New for 2018

The WILD centre has recently undergone some BIG changes, one of which was a renewal of all our educational sessions. The zoo offers a range of sessions for different key stages and groups these sessions all have links to the national curriculum and are designed to enhance student learning within an alternative classroom setting.

We currently offer a selection of sessions for those in nursery right up to those in KS4; however all sessions can be edited in order to meet individual group’s specific needs. For any tailor made sessions please contact our education department for more information.

If you can’t attend the zoo, not a problem, why not bring the zoo to you? Our education department is able to attend schools and group as part of our outreach programme. All are sessions are designed to be taught in a range off different settings.

Our sessions allow for tactile learning to take place; this is possible due to our wide range of different artefacts on site. Each session (Nursery – KS3) allows students the chance to get hands on with a range of artefacts which compliment the session perfectly. As well as this, where possible, education staff will try to incorporate the use of an animal within their session. Please note – this is at the discretion of the education manager and will depend on the welfare of the animal in question on the day.

EYFS Groups

Animal story time: Groups will be read an animal related storybook, which allows for a range of artefacts to be handled in relation to the story.

Fur, feathers and scales: Groups will learn about different animal coats and there differences. Acts as an introduction to animal classifications. Groups will be able to handle a range of artefacts relating to the session.

Tailor made: Sessions can be made to compliment learning taking place within the nursery. Alternatively, the education staff can put together a fun and informative session using the resources available within the WILD centre.

Key Stage 1

Animal habitats: Groups will learn about two different extreme habitats in which animals live. They will learn about how different animals are able to survive within these different conditions and how they are adapted to living there.  A range of artefacts will be used to compliment the session.

Classifications:  An introduction to the 5 different classifications of vertebrate animals, plus insects. This session aims to teach students how to identify different key features of different classifications of animals.  Students will be given the chance to handle a range of artefacts from different classifications.

Mini beast madness: Students will learn about different mini beasts which you find within a range of different habitats. They will be encouraged to use an identification key and tally chart whilst looking for their own mini beasts during the course of the session.

Our rainforests: This session is based on the different layer found within our rainforests; it focuses on the differences between each layer and looks at what animals you may find living within each layer and what adaptations they have which make them suited to living there. Students will get to handle a range of artefacts which compliment the session.

Animal diets:  Students will learn about the different types of diets animals have, this session looks at what diets are and why there are different diets. The group will be able to handle different artefacts during the session.

Lifecycles: This session focuses on the different lifecycles of mammals (including humans), birds, reptiles, fish and insects. It looks at the different lifecycles stages each category goes through during their life. Students are able to get hands on with a range of artefacts which compliment the session.

Tailor made: Sessions can be made to compliment learning taking place within school. Alternatively, the education staff can put together a fun and informative session using the resources available within the WILD centre.

Key Stage 2

Habitats: This session looks at four different habitats and how different animals are specially adapted to survive within these areas. Students will be given the chance to get hands on with a range of artefacts which compliment student learning.

Classifications: Students will learn about the 5 different vertebrate animal categories along with being taught about invertebrates. Students will be able to point out key feature which define what category different animals fit into. A range of artefacts will be used during the session, which students will be able to handle too!

Natural selection: Groups will learn about Charles Darwin, the theory of natural selection and survival of the fittest. Students will learn about variation in species and be shown examples of how variation helps the survival of different species, but also introduced to the idea that not all species has needed to evolve dramatically in order to survive. A range of artefacts will be used along side the session, which students will be able to handle.

Rainforests and deforestation: This lesson offers the opportunity for students to learn about the elements and conditions found in rainforests, it also highlights threats to our rainforests and how we can help with conservation efforts. This session is designed with a range of artefacts accompanying it so students are able to get hands on whilst learning.

Diets and dentition: Students will be taught about the different types of diets animals have, as well as learning about the teeth and the way in which certain types of teeth are more suited to each diet. This session offers the opportunity for students to look at a range of artefacts which compliment the session.

Lifecycles:  This session focuses on the different lifecycles of mammals (including humans), birds, reptiles, fish, amphibians and insects. It looks at the different lifecycles stages each category goes through during their life. Students are able to get hands on with a range of artefacts which compliment the session.

Tailor made: Sessions can be made to compliment learning taking place within school. Alternatively, the education staff can put together a fun and informative session using the resources available within the WILD centre.

Key Stage 3

Our changing environment: This session looks at how are climate is changing, this reasons for this happening and how we can slow down the effects of climate change.

Why zoo’s? : Students are taught about the importance of zoos in relation to vital conservation efforts, how zoos have prevented the extinction of different species.

Endangered animals: Looks into the reasons for endangerment occurring, how environmental factors are playing an effect on the survival of species and how view point on animals effects species population sizes.

Tailor made: Sessions can be made to compliment learning taking place within school. Alternatively, the education staff can put together a fun and informative session using the resources available within the WILD centre.

Key Stage 4 and Further Education

History of the zoo: Learn about the history of the zoo, how it has developed over the years and what future plans there are in place.

Animal behaviour: An introduction to animal behaviour, observations and enrichment.

Conservation: Students are taught about the importance of zoos in relation to vital conservation efforts, how zoos have prevent the extinction of different species. Looks at zoo legislation.

Coursework opportunities: An opportunity to complete coursework in a different setting, would suit those completing work in science fields.