Learning at Twycross is special. Nothing compares to experiencing the real thing. We provide interactive and exciting sessions for Key Stage Two 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.
Who Eats Who and How!
What do different animals eat and how do they eat it? In this session we’ll look at the diets of different animals, and how their digestive systems and teeth are adapted to their diet. We’ll also think about skeletons, and meet some animals with very different bodies to our own!
Evolution and Adaptation
In this session, students will explore the evolution of life on Earth from the Big Bang through to present day. They will learn how fossils provide clues to evolution and why animals have changed over time. The students will learn how animals have adapted to survive and how current threats are affecting their survival in the wild.
The Natural World – Past, Present and Future
In this session we explore the causes of environmental changes and what it means for animals and the habitats they live in. We also discuss the role modern zoos play in conservation, and the children will collect data around the zoo for a post visit activity.
‘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.
The Circle of Life
We will explore the various groups of animals and explain how they differ in their life cycles. We will investigate what classifications of animals we have here at the zoo and meet some along the way.
Habitats of the World
Students will explore the tropics and polar circles learning about the arctic and the rainforests. They will find out about the key aspects of climate zones and biomes with information on vegetation belts, rivers, mountains and other systems.
How to Build Your Own Zoo
Discover what needs to be taken into consideration when designing an enclosure for a wild animal. Students will be given the opportunity to build a model of their own enclosure for one of our animals. Once everyone has finished their designs, all the enclosures will be placed together to create their very own zoo.
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”
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.