Pre-school & EYFS Animal Workshops
Pre-school children can meet a range of our animals in this simple, sensory presentation.
They are encouraged to touch and stroke the animals, feeling new textures such as a strong shiny tortoise shell and a smooth, scaly snake.
We also talk about how animals can feel hurt or afraid, just the same as we do, and so we must treat them with care and respect.
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
Our school animal science workshops for EYFS are very sensory fun hands on experiences for younger pupils ad complement the curriculum topic Understanding The World.
See It – Feel It
A practical, sensory experience introducing pupils to fascinating creatures with scales, fur or shells. The children are invited to guess what the different animals might feel like, and then compare this with their experience of actually touching them, and to think about how their senses might compare to how the animals feel things, and helps them to appreciate the importance of treating animals with care and respect.
How does it move?
Children see at first-hand how a tortoise plods and a snake slithers, and then try moving in the same way. They will be prompted to think about how each animal’s way of moving plays a part in its adaptation to its environment.
Children meet our real life dragons including the Bearded Dragon and Chinese Water Dragon and find out about their amazing survival tricks. We compare them with other kinds of creatures to help children find out what reptiles are, and this includes the opportunity to stroke one of our friendly furry mammals.
By looking at, and touching, mini-beasts children discover their different body types, including exoskeletons. They see first-hand how different mini-beasts are adapted to find food and escape predators. This includes a giant African snail, giant milipede, stick insect, hissing cockroach and locust. We also bring some of our other creatures along so children can see how different they are.
Caring for Animals
We discuss, in simple terms, why it is important to be kind to animals and protect the places where they live.
The children will meet a range of animals and mini-beasts and have the chance to touch and hold them. We explain how animals and people depend on each other and how important it is to keep our countryside, rivers and sea clean so that they can live there. We also talk about how animals can feel hurt or afraid, just the same as we do, and so we must treat them with care and respect.