As part of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum, The British School of Kuwait took over 260 eager Reception students to visit Kuwait Zoo. Due to the forecast rain, the trip was almost ‘rained off’ which would have been quite an unusual scenario in Kuwait!
In preparation for their topic “Around the World”, Reception students were exploring the zoo environment in search of different animals. They were not disappointed with what they saw as they had a fantastic range of wild animals to see such as the zebra, giraffe, tiger, bears, lion and so many more. Students completed a variety of activities which included an animal hunt, naming the animals, finding the patterns. The students are able to use this first-hand experience in their learning as it is more meaningful to them.
Upon returning to class the students have been motivated to learn more and have been extending their own learning in the classroom. One student, in particular, was so interested by the visit that he told his teacher that he now wants to be a zookeeper and look after the animals. The teachers have followed up with many cross-curricular activities to improve their English language skills. Their favorite animal stories seem to be “Handa’s Surprise” and “Dear Zoo”. The children have also had opportunities to learn animal songs such as “We’re going to the zoo, zoo, zoo how about you, you, you …” Students and teachers alike had a fantastic time and the opportunity for learning was vast. We cannot wait to visit again soon.
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