Global Expedition Key Stage 2

In Global Expedition students will explore how animals are perfectly suited to living in their environments in a journey around the Zoo. Pupils will discover the differences between behavioural and physical adaptations and how these are passed on from generation to generation. In a unique, cross-curricular activity students discover a range of habitats from the dry spiny forests of Madagascar, the hot rainforest of South America, to the watery depths of the sea, getting hands- on investigating how animals are specifically adapted to life in these habitats. Students will have a Discovery & Learning Officer on hand for this special two hour tour of the Zoo.

Key Stage:  2 (Years 3-6)

Duration: Two hours

Session price: £3.00 per student, when charges apply

Capacity: 35 students

Meeting point: Sealions


Cross-curricular Links:            


Working scientifically


  • Gather and record data to help answering questions; Grouping, sorting and classifying and use of simple keys.
  • Recording findings using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts, and tables.

Animals including humans

  • Identify that animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition, and that they cannot make their own food; they get nutrition from what they eat.
  • Construct and interpret a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey.

Living Things and their Habitats

  • Recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways.

Evolution and Inheritance


  • Recognise that living things have changed over time.
  • Recognise that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents.
  • Identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution.



  • Interpret and construct pie charts and line graphs and use these to solve problems.
  • Calculate and interpret the mean as an average.


Locational knowledge

  • Locate the world’s countries, using maps to focus on Europe.

Geographical skills and fieldwork

  • Use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied.


Intended Learning Outcomes:

Students will be able to:

  • Describe how adaptations are suited to the environment in which they are found
  • Describe how adaptations are passed on to the next generation
  • Create a food chain identifying the predators, prey and producers
  • Apply mathematical skills in a real life context
  • Locate two different countries and an ocean on a world map
  • Describe a key and how to use a key for map-reading

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:

After your visit:

Create your own species! Research and collate the top ten most fascinating adaptations in the natural world. Now create your own animal to fit perfectly into the habitat of your choice. Keep in mind:

  • How the animal will hunt/scavenge/graze for food
  • How the animal will evade predators
  • How the animal will camouflage in to the habitat
  • How will the animal reproduce – does it lay eggs or give birth to live young?