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British Wildlife Centre Trip

Form 3 had an excellent day out at The British Wildlife Centre. They attended a talk about ‘life in the hedgerow’ and saw a range of animals including rats, owls, foxes, Scottish wildcats, badgers, deer, a hedgehog, rabbits and mice. They even managed to have close encounters with the red squirrels which was really exciting! Photos from their trip can be viewed in the Gallery.

When the class returned to school they wrote some ‘Haiku’ poetry. Haiku’ is a traditional form of Japanese poetry which consists of 3 lines. The first and last lines of a ‘Haiku’ have 5 syllables and the middle line has 7 syllables. The lines rarely rhyme:

I love animals
I love the Wildlife Centre
Thank you for the day
by Abigail

The otter swims
He east fish and little chicks
He has two eyelids
by Alejandro

We saw animals
The foxes were very cute
We had a great time
by James

I went to the park
We saw loads of animals
It was fabulous
by Karolina

Some of the class then went on to write ‘Tanka’ poems which are another form of ancient poetry from Japan. ‘Tanka’ poems have 31 syllables and five syllabic units, often written in the pattern of 5-7-5-7-7:

The owl sleeps all day
He lurks and hunts at night
He is dead silent
All beautiful and graceful
It was an exciting day
by Theo

Some of the class wrote ‘cinquain’ poems. These consist of five non-rhyming lines and the pattern of syllables is 2-4-6-8-2.

The fox
He’s quite cunning
He is very orange
But has lots of little black cubs
He hides
by Alessandro

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