On June 8th 2017, to conclude their SDL about rainforests, Y3 and Y4 visited ‘The Living Rainforest’, an indoor greenhouse, tropical rainforest located in Hamsptead Norreys, Berkshire.
The visit included a guided tour, free time to explore the greenhouse and a visit to the shop and playground. The tour guides were impressed that the children were able to answer many of the tour guides’ questions showing that they have immersed themselves in their SDL over the previous weeks.
The children wrote:
Dear Claire, Thank you for taking us on a tour. I learnt that chocolate grows on a tree! The best bit for me was my free time in the glass house because I could keep going back to the poisonous dart frogs to see if I could see the poison, but I couldn’t. I’ve read a lot about them. (Crusoe)
Dear Claire, Thank you for taking us round the living rainforest. I liked looking at the blue poison dart frogs and how fast they could hop. (Crawford)
Dear Emily, Thanks for guiding us on our tour, it was very interesting and fun. I learnt about different animals I never knew before. I also learnt that there’s not only carnivores, omnivores and herbivores, there’s insectivores and gummivores as well! My favourite animal was Luigi. (Ornan)
Dear Claire, Thank you so much for taking us round in the glass room. I learnt that the pygmy monkeys eat the sap of the tree. I really enjoyed going round the glass room, some of the animals were really cute. I never knew that the plant that makes vanilla grew in the rainforest. (Karla)
The day was fantastic, with enthusiastic and excellently behaved children.
Thank you to all the parents who accompanied us on the trip, very much appreciated.
Mrs Maddocks & Miss Hall