. This session is ideal for those on an end of year trip who want to add educational value in an informal way. (Content is applicable across the science curriculum and includes reference to habitat, diet and classification. For sessions linked to specific areas of the curriculum see above).

Mini-beast Discovery

New for 2016, this is a fun and interactive session where your students will get to explore our woodland walk. Working in groups, they will be able to get involved in a mini-beast hunt: where they will discover various mini-beasts lurking in our safari woodland. This engaging session involves learning about habitats and classification, with various curriculum links.

Key Stage 3 & 4

Discover Endangered Species and Conservation – recommended for biology, geography

An eye-opening insight into the effects of poaching and habitat loss on animal extinction- with a special focus on the latest rhino conservation techniques.

Explore careers with animals – recommended for all students

What does it take to become an elephant keeper or a sea lion trainer? Ask our animal experts about jobs in the zoo, salary expectations and qualifications.

Journey into marketing – recommended for business studies

From promoting animal encounters to creating our interactive website, get the inside track on how our marketing strategies have grown and evolved over the years.

Understand the role of Modern Zoos – recommended for all students

As well as being home to around 700 exotic creatures, discover how the zoo enriches animal and human lives through education, conservation and captive breeding programmes.

Focus on our business habitat – recommended for business studies

A behind the scenes look at how Knowsley thrives as a successful business, including our mission, recruitment, community and inspiring future plans.

Experience enrichment days – recommended for all students

These days are designed to improve social skills and promote team skills.
Activities may include interactive design workshop, sea lion training experience, making bat enrichment and conservation talks.

ACTIVE Sessions!

We have a brand new workshop available! The new ACTIVE! range.

ACTIVE! Session will be based around group work and team building rather than a traditional sit down, classroom setting. Our new ACTIVE! Workshops will be delivered in our amazing NEW outdoor tiger classroom. These sessions are perfect for encouraging your students to move around and become more active, whilst learning all about animals. All ACTIVE! Session utilise a range of activities, artefacts and active games to engage all learners in the wonderful world of animals! Please note session do not include live animals and are based outdoors. Please ensure students are suitably dressed for the occasion.

ACTIVE! Asia and the Arctic: (offered for both KS1 & 2)

During this session students will discover a range of animals from the forests of Asia and the frozen land of the arctic. They will discover a range of adaptations animals from both habitats have to survive such challenging conditions.  Session includes a variety of active games activities and artefacts that bring the animal’s world to life!  Sessions are based outdoors. Please ensure students are suitably dressed for the occasion.

ACTIVE! Terrific Tigers: (offered for both KS1 & 2)

What do tigers have that make them terrific? In this ACTIVE! Session you students will discover all about the different features and adaptations tigers have to survive in the wild. Get up close and personal with our tiger artefacts and activities and discover the wonderful world of tigers! Session includes a variety of active games activities and artefacts that bring the animal’s world to life!  Sessions are based outdoors so please ensure students are suitably dressed for the occasion.

ACTIVE! Senses on Safari: (ages 2+)

How does a lion see? What does a snake skin feel like? What noise does a tiger make? How does a camel find its food? All these questions and more can be answered with our Senses on Safari workshop. Children will be introduced to the wonderful world of senses and colour in this fun and interactive session. As well as discovering a range of animals senses the children can use their own senses to discover an array of artefacts from snake skin to real animal fur. Activities also include a range of fun games which will be used to bring the world of animals alive with all elements developed with EYFS in mind! – No live animals are used during this session.

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