Year 4's exciting trip to Marwell Zoo
On Monday the 12th of March Year 4 went on an exciting trip to Marwell Zoo. They were all really looking forward to this highly anticipated trip and boarded the coach buzzing with happy chatter. When we arrived we had a quick snack before heading off in our separate groups to explore and see as much of the zoo as possible. Many animals were spotted including Snow Leopards, Tigers, Rhinos, Penguins and Flamingos; the list goes on and on.
As they looked at the animals the Year 4s were encouraged to share their opinions on animals in captivity and whether they thought that the enclosures were suitable to cater for the animals in the same way as they would be in the wild. It was a good way to get a full understanding of the debate which is going to be further discussed in class. Some groups took time out to eat lunch before heading to the Education Centre, whilst others saved their packed lunches until after the classroom session, a couple of groups even munched their lunch whilst on board the land train!
In the Education Centre we split into two separate classrooms to listen to some of the zoo’s staff talk about some of the animals and the habitats where they were to be found and they even had the chance to handle a Royal Python and a Madagascan Hissing Cockroach, boy can they hiss when upset! The children had the opportunity to touch various animal skins and artefacts that had been confiscated by the police at airports and loaned to the zoo to use for educational purposes. Following this, the groups were allowed further time to wander around the zoo and have a look at the animals that they had just learnt about. Final enclosures were visited and before everyone knew it, it was time to make a visit to the gift shop and head home. There were many sad faces at the thought of leaving the zoo but everyone had had a very good day indeed.