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  • Branksome Hill Road
  • Sandhurst
  • GU47 0QF
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Marwell Zoo Trip


We had the perfect weather for our visit to Marwell Zoo on Tuesday and for the most part the animals co-operated and we saw all those we stopped to look at.  As soon as we got off the coach the class had to march very quickly to the Education Centre for their workshop on Fur, Feathers and Scales where they saw a selection of animal skins including a snow leopard, boa constrictor, kangaroo and ostrich and peacock feathers - the children's knowledge was excellent.  Many of the children were brave and touched the snake and rat.  After this it was more relaxing and we were able to walk around the zoo at a more leisurely pace.  We visited the new Tropical House where we saw the sloth hanging upside down in a tree and lots of very beautiful birds.  We also visited the bird enclosure and saw a selection of other exotic birds which aren't seen in our gardens.  As well as these we saw wallabies, different species of primate, meerkats, reptiles, tigers, zebras, rhinos and ostriches.  The highlight of the trip for many of the children was seeing the giraffes, one of which seemed just as interested in us as we were in it.  Last of all we saw the penguins before heading back to the coach.  The children walked around about 90% of the zoo which is a very big area and I am sure they must all have been very tired.  I hope they had a wonderful day and will remember the animals they saw.  Thank you to all the parents who helped on the day.    




Please make sure all items of clothing are clearly labelled and as the warmer weather begins the children may need to have a sun hat to wear at break and lunch times which will also need to be named.  When the weather becomes very warm the children may need sun cream which I would be grateful if you could apply before your child arrives at school.  The children should have a named water bottle with them every day so that they can stay hydrated - we will encourage the children to drink lots in the warmer weather and will refill their bottles as and when required.  The children do PE  on Friday mornings so please make sure they have a full PE kit in school, which should be  named.  Children's reading books and reading diaries should  be with them every day so that we can write in them as and when we read with them.  If you have any queries, please speak to me at the end of the day.

Thank you.  


Mrs Gaylard and Mrs Utton


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