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  EYFS (Ages 3 – 5)

Duration: 20-30 minutes

Capacity: 35 pupils

Learning Space: Activity Den 


National Curriculum Links:

Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage

Active Learning:

  • Showing high levels of energy, fascination
  • Maintaining focus on their activity for a period of time

Physical Development:

  • Experiments with different ways of moving.
  • Moves freely and with pleasure and confidence in a range of ways, such as slithering, shuffling, rolling, crawling, walking, running, jumping, skipping, sliding and hopping.

Communication and Language:

  • Listens to stories with increasing attention and recall.
  • Joins in with repeated refrains and anticipates key events and phrases in rhymes and stories.
  • Two-channeled attention – can listen and do for short span.
  • Listens and responds to ideas expressed by others in conversation or discussion.

Understanding the World:

  • Can talk about some of the things they have observed such as plants, animals, natural and found objects.
  • Looks closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change
  • Shows care and concern for living things and the environment

Expressive Arts and Design:

  • Initiates new combinations of movement and gesture in order to express and respond to feelings, ideas and experiences.
  • Creates movement in response to music


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


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.