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In a time when many schools are not able to visit Colchester Zoo in person, we are now offering some of our more popular education session as Virtual Outreach, bringing our award wining Zoo educational sessions to you via Zoom!

If you are interested in booking one of the following sessions b (or are interested in a different topic), please contact us directly at education@colchesterzoo.org. We appolagise in advance if this is a delay in reply whislt our staff remain furloughed through Nov.

Click on a link below or scroll down the page to find out more:


Cost

Each educational session costs £50 and is intented for one class (either in one location logged in via one device or connected remotely with multiple devices)

Most sessions allow a few minutes for Q&A at the end of the session. If you are aware that your students have a lot of in-depth, or complex questions, you can add an optional 30 minute Q&A to the end of any standard session for an extra £25.


Tech Details

Virtual Outreach will be delivered via the Zoom videoconferencing platform. Once you have booked a Virtual Outreach session you will receive a detailed confirmation document including tech start up details and our Virtual Outreach risk assement and safegaurding policies & procedures.

Sessions can be delivered via one device (e.g. a computer in a classroom presented on a screen/whiteboard) or with multiple-devices and individual participants logging in remotely (e.g. children log on to participate from their own homes). Please see the specifics in our safegaurding and risk assment documents for how we modify the sessions/interactions based on the number of connected devices.

If your school utilising an alternative videoconferencing platform (e.g. Teams, BlueJean, etc.) please contact us as b (or are interested in a different topic), please contact us at education@colchesterzoo.org to discuss if we can offer a session on your prefered platform.


Primary Virtual Outreach Sessions

Q&A Session
All Ages
If none of the other sessions suit your needs, or you are studying a specific topic, this free-form session can answer all your pupils’ zoo questions. Questions should be sent at least one week prior to your session to allow our education staff time to prepare bio-facts, videos, etc. which may be used to answer.
40 minutes

Is This My Home? Habitat Storytime
Recommended for R and KS1
Join in an interactive story about a fennec fox who has lost his home. During the story, we’ll use videos and images travel around the world visiting the woodland forest, taiga forest, rainforest, lakes & rivers, and the desert. In each place we’ll learn about animals that live there and some of their characteristics. Education Staff will show a number of biofacts (furs, etc.) up close to allow pupils to investigate how the animals live in each place. After finding out about each animal home, we’ll figure out where the fennec fox should live.
40 minutes
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Jungle (Rainforest) Storytime
Recommended for R and KS1
Join us in this interactive storytime while we discover what made a mysterious noise as we explore the rainforests of the world through videos, images and iteractive games. Pupils will learn what makes a jungle a jungle and about some of the unique and amazing animals that live in them.
40 minutes
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Working With Wildlife
Recommended for upper KS2
What does it takes to be a zoo keeper? What do zoo keepers actually do? Is zoo keeping the only job working with wildlife? In this session your pupils will discover the answer to all these questions and more. Pupils will learn details of a variety of job roles, skills required, and qualifications through a series of videos filmed of various zoo staff and an interactive presentation.
40 minutes
click here for more detailed curriculumn links for this session


Secondary Virtual Outreach Sessions

Q&A Session
All Ages
If none of the other sessions suit your needs, or you are studying a specific topic, this free-form session can answer all your pupils’ zoo questions. Questions should be sent at least one week prior to your session to allow our education staff time to prepare bio-facts, videos, etc. which may be used to answer.
50 minutes

Animal Careers
Available as a KS3, KS4, or SEND version
This session will provide your students with information about the range of jobs available in the animal industry (not just being a zookeeper!). Details of these jobs including typical daily tasks as well as specific job requirements will be discussed. Suggestions on volunteering experience and what courses are useful are also covered. For each job role discussed in detail, a video interview with a staff member working in that job provides a real life context for their career path.
This session works well if your students are interested in pursuing a career in the animal industry, or if your students need to know details about zoo job roles including specific requirements and qualifications.
50 minutes
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click here for more specific details of the SEND version

Zoos & Conservation
Available as a KS3 or KS4 version
Descover the role of zoos in the 21st Century. What do zoos do, and why? Students learn the main goals of a modern zoo. Based on these goals, students can consider their own opinions about zoos while discovering how zoos play vital roles in conservation. Colchester Zoo’s contributions to in-situ and ex-situ conservation will be discussed using specific case studies.
50 minutes
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Cures OR Conservation
Recomended for KS4
In a time when medicine is at the forefront of everyday live, investigate and learn about the long history of animal being used as traditional medicine. Using interactive handout perscriptions and videos students discover the long history of using animals for medicine, some of the real cures discovered this way, and the horrible link to endangered species.
This session also cover the step by step process scientists and researchers use when they attempt to find out if something is medicine and how they would go about creating new drugs. The session ends with a look at medicines of the future, and what the future could hold for Traditional Medicine with reference to the World Health Organisation.
50 minutes
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Zoo Visitor Social Science
Recomended for KS4
Real-world case studies of Psychology and Sociology in context.
Students will discover how psychology and sociological concepts are applied in practice at Colchester Zoo to help us meet our mission statement goals. These goals are: ‘Be a Great Visitor Attraction’ explored through Social and Environmental (the physical environment around visitors) aspects of social science, ‘Help Visitors Learn about Animals’ explored through a Cognitive lens, and ‘Help Endangered Animals’ explored through a Conservation lens.
Various peer-reviewed, published studies are used as the basis for concepts and ideas explored throughout the session, and real-world specific studies we have conducted at Colchester Zoo. These include explanations of research method used.
50 minute session focusing on Social & Environmental OR Cognitive & Conservation
It is also possible to book a combined 90 minute session that covers all four topics (cost is double for £100)
click here for more specfic curriculumn links


Post 16 Virtual Outreach Sessions

Q&A Session
All Ages
If none of the other sessions suit your needs, or you are studying a specific topic, this free-form session can answer all your pupils’ zoo questions. Questions should be sent at least one week prior to your session to allow our education staff time to prepare bio-facts, videos, etc. which may be used to answer.
50 minutes

Zoos & Conservation
KS5 version
Descover the role of zoos in the 21st Century. What do zoos do, and why? Students learn the main goals of a modern zoo. Based on these goals, students can consider their own opinions about zoos while discovering how zoos play vital roles in conservation. Colchester Zoo’s contributions to in-situ and ex-situ conservation will be discussed using specific case studies.
50 minutes
click here for specific topics covered

Cures OR Conservation
KS5+ version
The future and history of animals as traditional medicine.
In a time when medicine is at the forefront of everyday live, investigate and learn about the long history of animal being used as traditional medicine. Using interactive handout perscriptions and videos students discover the long history of using animals for medicine, some of the real cures discovered this way, and the horrible link to endangered species.
This session also cover the step by step process scientists and researchers use when they attempt to find out if something is medicine and how they would go about creating new drugs. The session ends with a look at medicines of the future, and what the future could hold for Traditional Medicine with reference to the World Health Organisation.
50 minutes
click here for specific topics covered

Zoo Visitor Psychology
KS5+ Version
Real-world case studies of Psychology and Sociology in context.
Students will discover how psychology and sociological concepts are applied in practice at Colchester Zoo to help us meet our mission statement goals. These goals are: ‘Be a Great Visitor Attraction’ explored through Social and Environmental (the physical environment around visitors) aspects of social science, ‘Help Visitors Learn about Animals’ explored through a Cognitive lens, and ‘Help Endangered Animals’ explored through a Conservation lens.
Various peer-reviewed, published studies are used as the basis for concepts and ideas explored throughout the session, and real-world specific studies we have conducted at Colchester Zoo. These include explanations of research method used.
50 minute session
focusing on Social & Environmental OR Cognitive & Conservation
It is also possible to book a combined 90 minute session that covers all four topics (cost is double for £100)
click here for specific topics covered


Business and Tourism
Virtual Outreach Sessions

Our popular business sessions have been updated to include the 2019 fiscal year. As such, while it will be verbally discussed and questions can be asked and answered about it, the sessions have yet to be updated to reflect the business and financal impacts of Covid-19 in 2020 and beyond.

Zoo as a Business
Available in versions specifically for KS3, KS4, and KS5+
This session is designed to give students an overview of Colchester Zoo as a visitor attraction. It covers a wide range of topics including: running costs, competition, staffing and job roles, our customers, zoo surveys, our products, marketing strategies, and advertising.
50 minutes
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Zoo Marketing
Available in versions specifically for KS3, KS4, and KS5+
Students will learn what marketing is, and how we successfully market products at Colchester Zoo. The talk covers a wide range of topics including: who our target customers are, who our competitors are, various levels of products, SWOT analysis, marketing strategies, product lifecycles, market research, and advertising. For lower level talks, all of these concepts are tied back into the marketing mix terms of price, place, product, and promotion.
50 minutes
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Zoo Finance
Available in versions specifically for KS4, and KS5+
After an introduction to Colchester Zoo’s finance objectives, costs and revenue are examined. A full analysis using graphs, charts, and figures shows the difference in profits on low visitor days compared to high visitor days. The difficulties of a tourist attraction trying to balance those varying visitor numbers while remaining profitable are then explored with reference to strategies used to encourage visitors.
50 minutes
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