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Discovery Sessions 2017

Tropical Wings Zoo lends itself perfectly to learning, for both children and adults alike. Whether that be just to simply learn of an animal you haven’t heard of before, an animal habitat, or the threats some animals are facing in the wild for example.

Our Discovery Programmes* have been designed to support the curriculum, whilst being fun and bringing learning to life with real animals for the children to meet. They are led by a dedicated Education and Learning Team who all work with the animals and are keen to share their passion.

The programmes are for 35 individuals (maximum) so please be aware that smaller groups may be joined by other groups from different schools and similarly larger groups may have to split into smaller groups. All programmes must be booked in advance (see booking form).

Please note we offer bespoke SEN programmes, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we can discuss what best fits your needs and what you are currently studying in the classroom, to help create a fun and unique experience for teachers and students.

*We reserve the right to change the timings as well as the content of these programmes due to the welfare of our staff and animals.

Amazing Animals!

How Long? 15 – 20 minutes

Who is it suitable for? EYFS –  Reception children aged 4-5 years.

What is involved? Children will be able to get up close with a variety of animals ranging from minibeasts to mammals, learning what they look and feel like and why they are put into groups.

Does it include live animals? Yes, at least 3 animals will be encountered

Links within the curriculum:

  • Identify and name a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals
  • Describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals

Who’s Hiding Where? Minibeasts Camouflage and Habitats

How Long? 15 – 20 minutes

Who is it suitable for? Key Stage one – Year 1 and 2 Children aged 5-7 Years

What is involved? Children will see a variety of minibeasts up close and will focus on their habitats and how they inhabitat them.

Does it include live animals? Yes, at least 3 animals will be encountered.

Links within the curriculum:

  • Identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited
  • Identify and name plants and animals in their habitats

Whats for Dinner? Teeth and the Food Chain

How Long? 15 – 20 minutes

Who is it suitable for? Lower Key Stage Two – Year 3 and 4 children aged 7-9 years.

What is involved? Children will look at a combination of live animals and skeletons to see how we are different and why our teeth change depending on our diet including links to the food chain.

Does it include live animals? Yes, at least 3 animals will be encountered.

Links within the curriculum:

  • Identify that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement.
  • Identify the different types of teeth in humans and their simple fuctions
  • Construct and interpret a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey.

Adapt and Change. Why we Evolve?

How Long? 15 – 20 minutes

Who is it suitable for? Upper Key Stage Two – Year 5 and 6 children aged 9-11 years.

What is involved? Why do some animals have claws? Why do animals have tails? Children will get up and close with a variety of different animals all with different adaptations as they dive into the diverse world of animal evolution and adaptation.

Does it include live animals? Yes, at lest 3 animals will be encountered.

Links within the curriculm:

  • Recognise that living things have changes over time
  • Identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution.