Exploring the Rainforest

27 June 2018

 

On a glorious sunny morning in June, the 2nd Form headed to the Living Rainforest in Newbury to consolidate their learning on rainforests. A topic that they have been studying in their Geography lessons this year.

The Living Rainforest is an indoor greenhouse rainforest, which is home to over 700 different tropical plants and animals including rare and endangered species of global conservation value. It is run by the charity Trust for Sustainable Living.

When they arrived, the boys went on a guided tour that focused primarily on animal adaptations. They found this very intriguing and had plenty of questions for the staff, who were extremely informative. Afterwards, they had some free time to explore the rainforest with their teachers and had the opportunity to see some of the plants and animals they had learned so much about in their lessons.

When asked what his favourite part of the trip was, Kit WP replied, “I loved that they let the birds walk freely around. My favourite animal was the armadillo. He makes a new hole to hide in everyday so that no predators can eat him.” Dominic H said, “I loved seeing the chameleon up close. It was hiding on top of a twig. I liked seeing the pygmy marmosets because they were so tiny and cute!” and Harry MC said, “I liked seeing the toucan; it had a really long beak with some bright colours on the end of it. Its beak was so long that it had to tilt its head to one side to drink.”

Overall, the boys thoroughly enjoyed their day out in the rainforest and took home some valuable information about animal and plant life in this part of the world.

 

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