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									                             Wickford Road, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, CM3 5QZ
                                         Telephone/Fax: 01245 425394
                                       Website: www.tropicalwings.co.uk
                                Email: educationcoordinator@tropicalwings.co.uk

                              Teachers’ Pack

INTRODUCTION................................................................................................................ 2
PLANNING YOUR VISIT.................................................................................................. 2
RISK ASSESSMENT .......................................................................................................... 5
DISCOVERY PROGRAMME ........................................................................................... 6
  TEACHING SESSIONS .................................................................................................... 6
  OUT AND ABOUT ........................................................................................................... 7
  PRIVATE ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS .............................................................................. 8
CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY PACK ..................................................................................... 9
ANSWER SHEET.............................................................................................................. 28
SUGGESTIONS FOR PRE-VISIT AND FOLLOW-UP WORK ................................. 29
ON THE DAY .................................................................................................................... 31
SCHOOL BOOKING FORM 2010 (WITH 2008 PRICES HELD!) ............................ 32


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Feel free to photocopy/reproduce any or all of this pack for school use before, during or
after your visit.

Also available as a FREE download from our website.


Tropical Wings at South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, is set in acres of attractive gardens and
features one of the largest butterfly houses in the country. There are many different species
of birds, insects and mammals, and we pride ourselves on encouraging interaction
whenever possible.

Animals include free-flying butterflies, rare and exotic parrots, red squirrels, marmoset
monkeys, minibeasts, wallabies, owls, skunks, ponies, marbled polecats, reptiles, ring-
tailed lemurs, birds of prey, otters, pets‟ corner and farmyard area.

We have a large children‟s play area, a hands-on educational activity zone, teaching
presentation areas, undercover* picnic areas and Discovery Kingdom ~ a large indoor
arena where learning comes to life! Not to mention the 9-acre outdoor “classroom” just
waiting to be explored!

*Undercover picnic areas are not heated. Please be aware of this if planning a visit with
younger children during cold weather.

We want your day to go without a hitch! Planning is the key to a successful and enjoyable
visit. Over the years we have had the pleasure of welcoming hundreds of schools, so here
are a few hints our experience has shown will help things go smoothly.

We recommend that you make a pre-visit to familiarise yourself with all that the attraction
has to offer. It will also provide you with the opportunity to carry out a detailed risk
assessment (in this pack you will find health and safety guidance and a simple risk
assessment, but we strongly recommend that you carry out your own risk assessment prior
to a visit, as only you are in the position of knowing your own students and their personal

Things to look out for and/or locate:

     o Teaching and presentation areas e.g. Discovery Kingdom, Activity Marquee, Wise
          Owl Barn, Video Room
     o Meeting points for Out and About sessions e.g. Minibeast Mansions (formerly
          British Wildlife Garden)
     o Toilets
     o First Aid posts
     o Fire assembly points
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     o Notices regarding health and safety, standards of behaviour, livestock etc.
     o Hand-washing facilities including alcohol gel dispensers
     o Things you don‟t want your children to miss e.g. something particularly relevant to
       a topic you are covering at school, an exhibit or enclosure which you think they will
       especially enjoy and/or benefit from viewing

It is difficult to advise on the length of time needed for your visit, since this obviously
depends on the class and the activities you have planned for them. However, as a guide,
we suggest that you create your children‟s ACTIVITY PACK using the colour-in front
cover and 4 to 6 activity worksheets if you are planning to stay all day (e.g. 10.00 – 3.00),
in order to leave enough time to enjoy the wildlife experience itself, and any Discovery
Programme sessions you have booked.

The amount of preparation you do with your class and exactly what it involves will of
course depend on the objectives of your visit. However, we do offer some basic ideas you
may need to introduce, whatever the purpose or theme of the visit. Please see our list of
suggestions for Pre-visit and Follow-up work.

REFUND OF ENTRANCE FEE (maximum of 2, subject to terms and conditions) WITH

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: If you wish to have your pre-visit refunded it is your
responsibility to mention this when you pay for your pre-visit admission and on
arrival on the day of your visit when a receipt must be submitted. REFUNDS WILL
for collection half an hour before you leave. Please check the details carefully if you
are taking the invoice away as we cannot amend it once you have left the premises.

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A visit to Tropical Wings enables young people to come into contact with wildlife during
our Animal Encounter sessions and Discovery Programme presentations. Below we have
outlined the main points that ensure your students‟ safety.

For the welfare of your party a simple risk assessment sheet is included in this pack. Full
risk assessment information is available to view on site. However, we strongly recommend
that you carry out your own risk assessment prior to a visit, as only you are in the position
of knowing your own students and their personal needs.

Instruction on matters concerning the health and safety of visitors will be given during
Animal Encounter sessions and Discovery Programme presentations.

Qualified First Aid personnel are always on duty.

First Aid Stations are located in:           RECEPTION
                                             NEAR MAIN ARENA

Fire Assembly Points are located in:         MAIN CAR PARK
                                             LAWN IN BIRD GARDEN

Daily checks are carried out on all equipment and grounds.

It is important that all children are fully supervised by an adult at all times during the
visit to ensure that the proper procedures are followed, and that you are aware of the
consequences of not following the guidelines which are in place for your own health
and safety.

We hope that your visit is a safe and enjoyable experience.

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To ensure the welfare of your party, and to protect our wildlife and its environment, group leaders
are reminded that they are required to maintain full supervision of their party AT ALL TIMES.

Below you will find a simple risk assessment designed for school visits, outlining the significant
hazards and controls in place to minimise risk. Please remember: we strongly recommend that you
carry out your own risk assessment prior to a visit.

SIGNIFICANT HAZARD                         CONTROLS
Bites and scratches                        Close staff supervision during Animal Encounters
                                           Verbal instruction
                                           Warning signs
                                           Washing facilities and alcohol gel
                                           First Aid

Allergens                                  Warning Signs
                                           Verbal instruction during Animal Encounters
                                           First Aid

Deep water                                 Guard railing etc. where appropriate
                                           Warning signs
                                           Staff awareness

Toxic plants                               Warning signs
                                           Staff instruction
                                           First Aid

Motorised ride-on toys                     Full regulations, clearly signed
                                           Staff training and awareness
                                           Warning signs
                                           Age restrictions
                                           Daily maintenance checks
                                           First Aid

Play Area                                  Daily maintenance checks
                                           Regular recorded safety checks
                                           Safety surfacing
                                           Age restrictions
                                           Staff awareness
                                           First Aid

Lost children                              Staff training and awareness
                                           Secure radio procedure

Car park                                   Staff awareness
                                           Speed restrictions
                                           Speed bumps
                                           Warning signs

Fire                                       All routes and fire accesses kept clear
                                           Routine access checks
                                           Fire extinguishers
                                           No smoking
                                           Regular fire drills
                                           Emergency Procedure training
                                           Nominated Fire Marshals


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                                 DISCOVERY PROGRAMME

Our Education Officer has created the Tropical Wings Discovery Programme in close
collaboration with other professional education specialists. The programme comprises
three sections:

     1. Teaching Sessions
     2. Out and About
     3. Private Animal Encounters

There are various subjects all of which are linked to the National Curriculum Key Stages;
Foundation, KS1, KS2 and KS3, with the exception of Private Animal Encounters which
are suitable for all ages and abilities (see below for details). We have given guidance on
the KS levels in order that you are able to choose one suitable for your students, but of
course you are welcome to book any session, whatever the age or ability of your students.
There is a maximum of 35 individuals (including supervising adults) per Teaching Session
and Private Animal Encounter, and maximum of 20 individuals (including supervising
adults) per Out and About activity, so those with greater numbers may need to split into
smaller groups. All sessions must be booked in advance (see booking form).


These are private classroom sessions specifically aimed at schools and are unavailable to
the general public. The emphasis is on making learning enjoyable, through the use of
visual aids and audience participation. Most of the teaching sessions do not offer hands-on
time with animals – see booking form for details.

Please note: For SEN, children under the age of 5 and those looking for an interactive
experience with animals we recommend Private Animal Encounters (see below).

A free fact sheet that you may photocopy for your students if required accompanies each
teaching session.

Each session lasts for approximately 20 minutes, though please allocate at least 5 minutes
either side to allow the children time to enter and leave.

BUTTERFLY LIFECYCLE (KS1, KS2)                                     20 mins        £37.50
You will be able to relate the content of this Discovery Programme to the following units:
    Unit 1a Ourselves
    Unit 2b Plants and animals in the local environment
    Unit 5b Life Cycles

During this session, you will discover through discussion and visual aids the four stages of
the butterfly lifecycle. Children will be able to see the differences between adult and young
close up. Free fact sheet.

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Due to the delicate nature of butterflies (and other stages) there is no hands-on contact with
the livestock allowed during this session.

MINIBEASTS (KS1, KS2)                                              20 mins        £37.50
You will be able to relate the content of this Discovery Programme to the following units:
    Unit 1a Ourselves
    Unit 2b Plants and animals in the local environment
    Unit 4b Habitats

What are minibeasts? Where are they found? Discover what an insect is through discussion
and visual aids. Other minibeasts: find out which family groups they‟re in. See real
specimens close up!

This session is ideally followed by the Out and About session – Minibeast Safari (see

BIRDS & FLIGHT (KS1, KS2, KS3)                                     20 mins        £37.50
You will be able to relate the content of this Discovery Programme to the following units:
    Unit 1a Ourselves
    Unit 2c Variation, grouping animals and plants
    Unit 3a Teeth and Eating, what animals eat
    Unit 4b Habitats, grouping living things

Discover what makes a bird a bird through discussion and visual aids. See unusual birds
close up! Free fact sheet.

MOVING AND GROWING (KS1, KS2)                                      30 mins        £47.50
You will be able to relate the content of this Discovery Programme to the following units:
Unit 4a Moving and Growing

This session will give pupils the chance to see why we have a skeleton and muscles and
how other animals may differ. Students will have the opportunity for discussion, role-play,
an activity and to interact with two types of animal.


The emphasis is on making learning enjoyable, through the use of discussion, observation,
audience participation and a hands-on experience with the outdoors*.

Each session is accompanied by a free checklist, which you may photocopy for your
students if required.

Each session lasts for approximately 30 minutes, though please allow at least 5 minutes
beforehand to ensure the children arrive on time.

*Whilst every effort is made to introduce students to appropriate wildlife, Tropical Wings
reserves the right to alter or cancel this interactive Out and About activity, owing to the
nature of the weather.

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MINIBEAST SAFARI (Foundation, KS1, KS2, KS3)                    30 mins     £47.50
  o Hunt for native species in our wildlife gardens. Butterflies, millipedes, beetles,
     worms … more than 60 different species have been seen!
  o Classification: Are they all insects?
  o Habitats: Where do they live?
  o Minibeast Mansion: Help create the perfect place to encourage wildlife into the
  o Free use of a bug pot or magnifying glass – one for every child.
  o Free checklist of the minibeasts you found today.

This session is an ideal follow-up to the classroom teaching session – Butterfly Lifecycle or
Minibeasts (see above).

We recommend that sensible footwear is worn (open-toed sandals may not be suitable) and
that the children bring a raincoat in case of inclement weather. Due to the natures of the
hands-on experience we would also advise that play clothes rather than best school uniform
may be more appropriate for this activity.


These are hands-on Private Animal Encounter sessions that take place undercover
(normally, though not necessarily, a heated indoor area) and focus on interaction with
animals. They are ideal for all ages and abilities and allow students to get up close and
personal with a variety of animals. A Private Animal Encounter is the perfect introduction
to wildlife and encourages sensory involvement in a way that non-contact education cannot
match. For this reason, we particularly recommend them for children under the age of 5
and SEN, though each session will be tailored to suit your group, so older children will
benefit equally.

This session provides two members of staff and the benefit your own private viewing.

SEN: We operate a Welcome All policy and therefore please be assured that all visitors
will be treated with dignity and respect. Special attention will be paid to the specific needs
of children during these sessions to ensure inclusion, education and (above all) enjoyment.
Please contact our Education Co-ordinator before booking to discuss any other matter
regarding SEN.

Each session lasts for approximately 25 minutes, though please allocate at least 5 minutes
either side to allow the children time to enter and leave.

The cost of each session is £55.00

   o Examples* of animals that you may meet: cockroach, stick insect, mealworm,
     millipede, locust, etc.
   o Examples* of livestock that you may meet: rabbit, rat, skunk, guinea pig, etc.

*All animals mentioned are subject to change and examples are given for information only.

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                                 CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY PACK

The following pages are linked to our Discovery Programme and the National Curriculum,
Key Stages 1, 2, and 3. When printed out and assembled they create an activity pack
consisting of a colour-in front page, differentiated worksheets, a puzzle page, colouring
sheets and an answer sheet. Whilst you may choose to use every page, we suggest that you
select 4-6 of the most suitable if your children will be bringing the pack to be used during
their visit.
Activity worksheets:
       Activity                               Key Stages      National Curriculum links
       I-Spy                                  1, 2, 3         Science
       Bones                                  1, 2            Science
       Butterflies                            1, 2, 3         Science, Literacy, Art
       Birds                                  1, 2, 3         Science
       Favourite Animals                      1, 2            Maths
       Odds and Evens                         1,2             Maths
       Wallabies                              2, 3            Geography
       Owls                                   2, 3            Literacy, Science
       Shapes                                 1, 2            Maths
       Reptiles                               2, 3            Science, Literacy
       Finding Out                            2, 3            Literacy, ICT, Science, Art
       Treasure Map                           2, 3            Geography
       Minibeasts                             1, 2            Literacy, Maths
       Animal Colours                         Foundation, 1   Art, Science, Literacy

Please note: some of these worksheets are designed for pre-visit or follow-up work and will
not be suitable for use during a visit to Tropical Wings.

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                    TROPICAL WINGS Zoo

Name                ……………………………………………………

Class               ……………………………………………………

School              ……………………………………………………

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                 Tropical Wings Zoo I-Spy
Here are a few of the animals you may see at Tropical Wings. Tick the ones you find:

[ ] Butterfly
                                         YOU CAN COLOUR
[ ] Chipmunk                             THE PICTURES IN
                                        YOUR ACTIVITY PACK!
[ ] Goat

[ ] Guinea pig

[ ] Hawk

[ ] Kookaburra

[ ] Lemur

[ ] Meerkat

[ ] Marmoset

[ ] Otter

[ ] Owl

[ ] Parrot

[ ] Pony

[ ] Rabbit

[ ] Skunk

[ ] Vulture

[ ] Wallaby

What was your favourite? ____________________________________________

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                 tropical Wings Zoo Bones
Animals with a backbone are called VERTEBRATES.

Vertebrates are divided into 5 main groups:

The backbone helps to protect the __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __

What does the skull protect? __ __ __ __ __

And the ribs? __ __ __ __ __

INVERTEBRATES are creatures without backbones. They include insects, but there are
many others.

Insects have an outside skeleton, called an exoskeleton, a hard outer covering that protects
them, a bit like a suit of armour.

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         Tropical Wings Zoo Butterflies
Draw how a butterfly looks at each stage of its life.


Can you find the answers to the following questions in the Tropical House?

How many legs does a butterfly have?                    _____________________

What is a butterfly‟s tongue called?                    _____________________

What is another name for a chrysalis?                   _____________________

Where does the owl butterfly like to lay its eggs?      _____________________

Which was your favourite butterfly?                     _____________________
Draw it in the space below.

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                  Tropical Wings Zoo Birds
Birds come in all shapes, sizes and colours but they all have some things in common;
things that make a bird a bird. Circle the 5 correct things:

beaks with no teeth                                                                   nice voices

move quickly                                                                          feathers

                                                                                      two legs
 two wings

 can fly                                                                               lay eggs

 eat seeds                                                                             hollow bones

                                 I am the biggest bird in the world - what am ?


Put these creatures in the correct columns to show which are birds and which are not birds:

                                          bird                           not a bird
guinea pig

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          Tropical Wings Zoo Favourite
Choose 10 friends and ask them which is their favourite animal out of the ones shown
Colour in one square for each person.

           number of children

                                     goat      pony    rabbit wallaby monkey

                                            type of animal
Which animal is the most popular? ____________________________________
How many people chose the monkey as their favourite? ___________________
Was there an animal that was not chosen by anyone? ___________________

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           tropical Wings Zoo Odds and
Name the animal with odd numbers showing _____________

Name the animal with even numbers showing ____________


                                            2           3

            4                                   5   6

                           7                8               9


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          Tropical Wings Zoo Wallabies                                             G’day!
The wallabies at Tropical Wings are called Bennett‟s wallabies.
They come from Australia and Tasmania.
They have also be introduced to New Zealand where they are
now well established in the wild.




Colour in the area on the above map where Bennett‟s wallabies have been introduced.

On this map Australia‟s 6 territories are marked with the letters (a) to (f).
Use a world atlas to find out what they are called and write them below:

(a) _________________________                 (b) _____________________________

(c) _________________________                 (d) _____________________________

(e) _________________________                 (f) ______________________________

Can you find any birds at Tropical Wings that also come from Australia?

____________________________                  ________________________________

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____________________________            ________________________________

                  Tropical Wings Zoo Owls
Owls are a group of mainly nocturnal (night-time) birds.
There are over 300 different types, including sub-species.

Owls are birds of prey so they must hunt other
animals to survive.

Different owls eat different foods including
insects, fish, reptiles, birds and mammals.
They rarely need to drink water, as they get all their moisture
from their food.

Owls are perfectly designed for hunting at night. They have large eyes to see in the dark,
special wing feathers that allow them to fly silently to sneak up on their prey, and excellent
hearing. Their round faces are shaped to direct sound to their ears…a bit like a satellite

Imagine you are an owl standing on the small circle below.
What sounds can you hear NOW, coming from the different directions?
Draw or write your answers in the outer boxes.


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             Tropical Wings Zoo Shapes
Can you find these shapes at Tropical Wings?
Look inside and outside. Look up, down, and all around!

Colour the shapes below if you find them.

          triangles                         ovals                   hexagon

          circle                                    rectangles

                    octagon                               squares

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            Tropical Wings Zoo Reptiles
What is a reptile?
Their bodies are covered with scales, leathery skin or horny plates.
They are cold blooded. This doesn‟t mean that their blood is actually cold, but that the
temperature of their blood isn‟t constant like ours, but changes according to the
environment. Most reptiles warm themselves by basking in the sun.
Reptiles shed their skins as they grow. This is called sloughing.
Some reptiles lay eggs and others give birth to babies.
Snakes and lizards have teeth that are continually replaced throughout their life.


Reptile Quiz
Tick the correct answers:

1. A reptile‟s body is covered with:
  [ ] hair or fur              [ ] feathers                    [ ] scales or horny plates

2. Sloughing is when a reptile:
  [ ] basks in the sun          [ ] sheds its skin             [ ] goes on holiday

3. When a reptile basks in the sun it is:
  [ ] warming its body         [ ] trying to get a tan         [ ] cooling itself

4. Reptiles reproduce by:
  [ ] laying eggs                 [ ] giving birth to babies   [ ] either of these

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      Tropical Wings Zoo Finding Out
There are lots of different ways to find out information:
       Read notices at Tropical Wings
       Listen to the Animal Care Team during presentations
       Look up information on the Internet
       Read books from your library
       Watch television programmes

Can you think of any other ways to find out about the animals and birds at Tropical Wings?

_____________________________                   __________________________

_____________________________                   __________________________

Carry out some research and fill in the gaps:

1. A male goat is called a ______________ and a female is a ______________.

2. Owls lay ____________ which hatch into owlets.

3. A ___________ is a small sort of horse.

4. A baby skunk is called a _______________.

5. Write 4 animals or birds you saw at Tropical Wings:

____________________________                    __________________________

____________________________                    __________________________

Draw your favourite in the space below:

This animal is a _____________________________________________.

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  Tropical Wings Zoo Treasure Map

“X” Marks the Spot!
Which bay is named after an insect? __________________________________

Which point has a bird‟s name? ______________________________________
Using a ruler, draw a straight line between these two places.

Which mountains might be Australian? _________________________________

Which cove is named after a monkey? ________________________________
Draw another straight line between these two places.

You should have drawn an “X” shape.
Which animal is at the place where the two lines cross?

Answer _________________________________________________________

Imagine you are standing where the camel is.
Which animal is to the East? ________________________________________

Which animal is to the North West? ___________________________________

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        Tropical Wings Zoo Minibeasts
Can you finish the names of these minibeasts?

                                        ladyb __ __ __

                                        sn __ __ __

                                        b __ __

                                        butter __ __ __

                                        wo __ d l __ u __ e

Here is a spider‟s head and body.
How many legs should a spider have? _____________
Can you draw them on?


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Tropical Wings Zoo Animal Colours
Animals come in every colour of the rainbow.
Colour the rainbow and write the word.
Start at the ■ and follow the arrow.

Find two the same. Draw a line between them.

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    Tropical Wings Zoo Puzzle Page
                          T      R    O   P      I    C    A      L       P   B

                         W        T   E   S      O    M    R      A       M   U

                          I      N    S   E      C    T    R      D       O   T

                         N        E   H   S      M    R    R     W        N   T

                         G        E   C   K      O    I    L      T       K   E

                         S        T   W    T     B    K    I      A       E   R

                         W        A   L    L     A    B    Y      O       Y   F

                         H        T   O   M      B    U    G      G       E   L

                         G        I   P   A      E    N    I      U       G   Y

                         A       R    R   U      B    A    K      O       O   K
Find the words listed below. They may be horizontal, vertical or diagonal,
but always in a straight line.
TROPICAL                         KOOKABURRA                    RABBIT               MARMOSET
WINGS                            WALLABY                       BIRD                 MONKEY
BUTTERFLY                        PARROT                        INSECT               HAWK
GOAT                             MOTH                          GECKO                EGG
OWL                              GUINEAPIG                     BUG                  HEN
1. What is a Red Admiral?
      [ ] fish                        [ ] butterfly            [ ] bird

2. What is a group of wallabies called?
      [ ] pride              [ ] pod                           [ ] mob

3. What do parrots eat?
      [ ] egg and chips               [ ] fruit and nuts       [ ] chocolate and sweets

4. What is a baby goat called?
      [ ] kid                [ ] puppy                         [ ] lamb

Fill in the missing letters to find birds and animals.
P__RR__T     L__Z__RD      W__LL__BY                                              __WL
P__NY    C__CK__T__ __ B__TT__RFLY                                            R__BB__T

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              Tropical Wings Zoo Parrots
             Your chance to colour in some of our most colourful creatures

A colouring by _______________________

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         Tropical Wings Zoo Butterflies

A colouring by _______________________
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The backbone helps to protect the spinal cord
The skull protects the brain
The ribs protect the lungs (plus the heart and some other organs)

A butterfly has 6 legs
A butterfly‟s tongue is called a proboscis
Another name for a chrysalis is a pupa
The Owl butterfly likes to lay its eggs on the leaves of Banana plants

The 5 correct things are: beaks with no teeth, feathers, two legs,
lay eggs, two wings
Bird: parrot, owl, crane, stork, kookaburra, vulture, cockatoo, raven
Not a bird: skunk, wallaby, butterfly, guinea pig, meerkat
The biggest bird in the world is an ostrich

Odds and Evens
The bats have odd numbers showing. The caterpillars have even numbers showing.

1. scales or horny plates             2. sheds its skin       3. warming its body    4. either of these

Finding Out
1. billy nanny                  2. eggs             3. pony           4. kit

Treasure Map
Butterfly Bay             Parrot Point             Wallaby Mountains                         Marmoset Cove
There is an elephant at the place where the two lines cross
There is a running horse to the East
There is a pig to the North West

ladybird         snail                        bee             butterfly              woodlouse
A spider has 8 legs

Puzzle Page

  T     R     O    P      I      C       A      L   P     B                    Quiz
 W      T     E    S     O       M       R      A   M     U                    1. butterfly
                                                                               2. mob
   I    N     S    E     C       T       R      D   O     T                    3. fruit and nuts
  N     E     H    S     M       R       R      W   N     T                    4. kid
                                                                               Missing Letters
  G     E     C    K     O        I      L      T   K     E                    PARROT
  S     T     W    T     B       K        I     A   E     R                    LIZARD
 W      A     L     L    A       B       Y      O   Y     F
  H     T     O    M     B       U       G      G   E     L                    PONY
  G     I     P    A     E       N        I     U   G     Y
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                                            of O          K                    RABBIT
Start a story: “One day the parrots at Tropical Wings were all very excited
Make a list of birds and animals to be put in alphabetical order.
Read animal stories and poems.
Give a group presentation/assembly after your visit.
Write a letter to tell a friend about your trip.
Record a radio/video broadcast about conservation.
Work in pairs with one child as a keeper at Tropical Wings while the other interviews them
about their work.
Create a leaflet, poster or newspaper article about Tropical Wings.
Write an acrostic poem about wildlife.

Collect and represent data about the wildlife in Tropical Wings.
Extract information and solve real-life problems using facts and figures found around
Tropical Wings.

Paint a picture of your favourite animal. Mix the colours correctly to make it realistic.
Draw a picture of half an owl, to be completed with a mirror image.
Create a butterfly picture using paints and folded paper.
Make a bird collage using feathers or handprints.
Make an animal collage with fabrics or other materials. Think about the texture of fur,
skin, scales etc.
Create charcoal and chalk pictures using bird sounds/wildlife videos for stimulus.

Make a bird puppet with a moving beak (sock, sewing, cardboard/split pin etc.)
Design a wildlife mask.
Create a butterfly display using an open-fronted box with butterflies suspended by cotton.
Make a flying bird mobile.
Design, make and promote a new product suitable for the Tropical Wings gift shop.

Visit our Website: www.tropicalwings.co.uk
E-mail us to say what you thought of your trip: enquiries@tropicalwings.co.uk
Look up information for quiz answers using web pages and/or CD-Rom encyclopaedias.
Create graphs and charts to represent collected data.

Use instruments to represent the sounds animals/birds make.
Use clapping to represent the movements of animals/birds.
Sing bird/animal songs. (e.g. Kookaburra sits on the old gum tree, There once was an ugly
duckling etc.)
Compose a piece of music that reflects the delicate flight of butterflies.

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Make a set of rules for behaviour at Tropical Wings.
Think about why you need these rules.
Discuss hygiene. Why must you wash your hands after feeding/touching the animals?
Why are animals kept in zoos and wildlife parks? Discuss conservation, research, breeding
programmes and education.

Recreate the movements of birds/animals.
Be a bird of prey hunting a mouse. Then be the mouse being hunted.
Improvise a day as a keeper at Tropical Wings.

Practise using maps and atlases.
Look up South Woodham Ferrers.
Discuss using maps which have a key.
Talk about the points of the compass.
Think about where different species live. How does the climate affect wildlife?
Use a globe. Discuss what „Tropical‟ means.

Life Processes: Through discussion, close observation and hands-on experience, children
will discover that all animals breathe, move, feed, excrete, grow, use their senses and
Talk about life cycles – compare young which develop in eggs with those which grow
inside the mother.
Classification: Discover the differences between mammals, birds, reptiles, insects,
amphibians and fish.
Adaptations: Find out how animals and birds are designed to survive in different habitats.
Food        and     Feeding:     Discuss       animal      diets,      adaptations       for
carnivorous/herbivorous/omnivorous ways of life. Think about simple and/or complex
food chains.
Colour and Camouflage: Learn about the many ways wildlife uses colour and camouflage
to survive.
Conservation: Discuss what extinction means.          Explore the reasons animals are
endangered. Think about how Tropical Wings and other organisations are working to
conserve endangered species.

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                                          ON THE DAY

On your arrival please remain in your vehicle where a member of staff will meet you. Please
ensure that the organiser is on the lead vehicle and that they know the numbers of adults and
children attending. Please let the member of staff know if any of your children have special needs.
Not only will this enable us to offer you the best possible service, but it will also ensure that you are
invoiced correctly with the appropriate reduced rates. Remember to tell the member of staff if you
are claiming a pre-visit refund and submit your pre-visit receipt at this time.

We do not make an invoice in advance, as we understand that children can be unexpectedly absent
and we only charge for those who attend on the day, regardless of numbers stated on the booking
form. Instead an invoice will be made during your visit and should be collected from Reception
approximately half an hour before you intend to leave. You are welcome to make payment on the
day or take the invoice away with you. In this instance please check the details carefully as we
cannot amend your invoice once you have left the premises.          Payment must be received
within 30 days.

You will be told when and where any Discovery Programme sessions you have booked will be
taking place. Please impress upon adults the importance of arriving promptly for these sessions –
our Education team members are working on a tight schedule and a late start will mean that your
session may need to be cut short in order to prevent annoyance or disappointment to another group.
Please be considerate to other visitors at all times.

You will also be given stickers – one for every member of your group, including adults. These will
allow re-entry if you should need to leave during your visit, for example to collect packed lunches
from your vehicle. (Children under 2 do not pay admission and will therefore not need a sticker).
Please ensure that you are all wearing your stickers before you enter. In the event of other schools
attending on the same day, different coloured stickers will be issued to each school.

Please explain the necessity for adults to supervise children at all times. This is especially
important if your group includes non-teaching staff (e.g. parent-helpers). It is also essential that all
adults know the locations of First Aid posts, fire assembly points, toilets, teaching/presentation
areas and meeting points. These are particularly important so that they can find their way to
Discovery Programme sessions on time.

Our gift shop is well stocked with many items at pocket money prices. We would ask that you
liaise with Reception staff with regard to allocating an appropriate time for your school to visit the
gift shop in small groups. However, many schools have found that it is much easier and fairer to
order our goody bags at just £3.00 each (contents may vary but will include at least 5 items totalling
a value greater than £3.00). It is also much less time-consuming, leaving the children longer to
enjoy their visit. Goody bags must be ordered in advance (see booking form) and may be collected
from reception at any time during your visit.

We hope you will find the following checklist of things to think about helpful:

         Sensible shoes, warm clothes, raincoat, play clothes if recommended for a Discovery
          Programme session, sun cream, sun hat etc.
         Extra drinks in hot weather
         Clipboards for Activity Packs and/or Discovery Programme checklists

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                                TROPICAL WINGS Zoo
                  SCHOOL BOOKING FORM 2010 (WITH 2008 PRICES HELD!)
                    PLEASE NOTE: this booking form is for SCHOOL (including PRESCHOOL) visits only.
                    If you want to book a GROUP visit please contact us for a GROUP VISITS booking form.

Name of school                                Age of children                   Number of Visitors (min. 15 children)         Price        Qty.
Contact name and address                                                        Babies (under 2 years)                        £0.00

                                                                                Children (2-15 years)                         £4.25
Telephone no.
                                                                                Free adults (1 free per 6 students)           £0.00
Email (for confirmation of booking)
                                                                                Special needs children                        £3.75
Date of proposed visit                     Approx. time of arrival
                                                                                Special needs carers (1 per special           £3.75
Transport (please state the number of vehicles arriving so
                                                                                needs child)
that we can reserve parking if necessary)
                                                                                Additional adults                             £6.25
No. of coaches       No. of cars           No. of minibuses

                                                  DISCOVERY PROGRAMME SESSIONS
TEACHING SESSIONS: Max. 35 individuals per session including supervising adults
These teaching sessions are NOT hands-on. For SEN and children under the age of 5 we recommend Private Animal
Encounters (please see below)
          SUBJECT                         KEY STAGE(S)                 DURATION            PRICE          QTY.
          (Classroom session)                                                                                           (per session)
Butterfly Lifecycle                        1, 2                                                20 minutes           £37.50
Minibeasts                                 1, 2, 3                                             20 minutes           £37.50
Birds & Flight                             1, 2, 3                                             20 minutes           £37.50

TEACHING SESSION: Max. 35 individuals per session including supervising adults SOME HANDS-ON ACTIVITY
       SUBJECT                        KEY STAGE(S)                     DURATION         PRICE       QTY.
          (Classroom session)                                                                                           (per session)
Moving and Growing                         1, 2                                                30 minutes           £47.50

OUT AND ABOUT: Max. 20 individuals per session including supervising adults
       ACTIVITY                         KEY STAGE(S)                  DURATION                                            PRICE              QTY.
          (Outdoor activity)                                                                                            (per session)
Minibeast Safari                           Foundation, 1, 2, 3                                 30 minutes           £47.50

PRIVATE ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS: Max. 35 individuals per session including supervising adults
These encounters provide a unique interactive experience with livestock for the duration of the session. Individually
tailored to suit the age and ability of your group.
         ENCOUNTER                              SUITABILITY                 DURATION              PRICE          QTY.
         (Undercover session)                                                                                           (per session)
Big Bugs                                          Ideal for all ages and abilities:            25 minutes           £55.00
Furry Friends                                        Foundation, 1, 2, 3, SEN                  25 minutes           £55.00

OTHER ITEMS                                                                                                           PRICE (each)           QTY.
Printed Teachers‟ Pack (HELP US SAVE PAPER! FREE download available on our website)                                 £7.00 (inc. P&P)
Goody Bag (contents may vary but will include at least 5 items totalling a value greater than £3.00)                £3.00
          Please complete and send to: Tropical Wings Zoo, Wickford Road, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex. CM3 5QZ or fax to: 01245 425394.
    NB Booking will be confirmed by email - if you have not received confirmation at least 5 days before your proposed visit, please contact us on:
                                                                   01245 425394.
                                                     Details and prices valid until 31.12.10 only.

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