Talks and Workshops for Key Stage 2 (KS2)

The following talks and workshops are designed for Key Stage 2 (KS2), Lower (years 3&4) & Upper (years 5&6) – please see below details for national curriculum links.

Predators (30 minute talk with Q&A)
We will look at several different predators (snow leopards, tigers, painted dogs and lions), the different environments they live in, and the various adaptations and strategies which make them successful hunters. We will also discuss the threats that these species are facing and the work that DSWF is supporting to help to protect them.

Habitats (30 minute talk with Q&A)
In this talk we will discuss what it is that makes a habitat, look at different types of habitat, including microhabitats, and then in detail at the Tiger and the Snow leopard, and what makes them so well adapted to the different habitats they live in. We will also discuss the threats these endangered species are facing (including habitat loss) and what we are doing to help.

*Endangered! (30 minute talk with Q&A)
Find out about the species of animal that DSWF works to protect, why they are endangered and the work that is being done to help to protect them.

African Animals (30 minute talk with Q&A)
In this talk we will look at Africa and in particular the wildlife that can be found there, specifically; lions, elephants, painted dogs, pangolins, rhinos and chimpanzees. We will discuss the threats that these animals face and the work that is being done to protect them.

Animal Adaptations (30 minute talk with Q&A)
In this session students will look at two animals in detail, the pangolin and the Snow leopard. We will look at why these animals are so well adapted to their environments and diets. We will also consider the threats that these animals are facing, the conservation work that DSWF are helping to fund to help them, and what the children can do to help these incredible animals.

The Pangolin!  (30 minute talk with Q&A)
Find out all about this incredible scaly mammal, it’s habitats and amazing adaptations. Sadly the pangolin is under threat, an estimated one animal every five minutes is taken from the wild, find out why and what we are doing to help these very special animals.

*This talk is particularly suitable as a KS2 assembly.

You can choose to follow any of these talks with one of the following workshops:
Print & Collage: print the background for a picture using the damp tissue paper technique, then collage one of the animals that were discussed in the talk to go onto the background (duration: 1 hour 20 minutes).
Make a 3D habitat: create a 3 dimensional habitat for one of the animals discussed (duration: 1 hour).
Create a Creature: students will be assigned a habitat and either a predator or a prey species. They will then design their own animal, thinking what adaptations it might need to survive in that particular habitat. (Duration: 45 minutes)

DSWF visits schools and delivers these talks, workshops, or assemblies free of charge in order to raise awareness about endangered wildlife and conservation.

To make a booking or for any questions you may have, please email DSWF’s Education Manager Jo Elphick –

KS2 Curriculum Links

Year 3 – Animals including humans
Pupils should be taught to:
– That animals cannot make their own food; they get nutrition from what they eat.
– Different parts of the body have special functions (e.g. an elephant’s trunk)
– Compare and contrast the diets of different animals
Year 4 – Living things and their habitats
Pupils should be taught to:
– Recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose a danger to living things
Non- statutory:
– pupils should explore examples of human impact (both positive and negative) on environments
Animals, including humans
-interpret a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey (in the predators talk and workshop)
Year 5 – Living things and their habitats
They should find out about the work of naturalists and animal behaviourists (David Shepherd was a conservationist and the children will find out about what inspired him and how he has helped endangered wildlife)
Year 6 – Evolution and Inheritance
Pupils should be taught to:
– identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways.

Art and Design
Pupils should be taught to develop their techniques including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different types of art, craft and design.
– should be taught about great artists

Spoken language years 1-6 (
Listening and responding appropriately to adults and peers
Asking relevant questions to extend their vocabulary and knowledge
Maintain attention and participate actively in collaborative conversations, staying on topic and initiating and responding to comments