Trip to Drusillas

Wow! What a lovely day. Year 2 were perfectly behaved and the weather was beautiful. We arrived soon after the park opened, with the morning to study the animals. The children were very excited to explore, watch the animals in the park and discover facts from the displays. During our exploration, we enjoyed watching the penguin feeding at 11:30am and after the display, and indeed throughout the day, the children asked some very intellegent and interesting questions.

We stopped for our picnic before returning to the Education Session for an extremely interesting and informative session about minibeasts (our topic this week). As part of the lesson, the chidren dressed up as minibeasts; learned about exoskeletons; explored scientific classes of minibeasts and their features; and had a close look at a variety of artefacts. James, the education officer, also brought out a range of animals for the children to study, touch and hold: Madagascan hissing cockroaches, millipedes, giant snails and different varieties of slugs. After the session concluded, we asked if we could handle some fluffy animals before we left. James asked us to sit very still and be very quiet and, to our delight, we were allowed to stroke a slightly nervous chincilla. The children were outstanding: they sat so quietly and were so calm that James asked us if we would mind staying for a few more minutes as he had an animal that he had never brought out into the classroom before. With much anticipation, we waited in silence and were amazed when James brought in a handraised meerkat! We were the first class to stroke a meerkat at Drusillas. Well done, Year 2: you are awesome!

We had an hour left at the park, and the children voted to spend the time in the adventure playground. We just squeezed in a quick ride on the train before returning to school.

What did you learn during our trip to Drusilla’s, Year 2?