African Adventure

Herd of giraffes walk towards camera across grassy plain with trees in the background

Session Outline

This session introduces the term ‘habitat’ with a detailed look at the ‘Savannah’ habitat in particular.

Children will understand what basic requirements animals, including humans, need in their habitats to survive.

The session takes place overlooking the Road Safari, where children will see its similarities to the African Savannah and some animals that will live there.

Focusing on giraffes, children learn how they are adapted to their habitat by looking at artefacts and if possible on occasions, the real animals.

Discussions about predators and prey and food chains.


  • Understand the term ‘habitat’
  • Understand the basic requirements needed within a habitat to help animals survive
  • Understand how animals are adapted differently to help them find/eat food
  • Understand how the losing part of a food chain can affect the rest of the habitat

Curriculum Links

Animals, including humans (KS1)

  • Identify and name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores
  • Find out about and describe the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival (water, food, and air)

Living things and their habitats (KS1)

  • Identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other

Science: Living things and their habitats (KS2)

  • Explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment

Science: Evolution and inheritance (KS2)

  • Identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways

Geography: Human and physical geography (KS2)

  • Describe and understand key aspects of physical geography.