Info, Activities, Worksheets and More!
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Activity Packs for SCHOOLS:
Cross-curricular pre-trip, post-trip, and at the zoo activities including worksheets.
STEM and Maths Trails for SCHOOLS:
Activity packs for at the zoo focused on STEM and Maths.
Business Activities for SCHOOLS:
Resources and worksheets on the topic of business, travel and tourism.
Sensory Resources for ANY VISITORS:
Including a visual social story and sensory trails.
Children’s University Resources for ANY VISITORS (including families or groups):
Worksheets to complete at the zoo or after your visit to earn Children’s University hours.
Information Packs for STUDENTS (aimed at secondary and higher level):
Detailed information great for homework or course work!
If you would like further information on these resources, please contact us at email@example.com
Activity packs designed for schools to use as part of a school trip including fact sheets about relevant animals, and background information on the topic. To help you plan a topic themed visit to the zoo, the packs also contain a map showing suggested animals to visit, worksheets to complete during your visit, and pre-trip and post-trip classroom activities.
Click on the age range/KS level after the topic to open the pdf pack in a new tab.
- At Home – Wildlife Activities to do at Home – All Ages
- African Animals Activity Pack – All Ages
- Animal Adaptations Activity Pack – KS1&2 or KS3&4
- Animal Behaviour Activity Pack – KS4&5
- Classification Activity Pack – KS3&4
- Endangered Animals Activity Pack – KS1&2 or KS3&4
- Evolution Activity Pack – KS3&4
- Exploring the Zoo (for fun and Teambuilding!) – KS3 but adaptable for other levels
- Plants at the Zoo Activity Pack – All Ages
- Rainforest Animals Activity Pack – All Ages
- Water Animals Activity Pack – KS1&2
Please note, we suggest you pick and choose which worksheets would work best for your class and your topic from each pack, as each worksheet is independent and can be done without completing the whole pack.
The above activity packs contain cross-curricular activities including some STEM. The below STEM activity pack is specifically focused on the wider range of STEM at the zoo and includes pre-trip and post-trip activities and worksheets relating to engineering, structural design, developing hypothesis, physics, medicine, and lots more!
To focus specifically on maths, the Maths Workbook provides in-depth at the zoo worksheets using a variety of mathematical skills including: estimation, graphing, measuring, and real world problem solving.
There are a variety of independent worksheets and activities in the packs for a range of ages. Please pick and choose which worksheets to complete based on the level of your students.
Business and Tourism Resources
Resources for Business or Travel and Tourism schools groups learning about Colchester Zoo.
Business and Tourism Activity Pack: activities relating to business and tourism coursework, including worksheets and research at the zoo and follow-classroom activities.
If your students are completing surveys on customer service, visitor opinions, etc. while at Colchester Zoo, please ensure they comply with our Business Survey Guidelines.
A downloadable Visual Social Story (click to open in a new tab). This resource uses images and concise text to explain what to expect during a visit to Colchester Zoo.
Downloadable sensory trails to help you explore the zoo. The LONG Sensory Trail (click to open in a new tab) includes exploration around the entire zoo. The SHORT Sensory Trail (click to open in a new tab) explores the Familiar Friends farm section of the zoo.
Children’s University Resources
At the Zoo Activity Packs
Packs designed for families and groups to use independently during your visit to the zoo. If your child is a member of Children’s University, they can earn CU hours and passport stamps! See inside the packs or the Essex Children’s University website for details of how to get involved.
Download and print these activity packs yourself.
- Learning at the Zoo Activity Pack 1
- Learning at the Zoo Activity Pack 2
- Learning at the Zoo Activity Pack 3
- Learning at the Zoo Activity Pack 4
Please note, you can earn a maximum of 6 hours per day by completing worksheet pages. You can mix and match to complete worksheets from different packs to earn your hours.
Resources for at-home independent learning AFTER children have attended a formal educational session at Colchester Zoo.
- African Animal After Session Workbook
- Endangered Animal After Session Workbook
- Rainforest Animal After Session Workbook
Please note, in order to qualify as Children’s University hours these workbooks should be completed outside of school hours (either at home, or as part of a before or after school club). Complete the entire workbook to earn 2 CU hours.
These information packs provide in depth background information on a range of topics.
Great for homework and coursework!
Click on a pack title to open the PDF in a new window.
- Business and Tourism
- Careers with Animals
- Career Pathways
- Classification and Variation
- Elephants at Colchester Zoo
- Enclosure Design
- Endangered Species
- Management of Zoo Animals
We have tried our best to cover all topics of interest here at Colchester Zoo. However, after looking through the information, if your question remains unanswered, please contact the Education Team by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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