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S.E.N.D.

Northumberland Zoo is an inclusive site, we have various adaptations for visitors with a wide range of abilities. We have teamed up with Kulture City to provide sensory bags, received advice from Sight Matters North East and have high contrast signage around the zoo to ensure as many visitors as possible can access the facilities.

There are several accessible toilets on site and reception staff are happy to show visitors with mobility issues the best route around the zoo. 

Read more about our accessibility here.

Meet a Keeper
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Careers
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Story time at the Zoo
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Minibeasts
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meet a keeper.

Students will have the opportunity to meet and quiz a keeper at the zoo, we encourage pupils to think of some questions prior to their visit to make the most of their time with a zookeeper. These sessions can be tailored to suit a specific requirement and can be held indoors or outdoors.

National Curriculum Links

  • Learn about the different roles and responsibilities people have in their community

Learning Objective

  • To listen and respond to a keeper, consider that different people have different needs and responsibilities

 

Learning Outcome

  • Children will be able to consider what it takes to become a zookeeper

 

Pre-visit Suggestions

  • Consider a role-play area where appropriate

  • Download the zoo app and familiarise selves with the site map etc.

story time at the zoo.

We will share some of our favourite 'zoo-themed' stories in the classroom and complete some craft activities to match the story. Pupils will have the opportunity to wander
around the zoo and learn about the animals from keepers and volunteers.

National Curriculum Links

  • listen and respond appropriately to adults and their peers

  • ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge

Learning Objective

  • To make connections with the wider world through story and crafts

 

Learning Outcome

  • Children will be able to listen to an animal-themed story and can ask questions related to the animals at the zoo

 

Pre-visit Suggestions

  • Read through the social story

  • Download the zoo app and familiarise with the site map etc.

careers.

This workshop looks at many of the different career paths that are available within a zoo. It is geared towards students who are almost ready to embark on their own career or further studies, and introduces several important skills and attributes people must have in order to be successful in their roles at the zoo.

National Curriculum Links

  • Learn about the different roles and responsibilities people have in their community

Learning Objective

  • Children will be able to reflect on the types of job that might interest them and what they need to do in order to reach that role

 

Learning Outcome

  • Children will be able to consider what it takes to become a zookeeper

 

Pre-visit Suggestions

  • Look at the app and become familiar with the layout of the zoo as well as the amenities on site.

minibeasts.

This workshop introduces students to a variety of minibeasts within the zoo, looking at some of their fascinating adaptations and characteristics. Students will also have the opportunity to attend any of the keeper talks, explore the walk-throughs and can ask keepers and volunteers for more information about the animals on site.

National Curriculum Links

  • Identify and name some common animals

Learning Objective

  • To know the names of some minibeasts and be able to identify some of their key features

 

Learning Outcome

  • Children will be able to respond to information about the minibeasts in Northumberland Zoo

 

Pre-visit Suggestions

  • Have a look at which minibeasts are on site within microhabitats such as under logs/rocks & on plants and flowers.

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