Book Week Parades
Weather permitting, we will have three Book Character Parades on the field on Friday morning to allow everyone to see the fabulous costume creations.
Year 1 Trip to Rama IX Park
A Trip to Remember
Year 1 had a very exciting trip to Rama IX Park to kick off their new learning topic of Habitats. Mr. Colin tells us more.
While it is only a few miles away, it felt like we had taken a plane ride and really got out of the city. There was no sound of cars to give us headaches, you could smell flowers and grass, and there were views and beautiful displays of planting and graceful buildings. And who can resist the pleasures of a picnic lunch?
As ever with events like this, one of the most exciting things for the children was the bus ride to get there. Sitting with your friend chatting and looking out of the window is a great way to top and tail any trip. Once we arrived, we had a quick regroup and then started our thrilling “train ride” around the park. We stopped half way round and went the rest of the way on foot. Taking our time and using our senses, we started to see, talk about and understand the interconnected world of a parkland habitat. We saw several small animals and could definitely hear birds making different songs. Looking at trees, we began to understand the root systems, and the large number of creatures that survive in and on its leafy shade.
A little further on we visited the park’s Cactus House to investigate the plants that thrive in hot deserts. What a treat for those of us who enjoy finding patterns. From the tessellating triangular roof to the repeating patterns of the spines on a cactus – natural maths was all around! Several cacti were in bloom and what an amazing array of bright, vivid colours. We were sad to leave.
Unfortunately the other large greenhouse that contained a rainforest environment was closed for urgent repairs. We hope that these can be carried out soon because it looked like a very interesting place to visit.
Then it was back to the play area to have a delicious lunch of fried rice and fruit. We noticed that there were some bicycles that were connected to paddles in the water, and many of us had a turn at trying to beat the water hard to introduce oxygen into the water to help all the creatures living in the ponds at the park. After a final play on the playground, it was time to get counted up and make our way back to school. What a marvellous time we all had and what a lot we learned.
Trips such as these could not happen without a lot of behind-the-scenes effort by the staff at school and from parents willing to come along and be our unofficial photographers and helpers. Thanks to all those who helped make this trip safe and happy. Now we are back home we are full of excitement and enthusiasm to learn as much as we can about the different habitats around the world, and we can’t wait to share it all with you in a few short weeks. See you soon!