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Years 1 and 2 Excursion to the Zoo

After a disappointing cancellation of our excursion at the end of Term 3 due to poor weather, we were able to postpone our trip to Week 6 of Term 4. Oh, and what a glorious day it was – we had such beautiful weather!

The Kenwick Primary Year 1 and Year 2 students, staff and parents set off early from school on Monday morning, 14 November.

In our Biological Sciences unit in Term 3, the Year 1 students had been studying God’s amazing wild animals, investigating their external features, and the different places in which these animals live and where their needs are met.

The students had completed research projects over the course of Term 3 on a zoo animal of their choice, and presented their findings in a variety of ways through PowerPoint, posters, drawings and models.

Our visit to the zoo gave all the students an opportunity to see their special animal in its natural habitat. 

It was only the Dibbler that hid away, much to the disappointment of some students.

Through these studies, the students have learnt to value and stand in awe of God’s beautiful creation.

We also enjoyed a pre-booked Education Experience called ‘What am I’. We met Topsy – we are still not quite sure what kind of animal Topsy is – maybe a mammal, maybe a reptile, maybe a bird? 

We also got to play with puppets, see how huge one of the giraffe’s vertebra (bone from their neck) is, and learn that a frog uses its eyeballs to swallow its food. A frog pulls its bulging eyes downwards to help push the food down its throat – crazy right?

There are some wonderful activities, Perth Zookeeper Talks, and Story time with animals, to be accessed on the Perth Zoo website under the ‘Education’ / ‘Digital Learning resources’ tab, and so much more for you to enjoy with your child and for your child to continue learning about animals.

I would like to extend a big thank you to all the teachers, Education Assistants, parents, bus drivers and Administration Assistants for working together to make this excursion possible!

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