On Wednesday year 3 had a very exciting day. We went to Colchester zoo to round off our “Into the Wild” topic. Rejs and Tyler were particularly excited as they were able celebrate their birthdays at the zoo.
Both classes were split into groups and went around with two adults. We were very grateful to Mrs Haque, Mr Reid, Mrs Leaver, Mrs Cutmore, Mrs Kirkland and Ms Turner for joining us. It was really lovely to have Ms Matthews come back to help too.
All the children had ideas of which route to follow and which animals to see first. Some even became quite proficient map readers by the end of the day and many enjoyed trying to follow our route and ticking off the animals as we spotted them.
We were booked in for a talk about endangered animals in the Discovery Centre. The children listened well and handled the artefacts carefully. They were saddened to see that so many Colobus monkeys had been killed to make a rug and shocked at the small crocodile head on the handbag. Several of the children were heard to say that the tusks and horns looked better on the animals they had been taken from. You may find that your little environmentalists will now keep turning lights off and start nagging you to recycle more of your rubbish!
We were amused by the chimps who delighted us with their games and toilet habits! Some children in Maple class got to feed and hold a number of creatures. Apple class thoroughly enjoyed the running test to see if any of them were as fast as a cheetah. In the end they settled for racing each other as no-one could get anywhere near the speed of the cheetah.
Despite the cold weather, we had a lovely day. Many said they would have liked to stay longer and will probably ask you to take them back to see more… but maybe on a warmer day!