More Primary Workshops

All About Me

EYFS, KS 1; Early Years, First Stage. Ages 3 - 7.


Our All About Me workshop is the perfect way to ‘break the ice’.
Think about it as a mini team building session for your children.

Pupils will learn about their bodies, their origins, and how we relate to other species - all through a variety of fun and creative animal handling activities. Perfect as a get-to-know-you topic for the start of a new school year or equally exciting during any other term!


EYFS, KS1; Early Years, First Stage. Ages 3 - 7.

What better way to explore Africa than on a ZooLab safari! A ZooLab presenter will take you on foot, jeep and kayak around Africa’s varied habitats. On our travels you will learn about the fantastic large creatures found in Africa and meet some smaller creatures that call this continent home.

Animal Olympics 

EYFS, KS1; Early Years, First Stage. Ages 3 - 7.

For some it takes grit and determination to become a record breaker; and for others they’re oblivious! ZooLab’s Animal Olympics session features some of the best runners, jumpers and weightlifters on the planet! Let’s look at some of the phenomenal feats of nature that put them into the book of the best!

Animal Tracks

EYFS, KS1; Early Years, First Stage. Ages 3 - 7.

Identifying animal tracks and trails is a key skill used by naturalists and survivalists alike. Be a real nature detective as your ZooLab presenter helps you identify a variety of animals from their tracks. You’ll also get the opportunity to meet and handle some of these animals to do some up-close investigating!


EYFS, KS 1, 2; Early Years, First, Second Stage. Ages 3 - 11.

We visit over 10,000 schools across the UK every year and have witnessed first-hand the devastating effects of bullying. This inspired us to work directly with PSHE teachers to create a story-based workshop that explores relationships, social conflict, diversity and feelings. We examine the issue of bullying, the motivations behind that behaviour and what can be done to help people suffering from bullying.


KS 1, 2; First, Second Stage. Ages 5 - 11.

Our Australia workshop explores and celebrates the history and biodiversity of this extraordinary country. We cover everything from marsupials to invasive species. Children will discover a myriad of Australian animal habitats, investigate the impact that humans have upon these and look at the conservation efforts to protect this magnificent continent.

Beast Creator 

KS2; Second Stage. Ages 7-11.

Specifically designed by ZooLab to complement Living Things & Their Habitats and Animals Including Humans, this workshop lets you meet arachnids, arthropods, molluscs and myriapods and observe their weird and wonderful adaptations. Pick and choose the best parts of our ZooLab animals to make your very own, unique 'Beast Creation'!  Imagine a millipede with spider sized legs! A rat sized cockroach with scorpion pincers? The choice is yours...


KS 1, 2, 3, 4. First, Second, Third, Fourth Stage. Ages 5 -14.

Nature is a carefully balanced ecosystem which supports a wide variety of life through it’s biodiversity. This workshop uses ZooLab animals to illustrate how animals effect and are affected by changes through habitat destruction, pesticides and illegal animal trade. We also look at the Rainforest, and highlight the diversity of arachnids, insects and amphibians.

Build A Dinosaur

KS 1, 2, 3, 4. First, Second, Third, Fourth Stage. Ages 5 -14.

ZooLab's animals provide some hands-on evolutionary clues as pupils get hands-on with evolutionary changes and adaptations first hand. We investigate how animal senses and characteristics have developed and adapted over evolutionary time. This workshop combines scientific working and imagination and to uncover the big ideas of science and stimulate keen interest in young minds.

Caring For Living Things

EYFS, KS1; Early Years, First Stage. Ages 3 - 7.

This show emphasises what we need do to care for living things and explores the diverse requirements of a range of animals in terms of shelter, warmth, food, water and protection. Using active learning techniques, building on prior knowledge this show is highly value driven in teaching respect for all living things.

Charles Darwin - The Voyage Of The Beagle

KS 1, 2; First Stage, Second Stage Ages 3 - 11.


Charles Darwin travelled from England, to South America, then to New Zealand, Australia, and finally Africaon the HMS Beagle. This fun and exciting voyage inspired Darwin and his theories. You’ll get to meet some of our extraordinary animals, similar to species Darwin himself saw and recorded. This is an excellent workshop for classes learning about historical figures, evolution, adaptations, geography, and habitats.


KS 1, 2, 3; First, Second, Third, Fourth Stage. Ages 5 -14.

This hands-on, animal-handling workshop experience brings pupils face to face with classification. It is all part of an experiential and interactive learning experience in which introduces ZooLab animals that include vertebrates and invertebrates. Pupils explore different classes of animal so they can uncover their differences and similarities themselves.

Eco Investigators 

EYFS, KS 1, 2; Early Years, First, Second Stage. Ages 3 - 11.

Linking to the schools ‘Green Flag’ initiative and global environmental concerns, Eco Investigators explores how informed personal choices as a consumer can protect animals, habitats and people all over the world. This workshop investigates issues of consumption, looks at alternatives and teaches us about recycling using practical examples from the animal and insect world.

Endangered Animals 

KS 1, 2, 3, 4; First, Second, Third, Fourth Stage. Ages 5 - 14.


Many species of animals are dangerously close to vanishing forever. During this workshop pupils will learn the terminology of extinction and gain a practical knowledge through looking at the cases of dinosaurs and the dodo. We illustrate how the pace of extinction has quickened and discover what we can do to help.


KS 1, 2, 3, 4; First, Second, Third, Fourth Stage. Ages 5 - 14.

Evolution is the story of our planet and its inhabitants - how they have come to be; how they have changed, grown, multiplied and died over a 4 ½ billion yearlong drama! This workshop examines how ZooLab’s animals have evolved and explores the concepts of speciation, natural and sexual selection, adaptations and DNA. We take a look at the origins of life on Earth and explore how life has evolved in such diversity!


KS 1, 2, 3. First, Second, Third, Fourth Stage. Ages 5 - 14.

This workshop introduces pupils to different habitats from around the world that include tropical rainforests, deserts, polar regions and oceans. This hands-on workshop looks at three great survivors; rats, cockroaches and humans and considers how and why they have survived. 

How our Bodies Move 

EYFS, KS1; Early Years, First Stage. Ages 3 - 7.

This show explores the anatomy of the human body giving children an understanding of the biomechanics that make movement possible. We discover how muscles give us facial expression, enable digestion and how the heart keeps us alive. We then compare and contrast bone structure and movement in other vertebrates and invertebrates.


EYFS, KS 1, 2; Early Years, First, Second Stage. Ages 3 - 11.

Designed to complement the curriculum topics of Animals Including Humans and Living Things And Their Habitats, this workshop uses ZooLab animals to discuss new life, growth, reproduction and ageing. There’s a particular focus on the metamorphosis of a butterfly and the various stages of its development. Some key vocabulary is introduced including ‘metamorphosis’, ‘larva’, ‘chrysalis’, ‘adult’ and ‘reproduce’.


EYFS, KS 1, 2; Early Years, First, Second Stage. Ages 3 - 11.

Children get a fun introduction to invertebrates and classification. They get to question, investigate and learn about scientific discovery. This workshop answers all the big questions such as - What do minibeasts have inside them? Are there any similarities between our bodies and theirs? 

Myths and Legends 

KS1, KS2.  First Stage, Second Stage. Ages 5 - 11.


All over the world there are extraordinary parables and fables about animals. Is there any truth in these ancient myths and legends? Or are they fictitious products of vivid imaginations? Join ZooLab as we explore some of the most amazing myths and legends from around the world - legends that may hold truths that can unlock the secrets of our amazing ZooLab animals.

Night in the Museum

EYFS, KS 1, 2; Early Years, First, Second Stage. Ages 3 - 11.

What would it be like to spend the night exploring a museum? Thanks to ZooLab’s workshop you won’t even need to stay up late to find out! Take a tour through the ages - from the very start of Earth’s history, where the planet had just formed to today - the age of mammals! But…something isn’t quite right! The guide keeps hearing noises and the museum’s animals are acting strange. Could something be following our group?

Paws, Claws & Whiskers! 

EYFS, KS 1. Early Years, First Stage. Ages 3 - 7.

From fully developed human beings to the tiniest insect, this workshop looks at the huge variety of weird and wonderful animals we share planet Earth with.Together we find answers to questions such as, where do they come from? What do they have inside them? And, how do we group animals and why?  

Pets and Other Animals

EYFS, KS 1; Early Years, First Stage. Age 3 - 7.

We all love our pets! Your ZooLab presenter explains how they care for different  animals and how to recreate the conditions that they need to thrive.  As well as practicalities such as food, shelter and exercise, children are reminded too of the role of emotion in caring for other living things that need our love, care and respect if they are to thrive.

Predators, Prey & Food Chains 

KS 1, 2, 3, 4. First, Second, Third, Fourth Stage. Ages 5 - 14.

In this workshop we look at feeding connections (what-eats-what) in an ecological community. Using our ZooLab animals, we examine herbivores, carnivores and omnivores and learn how to classify non-living and living things. Pupils discover where energy comes from and how the consumer resource system can cause the disruption of a food web.

Rainforest Adventurer

EYFS, KS1. Early Years, First Stage. Ages 3 - 7.

Your class will go on an action-packed adventure through the rainforest layers meeting various animals along the way. It’s all part of an approach that combines storytelling and drama to bring the rainforest to life, help children discover biodiversity and to get a first hand look at how what happens in the rainforest can affect us all. 

Rainforest Discovery

KS 1, 2, 3, 4. First, Second, Third, Fourth Stage. Ages 5 - 14.

Your ZooLab presenter takes you on an exciting journey through the rainforest, letting you get hands-on with real rainforest animals! Learn all about the different rainforest layers that these animals live in, who and what they eat, and how they’re coming under threat. Discover everything you ever wanted to know about life in the steamy tropics.

Rainforest Unwrapped 

KS 2, 3, 4; Second, Third, Fourth Stage. Ages 7 - 14.

The rainforest is a cornucopia of resources. It supplies us with a plethora of day to day items that we take for granted - things including wood, medicine and food - but at what price? This hands-on workshop delves into life in the rainforest and looks at how we’re depleting these resources. Can we reverse this man-made effect through recycling and sustainability? Pupils learn how making a few small changes to our lives, we can help ensure the preservation of this fascinating habitat for years to come. 

Road Safety

EYFS, KS1. Early Years, First Stage. Ages 3 - 7.

This story based workshop joins a class of extraordinary animals as they learn all about road safety.  Learn about Stop, Look, Listen and Think and the importance of finding the right place to cross the road. At the end of the workshop each participant will receive their ‘Road Safety Rat’ sticker. Of course, throughout the duration of the workshop your class will get to meet and handle a variety of wonderful ZooLab animals!


KS,1KS2; Early Years, First, Second Stage. Ages 5- 11.

A recent survey found the average school child in the UK eats over three times the recommended daily sugar intake everyday!

Our new healthy eating based workshop aims to school your school on the sweet stuff! We encourage children to make better informed choices about what they put in their bodies whilst gaining an understanding of the health impacts that too much sugar can have.

N.B  This workshop does not feature animal handling.

Seasonal Differences

EYFS, KS 1, 2; Early Years, First, Second Stage. Ages 3 - 11.

This workshop covers the Earth’s tilt and how this causes the seasons.  We discuss the effect that they have on the plant and animal kingdom and how this changes their temperature and habitat. We address how animals adapt to the changing conditions and what we can do to prevent man-made changes in the seasons.

We’re Going On An Animal Hunt! 

EYFS, KS 1; Early Years, First Stage. Ages 3 - 7.

This story-based workshop based on a classic children’s book takes children on a fantastic animal hunt!  Their ZooLab presenter will take them through grass, a river, mud, a forest and a snowstorm before coming face to face with an array of amazing ZooLab animals! Using animals, songs and rhymes helps promote language, physical, social and emotional development. 

Space Race

EYFS, KS 1, 2; Early Years, First, Second Stage. Ages 3 - 11.

After being inspired by amazing animal space facts, the intrepid ZooLab team decide to have a race  to space! The two teams are now in a desperate contest to reach Mars first. On each of the Spacecraft we find out which animals adaptations are best suited to space exploration! Trouble hits both spacecrafts and they soon tumble to the ground – only for us to find out that it was a product of their imagination all along!

The Zagaro

EYFS, KS1; Early Years, First Stage. Ages 3- 7.

Our story-based workshops are sure to engage and entertain through our presenter’s acting out the story and by getting the children on their feet and moving about! The Zagaro, based on a famous children's story, takes us on a trip through the deep, dark wood. We bring this classic tale to life, adding an extra dimension and sense of excitement through our live animal interaction. 

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