St Thomas More Catholic

Primary School

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KS1 Trip to Dudley Zoo and Castle

29 June 2015

On Monday 29th June 2015, the children in Key Stage 1 visited Dudley Castle and Zoo as part of their topic work on 'Castles'.

It was a beautiful, sunny day as we left school in direction of the Zoo. After a steep climb to the top of the hill, we arrived at the castle gates. There, we were met by the lady of the castle, who brought us into the banqueting hall. She explained that castle life was dirty, scary, dark and smelly - as we soon found out!

Some children were chosen to be residents of the castle, and some very brave children were chosen to be thieves. The children dressed up and re-enacted a scene from castle life. The thieves were handcuffed, and some were even beheaded! It was very frightening indeed.

After all the excitement, we went to relax on the castle grounds and had a delicious picnic lunch. In the meantime, a zoo keeper came along and introduced us to the castle owl. She explained what he liked to eat and how he is trained.

After that we went to look at the various animals in the zoo. We saw tall giraffes, climbing monkeys, pink flamingos , hairy tarantulas, scary crocodiles, splashing penguins and cheeky mere cats. We finished the day by visiting the farm yard animals and a quick play in the farmyard playground.

It was a very fun and informative day, which everyone thoroughly enjoyed.