Animal Storytime

Storytime takes place on the carpet in our Unicorn room surrounded by colourful pictures of animals. The children will be invited to listen and join in as we tell a story all about animals they can see at the zoo. They will be encouraged to count the different animals we talk about and make the noises of these animals. Children build the lively story with actions, answers and songs - adults are encouraged to join in too! 

The children will be invited to listen and join in as we tell a story all about animals they can see at the zoo. They will be encouraged to count the different animals we talk about and make the noises of these animals. 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: Unicorn Room (Meeting point 1 – D3)

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:

  • Children will learn that water is vital for animals and plants.
  • Children will be able to identify two African animals.
  • Children will learn that water falls as rain.
  • Pupils will listen to a story and join in with appropriate noises and movements.

 

For this session

Before your visit:

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

While at the Zoo:

  • There are lots of animals in the zoo that might pop up in our animal story time.  Make sure you visit some of these on your journey around the zoo.

 

Animal Location (map ref.)
Frogs and crocodiles Discovery Centre (C3)
Giraffes Giraffes (D2)
Zebra Zebra (C2)
Elephants Elephants (B4)
Lions Lions of the Serengeti (C2)

 

Post-visit resources:

  • 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.
  • Get the children to list what food we would need to take care of the animals
  • Discuss with pupils the affect shorter rain seasons in Africa would have on the animals that live there