Northdown Primary youngsters study from Kent to Kenya with visit to Port Lympne 

Port Lympne visit for Northdown children

Northdown Primary School’s Year 1 children have visited Port Lympne safari park to experience some of the animals they’ve been learning about in their Kent to Kenya topic.

The intrepid Year 1 explorers braved the adverse weather conditions to see gorillas, lions, rhinos, deer and even a special appearance from “Gerald” the giraffe. Kaiden, age 6, was particularly taken by seeing the picture book character in the flesh: “We saw a real giraffe from the book Giraffes can’t dance!”

The children added to their classroom experience by immersing themselves in some of the sights they have been researching in their learning about Kenya this term. Robbie, age 6, said: “My favourite bit was the wildebeests.”

As part of the day, the pupils got to ride on the safari bus where they got up close to the animals as it trundled through the reserve.

Christina Goldsmith, Inclusion Manager, said: “All term, the children have been comparing Kent to Kenya, and this experience has allowed the children to encounter these animals in person that they have until now only seen in pictures. The look of joy on their faces was remarkable to see. They will remember this trip for a long time.”