Move at the Zoo

In Move at the Zoo children will discover the wild world of Whipsnade’s inhabitants through dance, song and storytelling. Children will use their bodies and imaginations to explore the way in which animals move, providing a basis for discussion when visiting animals in the zoo.

Ring-tailed lemur at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Key Stage: EYFS

Duration: 30 minutes

Capacity: 35 students

Location: Indoor Discovery Room or traditional Mongolian Ger

You will have the opportunity to choose a location when making a booking over the phone with our booking team.


Early Years Framework Links:

Communication and Language

  • Listening and Attention

Physical Development

  • Moving and Handling

 Expressive Arts and Design

  • Being Imaginative    


Intended Learning Outcomes:

Pupils will be able to:

  • Use sound and movement appropriately to represent animals
  • Listen and respond appropriately to stories and songs
  • Share the space and work together to create an imaginary zoo


For this session

Before your visit to the zoo:

  • Prepare your pupils by identifying familiar zoo animal sounds and matching the sounds to pictures
  • Watch video clips and come up with varied adjectives for the way that the animals move
  • Discuss why animals need to move
  • Download the activity pack: PDF icon Pre-visit sheet - Move at the Zoo (282.2 KB)

While at the zoo:

  • Use interesting adjectives to describe how an animal in the zoo moves. How does a penguin move differently to a flamingo?




Right of Europe

Amur Tiger


Asian Elephant





Base Camp


After your visit to the zoo:

  • Visit a local habitat – what are the sounds of the woodland, or pond or playground? Do all animals make noises at the same time? Which noises are loud and which do you have to listen carefully to hear?
  • Make a soundscape back at school, with each child taking responsibility for a different sound. Show your soundscape to another class – can they guess which habitat you are trying to create?
  • Pick your favourite zoo animal and create 4 movements that this animal might make. Link your movements together to music to make a dance sequence. What happens when you dance with a partner with different moves to yours? Can you make up a longer dance sequence?


Download this activity pack to use with your class

PDF icon Pre-visit sheet - Move at the Zoo (282.2 KB)