Year 5 Visit Tropical World

8th June 2016

On Wednesday 8th June, Year 5 were very fortunate to have the opportunity to go out of school on an educational visit to Tropical World in Roundhay.

We eagerly made our way to the education centre where we were greeted by Rob and his assistant, who took us into the woods to improve our maths skills. We calculated the height and age of trees using a range of measuring devices (including our fingers!)

Following on from our topic work about the rainforest, we studied the habitats of mini-beasts in the woods at Roundhay. Some of us found millipedes, earthworms and even ground beetles – Mr Gath was certain he saw a bear! Our scientific knowledge helped us in our discussion with Rob about how each creature had adapted to live in its environment. He was very impressed.

After lunch, we went inside Tropical World – perhaps the most humid place in the country – and this gave us a real insight into what it would be like to live in a rainforest. The animals we saw were amazingly beautiful; we came up close and personal with some ginormous grey fish, and skin-shedding anacondas! The meerkats stood to attention as we walked by, which we thought was very nice of them.

A quick trip to the gift shop was followed by some much needed fresh air before we came back to school, happy but exhausted.

We would like to thank all the wonderful staff at Tropical World and school staff, who made our trip so successful.