L4 Biology Trip to Beale Park
Monday 12th November 2018
On Friday 28 September, our L4 students took a trip to Beale Park as part of their biology studies.
Beale Park is an outdoor wildlife park and gardens, situated by the River Thames.
One of our L4 students Melissa Z kindly gave us her account, and a few photos, of the trip:
“On Friday all of L4 went to Beale Park. In the morning we did some activities next to the park including pond dipping and some games.
The first game was the “worm” game. The teacher sprinkled some ribbons about. Some of the ribbons were blue others were red the pieces of ribbons represented the worms.
Next the “birds” (6 people) went and “ate” the worms, then the “foxes” (2 people) came and ate the birds. When all the birds were eaten we got told the blue ribbon was bio accumulated. Than we counted how many blue worms the fox ate and if the fox ate a lot of blue worms than its life would be fatal, if it didn’t eat a lot of worms it would be less severe.
The next game we played was the best activity in my opinion. We had buckets representing animals that linked to a food chain, for example: sun, algae, plankton, salmon and otters.
We filled the sun bucket to the top with water to represent energy and we had to transfer the energy to each animal with cups with holes with them. So the sun would transfer the water to the algae until it was full enough for the algae to transfer to the plankton, and then to the salmon, and then to the otter. In the end the otter got less than half a cup of water.
After we completed the activities, we went to the zoo and we saw many animals. Some of the animals we saw were lemurs, vultures, owls, kune kune pigs, peacocks, meerkats, skunk, mongoose, prarie dogs, tortoises and guinea pigs. We also got to go on a train which took us around the zoo. I had lots of fun at Beale park and I enjoyed seeing all the animals!”
Thank you very much Melissa, we’re glad that L4 had an exciting day learning about food chains and eco systems at Beale Park.