Our staff have many years experience working in school environments and are exceptional animal handlers. All our staff are CRB checked.
Basic rates for Birmingham and West Midlands:
All prices include VAT and travel.
Please note, prices will vary depending on your individual requirements which can be discussed when you book your visit.
Here at the Natural History Lecture Service, we aim to provide an extremely enjoyable learning experience for the pupils of your school, providing them the chance to interact with animals from different parts of the world, something they don’t experience every day.
We recognise the importance of learning, and by targeting our service to key learning objectives of the national curriculum, we aim to give students the maximum benefit from our visit. Through our tailor made programmes we can assist your school to make maximum use of our visit by assisting in raising learning standards through an interactive teaching experience.
We can cater for both primary schools right up to year 11 pupils on a range of species and environmental subjects, covering many areas of the curriculum including science, geography, English, art and drama.
We offer half or full day visits providing;
• An introduction or finalization to a specific topic/subject the students have been studying
• Tailor made to the requirements of your pupils, i.e ecosystem based (geography), species (science) or specific animals (writing/art)
• Sessions for single year groups or key stages, or to the whole school
Contact us for specific animals or requirements and we can tailor make the visit to fit with your schools requirements.
Consider which animals would be appropriate for the age group and work being undertaken by the pupils (see our animal’s page for a list of what is available).
Prior to the school visit
Inform us of which animals you require from specific habitats which will best relate to the work you are doing at present. Our visit can then be built into teachers planning so that maximum learning outcome can be achieved from the visit. The early learning goals can be addressed using animals as a stimulus.
During the school visit
Teachers need to decide how they would best want to make use of the visiting lecturer, as a presentation to a large group of pupils (i.e Key stage groups in the Hall) or if they would want the visitor to work with a year group or class relating the visit to a particular piece of work or topic.
Follow up activities in the classroom
The visit can lead to Speaking and listening activities, drama, writing reports, imaginative stories, constructing maps, examining life processes and writing associated reports, art either still life or imaginative drawing or painting.
Relation to EYFS
The visit can be used to assist with:
• Personal, Social and Emotional Development
• Communication, Language and Literacy
• Knowledge and Understanding of the World
• Creative Development
Programmes we offer include;
• Ecosystems – introducing ecosystems, environment and species that can be found there
• Species Adaption’s – camouflage, warning colours, mimicry, sensory adaptations
• Classification – beginning basic such as amphibian, reptile, bird, mammal to kingdoms, families and species
• British Wildlife- introducing our native plants and animals
• Rainforests, deserts, grasslands and aquatic habitats and species
For further details on how our services can be tailored to fit key stage groups and subject areas, please do not hesitate to contact us!!!
“Hi Steffan, Just wanted to thank you for a great party yesterday! The kids, and us adults loved it!!! It was fun and informative and the kids got to meet some animals up close that they found fascinating. You were really friendly and kept everyone entertained and engaged. You received some brilliant comments after you left and Rhys said the best part of his birthday was The Animal Man. We all had a fantastic time (apart for my snake panic attacks) and will definitely recommend you to friends and family”. Jo, Willenhall
“Many thanks to Emma for a great birthday show for Christopher; I've had such great feedback from the boys saying it's the best party they have ever been too. Please pass our sincere thanks onto Emma. Thanks again”. Isabel Churcher, Edgbaston
“Would just like to say a big thankyou for my dad's 80th birthday suprise, it was a great hit with dad and everyone else that was there. Hannah was brilliant and put everyone at ease, our time with all the animals was excellent. We would not hesitate to pass your details on to other family and friends. Thanks again” Edwina Bruton.
“Hi Steffan,Thank you for today the children really enjoyed the whole experience - and some of the staff!!” Gwenfys Groucutt, Temple Meadow School, Old Hill