Learn about Adaptation


zoo2On Wednesday 14 March Year 6 ventured to the Auckland Zoo to learn more about adaptation related to our inquiry topic - ‘How do living things adapt to survive in an ever changing environment’. Students were put into groups with accompanying parents and teachers to explore the zoo and attend 3 education sessions. All students had the opportunity to hear specifically about the cheetahs, flamingos and elephants. The education sessions were very informative and the students came away buzzing with lots of new information. Did you know that when flamingos are born they are actually grey not pink. However, when they eat blue green algae and shrimp they turn pink! The educational teachers were impressed with the level of questioning from the students. There were plenty of photo opportunities during our visit including watching the animals in the education sessions, exploring the zoo, watching animals such as the meerkats being fed and group photos.

At present the ‘Bug Lab’ is based at the zoo and students were able to look around this for an hour exploring the works from Weta Workshop. There were impressive 3D bug models, such as what is in a hive and what is in a flower. As well as this there were interactive activities and students were able to touch meal worms or beetles. The students thoroughly enjoyed being able to experience both opportunities and build on their knowledge and understanding. Many thanks to parents who gave up their valuable time to assist on the school trip, we all very much appreciated it.

Miss Franklin, Y6 Team Leader