Updated: Sep 6, 2019
We are EXPERTS at helping you achieve outcomes in 'Animals, including Humans'! This unit is a great chance to develop scientific knowledge, an understanding of the natural world and the processes of science through different types of scientific enquiry. It also makes sure pupils are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science today and in the future.
We have picked out 5 ZooLab workshops that will help ensure you hit those outcomes and tick those all-important boxes!
Our Minibeasts workshop is perfect for hitting Year One outcomes! We look at the structure of our ZooLab animal team: what do they have inside them?, how are our bodies like and unlike theirs?, how can we use this to group animals and why?
Children get a fun introduction to invertebrates and classification - they question, investigate and learn about scientific discovery, guided by their own expert ZooLab ranger.
Pupils learn about food habits. Did you know that cockroaches eat almost everything - even things like dead animals and bat poo (yuck!)?
Our minibeast workshop is an experience that makes scientific discovery real and terminology come alive - from vertebrates (represented by one of our snakes) and invertebrates, arthropods and myriapods, molluscs, crustaceans and arachnids!
Wriggle and Crawl Roadshow
Hitting outcomes doesn’t need to mean sitting still! Our Wriggle and Crawl Roadshow helps meet outcomes in Year 1 and 2 by teaching children all about animals through movement!
Pupils learn about how different animals move, is it the same as us humans? Children discover things as wide-ranging as how millipedes protect themselves from predators and how snakes sleep. They even get into groups to act out life as a tarantula (with its 8 legs)! This workshop is designed to stimulate engagement and questions as children extend knowledge and understanding through fun activities.
ZooLab has a fantastic Lifecycles workshops specifically designed to complement the curriculum topics of Animals, including Humans and Living things and their habitats. It’s all
intended to enthuse pupils as they see how nature transforms itself at this time of year. We demonstrate how our ZooLab animals deal with the changing of the seasons and reproduction. In turn we explores the common features of all animal life cycles - new life, growth, reproduction and ageing are explained. There’s a particular focus on the metamorphosis of a butterfly, with the various stages of its development explained. Some key vocabulary is introduced including ‘metamorphosis’, ‘larva’, ‘chrysalis’, ‘adult’ and ‘reproduce’.
How our Bodies Move
What makes movement in the human body possible? How our Bodies Move hits outcomes in Year 3 and 4 by comparing and contrasting bone structure and movement in humans and other species of vertebrates, as well as looking at mobility in invertebrates.In humans,we explore how muscles give us facial expression, enable digestion and how the heart keeps us alive. The workshop examines the role of the human skeleton, before going on to consider animals with exoskeletons such as insects and the hydraulics behind spider movement. It explores how bone structure creates different movement (in frogs and humans for example) – and even in related species such as frogs and toads.
Predators, Prey and Foodchains
What-eats-what in an ecological community? This workshop helps pupils to identify a variety of food chains; including producers, predators and prey. Using our ZooLab animals, we examine herbivores, carnivores and omnivores and learn how to classify non-living and living things. Pupils learn about photosynthesis, discover where energy comes from and how the consumer resource system can cause the disruption of a food web.