Interactive Adaptation Trail

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Available to book on Tuesday 2nd April, Tuesday 7th May, Tuesday 4th and 18th June and Tuesday 2nd and 16th July 2019.

‘Interactive Adaptation Trail’ is a new way for your group to visit as much of the Zoo as possible whilst still engaging in an interactive learning experience with our Discovery and Learning team.

As a class teacher, you will be provided with a map route around the Zoo that will allow your class to see as much of the Zoo as possible. At three predetermined animal enclosures, you will meet your Discovery and Learning officer for a short interactive activity. Join us for demonstrations, obstacle courses and the chance to investigate objects from the natural world!

Each of these activities will last about 10 minutes and will be run just for your class when you arrive. So that you can make your way around at your own pace, the interactive activities are designed to be drop-ins so there is no set time for you to arrive, just a time frame when the activities will be running. If another group is already with the Discovery and Learning Officer, your group can use this time to watch the animals in the enclosure—there won’t be long to wait.


African penguins


Age group:  KS2 (Years 3 to 6, 7 to 11 years old)

Duration: 3 separate 10 minute activities throughout your day

Capacity: 35 pupils

Learning Space: Outside at the Asian elephant, African hunting dog, and penguin enclosures.


Key stage relevant (National Curriculum/Syllabus) links:


Working scientifically

  • Asking relevant questions and using different types of scientific enquiries to answer them

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
  • How adaptations evolve to allow animals to survive in the habitat

Living things and their habitats

  • Recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things

Evolution and inheritance

  • Identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution
  • Recognise that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago


Intended learning outcomes:

Students will be able to:

  • Explain what an adaptation is
  • Give examples of different animal adaptations and be able to explain how these help the animal in their habitat
  • Differentiate between a behavioural and physical adaptation.


For this session:

Before your visit:

  • Refresh the terminology habitat and introduce students to the term adaptation

While at the Zoo:

  • Follow the trail provided as part of this session.
  • Download the animal route here.

Post-visit resources:

Create your own species 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 will the animal reproduce – does it lay eggs or give birth to live young?