Region: South East

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Burford Road Brize Norton Oxfordshire, , OX18 3NX

Contact: 01993 846 353

Website: http://www.crocodilesoftheworld.co.uk

Description

We are the UK’s only crocodile zoo, with its largest crocodile collection – one of the best collections in Europe. Our zoo is aimed at raising awareness for these amazing animals, and contributing to conservation projects around the world.

As one of the most unique zoo’s in the UK, we have an amazing wildlife ‘classroom’ to help bring the curriculum to life. Since we are a zoo, we can cater for sessions not only on biology, but also business studies, physics, chemistry and tourism. Our daily talks and feeding demonstrations are available to school groups, as well as our tailor-made workshops and guided tours.

Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

We emphasize fun and learning and are passionate about crocodiles and alligators. We feature a full schedule of talks and feeding demonstrations throughout the day, and a dedicated Education Team to guide you through the visit.

Our Workshops are hands-on fun sessions that include the chance to touch a live crocodile or alligator!

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

We like to make learning fun. One of the things that sets us apart is the sense of fun we infuse our workshops with.

A very general visit would look something like this:

- Greeted upon arrival and escorted to the Education Room

- Our staff will then brief the group about the zoo and where toilets, hand-washing facilities, café, etc, are located and allow a short break for toilet use before the workshop

- We would present our workshop session, lasting for 45-60mins

- Workshop sessions include hands-on experience for the students with live reptiles, including a crocodile or an alligator

- The Education Room remains available for use by the group at lunch time

- Either a guided or escorted tour of the zoo

- Time for viewing crocodile feeding sessions is scheduled

The Workshop sessions are ideally pre-arranged with the teachers. We have some set curriculum-based workshops that are available, or we will tailor the session to suit the class. We want to reinforce the components of the curriculum under study at school.

All age groups from Foundation to University are welcomed. We pitch our sessions appropriately, and we encourage the students to consider some practical implications of some of the facts we present.

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This venue has the following accreditation:

We have the LOtC Quality Badge, are members of the International Zoo Educators Association, and are DBS checked.

What size groups do they cater for?

Up to 100.

What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?

Our Education Department has developed several lesson plans. These have been developed directly following the curriculum, as our staff have experience within the educational system. Worksheets, and lesson plans can be provided on request. These are often discussed during pre-visits from teachers.

Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?

There are no restrictions on this from our side.

How do you arrange a risk assessment?

Risk Assessments are available upon request. If teachers wish to carry out their own, they can do so during the pre-visit trip.

What are the contact details for their education officer?

We have Laura as our Education Officer, and Colin as our Head of Education. Contact either through education@crocodilesoftheworld.co.uk

What does it cost?

The cost is detailed on our website: www.crocodilesoftheworld.co.uk/education

Adults: £8.95 Children: £4.95 Child 2 and under: free Concessions: £6.95 Pre-school to year 3: One free adult with every 5 paying children Years 4 – 6: One free adult with every 10 paying children Year 7 up: One free adult with every 15 paying children

Pre-visits for teachers are FREE (no accompanying guests)

Is specific clothing required?

No special clothing is required. However, it is warm within the buildings housing the crocodiles, so it is best to have layers that can be removed whilst in these buildings.

Do you have first aid on site?

We do have first aid on site but this can be discussed on the pre-visit

What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?

We have a small café on site, indoor and outdoor picnic facilities for packed lunches and a gift shop.

Are there disabled facilities?

We have made every effort to ensure that the zoo is accessible for wheelchair users and walking difficulties. We have disabled parking near the zoo entrance and unisex accessible toilet facilities.

What are your opening days and hours?

Daily 10am-5pm

Do you have any testimonials from previous customers who have visited you on an educational visit?

“I took my class of Year 1 children here, they had the most fantastic time. The staff ensured that our visit went smoothly and Laura (education lady) did the most interesting talk, that kept all the children captivated! The children adored the meerkats and otters as well as the crocodiles.” “The children had a brilliant time and learnt so much at the same time, The talks were appropriately levelled, paced and were well controlled despite high levels of excitement, a thoroughly enjoyable and educational experience for all involved and I shall have no hesitation in recommending you and your wonderful creatures to other schools”


Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Animal Welfare Environment Centres Farms Green Awareness Wildlife and Nature Zoos

Curriculum Topics Covered: Environmental Studies Geography Science

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December


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