In Sense-ations, pupils must use their senses (and their brains!) to work out how to fill up their team’s game board. They’ll discover how humans and other animals use their senses by listening to sounds, touching objects from the natural world and smelling interesting scents! This is a fun and interactive workshop exploring amazing animal senses.

Sensations education session

Age group:  Years 1-2 (KS1, Ages 5-7)

Duration: 45 minutes

Capacity: 35 pupils

Learning Space: Activity Den 


National Curriculum links:


KS1 Science

Lower key stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) programme of study (2014)

Working scientifically

  • observing closely, using simple equipment
  • using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions

Year 1 programme of study (2014)

Animals, including humans

Pupils should be taught to:

  • identify and name a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals
  • describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals including pets)
  • identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense


Intended learning outcomes:

Pupils will be able to:

  • Gain an understanding of the five senses that humans share with some animals
  • Use their own senses of sight, hearing, smell and touch (and consider how other animals might use their sense of taste)
  • Understand that senses enable humans and other animals to be aware of the world around them

Many objects from the natural world used in this session are loaned to us by HM Revenue and Customs.


For this session


Before Your Visit:

  • Take children outside and ask them to close their eyes for two minutes and listen carefully. Ask them to name any sounds or smells they notice. 


While at the Zoo:

  • Encourage pupils to use their senses as they walk around the zoo. What can they find out about the animals by looking, listening, smelling and touching?
    - Touch sheep and goats in Animal Adventure
    - Smell rainforest animals at Rainforest Life
    - Feel the humidity at Butterfly Paradise
    - Hear the lions roar at Land of the Lions and the birds chatter at the Blackbird Pavilion


After Your Visit:

  • Think about the animals they’ve seen that use their senses well such as bats, snakes or insects. Think about how their senses are different to ours.