Key Stage Four

Learning at Twycross is unique. Nothing compares to experiencing the real thing. We provide interactive and exciting sessions for Key Stage Four students that fit in with all areas of the curriculum.

Our sessions are specially designed to inspire children about the natural world around them. We offer a wide range of subject area so there is sure to be one that suits your needs. Each session will be in one of our under-cover teaching classrooms with interactive facilities, will last between 45 and 60 minutes and can accommodate up to 30 children. All sessions come with free resources for you to use on site or back at school to do post-visit work.

Evolution and Classification

Students will explore the process of evolution through natural selection and evidence to support this. This session looks at the basics of genetics. Students will discover how and why we classify animals into groups.

Frankenscience: Right or Wrong?

Discuss how the application of science has shaped our modern world and how developments in biology such selective breeding can often raise questions about ethics. How science is applied in zoological organisation and debate to understand the ethical considerations of decision making.

Climate Change and Global Warming

In this session we discuss and debate the very important topic of climate change. We look into what is causing the warming of the planet and what effect this will have for us and the animals. Learn how we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and try to reduce our individual impact on the environment.

‘Scientific Investigations – Animal Behaviour’

We will discover the difference between learned and innate behaviour, the advantages and disadvantages of social behaviour, and the different ways in which humans have attempted to communicate with apes. We will also discuss why understanding animal behaviour is important and how we can measure behaviour. The children will complete their own investigation out in the zoo which they will write up back at school.

Career Days

Twycross Zoo career days give participants a taste of a zoo career along with important background information for the field. Select from: Zoo Keeper, Veterinary Practice, Zoologist, Conservationist

What some of our visiting teachers have said about our workshops:

  • “A must for any teacher wanting their zoo trip to have a real education focus”
  • “Was well linked to the specification and activity really got the message across”
  • “Excellent content and learning task, really made the visit for us”
  • “Excellent as always, I now build this visit into my scheme of work each year”

SEND Students

We are aware that every child is different and as such we would love to talk to you about your special educational needs.

Twycross Zoo provides a unique learning experience for your pupils. The sessions we provide can be specially tailored to yourselves to be suitable for all levels of special needs. You can pick any session from the selection available for Key Stages One, Two and Three. Just let us know a bit about the requirements of your learners when you book so we can tailor the session accordingly.

Our site is very accessible and we offer free pre-visits to teachers to make it easy to become familiar with the site and prepare risk assessments.