Animal Story time Africa

Animal Storytime takes place in one of our colourful learning space. The children will be invited to listen and join in as we tell a story all about animals they can see at the zoo.

Children build the lively story with actions, answers and rhymes - adults are encouraged to join in too!

Family of elephants

Key Stage: EYFS

Duration: 30 minutes

Capacity:  35 students


Early Years 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 be able to:

  • Identify common animals they will see at the zoo.
  • Join in with appropriate noises and movements while listening to a story


For this session

Before your visit to the zoo:

  • 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, what they like to eat).  Plan a route around the zoo to take in their favourite animals.
  • Download the pre-visit sheet: PDF icon Pre-visit sheet - Animal Story Time Africa (428.8 KB)

 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.







Poison Arrow Frogs

Base Camp – Discovery Centre



Asian Elephant



After your visit to the zoo:

  • 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.


Prepare for your Animal Story Time Africa session with our information pack.

PDF icon Pre-visit sheet - Animal Story Time Africa (428.8 KB)