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F3 Visit the Zoo!

24 February 2017

‘Nothing beats a hands on experience to deepen learning. The magic of a school trip isn’t just the subject, it’s the break in routine and adventure that opens up the children’s mind to new things.’ This week the F3 children went on a trip to the Zoo where they were able to see in real life the animals that they have been learning about in books and from video’s!  F3 were able to watch how the animals moved, ate and interacted with each other first hand.

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This term F3 have been busy reading both non-fiction and fiction books to broaden their understanding of the animal world.  They have enjoyed sharing what they already know about animals and their habitats and were keen to see giraffes, elephants, tigers and snakes in the flesh. 

The EYFS curriculum states that children should know similarities and differences in relation to living things. They should talk about features of their own immediate environment and how they differ from one another. They should make observations of animals, explaining why things happen and talk about change.  Our trip to the Zoo certainly opened up the opportunity for children to discuss these points in relation to the animals that they saw. 

The teachers were extremely impressed by the children’s map reading skills to navigate their groups around the Zoo to see their favourite animals. Each group explored the Zoo to see the animals that interested them the most, drawing pictures of these as they walked around.  As a year group we met up for snack and lunch as well as regular water breaks.  The behavior of the children was something that impressed all the adults.  F3 were polite, sensible, respectful of the animal’s environments and caring towards one another. 

They day was enjoyed by all and the children are now even more enthused and motivated to learn more about animals. To follow on with their interest in animals later in the term we will have a visit from the ARC. Keep reading the blog for future updates on this visit.

Hayley Dodds, F3 Teacher