On Tuesday 30th April the children from Broadclyst and Westclyst Year 2 visited Paignton Zoo as part of their project Animals and Their Habitats. The trip also helped provide inspiration and purpose for the debate that the children were writing at the time, based around whether animals should be kept in zoos.
An informative workshop formed part of the day for all of the children to learn new things about the different types of animal groups, what happens inside of an animal’s egg when it has been laid and how baby animals change to suit their environment as they grow. The highlight of the day for some children was being able to hold some skulls from animals like a tiger, gorilla, hyena and a crocodile. Arabella said, “I loved seeing the different bones because I want to be an archaeologist when I grow up!”
Given the opportunity to explore the zoo freely, all of the children had the chance to see some of their favourite animals for the first time. Jackson said, “My favourite part was the crocodiles in the swamp, we learnt that crocodiles lose one or two teeth a month and then they grow back. However, one crocodile there had no teeth!” We saw mammals including tigers, lions and camels. Reptiles including crocodiles and lizards. Birds including owls and ostriches as well as lots more! Finlay said, “Seeing the elephants was definitely the highlight of my day. I love their trunks and how tall they are!”