Animal Storytime

Animal Storytime takes place on the carpet in our colourful Activity Den. The children will be invited to listen and join in as we tell a story all about animals they can see at the zoo.

Children build the lively story with actions, answers and songs - adults are encouraged to join in too!

Age group:  Nursery and Reception (Foundation 1&2, Ages 3 – 5)

Duration: 20-30 minutes

Capacity: 35 pupils

Learning Space: Activity Den (B6)


Early Years Foundation Stage Framework links:

  • Communication and Language
    • Listen to stories, accurately anticipate key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions and actions
  • Understanding the world
    • Make observations of animals and plants, and talk about changes


Intended learning outcomes:

Pupils will be able to:

  • Identify common animals they will see at the zoo.
  • Join in with appropriate noises and movements while listening to a story


For this session:


Before your visit:


While at the Zoo:

Animal Location (map ref.)
Frogs, crocodiles and other amphibians and reptiles Reptile House (G4)
Giraffes, hunting dogs, warthogs and zebras Into Africa (H2)
Aadvarks, porcupines and meerktas Animal Adventure (E7)
Gorillas and monkeys Gorilla Kingdom (F4)
Lions Lions (D7)


After your visit:

  • Make a list of the animals you saw at the Zoo and create your own story as a class.  Get the children to add sound effects and actions.