KS2 Primary School Workshops

Children will explore some biological artefacts and live animals to really enhance these subjects! The information below refers to session content for children in Key Stage 2. Please contact the Education Officer for more details.

1 hour sessions, max 36 pupils per session

Evolution (New)

This session covers the interesting topic of evolution. Travel back in time to explore the discoveries of Charles Darwin and Mary Anning. Investigate what Darwin discovered about the Finches on the Galapagos Islands. Meet a real live animal and discuss its evolutionary path. Look at limb evolution in 4 different species of animal. Create your own species of animal thinking about its evolutionary journey. Dig up fossils like Mary Anning and look at why this was so important.

Dinosaur Discovery

This session will explore the exciting topic of dinosaurs through practical activities, discussions and the use of real live reptiles alongside a variety of zoo artefacts. We will begin by looking at the dinosaur timeline and explore the different habitats and dinosaurs around during each Period. Following on, students will investigate dinosaur diets and how their teeth match their feeding strategy, and think about dinosaur body design too, touching on the idea of adaptation. We will then cover how dinosaurs became extinct and introduce pupils to the work of a paleontologist. Pupils will understand the process of a fossil dig by performing a mini one themselves, and discuss how we use fossils to reconstruct dinosaurs!

Variety of Life

This session gives an overview of the main groups in the Animal Kingdom. Children will learn the difference between vertebrates and invertebrates, as well as the main characteristics of the mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects. Pupils will look at the smallest and largest animal in each group and think about how the groups are different from each other.  We will also look at some weird creatures!

Colours and Sound

This session provides an overview of animal colours with the reasons behind them, and a look at the use of animal sound and hearing, including super hearing that humans do not possess. Pupils will think about the different types of camouflage and communication that animals use in order to catch prey or hide from predators. Children will also be able to test their own senses and compare these to an animal. 

Animal Care and Conservation Session covers:

This session provides an overview of animal care and conservation, looking at the problems and the solutions. Children will discover how we look after our animals and take part in a practical activity to demonstrate this. Children will learn what conservation and biodiversity is, and why it is important to protect. They will be introduced to the five main threats to world biodiversity, followed by how we are trying to protect it. Children will learn what Drayton Manor is doing to conserve the environment as well as what they can do to help at home. 

Maths Investigation (afternoon slot advised)

We are going to take you on a maths adventure. A fun maths booklet will be provided with this session for pupils to fill in while you are exploring the park and before your session. After your self-lead exploring in our park, you will head down to our classroom where pupils will take part in a fun and practical session that looks at the following:

  • How we use mathematics on our rides (capacity and time)
  • How mathematics helps us in our catering outlets (money)
  • Where maths fits into our marketing department (shape and measure)
  • And finally, how maths helps us run our zoo (quantity, weight and cost)

Rollercoaster Design Session covers                                                                                         

  • How rollercoasters work- k’nex loop experiment           
  • Where rollercoasters come from and cost
  • How rollercoasters are designed
  • Design a rollercoaster in groups and share ideas   

Rollercoaster Forces (MOST POPULAR) Session includes:

  • What is a force?
  • How rollercoasters work-energy and gravity with k’nex loop experiment
  • Discussion about G forces
  • Air resistance on rollercoasters- k’nex loop experiment continued
  • Friction on rollercoasters-look at real wheels
  • Using magnets on rollercoasters

1.5 hour workshops, max 36 pupils per session:

Creative Coasters Session includes:

  • How rollercoasters work-energy and gravity with k’nex loop experiment
  • Air resistance on rollercoasters- k’nex loop experiment continued
  • Friction on rollercoasters-look at real wheels
  • Where rollercoasters come from and cost
  • Constructing a rollercoaster
  • K’nex building challenge in groups

30-minute Wow Workshops, max 36 pupils per session:

These are designed to enrich a school visit in a short burst, and are great for reward visits or if you visit during our busier months like June and July.

K’nex Challenge

In this exciting workshop pupils find out some of the science and mechanics behind rollercoasters through a series of fun k’nex challenges!

Meet the Animals

Get up close to our lizards, snakes and bugs, and handle bio-artefacts like antlers, leopard fur and green turtle shells!