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PANDA - Monium at the Zoo

20 October 2017

Six buzzing classes slithered in to Hongqiao Zoo in search of animals for their first school trip this year. The eager children and their teachers were out to stalk their prey in preparation for their up and coming topic “Go Wild’.

  • Year 1 Trip to Zoo
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  • PANDA - Monium at the Zoo

First on their list were the reptiles, the children were in awe of these cold-blooded beasts with two very observant mini-scientists, Eugenio and Eunsen, pointing out that the snakes skin was “scaly and it comes off and grows new skin”. They weren’t too keen on getting inside the enclosure for a closer look!

Another exhibit high on the agenda was China’s iconic mammal the Panda. He was quite clearly having the time of his life munching away on bamboo on his back. “He’s eating so much bamboo” said Andrew from 1A.

Nearly all the classes carefully crept through butterfly aviary; it was a sight to behold. The delicate insects were feasting on fruit as the children watched in wonder. As you will see from the photographs some of the children had some VERY close encounters.

As the day drew to a close legs were getting weary but there was just time for one more look at the fish lapping their glass homes, “Can I bring my fishing rod next time?” Ciaran asked.

Year 1 class teachers have worked exceptionally hard this term and it showed in the behaviour of every class. Year group trips such as these not only help to bring learning experiences to life and help to stimulate conversation and sentence development. They also help to develop social relationships between each other and the environment around them, which is so valuable when we live in a metropolis such as Shanghai. Thank you to all the Parent Helpers and Learning Support Assistants who help to make days like these possible and even more enjoyable.

This week Year 1 are developing and creating ideas to present a timeline of their own life. It’s safe to say that we have 120 pupils that cannot wait to ‘Go Wild’ in their next topic.

Adam Webb, Year 1 Leader

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