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Year 5 visit Sunderland Winter Gardens

Last week, Year 5 had a fantastic day at Sunderland Winter Gardens.  In the morning, we explored the interesting exhibits including Worlds Alive, about living creatures on Earth, Lost Worlds, about creatures of the past and 20th Century Sunderland, which showed us what life used to be like in cities.  We learnt lots of facts; one of our favourites was a loaf of bread only cost 2.5p in 1919!

In the afternoon, we took part in a rainforest workshop.  We learnt about the different rainforest layers (emergent, canopy, understory and forest floor) and the  animals that live there.  Following this, we investigated a range of objects that came from the Amazon and had to decide what they were and what they were used for.  We were amazed that the giant brazil nut could be used as a musical instrument!  We were then given to the task to answer a range of questions on Sunderland’s very own rainforest, in the Winter Gardens.  We used binoculars and magnify glasses to get a closer look at the amazing variety of plants and we felt like we experienced what a real rainforest would be like.  We had a great day!


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