Schoolchildren visit Writtle College to find out more about animals

July 2015

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A group of 27 six-year-olds visited Writtle College to find out more about animals, including our Green Iguana, Royal Python and Alpacas.

The Year One class from St Mary’s Primary School, Burnham on Crouch, visited the Titchmarsh Centre for Animal Studies to cover part of the key stage one science curriculum “Animal Allsorts”, which involves teaching the children about different animals that exist in the world and what makes them special, including categorising animals by type and what they eat.

During their visit, they held or fed a variety of animals including the College’s Green Iguana, Monitor Lizard, Royal Python, Bearded Dragons, African Pygmy Hedgehogs, Guinea Pigs, Goats and Alpacas.

Amanda Morgan, FE Lecturer in Animal Studies, said: “The visit was a resounding success. The six-year-old children were impeccably behaved around the College; they were very polite with the staff and extremely respectful of the animals. It was a pleasure to showcase our animals and teach the children a range of classifications that we have available at the Titchmarsh Centre.”

Mary Jo Playford, Year 1 Teacher and Senior Teacher, said: “The children had a fantastic outing to Writtle College; they cemented their learning on their topic ‘animal allsorts’ in a fun, practical way. The staff at Writtle were very professional and caring. The children enjoyed handling the animals and asked lots of questions, which were answered by the knowledgeable Writtle staff. I hope we can return next year with a different group.”