This term Beech and Holly enjoyed an adventurous trip to Woburn Safari Park. A very shy porcupine and several very hungry otters provided great entertainment and sparked much curiosity in all of our children at the start of the day. It was soon time to meet a few mini beasts in the form of a friendly cockroach, a giant African land snail who seemed a little shy and finally an enormous boa constrictor who looked strangely gentle. The mini beast keeper was most impressed with our children as they could name the parts of an insect.
In the afternoon the children enjoyed a stroll through the Australian enclosure populated by a large colony of wallabies, who appeared very friendly and approached us all with a few effortless hops.
It was soon time for the daily bird show provided by two colourful and graceful macaws from the rainforest, who were very intelligent and performed a 'rubbish race' by collecting small items and placing them in buckets. They were joined by a beautiful white parrot who flew on the restaurant roof and returned after the show had ended!
After a delicious ice cream break, it was time to join a train ride which took us all around the safari park and allowed us to admire beautiful zebras and giraffes.
Finally the minibus safari allowed us all to take a closer look at more wild creatures such as tigers, monkeys and lions. The most entertaining were the black bears, who made us laugh by attempting to climb trees, fall asleep and scratching their backs on the tree trunks.
It was wonderful to see the children's faces when admiring these beautiful creatures and above all the connection they made between the classroom learning and their visit to the Safari Park.