Our range of core workshops are designed to tie in with the national curriculum and will create a fun, stimulating learning environment.
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Minibeasts Early Years; First Stage; KS 1, 2 (Ages 3 - 11)
What is a minibeast? What do they have inside them? How are our bodies like and unlike theirs? How do we group animals and why? Children get a fun introduction to invertebrates and classification. They get to question, investigate and learn about scientific discovery, guided by their own expert ZooLab ranger. It is an experience that makes scientific discovery real and terminology come alive - from vertebrates (represented by one of our snake team members) and invertebrates, to arthropods and myriapods, molluscs, crustaceans and arachnids!
This workshop is only available in the following postcodes - DG, KA, TD, ML, EH and CA.
Children get to go on an action-packed adventure through the rainforest layers, meeting various animals – from stepping over snails on the forest floor, to watching dancing stick insects in the understorey, to seeing how snakes climb and how tarantulas jump out of burrows. And they will meet canopy-dwelling tree frogs too. It's all part of an approach that combines storytelling and drama to make the rainforest real and help children to see how it affects us all.
This workshop will look at –
• The tropics
• Location of the world’s Rainforest
• The forest floor
• Under storey, canopy and emergent layer
Linking to the schools 'Green Flag' initiative, and global and local environment issues, pupils are invited to think about what makes an eco-school. As a workshop experience that links personal behaviour to global citizenship, this workshop explores what children can do to help animals and people all over the world. Dealing with issues of consumption of raw materials, alternatives and recycling – with practical examples from the animal and insect world, Eco Investigators shows how informed personal choices as a consumer can protect animals, habitats and people all over the world.
Like the Eco Schools programme, ZooLab can help make every school in the country sustainable and bring about behaviour change in young people and those connected to them. This will ensure that good habits learned in schools are followed through into homes and communities. With this in mind, ZooLab have crafted an information-rich show which will help your school to deliver on its commitment to the Eco Schools initiative
This workshop will look at –
• Energy Saving
• Renewable Energy Sources
• Pollution/Climate Change
Habitats First , Second, Third, Fourth Stage; KS 1, 2, 3 (Ages 5 - 14)
What makes a habitat and why? What is needed to make a habitat? And what types of habitat are found on planet earth? Why do habitats matter to animals and people? Pupils explore habitats that range from tropical rainforests to Deserts and from Polar Regions to oceans. They meet the three great survivors (rats, cockroaches and humans) and consider how and why they have survived.
Classification First Stage; Second Stage; Third Stage; Fourth Stage; KS 1, 2, 3 (Ages 5 - 14)
What is classification, and how do we group animals and why? This hands-on, animal-handling workshop experience brings pupils face to face with the topic as they get to touch and handle real-life animals. It is all part of an experiential and interactive learning experience in which they are introduced to ZooLab animals that include vertebrates and invertebrates. Pupils explore the characteristics of the different classes of animal – so they can uncover their differences and similarities themselves. The workshop gets pupils to consider the big ideas of science and relate physical and behavioural characteristics to species survival or extinction. Biodiversity, adaptations and interdependence are also featured as part of this workshop's focus on developing scientific inquiry and scientific literacy with a global perspective.
This show explores the anatomy of the human body so that children get an understanding of the bio-mechanics that make movement possible. It then compares and contrasts bone structure and movement in other vertebrates, as well as looking at mobility in invertebrates.
In humans, How our Bodies Move explores how muscles give us facial expression, enable digestion and how the heart (a very special muscle on 24/7 duty) keeps us alive. It explains how muscles are usually (but not always) attached to bones in human beings, but also how some species of animal do not have bones at all – and can still move (like a snail for example). In human beings muscles and bones work together to allow us to move. The workshop examines the role of the human skeleton and its complexity, before going on to consider animals with exoskeletons such as insects and the hydraulics behind spider movement. The workshop also looks at how other vertebrates such as snakes move and compares the biology of very different vertebrates (humans and snakes). It explores how bone structure creates different movement (in frogs and humans for example) – and even in related species such as frogs and toads.
This show emphasises what we have to do to care for living things.
We talk about what is required to care for our animals;
Whatever pet we have, they all require similar things to keep them healthy and contented. Further, how we need to care for all living things on our planet.
Our stories involve the children in a good deal of movement and acting. One of our popular in-house story workshop experiences is the story of the Zagaro, based on a famous children's story. In our show, the hero is a ZooLab rat who takes a trip through the deep, dark wood and happens to meet a whole host of fantastic animals along the way – and some of them want to eat him!
Follow Charles Darwin as he travels from coast to coast. This NEW fantastic show from ZooLab invites learners to hear all about Charles Darwin's expedition, which lasted nearly 5 years. From England, to South America, then to New Zealand, Australia, and finally Africa – Darwin saw it all during his time on the HMS Beagle. Throughout this incredible workshop our experienced ZooLab rangers will take your classroom around the world and introduce them to some of our extraordinary animals, similar to species Darwin himself saw and recorded. Touching on evolution and adaptations - this workshop is a fun and exciting chance to learn all about the Voyage; which inspired Darwin and his theories. After this expedition, Darwin went on to be one of the greatest natural historians of all time. This is an excellent workshop for classrooms learning about historical figures, evolution, adaptations, geography, and habitats.
This show explores and defines the terms 'endangered' and 'extinction' in all their nuances (e.g. 'becoming extinct', 'under threat of extinction', 'extinct'). It looks at extinct animals such as the dinosaurs, which roamed Planet Earth for 165 million years – compared with our own 'brief' 200,000 years. The show looks at the competition story behind extinction story of the Dodo, and how human predation and animal competition in the form of rats led to the demise of the Dodo. Extinction is a natural process, and one that is accompanied by new species evolving all the time. The workshop illustrates how the pace of extinction has quickened, hastened by the activities of mankind. It looks across the world to see issues affecting wildlife and then back to the local level to look at wildlife closer to home that may not be 'local' for much longer.
With live animal-handling, this content-rich workshop looks at how animals such as cockroaches and rats with their omnivorous diet are perfectly adapted for survival. They can eat almost anything and are not dependent on one food supply (unlike the Giant Panda for instance with its total reliance on bamboo).
The workshop looks at issues facing endangered species that range from bees to frogs and toads (endangered by water pollution and other man-made threats from human population growth, to competition for land, food and resources. Other threats posed by humans are examined too; threats posed by the illegal international pet trade; habitat loss; and the trade in wild animal parts, from feathers to snake skin, from elephant tusks to rhino horn, seal skins to whale meat.
Competition is not limited to man, however. Competition from other related species and the transmission of disease are also explored and exemplified in stories such as that of the grey squirrel and red squirrel. On a positive note, the workshop explains the role of conservation programmes in bringing animal numbers back up to sustainable levels – from Macau parrots in Africa to programmes for rare spiders in Suffolk, England. Throughout the entire session, children are introduced to animals, most of which can be handled. The workshop finishes with a powerful message of how we can individually start conservation right on our doorstep.
Our Food Webs workshop looks at feeding connections (what-eats-what) in an ecological community. All with a little help from our ZooLab animals. We look at-
• How to classify non-living and living things
• Consumer resource system
• Herbivores, Carnivores and Omnivores
• Disruption of a Food Web
This workshop talks about why we have seasons and the effect that they have on the plant and animal kingdom. We cover the Earth’s tilt and how this causes the seasons. The changes in temperature and habitat. How animals adapt to the changing conditions. What we can do to prevent man made changes in the seasons.
ZooLab has a fantastic Lifecycles workshops specifically designed to complement the curriculum topics of Animals including humans and Living things and their habitats. It’s all intended to enthuse pupils as they see how nature transforms itself at this time of year. We demonstrate how our ZooLab animals deal with the changing of the seasons and reproduction. In turn we explores the common features of all animal lifecycles. New life, growth, reproduction and ageing are explained. There’s a particular focus on the metamorphosis of a butterfly, with the various stages of its development explained. Some key vocabulary is introduced including ‘metamorphosis’, ‘larva’, ‘chrysalis’, ‘adult’ and ‘reproduce’.
This show emphasises what we need do to care for living things. Using active learning techniques, and building on prior knowledge, this show allows children to explore just what is required to care for our animals – whatever they are. The diverse requirements of a range of animals are examined as part of a show that is highly value driven in teaching respect for all living things and the natural world.
We talk about what is required to care for our animals in terms of:
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