Virtual Visits & Lessons

Our education team is keen to inspire and reach as many pupils as possible, and is pleased to be able to offer virtual lessons from the zoo!

We can now accept bookings for virtual lessons from the zoo, over Microsoft Teams.

These include a 20 minute video call to your class from one of our animal enclosures in the morning with a Q + A, and a 50 minute lesson from our Darwin classroom later in the day.
Lessons are interactive and encourage pupil participation and discussion.

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PLASTIC OCEANS (KS2)

Investigate the problem of plastic pollution in our oceans: where does the plastic come from, what damage does it cause, and what can we do about it? Pupils will see material collected in a recent beach clean, and invent stories to explain how it got into the sea.

Curriculum Links – KS2 Science: Living things and their habitats.

Male Asiatic lion Yali at Paignton Zoo

AFRICAN SAFARI (KS1 AND LOWER KS2)

Take a trip around the amazing continent of Africa to discover some of the habitats and unique creatures that live there – and can be found at the zoo.

Curriculum links – Living things and their habitats; Geography: Place knowledge

Fea's tree frog at Paignton Zoo

REMARKABLE RAINFORESTS (LOWER KS2)

Discover the rich and fascinating world of rainforests: What makes the rainforests of the world so important, how are the animals that live there so perfectly adapted, and which animals at Paignton Zoo come from the rainforest? Pupils will be encouraged to investigate a range of artefacts and think how the rainforest impacts on our daily lives.

Curriculum links – Living things and their habitats; Geography: Place knowledge

Old entrance of Paignton Zoo

WORLD WAR ZOO (KS2 AND KS3)

What happened to zoo animals, staff and visitors during WW2? Using original objects, photographs and years of research, we cover evacuation, rationing, Dig for Victory, fire-fighting and air raid precautions in the blitz. Discover the zoo’s unusual contribution to the secret war in Europe – carrier pigeons!

Curriculum links – KS2 / KS3 History: WW2, Home Front, social history

Prices for virtual lessons:

•    Single class: £60
•    Two classes at the same time: £75

Please email [email protected] or call 01803 697510 to discuss a lesson or make a booking.

MORE TOPICS ARE IN THE PIPELINE!