Monday, March 14, 2016

Our trip to The Ostrich Farm

On Friday, 4th March 2016 the Year 2’s visited the West Coast Ostrich Farm to learn and discover more about ostriches. We all hopped on a bus bound for the farm, with our packed lunches and comfortable takkies.
Firstly the students were taken to the museum where they learnt about the ostrich skeleton and its anatomy. Did you know the ostriches eye is bigger than its brain? The students were given mielies to feed the ostriches and shown how to lay their hand flat. Ostriches don’t have teeth so children were reassured that it would not hurt them. Next was time to see an enclosure with baby ostriches from Kenya. The students also had a chance to stand on ostrich eggs and were fascinated that 1 ostrich egg is equivalent to 24 chicken eggs. The students were shown a pair of crocodiles and got to touch the shell of a very old turtle. They met and fed Tom-Tom the smallest fully grown ostrich in the world which is featured in the Guinness World Book of Records. After that it was time for the bravest students to sit on the back of an adult male ostrich which caused many nervous giggles and excitement. 
Lastly the students were able to munch on their snacks and have fun on the playground. The students thoroughly enjoyed their excursion and learnt many new exciting things about ostriches and their environment.

Miss Amber Crake
Year 2 Teacher
Blouberg International School (South Africa)

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