Interactive Adaptation trail

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Available to book on Tuesday 2nd April, Tuesday 7th May, Tuesday 4th and 18th June and Tuesday 2nd and 16th July 2019.

‘Interactive Adaptation Trail’ is a new way for your group to visit as much of the zoo as possible whilst still engaging in an interactive learning experience with our Discovery and Learning team.

As a class teacher, you will be provided with a map route around the zoo that will allow your class to see as much of the zoo as possible. At three predetermined animal enclosures, you will meet your Discovery and Learning officer for a short interactive activity.  Join us for demonstrations, obstacle courses and the chance to investigate objects from the natural world!

Each of these activities will last about 10 minutes and will be run just for your class when you arrive. So that you can make your way around at your own pace, the interactive activities are designed to be drop-ins so there is no set time for you to arrive, just a time frame when the activities will be running. If another group is already with the Discovery and Learning Officer, your group can use this time to watch the animals in the enclosure—there won’t be long to wait.

African hunting dog

Age group:  KS1 (Year 1 and 2, 5 to 7 year olds)

Duration: 3 separate 10 minute activities throughout your day

Capacity: 35 pupils

Learning Space: Outdoors at the Asian Elephant, African hunting dog and penguin enclosures


Key Stage relevant (National Curriculum/Syllabus) links:


Working Scientifically

  • Using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
  • Asking simple questions and recognising that they can be answered in different ways
  • Identifying and classifying


 Living things and their habitats:

  • Identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other
  • Describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals


Animals, including humans

  • Find out about and describe the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival (water, food and air)


Intended learning outcomes:

Students will be able to:

  • Describe what a habitat is
  • Gain an understanding that different animals live in different habitats
  • Be able to name some different animals that are herbivores and carnivores
  • Name some features that make an animal suited to its habitat


For this session:

Before your visit:

  • Introduce the term habitat
  • Research two contrasting habitats to find out:
    • Where in the world will you find this habitat
    • What is it like in this habitat?
    • Find out which common animals live in the habitats

While at the Zoo:

  • Follow the trail map provided as part of this activity

Post-visit resources:

  • Ask pupils to design a new animal that will thrive in a certain habitat. Students can then, create a 3D model of their animal in the habitat.
  • Further discussion – ask pupils to discuss if the habitats their animals live in are safe (ocean pollution or deforestation) and think about if they could do anything to help. This can lead on to a further conversation on global citizens and responsible citizenship.