Years one and two had a wonderful time at Drusillas today. The children studied the animals in the park, attended an educational session (run by James and Hayley) and even managed to squeeze in some time to play before we had to return to school. Year 2 had an absolutely fantastic lesson in the education centre, all about minibeasts. The children learned all about exoskeletons, invertebrates and different classes of minibeasts. We handled a variety of artefacts (preserved scorpions, tarantula skins, cased butterflies a wasp nest and goggles that showed them how a fly’s vision works) and live animals (a Madagascan Hissing cockroach, a Giant African millipede and a Giant African land snail). The children were so well behaved that we were allowed to stroke something cute and furry (a meerkat) at the end of our session as a special treat! Year 2 asked a range of intelligent questions both in our session and as we studied the other animals in the zoo. The children were all brilliantly well behaved, enthusiastic and attentive and I was, as always, incredibly proud of them.
Year 2 tell me that they had the best time ever at Middle Farm yesterday! When we arrived, Robin met us and took us to return our chicks to their brothers and sisters. After a quick pit stop (it’s incredible how frequently six and seven year old children need to eat), we had a guided tour of the farm, including small animal handling and feeding the lambs. After lunch, the children had some time to play in the playgrounds and the hay barn before it was time to watch the cows being milked. It was absolutely fascinating to hear the farmers talk all about the animals and how to care for them, to see the day to day running of a working farm and hear about the produce created at Middle Farm. I was very proud of our impeccably well-behaved class, as always. Thanks for a lovely day out Year 2!
Year 2, what was the best or most surprising thing that you learned on our trip to Middle Farm? Please comment below.
During the day, we attended the animal handling session and the owl display. The children were able to learn about, touch and even hold a variety of different animals. The children were surprised at how soft the owl was, how sticky the cockroach legs felt on their hands and how light and furry the tarantula was! The children enjoyed petting the guinea pigs, a tortoise and a variety of farm animals as well. One of the owls was hand reared and surprisingly tame and affectionate. It was amazing to see and be able to handle such beautiful birds.
As we explored the rest of the park, other spontaneous opportunities arose. Some of the Year 1 children were able to help feed the newborn lambs and the Year 2 were lucky enough to be in the owl sanctuary at feeding time and learn about all the other owls as well. Year 2 also spent quite a long time with a talking parrot that was very keen to keep their attention!
Other highlights of the day would include the beautiful male peacock that was in full display and the noisy turkey and geese! The children also enjoyed playing in the play areas and rode on the Quadapillas.
The children were perfectly behaved all day and were a credit to the school.
What was your favourite part of the day, Year 2?