I Like to Move It!

Jumping, stretching, wriggling and rolling! In I Like to Move It, children will use their body, voice and imagination to join our education officer on an exploration of the exciting world of animal movement. Children will be encouraged to work together, join in with songs and will have the opportunity to engage in some child-led play to show how much they like to “Move It!”

I like to move it - education session


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:

  • Physical Development -
    • Children will copy Discovery & Learning Officer’s movements and create their own appropriate movements to act out a day in the life of an animal of their choice
  • Communication and Language -
    • Children will listen to the instructions and respond accordingly
    • Children will learn and take part in singing songs and rhymes
  • Understanding the World
    • Children will explore the diet and behaviour of various animal groups, with a focus on how the animal moves
  • Expressive Arts and Design
    • Children will be encouraged to use their imagination and available resources to act like animals


Intended learning outcomes:

Pupils will be able to:

  • Gain an understanding that humans and animals move to find food and water, hunt, hide, and change location
  • Use their body and imagination to replicate animal movement and behaviour
  • Use resources to explore and demonstrate animal behaviour

Disclaimer: Please be aware that though we aim to use a live animal in this session, we do not guarantee that they will be present- animals can fall ill or be unwilling to be handled and their welfare is ZSL’s first priority


For this session:


Before your visit:

  • Ask the children to consider which animals they will see at the zoo, and share what they know about these animals already (e.g. their noises, colours, how they move, what they like to eat).  Plan a route around the zoo to take in their favourite animals.

While at the Zoo:

  • Use this I Like to Move it worksheet as you move around the Zoo: PDF icon Pre-visit I Like to Move It 2015 (382.99 KB)
  • There are lots of animals in the zoo that might pop up in our I Like to Move It session.  Make sure you visit some of these on your journey around the zoo.