Learning Sessions

Penguins

The Welsh Mountain Zoo Education Programme has been revised and updated for 2016 sessions. It aims to accommodate all ages and abilities from nursery to KS4 and college students to senior citizens.

A visit to the Welsh Mountain Zoo is not complete without the chance to look closely at a giant cockroach or touch a snake.

We offer any group visiting the Zoo the chance to get close to some of our animals, in carefully supervised learning sessions. The learning sessions have been devised by educators to cover the Life and Living Processes attainment target of the National Curriculum.

Learning sessions cover a range of subjects all designed around the National Curriculum. The sessions are available for any age group and level and can be catered to particular subjects.

During our busy season (May-September), the sessions are restricted to 45 minutes. However, at other times of the year it is cheaper to enter the zoo and a whole day or half a day’s activities can be arranged. We would be pleased to tailor these sessions to fit in with particular topics or assignments.

The sessions are not just for educational establishments, but may be used by groups and organisations simply having a day out and wishing to find out more about the zoo or wanting some hands on experience with some of our animals.

Learning sessions are very popular and early booking by telephone is essential.

Nursery Groups

Animal Story Time: Followed by an animal encounter. Topics include bears, snakes, rabbits etc.

Fur, Feather and Scales: a chance to have an encounter with some of the biofacts and an animal in the Education Centre

Looking after Animals: a chance to learn about caring for animals and an opportunity to meet an animal in the Education Centre.


Key Stage 1

Classification: An introduction to basic classification and a chance to meet some of the animals in the Education Centre and find out which groups they belong to.

Looking after Animals: A chance to meet some of the animals in the Education Centre and find out what they need to keep them healthy and how Zoos care for animals. Covers feeding and exercise.

Animal Homes: An introduction to habitats and an opportunity to meet a live animal.

Special Topic Sessions: Taylor made sessions to cover specific topics such as rainforests or minibeasts. (please give plenty of notice during our busy period – April to August – to ensure your needs are met)

Literacy/ Numeracy Workshops: Opportunities to meet some of the animals in the Education Centre and see how they can be used to develop language and number skills.


Key Stage 2

Classification: Covers vertibrates and invertebrates with a chance to meet some of the animals in the Education Centre and find out to which animal group they belong.

Habitats and Adaptations: Find out about different types of habitats in the world and where the animals in the Zoo come from and a chance to meet some live animals.

Looking after Animals: Find out what animals need to keep them healthy and happy. A chance to meet some of the animals in the Education Centre and find out how Zoos care for animals. Includes animal welfare, accommodation, diets and exercise.

Animal Senses: Discover the 5 different senses and the animals that use
them. Find out why humans mainly use their sense of sight whereas other animals have better hearing or a better sense of smell. There will be a chance to meet a live animal and discover biofacts in the centre.

Attack and Defence: (Living things in their Environment). A session covering food chains. A chance to investigate the ways in which some animals find food and avoid becoming food for others.

Natural Selection: An introduction to evolution and Natural Selection.
Opportunity to meet live animals and biofacts to show how animals adapt to their environment.

Fossil Facts: An opportunity to learn more about fossils of prehistoric
animals and to see how similar or different they are to modern day animals using some of the biofacts in the Centre.

Numeracy Workshops: Opportunities to meet some of the animals in the Education Centre to investigate the importance of and use of numbers
in zoos, such as weight, height etc

Special Topic Sessions: Tailor made sessions to cover specific topics e.g. nocturnal animals, minibeasts, reptiles, rainforests etc.
(please give plenty of notice during our busy period – April to August – to ensure your needs are met)


Key Stage 3 or 4

Classification: A chance to meet some of the animals in the Education Centre and explore their differences.

Habitats & Adaptations: A chance to meet some of the animals and find out how they have adapted to their specific environment.

Feeding Relationships: A chance to see how the different animals in the Education Centre fit into the food chain. A brief look at how chemicals affect our wildlife.

Competition/Predation: A look at some ecological factors affecting the habitats in which animals live.

Biodiversity: A look at some ecological factors affecting the habitats in which animals live.

Why Zoos?: The role of zoos in conservation. How zoos help save endangered species (useful as part of a conservation project).

Introduction to Animal Behaviour: Why animals behave in certain ways and a chance to do some observations on animal behaviour. Also covers animal welfare and behaviour enrichment in zoos. Ideal for psychology courses.

Responsibility and Respect (Citizenship): A chance to explore and analyse attitudes towards animals and some legislation covering responsibilities towards animals.

Coursework Opportunities: The zoo offers excellent opportunities to undertake project work covering many different subjects such as Science (esp. Biology) Business, Leisure and Tourism, Marketing, and Languages
(including Welsh). Please contact the Education Officer to discuss this.

Applied Science: please inquire about opportunities for practical experiences (e.g. for Animal Care courses) at the Zoo


Learning Sessions Form

The maximum number of pupils per session is limited to 30 for under 10’s and 20 for over 10’s, but you may book more than one session for larger groups.

Wherever possible, live animals are used to enhance the learning process, so please check to see if any pupils have allergies before your visit and remind them to wash their hands after handling any animal.

If you are visiting between September – April, a whole day of activities can be arranged for your group. Please speak to the Education Officer for more information.

All sessions and educational material are designed around the National Curriculum – Life processes and living things.