Our range of seasonal workshops are designed to tie in with the national curriculum and will create a fun, stimulating learning environment.
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The Great ZooLab Bughunt - EYFS, KS 1, 2. Early Years, First, Second Stage. (Ages 2 - 11)
Animals in winter – EYFS, KS 1, 2. Early Years, First, Second Stage. (Ages 3 - 11)
Autumn is an animal food fest – but what happens in winter? What food is there is to eat then? What happens to cold-blooded animals such as frogs? This workshop explores what happens, how and why? It looks at everything from hibernation to bird migrations and how other animals and insects adapt to conditions and seek shelter. It also helps pupils to see what they can do to help wildlife during the harsh winter months (e.g. how to make 'bug hotels') – and then looks forward to springtime and the changes that the season brings.
Nocturnal Animals - KS 1, 2. Early Years, First, Second Stage. (Ages 3 - 11)
Children get to think about their own routines such as eating and sleeping – and to ask, 'What do animals do?' For example: why are they active at night in hot deserts (fewer predators)? How have they adapted (how do they feel and see)? How do predators operate (spiders hunting)? How do they mate and breed – and how is this affected by whether they are predators or prey?
The workshop explores how animals use their senses for protection and hunting (from antennae to a snake’s tongue and heat signatures). It looks at crepuscular animals – who are active at dawn and dusk, such as rats) and at daytime animals and insects such as butterflies – animals like us!
Speedy the Snail- EYFS, KS 1. Early Years, First Stage. (Ages 2 - 5)
A story-based workshop for younger children, involving acting out scenes and imaginary dialogue as part of Speedy's journey through the jungle and across a number of habitats – from the desert to wetlands and towns – and finally back to the jungle for a big re-union party with his friends. This active-learning workshop involves children listening to a story, making their own contributions, asking questions and acting out dialogue with movement and mime. Children get to compare the senses and textures of different animals and to think about how different animals are adapted to different environments. This is a workshop that stimulates scientific enquiry and thinking in young children.
The Nativity - EYFS, KS1. Early Years, First Stage. (Ages 3 - 7)
This workshop is the Nativity story where the children get to meet the animals not usually mentioned in its telling! It is conducted by a presenter dressed as either a shepherd, king or angel and is an active representation of the story. The children get involved in the story line by pretending to be shepherd’s around the camp fire and the Kings crossing the desert on their camels. And throughout they get to meet and handle the great ZooLab animals. The children will not only benefit from learning facts about the ZooLab animals and the noises that they make: they will learn about the Christmas story, improve vocabulary and develop independent thinking.
Chinese New Year - EYFS, KS1. Early Years, First Stage. (Ages 2 - 7)
Our Chinese New Year workshops tells the story at the heart of the Chinese calendar as part of a great cross-curricular animal handling workshop. Not only is ZooLab's Chinese New Year workshops a lot of fun, it complements the curriculum in several areas including -
· English and literacy
Meg and Mog - EYFS, KS 1. Early Years, First Stage. (Ages 3 - 7)
This seasonal show tells the story of a witch/wizard under the instruction of the famous witch “Meg”. Meg & Mog have to leave the cottage on business leaving the apprentice on their own. They receive an invite to the great Halloween Spell Party meant for Meg & Mog and decide to go in their place. The children follow this hapless witch/wizard on the journey to the party, where they help them with magic spells that go wrong and have to escape the party at the end! Children will benefit from this workshop by developing independent thinking.
Morpho the Munchin' Millipede - EYFS, KS1. Early Years, First Stage. (Ages 2 - 7)
Based on a classic and much loved children’s picture book, ‘Morpho the Munching Millipede’, the workshop uses imagination and creativity to follow Morpho (a giant African millipede) as he travels though a week-long adventure where he meets a variety of exciting and awe-inspiring ZooLab animals. Through repetition, actions and participation, this workshop introduces concepts of literacy, numeracy and sharing. It is an active learning experience which engages and challenges children's thinking using real-life and imaginary situations as well as reinforcing a healthy eating message.
Around the world with Santa Synopsis - EYFS, KS1. Early Years, First Stage. (Ages 3 - 7)
A wonderful Christmas adventure that begins on Christmas Eve when Santa is out and about delivering presents to children all over the world! We follow his sleigh as he travels through deserts and rainforests and along beaches - over Africa, to India and through the Americas via Australia. En route, he meets local animals and introduces children to some interesting ZooLab animals that range from millipedes to stick insects, hissing cockroaches, tarantulas, an amazing amphibian…and a corn snake. Children get to decide what kinds of Christmas present would be best suited to each animal they meet! Santa stops off in the UK before making his way back home to the North Pole…only to find he has brought back another animal friend (rabbit/rat) who has hitched a crafty ride!
Elf Wish List - EYFS, KS1. Early Years, First Stage. (Ages 3 - 7)
Children experience the magic of helping one of Santa’s elves as they make sure that children’s Christmas wishes from all over the world are fulfilled…It’s a show that really gets youngsters involved as they find the animals that will best meet children’s wishes on the elf wish list – from salad fans like Mark who is looking for a salad-loving pet, to Harvey who wants to have Superman powers and Tim who wants a mobile moustache! Anything is possible in this fun show that anticipates the joy of giving presents and making dreams come true.
Santa’s Animal Christmas - EYFS, KS1. Early Years, First Stage. (Ages 3 - 7)
Santa takes children to visit animals all over the world…looking for deserving animals that have earned their special Christmas present (– from giant land snails, to hissing cockroaches to stick insects, a tarantula, a tree frog and a corn snake). Santa and the children travel from the wet rainforests of Africa to the darkest caves in Madagascar, to the forests of India, the tree canopy of Australia, the deserts of South America – and to the beaches of Caribbean and the cornfields of the United States. Arriving back in the UK, they track down an intelligent and lively animal that is often misunderstood… (the rat) who also deserves a present.
A pupil from a local wizarding school has an important assignment - to investigate a creepy house and report what lies inside! Dare your pupils help with this scary assignment? Minibeasts are just some of the creatures encountered in the house! We report whether they are vertebrates or invertebrates and what food they eat! Hopefully they won't eat us! This workshop covers elements in EYFS and KS1 Classification and Minibeasts as well as KS1 Animals including Humans.
ZooLab have a whole host of comic capers in store for your 2018 summer reading activities! It's sure to spark the imagination of children up and down the country and encourage them to head to their libraries over the summer!
Inspired by much-loved comic characters, 2018 will see the ZooLab animals participating in all sorts of mischief, pranks, escapades and shenanigans as they descend upon their local village fete. What could possibly go wrong?!
At first it seems our animals are solely using their mischievous talents to win ALL the prizes. We soon find out that they are actually using their talents for a charitable purpose! They plan to send their winnings to their endangered pen-pal in Africa who happens to be a Rhinoceros! As you would expect from ZooLab, we’ll be using role play, storytelling and animal handling to fire children’s imagination, confidence and love of the written and spoken word
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