Our range of core workshops are designed to tie in with the national curriculum and will create a fun, stimulating learning environment.
Hover over each workshop for more information.
Africa - EYFS, KS1. Early Years, First Stage. (Ages 2 - 7)
What better way to explore Africa than on a ZooLab safari! Accompanied by your ZooLab tour guide, pupils will embark on a learning adventure that will take them on foot, jeep and kayak around Africa’s varied habitats. On our travels you will learn about the fantastic large creatures found in Africa and meet some smaller creatures that call this continent home. Using creativity and imagination, this workshop encourages pupils to explore the world around them. As an active learning experience that uses audience participation and actions, this session engages and challenges children's thinking using real-life and imaginary situations.
All About Me - EYFS, KS 1. Early Years, First Stage. (Ages 3 - 7)
Your class will learn about their bodies, their histories, their place in the world, and so much more, all through a variety of fun and creative animal handling activities. Perfect as a get-to-know-you topic for the start of a new school year (or equally exciting during any other term!), your children can use this cross-curricular workshop to find out about themselves and others around them.
Australia - KS 1, 2. First, Second Stage. (Ages 5 - 11)
Why not discover this fantastic country with ZooLab?! Our Australia workshop can help explore and celebrate this extraordinary country as we take you on a whirlwind trip round this magnificent continent.Our workshop discusses:
- James Cook
- The myriad of Australian habitats
- Invasive species
- Human impact
Beast Creator – KS2, Second Stage (Ages 7-11)
Specifically designed by ZooLab to complement ‘Living Things and Their Habitats’ and ‘Animals including Humans’, our ‘Beast Creator’ workshops lets you see the world through an insects eyes! We discover that Earth is an incredibly diverse place with an unbelievable array of animals - meet arachnids, arthropods, molluscs, myriapods and more!
You will meet at least five (more, if times allows!) of our fascinating creatures and observe their weird and wonderful adaptations. Which will you choose for you very own Beast Creation?! Perhaps you will choose a radula, an exoskeleton, spinnerets, mandibles, spiracles or even urticating hairs? The choice is yours!
Biodiversity: KS 1, 2, 3, 4. First, Second, Third, Fourth Stage. (Ages 5 – 14)
This workshop talks of the variety of life on the planet. It informs about the difference in levels of biodiversity around the world and warns of the dangers to the balance of nature. We explain the range of species concerning our ZooLab animals giving an idea as to how diverse these creatures really are. This workshop will look at -
• Insects a diverse group of animals
• The high biodiversity of the Rainforest
• Diversity of Arachnids
• Life in the Water
• Diversity of Amphibians
• Habitat destruction, pesticides and the trade in animals
Build a dinosaur: KS 1, 2, 3, 4. First, Second, Third, Fourth Stage. (Ages 5 – 14)
ZooLab's own animals (from bearded dragons to tarantulas, hissing cockroaches and frogs) provide some hands-on evolutionary clues as pupils get to see, feel and touch evolutionary changes and adaptations at first hand. Pupils see how some animals can even change colour and body temperature; pupils explore what other animals and human beings need to do to cope with widely different temperatures and types of environment. It is all part of a voyage of discovery into how animal senses have adapted and how animal characteristics have developed over evolutionary time. The workshop combines imagination and working scientifically to uncover the big ideas of science and stimulate keen interest in young minds.
Caring for Living Things/Pets and other animals - EYFS, KS 1. Early Years, First Stage. (Ages 3 - 7)
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:
Charles Darwin – The Voyage of the Beagle - KS 1, 2. Early Years, First Stage. (Ages 3 – 11)
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.
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.
Eco – Investigators – EYFS, KS 1, 2. Early Years, First, Second Stage. (Ages 3 - 11)
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.
Endangered Animals - KS 1, 2, 3, 4. First, Second, Third, Fourth Stage. (Ages 5 - 14)
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. 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.
Evolution - KS 1, 2, 3, 4. First, Second, Third, Fourth Stage. (Ages 5-14)
Go on a fast-paced journey through evolutionary time as you climb inside the ZooLab time machine. Go back in time from the Moon landing to Ancient Egypt and the Stone Age and beyond human history to see animals that look very different.
This highly visual and varied experience brings pupils face to face with the big questions of science and conceptual understanding as part of a workshop that combines biology, chemistry, engineering concepts, world history and geography, looking at the origins of life on Earth - from amino acids to DNA. Using interactive learning techniques and high-order questioning, it explores scientific processes and how life has evolved in such diversity, examining classification, adaptations within species and genetic inheritance.
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.
How our Bodies Move - EYFS, KS1. Early Years, First Stage. (Ages 2 - 7)
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. 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.
Lifecycles - EYFS, KS 1, 2. Early Years, First, Second Stage. (Ages 3 - 11)
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’.
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!
PAWS, CLAWS AND WHISKERS! - EYFS, KS 1. Early Years, First Stage. (Ages 3 - 7)
From fully developed human beings to the tiniest insect, this workshop looks at the huge variety of weird and wonderful animals we share Planet Earth with.
Where do they come from? Together we look at maps and locate hot and cold areas and label simple features. What do they have inside them? (All about me and the world around me). How are our bodies like and unlike theirs? (Caring for me, others and animal around me).
How do we group animals and why? (Name and sort animals based on whether they are invertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds or mammals)
Pets and other animals - EYFS, KS 1. Early Years, First Stage. Age 3-7
Whatever pet we have, they too all require similar things to keep them healthy and contented. Our ranger explains how they care for each animal to recreate the conditions that exotic animals need in the wild – giving them the best possible care. As well as practicalities such as food, shelter and exercise, children are reminded too of the role of emotion in caring for other living things that need our love, care and respect if they are to thrive
Predators, Prey & Food Chains - KS 1, 2, 3, 4. First, Second, Third, Fourth Stage. (Ages 5 - 14)
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
Rainforest Adventurer - EYFS, KS1. Early Years, First Stage. (Ages 2 - 7)
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
Rainforest Discovery’: KS 1, 2, 3, 4. First, Second, Third, Fourth Stage. (Ages 5 – 14)
Children get to go on a journey through the rainforest - with real rainforest animals and a ranger who really knows the rainforest inside out.
It's all about experiencing the drama of the rainforest - from the dark forest floor to the dizzy heights of the emergent layer! Children will learn about plants and get to meet a range of animals from ground-dwelling snails, 'travelling' snakes and canopy-dwelling tree frogs! They'll get to learn all about the layer(s) in which they live, who and what they eat, how they operate in different light levels, and all about life in the steamy tropics. And they'll learn about rainforest location, rainfall and weather – and rainforest destruction.
Rainforest Unwrapped : KS 2, 3, 4. Second, Third, Fourth Stage. (Ages 5 – 14)
What are the reasons behind deforestation? How has the scramble for cheap resources led to the destruction of huge chunks of tropical rainforest around the world? Discover how some foods we take for granted can be traced back to the rainforest. What are their origins? How do they get from the rainforest to our plates? Pupils will get the chance to see, touch and taste some of these ingredients – in their raw form! Together, we discover how some day-to-day medicines can actually be traced back to the rainforest and how, in the 21st century, we are still studying how rainforest plants and trees can be used in the fight against cancer and malaria. Finally, we reinforce messaging related to recycling, sustainability and how by making a few, small changes to our lives, we can help ensure the preservation of this fascinating habitat for years to come.
Seasonal Differences – EYFS, KS 1, 2. Early Years, First, Second Stage. (Ages 3 - 11)
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.
We’re going on an animal hunt! EYFS, KS 1. Early Years, First Stage. (Ages 3 - 7)
Join ZooLab for another one of our fantastic story-based workshops! Based on a classic children’s picture book, your children will go on a fantastic animal hunt! Led by an intrepid ZooLab ranger, they travel through grass, a river, mud, a forest and a snowstorm before coming face to face with an array of amazing ZooLab animals! We use a combination of ZooLab animals, songs and rhymes to develop language, physical, social and emotional development. It’s a great opportunity to kick start your topic and use it as way of supporting notions of literacy, numeracy and science.
The Zagaro - EYFS, KS1. Early Years, First Stage. (Ages 2 - 7)
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!
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