While we’re all hoping that the UK lockdown will end soon, uncertainty remains as to exactly when children will be returning to school. So, for those who are continuing to home school, Merseyside’s Knowsley Safari could be the answer to prayers in the coming weeks as they are offering:
- FREE educational and interactive sessions for KS2 to KS4 children
- Broadcast live from Knowsley Safari using multi-location technology
- Careers-themed to inspire children’s career choices
- Children will learn how everyday actions can protect animal species
- Themes including art and science provide varied learning choices
They have released a new series of free-of-charge Home Safari Live educational sessions for teachers and parents to use with key stage two to key stage four children (age 8 – 16), while they’re learning at home.
Broadcast live from the Safari using multi-location technology, children will see the animals up close, as well as behind the scenes footage, which guests wouldn’t ordinarily see if they were visiting in person – and as the interactive sessions happen in real-time there are opportunities for children to ask the experts questions.
The upcoming sessions are:
World Wildlife Day, March 3rd
Knowsley Safari will be facilitating a live fun learning session connecting children to the amazing animals at the Safari, as well as those in our wider world. This special one-off event will also examine how our own day-to-day behaviours can help to save different animal species, whether big, small, scaly or furry.
Safari Careers, Thursday March 4th – 10am KS1/KS2; 2pm KS3, KS4 and college students
To inspire the next generation of animal keepers, zoologists and vets, these sessions will explore job roles at the safari. Hear from the professionals about what they do and how they got into working with animals. Sessions will also explore exciting career roles in conservation and education, as well as practical tips on how to set your CV apart, what courses and subjects to take and the skills needed beyond a love for animals.
Science at the Safari, March 5th – 14th
Coinciding with British Science Week and celebrating all aspects of science, these sessions will explore this year’s theme of smashing stereotypes. Children will meet Safari staff and go behind the scenes to discover aspects of working with animals that are rooted in science practices.
Two additional sessions linked to the primary school science curriculum, The Best of Science at the Safari, will run ahead of British Science Week on February 24th and 25th.
Nikki Mallott, Head of Learning and Discovery, Knowsley Safari, says: “Connecting children with nature and wildlife is essential to their mental wellbeing, which is especially important during lockdown. We also want to inspire those children with a keen interest in animals to consider the huge array of career opportunities on offer.
“We’ll offer as many free sessions as we can for both schools and parents – this is more than a virtual zoo tour, it’s live, interactive and allows children to get up close to the animals that they’ll be able to come and see in person once we re-open.”
For further information visit knowsleysafariexperience.co.uk
About Knowsley Safari:
1. Knowsley Safari first opened in 1971 and the safari drive now covers 550-acres
2. There are more than 700 animals including lions, tigers, rhino and wolves
3. Knowsley Safari was voted the UK’s number one safari park by TripAdvisor
4. Facebook: www.facebook.com/knowsleysafari
5. Twitter: www.twitter.com/KnowsleySafari
6. Instagram: www.instagram.com/knowsleysafari
The British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) is a conservation, education and wildlife charity, representing over 100 of the best zoos and aquariums in Britain and Ireland.
BIAZA collections have global impact, participating in over 800 conservation projects, 1,400 research projects and contributing more than £24 million a year to field conservation. With over 30 million visitors being welcomed annually, BIAZA zoos and aquariums are recognised as offering a fun and safe way to learn about animals and together they deliver formal education sessions to more than 1 million students.
BIAZA and its members are a powerful force in the care and conservation of the natural world. Collectively they endeavour to inspire people to protect our planet’s rich biodiversity, deliver high quality environmental education, training and research whilst achieving the highest standards of animal care and welfare.