Click on the link to watch a great You Tube song about the zoo!
On Tuesday 18th November the Aroha Syndicate took off for the Auckland Zoo. Our focus was on Large Animals. Many of the animals we saw were African Animals. We were thinking about the ‘Nature of Science: The Living World.’ The children were experimenting with the ideas involved in “Communicating in Science.’ The children built their language and developed their understandings of the many ways the natural world can be represented. Life Processes: As they walked around they recognised that all living things have certain requirements so that they can stay alive. Evolution: The students began to undestand that there are lots of different living things in the world and that they can be grouped in different ways. Context: Growing in an awareness and appreciation of the special features in large African Animals. Principle: The Aroha Syndicate members are ‘Learning to Learn.’ – (students are reflecting on their own learning processes and learn how to learn.)
Value: Compassion – Hope (We have an awareness that animals are part of God’s creation and to be valued. We respond to them with compassion and hope for their preservation.) We sincerely thank the Parent Helpers who went with us and were educators along with the classroom teachers. They generously gave of their time to enable the trip to be managed safely and effectively. Time spent in the Zoo Classrooms was valuable, especially seeing the animal artifacts they had available for us to look at and touch!
Everyone had a great time during the day. As us which animal is our favourite! We have written stories, described habitats and body parts, types of movements and the food that our animal eats.