When arriving for taught sessions, school groups should meet at the Discovery Centre. The entrance for school groups is at the side of the building. 

Taught sessions run Monday-Friday during term time only and can start at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00 or 14:00. Sessions are between 50 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes. 30 pupils maximum per session.

Sessions for Jersey schools are sponsored so no payment is required from schools in term time. Non-Jersey groups can receive taught sessions at the group teaching rate of £330 per day/£165 per half day. 

Primary school taught sessions

CLASSIFICATION (Key Stage 1)

Working in groups, pupils will handle and sort different animal body coverings. Use of the terms ‘fur’, ‘feather’ and ‘scales’ is encouraged, as are group names where appropriate.

FOOD CHAINS (Key Stage 1)

A lively game that demonstrates how food energy flows through a food chain. Pupils create their own food chain using an animal from the zoo.

HABITATS (Key Stage 1)

Pupils consider the main things animals need to survive from their habitats. Pupils then look for evidence in the zoo by looking at animal enclosures.

SEASONAL CHANGES (Key Stage 1)

Pupils explore the zoo where they observe and describe the changes they see, smell, sound and touch. The start of a 4 session visit where you can come back to continue observing different seasons.

ART IN NATURE (Key Stage 2)

A relaxed session where pupils can study colour, pattern and texture using skins, feathers and other natural materials. Basic pencils and coloured pencils are provided. Additional art materials can be brought in by schools if required and specific art topic requests can be considered.

GERALD DURRELL (Key Stage 2)

A short discussion about his life followed by lively activities to illustrate some of the conservation issues he aimed to tackle.

RAINFORESTS (Key Stage 2)

What is it like in a tropical rainforest? Students learn about the different habitat layers, animals, problems and solutions for conflicts and more!

TEETH (Key Stage 2)

A look at human dentition, leading to students exploring this with animal skulls in order to identify herbivores, carnivores and omnivores.

Secondary school taught sessions

ART IN NATURE (all ages)

A relaxed session where pupils can study colour, pattern and texture using skins, feathers and other natural materials. Basic pencils and coloured pencils are provided. Additional art materials can be brought in by schools if required and specific art topic requests can be considered.

ANIMAL OBSERVATIONS (all ages)

Students discover the enjoyment and challenges of observing and recording the behaviour of animas in a scientific manner. Where desired, the session can include a focus on the practicalities of designing a scientific study to give an insight into the challenges of real-life research.

THE GERALD DURRELL STORY (Key Stage 3)

Students explore the life and work of Gerald Durrell and review some of his conservation challenges and successes.

CULTURES AND WILDLIFE (Key Stage 3)

This session is discussion-lead and asks students to respond to a set of confiscated animal artefacts and debate their role in different cultures.

ANIMAL OBSERVATIONS (Key Stage 3)

Students explore key animal groups in the Durrell collection, learn how to use an ethogram and undertake animal observations. This is a 50 minute session in the classroom followed by a 1hr practical activity in the park.

ENCLOSURE DESIGN (Key Stage 3 upwards)

Students will research enclosures and visitor areas to create a re-design of a zoo area. Students will look at visitor figures and various income streams to learn how this can effect zoo design.

GLOBALISATION AT DURRELL (Post 16)

A look at how globalisation poses problems but also opportunities for conservation, both for Jersey Zoo and in Durrell’s wider mission to save species and their habitats.

BIODIVERSITY AND CONSERVATION (Post 16)

Students will be able to deepen their thinking and understanding around the need to maintain biodiversity, the role of zoos in conservation and reasons for controlling invasive species. This session brings the biodiversity and conservation elements of the curriculum to life by providing real life examples from Durrell’s work.

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