Key Stage Three

Learning at Twycross is unique. Nothing compares to experiencing the real thing. We provide interactive and exciting sessions for Key Stage Three 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.

Animals, Food and Humans

Explore how organisms are connected through food webs, and how pollinators affect food security. The students will learn about the pros and cons of pesticide use and GM food crops, and participate in a debate about the future of food.

Evolution, Variation and Extinction

Looks at the process of heredity and how variation occurs in a population and how this can affect the survival of individuals. The students will also explore how changes to the environment can affect wildlife, lead to extinction and what we can do to help.

‘Scientific Investigations – Animal Behaviour’

Discover the difference between learned behaviour and instincts, the behaviour of different groups of animals, and the advantages and disadvantages of social behaviour. We will also discuss why understanding animal behaviour is important and how we do it. The children will complete their own investigation out in the zoo, which they can write up back at school.

Planet Earth

This session looks at the differences between animals in habitats across the world. We discuss the geography of the earth’s tilt and tectonic plates and how these have affected species variation globally!

Human Impact

In this session we discuss what the Earth is made of, the resources that we use on the planet and how humans and animals can have impacts on the environment.

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

  • “All the children were focussed and engaged for the whole session”
  • “The teaching staff today were excellent, very enthusiastic!”
  • “Session was very interactive and relevant to their unit at school”
  • “Very well planned, an excellent addition to our trip”
  • “A must for any teacher wanting their zoo trip to have a real education focus”

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.