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Our workshops for KS1 are designed to inspire pupils through hands-on experience. They will each have the opportunity to touch or hold our amazing animals and will be encouraged to ask and answer questions.

We tailor our presentations to each school’s requirements – so just ask if you would like us to combine workshop themes or create a completely new animal presentation to fit in with an area of study. We have workshops to complement the science, English and geography curriculums.

Each of the following workshops can be presented at an appropriate level for any primary school year group:

Our Super Science Workshops

  • Science week special

Ask us about a multi-themed day of animal-handling activities for every class in your school. Every pupil will have the opportunity to hold a range of animals and we aim to inspire great scientists of the future!

  • Reward for the class

An exciting animal-handling session including mammals, reptiles, amphibians and mini-beasts. This educational experience makes an excellent end of term treat, or reward for pupils who have worked especially hard. For longer sessions we can include our popular animal-themed games and activities.

  • Habitats and Adaptation

Pupils will identify and name a variety of common animals including amphibians, reptiles, and mammals and discover how different animals are adapted to their habitats. They find out about and describe the basic needs of animals, including the right types of nutrition. We can also look at micro- habitats and introduce the children to a selection of fascinating mini-beasts.

  • Evolution & Inheritance

Using our hands-on animal experience we introduce the pupils to the concept that “Evolution is change over time” and “Inheritance is when something is passed on to the next generation”.  We explain that DNA is a library of all the body's characteristics and this is why the next generation often has elements or characteristics of both parents.

Parts of our discussions look at what can and cannot be inherited from one generation to the next, and link this to adaptation. Finally, we also look at the evidence for evolution and why species became extinct, and could become extinct in the future.

  • Prehistoric Animals

Some dinosaurs are still with us and pupils will meet them in this fun workshop which also has links with habitats and adaptation.  We look closely at reptiles which have hardly changed since pre-historic times and help pupils discover their secrets for survival by encouraging the close observations of tortoises, lizards and mini-beasts.

  • Nocturnal animals

Why are some animals and mini-beasts active at night and how do they manage to get around in the dark? Pupils are prompted to make their own observations by handling a range of nocturnal animals and comparing them to others which are active in daylight. They are encouraged to look closely at the animals’ eyes, ears and noses and imagine how they would use their senses to find their way in the dark.

  • Lifecycles

Pupils discover for themselves the main differences between amphibians, reptiles, mammals and mini-beasts. By observing and handling our range of animals they learn about the different body structures and how each type of animal is adapted to its habitat. We also explain how different animals grow from eggs or young into adults. Whenever possible we also bring in baby animals, which are always a great source of excitement!

  • Staying alive!

What do all living things need to survive? We look at the importance of eating the right food, exercising and keeping safe for both humans and animals. This animal presentation gives a fun twist to important lessons about protecting human health. Pupils find out which frog gets tubby if it eats too much, meet a lizard which just loves its green vegetables, and hear how animals keep fit and healthy!

  • Movement, skeletons and muscles

Pupils investigate what animal and mini-beast skeletons are like and why they differ. By seeing and touching the animals pupils understand how they use their muscles to move and why they have different body types to suit their environment.

  • Terrific teeth

Animal-handling is used to help pupils remember to take care of their teeth. We look at different types of teeth in humans and animals, their simple functions and how to keep them terrific. We also look at what food is good for us, and how different animals find and eat the food they need.

  • Producers, Predators and Prey

In this workshop pupils define the terms predator, prey and producer and make links between plants and animals in the form of food chains. Children discuss the different diets of animals: carnivores, herbivores and omnivores and we emphasise that the animals living in any particular habitat are interdependent and their survival also depends on the plants present in that habitat. Children understand how herbivores eat the plants and then they are eaten by carnivores, so the food (energy) is passed along the ‘chain’. They can also see our geckos being fed live crickets!

Our Gorgeous Geography Workshops

  • Animals from around the world

Children learn that there are many ecosystems around the world they are grouped into six main categories called biomes: the Deciduous Forest, the Coniferous Forest, the Tundra, the Rainforest, the Desert and the Grasslands. We introduce animals from a range of countries and climate zones and explain how they are adapted to their habitats, particularly rainforests and desert regions.

Please ask us if you would like a particular country or continent included.

  • The Tundra (Our Frozen Planet)

Children learn how some animals and birds are adapted to life in the Arctic and the Antarctic and they are encouraged to compare these features with the characteristics of our animals from other habitats. (Unfortunately, we cannot actually bring in a polar bear but we do use a combination of images and practical demonstrations to explore different elements for survival, combined with live creatures from other biomes to contrast how they have adapted to different habitats.)

  • The Desert

Pupils meet animals, native to desert habitats and learn how they are adapted to survive in dry, arid conditions. They are encouraged to discuss how animals are camouflaged and observe how each part of an animal’s body has an essential function.  They can feel the rough, scaly skin of a bearded dragon and learn how it survives on very little water and yet maintains its water levels in order to protect its internal organs.

  • The Tropical Rainforest

One of our most popular presentations, this session introduces children to a range of rainforest animals and mini-beasts. They see how the animals’ bodies are adapted to a warm, humid climate and learn about how they hunt for food and hide from predators. We explain why rainforests are so important and describe how they are under threat. Through the handling of our geckos and tarantulas, children will learn, first-hand, about the concept of conservation and develop an enthusiasm for protecting their environment.

  • The Forest /Wild Woods

This workshop complements studies of wildlife in the local environment. We introduce pupils to a range of mini-beasts from around the world which are safe to hold. We explain the importance of insects in the food chain and how insects differ from other types of animals. Children can explore vertebrates and invertebrates and also compare different types of skeleton.

We also offer:

  • Full day or half-day event for one class

In response to customer demand we now offer full or half-day sessions for a single class. These can be focussed around a single theme or include elements from several of our workshops. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

  • English Workshops

Our literacy workshops aim to inspire pupils to read for pleasure and to develop their writing skills in different genres.

We start with an animal observation. Children can sketch and watch the animals in their classroom, and we can provide key vocabulary cards for labelling or wow adjectives to stimulate the use of exciting language or animal-themed connectives cards to support sentence structure.

They can then contribute to a question and answer session about what they have seen. The session ends with animal handling, and pupils each decide which animal they want to write about.

Teachers often use our sessions as a starting point for both fiction and non-fiction writing. Some possibilities could include, in KS1: instructions, non-chronological reports, recounts, or riddles.

Ages:

INSET Teacher Training, KS1 Age 5-7, KS2 Age 7-11

Locations:

Derbyshire, East Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Merseyside, North Yorkshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland, South Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, West Yorkshire

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