What could these substances be?
After a few mix-ups with lunch, T5 were on their way to The Botanical Gardens. Although the traffic hindered our journey, we arrived with eager smiles on our faces. We were ushered up the spiral stairs and into one of the classrooms where things were about to get a LOT more interesting!
We impressed our guide (Amanda) with our geography knowledge, identifying the equator and the Tropic of Cancer. Ms Trainer was also very impressed with our knowledge of the layers of the rainforest. We had been listening!
One human rainforest later (see picture!) and we were ready to handle some rainforest substances but not before Ms Trainer de-stressed: smelling vanilla pods is known to lower stress levels don’t you know!
Our guide introduced us to substances that are found naturally in rainforests: peppercorns, cocoa beans, bananas and rubber. Excited eyes lit up at the sight of a kit-kat but this was short-lived as it was made of rubber! We were tasked with identifying some mystery items. We scored full marks, continuing to impress all the adults.
Next up was the handling of some rainforest creatures (look away if you’re squeamish!). First was Brian the Giant African Land snail. I think this was Mrs Sandall’s favourite! You can find them on the forest floor eating leaves and even stones for calcium to harden their shell!
The class favourite was Monty, the chameleon. This particular types don’t change colour to camouflage into their surrounding; but it will change colour depending on its mood! I wonder what colour it goes when it’s angry? Or hungry?
Next up we learned all about hunting. Tyler caught us a monkey for lunch with a poisoned dart (well it was a rubber dart and picture of a monkey but shh!). Eliza picked up the biggest seed EVER and we found out that bamboo can grow to the size of a Year 3 in only a week!
After all that talk of bananas and chocolate, we were ready for lunch- quick (but thorough) hand wash first though!
Next it was on to our tour of the glasshouses where we learned that the Banyan Tree grows ‘crutches’ to help keep it balanced and that there is a plant known as Old Man’s Beard. Can you guess what it might look like?
Carnivorous plants next! We found out all about fly soup. This was followed by the Arid room where we discovered why cactus plants have spikes and that they can go 5 years without water!
After another wash of our hands, it was time to clamber back on board the bus and head back to school.
All in all it was a fantastic trip. Thank you to all the staff at Abbot’s Farm and the helpers we had. It wouldn’t have been possible without you. We hope you enjoyed yourselves too!