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From Roarsome Dinosaurs to Animal Beahviour - we've got lessons to suit many areas of the Curriculum for everyone from Early Years to Undergraduates.

There will be a small admin charge of £10 per lesson or tour and each lesson or tour can accommodate up to 30 students. Each lesson will last for 45 minutes..

Early Years

Detailed below are the exciting range of education lessons that we offer Early Years students. All lessons last 45 minutes which includes 30 minutes classroom time.

Books and Bugs

Younger students will be captivated during this story time as the travels of Sunny the Meerkat come to life. Adapted from the book ‘Meerkat Mail’, students will join Sunny on his journey to find the perfect home and encounter some of the animals and artefacts he meets along the way!

Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Communication and Language; Understanding the World; Literacy.

Display or Hide Away

How do I look? The students will explore different animals, some that like to display and others that like to hide away. Investigating patterns, colours and textures this interactive experience allows younger students to begin to understand why animals look and sound like they do. 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Communication and Language; Understanding the World; Expressive Arts and Design.

Learn – Enjoy - Discover

Suitable for all ages this is a captivating educational experience that will offer students the opportunity to:

LEARN about some of the zoo’s amazing animals and artefacts

ENJOY mingling with minibeasts

DISCOVER fascinating facts about the wonderful world of animals

This covers a range of curriculum references including Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Understanding the World.

 

Remember to ask about our exciting additional resources to support your lesson, such as our printable Blackpool Zoo passport that can be created by students during or after their visit. 

Key Stage 1

Detailed below are the exciting range of education lessons that we offer Key Stage 1 students. All lessons last 45 minutes which includes 30 minutes classroom time.

Animal Homes

Hot or cold, this is the opportunity for students to explore animal habitats and discover how animals have adapted to life in the desert and the Arctic region. Interactive and captivating the students will be inspired to consider climates, terrain and characteristics whilst taking a closer look at some of our animals and artefacts.

Science: Years 1 and 2 – Animals, including humans. Year 2 – Living things and their habitats.  Geography: Locational knowledge.  

Display and Disguise

Can you spot the animal? This fun session is designed to let students examine animals’ colour and pattern and investigate why some animals use their design as camouflage and why others use their colour to display. Students will help to identify some of our animal artefacts, as well as being able to interact with a live snake or lizard.  

Science: Year 1 - Animals, including humans.  Year 2 - Living things and their habitats. 

Growing Up

How do animals grow and survive? By exploring the lifecycles of birds, insects, mammals and reptiles, students will be fascinated learning more about the process of ‘growing up’.  Participation is key to this learning experience, so this topic includes fun activities and interaction with a live snake or lizard.    

Science: Years 1 and 2 - Animals including humans. 

Jungle Bustle

It’s busy in the jungle and exploring rainforest animals and plants will keep the students busy too! This journey of discovery travels through the different layers of the rainforest spotting hidden animals along the way and stopping to mingle with a magnificent Madagascan minibeast!

Science: Year 1 – Animals, including humans. Year 2 – Living things and their habitats.  Geography: Locational knowledge. Human and physical geography.  

Learn – Enjoy - Discover

Suitable for all ages this is a captivating educational experience that will offer students the opportunity to:

LEARN about some of the zoo’s amazing animals and artefacts

ENJOY mingling with rainforest minibeasts

DISCOVER fascinating facts about the wonderful world of animals

This covers a range of curriculum references including Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Understanding the World.

Mingling with Minibeasts

‘We’re going on a minibeast hunt!’ How many minibeasts can the students find and identify using their zoo explorer kits. Including interaction with minibeasts from the zoo’s nature garden this is a fantastic introduction to the world of native invertebrates. This discovery experience will inspire and enthuse students to identify and appreciate nature all around them. 

Science: Working scientifically.  Year 2: Living things and their habitats.

*Please note this lesson can only be booked between March and October*

Penguins, Possums, Pigs (and Puffy!)

P is for Penguins, Possums, Pigs and Puffy (our fascinating lizard) however are they all the same? This fun session explores differences and similarities between animals. What do they look like? How do they move? Where do they come from? The students explore the worlds of Penguins, Possums and Pigs and then enjoy meeting our lizard, Puffy.

Science: Year 1: Animals, including humans.  Geography: Locational knowledge.

Roarsome Dinosaurs

It’s not just our lions that roar at Blackpool Zoo. T Rex really does come to life in our Dinosaur Safari which compliments our Roarsome Dinosaur activity. This is a great start to a dinosaur learning experience and presents a summary of dinosaurs across the Mesozoic era. Students will especially enjoy taking a closer look at our classroom lizard and artefacts, can they spot the dinosaur similarities? 

Science: Years 1 and 2: Working Scientifically. Year 1 - Animals, including humans. Everyday materials. Year 2 - Living things and their habitats.

Tailor Made

Aardvark. Bongo. Camel. The choice is yours! This is a great opportunity to discover more about an animal with a 30 minute activity tailor made to suit your topic or curriculum requirements. Our specialists will guide you through adaptation, behaviour, nutrition and current information on your chosen animal’s status in the wild. We have over 300 species at Blackpool Zoo, you will be spoilt for choice!  

This covers a range of curriculum references including Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Understanding the World.

 

Remember to ask about our exciting additional resources to support your lesson! Our printable Blackpool Zoo passport can be created by students during or after their visit, and our lesson linked maps can be used by students to navigate their way around the zoo!

Key Stage 2

Detailed below are the exciting range of education lessons that we offer Key Stage 2 students. All lessons last 1 hour which includes 45 minutes classroom time (any exceptions are stated below).

Animal Ancestry

Why is a giraffe so tall? Why is a zebra striped? Join us for this introduction to evolution and students will be able to gain an understanding of the ancestry of animals and how the process of evolution works.  This learning experience is enhanced by fun activities and the examination of animal artefacts.

Science: Year 6 – Evolution and inheritance.

Arranging Animals

Characterising, grouping and naming. This introduction to classification explores vertebrate and invertebrate groups, discusses why classification is important and reinforces classification key practice. Examining animal artefacts and meeting reptiles, and invertebrates brings this topic to life.

Science: Working scientifically. Year 6 - Living things and their habitats.

Dentition and Nutrition

Can you spot a herbivore and a carnivore by examining the animals teeth? This is a chance for students to look closely at a giraffe’s skull, a shark’s jaw and an elephant’s tooth. Why do they look like they do? Why do they chew like they do? Students will be captivated examining different animals at the zoo and understanding what they eat and how they eat it. This discovery activity investigates how an animal’s dentition is related to it’s diet, who sits at the top of the food chain and the nutrition an animal needs in order to grow and survive.

Science: Years 3 and 4 – Animals, including humans. Year 4 – Living things and their habitats.

Habitats Around the World

Hot or cold, large or small this is the opportunity for students to explore animal habitats and discover how animals have adapted to life in the desert, the polar region and the savannah including the Serengeti. Students are introduced to the risks facing many habitats and how we can protect animals and their homes. Interactive and captivating the students will be inspired to consider climates, terrain and characteristics whilst taking a closer look at some of our animals and artefacts. 

Science: Year 4 - Living things and their habitats. Animals, including humans. Geography: Locational Knowledge. Geographical skills and fieldwork.

Learn – Enjoy - Discover

Suitable for all ages this is a captivating educational experience that will offer students the opportunity to:

LEARN about some of the zoo’s amazing animals and artefacts

ENJOY mingling with rainforest minibeasts

DISCOVER fascinating facts about the wonderful world of animals

This 45 minute lesson includes 30 minutes classroom time and covers a range of curriculum references including Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Understanding the World.

Living in Danger

Gorillas, Amur Tigers, Bactrian Camels are animals we have at the zoo, they are all critically endangered and living in danger in the wild. These animals could become extinct. Why? Informative and compelling, ‘Living in Danger’ explains more about endangered species and uses our vast collection of animal artefacts to reinforce the messages.  Students will be enthused to be proactive in protecting and preserving our planet and our animals.

Science: Year 4 - Living things and their habitats. Geography: Locational knowledge. Geographical skills and fieldwork.

Mingling with Minibeasts

‘We’re going on a minibeast hunt!’ How many minibeasts can the students find and identify using their zoo explorer kits. Including interaction with minibeasts from both the zoo’s nature garden and the forest floor of the Madagascan rainforest this is a fantastic introduction to the world of both native and global invertebrates. This discovery experience will inspire and enthuse students to identify and appreciate nature all around them.

Science: Working scientifically. Year 4 – Animals, including humans.  Living things and their habitats.

Suited for Survival

Tortoise and turtle shells, artic fox fur and stick insects all feature in this amazing topic of adaptations. Students will be challenged with ‘‘Odd One Out’ and dominoes as they investigate and determine why and how plants and animals are suited to their environment.  

Science: Year 6 - Evolution and Inheritance.

Sustainability – Being Green

Green for go!  Students spring into action taking part in a sustainability project to help native species at the zoo. Understanding more about climate change, over fishing and environmental changes inspires students to be sustainable, proactive and ready to make a difference!

Science: Year 4 - Living things and their habitats. Geography: Human and physical geography.

Tailor Made

Aardvark. Bongo. Camel. The choice is yours! This is a great opportunity to discover more about an animal with a 30 minute activity tailor made to suit your topic or curriculum requirements. Our specialists will guide you through adaptation, behaviour, nutrition and current information on your chosen animal’s status in the wild. We have over 300 species at Blackpool Zoo, you will be spoilt for choice! 

(This 45 minute lesson includes 30 minutes classroom time and covers a range of curriculum references including Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Understanding the World.)

The Enchanted Forest

This journey of discovery travels through the mysterious rainforest examining fascinating animals and plants along the way.  Through interaction and participation this topic encourages students to appreciate the value of such an important habitat and understand the many threats that it encounters. This is a fantastic addition to a rainforest topic and includes the opportunity to mingle with a magnificent Madagascan minibeast!

Science: Amazing Amazon. Working scientifically. Year 3 – Plants. Year 4 – Living things and their habitats. Geography: Locational knowledge. Geographical skills and knowledge

The Loop of Life

How do animals grow and survive? By exploring the lifecycles of birds, amphibians, invertebrates, mammals and reptiles, students will be fascinated learning more about the process of ‘growing up’.  Participation is key to this learning experience so this topic includes fun activities and interaction with a live snake or lizard and a magnificent magnificent minibeast.   

Science: Years 4, 5 and 6 – Living things and their habitat.  Year 5 – Animals including humans.  Geography: Locational knowledge. Geographical skills and fieldwork.

 

Remember to ask about our exciting additional resources to support your lesson!  Our printable Blackpool Zoo passport can be created by students during or after their visit, and our lesson linked maps can be used by students to navigate their way around the zoo! 

Key Stage 3 and 4

Detailed below are the exciting range of education lessons that we offer Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 students.  All lessons last 1 hour which includes 45 minutes classroom time. 

Adapt and Evolve

Why is a giraffe so tall and how has a giraffe adapted to life on the savannah? This lesson identifies key adaptations and explores theories of evolution including natural selection. By gaining an understanding of animal ancestry students can assess the adaptations of animals and relate them to their evolution process. This learning experience is enhanced by fun activities and the examination of animal artefacts.

Biology: Working Scientifically. KS3 – Genetics and evolution. Relationships in an ecosystem. KS4 – Ecosystems, evolution, inheritance and variation.

Artefact Art

Art students will relish the opportunity to adventure in to our Amazon Art Room to sketch, draw or paint their choice from our library of animal artefacts. An enormous elephants tooth, delicate coral and shells, intricate feathers or even skulls and skins will provide an ideal stimulus to art students of any age. Please note art equipment is not included.

Living in Danger

Amur Tigers, Bactrian Camels, Gorillas are animals we have at the zoo, they are all critically endangered and living in danger in the wild. These animals could become extinct. Why? Informative and compelling, ‘Living in Danger’ explains more about endangered species and uses our vast collection of animal artefacts to reinforce the messages.  Students will be enthused to be proactive in protecting and preserving our planet and our animals.

Biology: Working Scientifically. KS3 – Relationships in an ecosystem. KS4 – Ecosystems.

Sustainability – Being Green

Green for go! Students spring into action taking part in a sustainability project to help native species at the zoo. Understanding more about climate change, over fishing and environmental changes inspires students to be sustainable, proactive and ready to make a difference!

Biology: Working Scientifically. KS3 – Relationships in an ecosystem. KS4 – Ecosystems.

Further Education

Detailed below are the exciting range of education lessons that we offer Further and Higher Education students. All lessons last 1 hour which includes 45 minutes classroom time. 

Animal Behaviour, Training and Enrichment

This module examines and investigates how animal behaviour has evolved and explores why a zebra has stripes, why a bee dances and why a panda does handstands!

Understanding animal behaviour is extended to consider environmental enrichment and why it is imperative to animals in captivity. Positive reinforcement training techniques are explored - can the students use these to train each other?!

Artefact Art

Art students will relish the opportunity to adventure in to our Amazon Art Room to sketch, draw or paint their choice from our library of animal artefacts. An enormous elephants tooth, delicate coral and shells, intricate feathers or even skulls and skins will provide an ideal stimulus to art students of any age. Please note art equipment is not included.

History of Blackpool Zoo

It is hard to believe that Blackpool Zoo, now home to over 1500 animals, was once a home to airplanes! Learn about the transformation from airport to leisure facility and the history behind the 3 Blackpool Zoo sites. The presentation culminates in a tour of the older part of the zoo expertly led by our very own zoo historian.

Science Related Occupations

This interesting module delves into the world of working with animals at a zoo. It explores the role of a modern zoo and explains the different personnel required to fulfil those roles. Students are fascinated by a detailed insight into a day in the life of educators, keepers, conservationists, vets and many more. For students ambitious to enter into any of these fields advice is presented on the best routes to take.

Travel, Tourism, Marketing, Customer Service

This module tours the commercial environment of Blackpool Zoo and includes examining sales and marketing strategies used to maintain and increase business within this niche leisure market in a popular coastal town. This module is a great supplement to any vocational course and includes follow on activities to research whilst at the zoo.

Zoo Management and Licencing

Legalities and finance form a key part of this module as it details the mechanics and logistics of operating an effective zoo. Management of projects such as endangered species programmes and building animal enclosures is explained and discussed so that students gain a complete understanding of the role of a modern zoo and modern zoo practice working with umbrella bodies such as BIAZA and WAZA.

Explorer Tours

Detailed below are the exciting range of explorer tours that we offer students of all ages.

KS1 and below: Each session will last 45 minutes which includes 30 minutes touring time.

KS2 and above: Each session will last 1 hour, which includes 45 minutes of touring time.

African Adventure

An exciting adventure for students of all ages! Our specialist tour guide will travel with you presenting amazing facts and information on some of Blackpool Zoo’s astonishing African animals. Lions, gorillas, giraffes - this tour will absolutely bring Africa alive!

Big Animal Safari

Gorillas, tigers, orangutans this super safari tours the world of some of the planet’s largest animals. Suitable for all ages it allows students to appreciate just how tall a giraffe really is, to investigate how much food an elephant has to eat and what a camel actually stores in it’s humps!

Fun at the Farm

The farm is a firm favourite with our younger visitors and they are thrilled to be allowed special access in to our barn classroom to meet some of our fabulous farm animals. This is a great learning experience to support animal care and teeth and diet.

Pick-N-Mix Tour

Reptile, mammal, bird, – you can see them all on this tour! Navigated to visit animals of your choice this is an exciting tour to compliment specific curriculum and topic requirements. Suitable for students of all ages.

Rainforest Rangers

Students will relish the opportunity to take on the role of a Rainforest Ranger checking in with orangutans, tapirs and even capybaras, (the world’s largest guinea pig!). Free ranging lemurs in Lemur Wood; squirrel monkeys in our rainforest exhibit, Amazonia, offer students a greater understanding of animal life and the adaptations an animal needs to survive in the forest! This tour is popular with students of all ages.

Tailor Made

If your topic isn’t on our list, feel free to get in touch to discuss how we can create a lesson or tour just for you! You can either call us on 01253 830805 or email zoo.school@blackpoolzoo.org.uk.

If you're looking for something a little more hands on, Why not extend your zoo visit and let us create a Bespoke Learning Programme just for you. Learning Programmes are available for schools and groups of all ages and abilities, designed to suit your needs and requirements and provide fantastic enrichment for children, teenagers and adults. Find out more here.

Can't make it to the zoo? We'll bring the Zoo to You!

Our experienced education team deliver engaging fun-packed lessons, using fascinating artefacts, live animals and activities to bring nature and conservation alive in your classroom.

All of our curriculum lessons and modules are mobile and we would be delighted to visit your school and share the zoo experience with your students. Flexible to your needs and age of students we can visit at any time and for any event, even family fun days and PTFA socials!  For a guide have a look through the Lessons and Tours above.

If you would like to plan your Zoo to You visit please do not hesitate to contact Vicki by calling 01253 830805 or emailing zoo.school@blackpoolzoo.org.uk.

FY Postcode Area £89 per session £45 for each additional hour No fuel charge
Other Postcode Areas £89 per session £45 for each additional hour Fuel charged at 45p per mile

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