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22-03-2024 Year 1 Colchester Zoo Trip

22nd March 2024

Year 1 Colchester Zoo Trip


Dear Parents/Carers,


Year 1 have planned a visit to Colchester Zoo on Thursday 25th April. This trip is to support our science learning for next term which is all about animals.    


We will be leaving school at 9:15am so children will need to arrive at their usual class entrance promptly (at 8:45am). We will be returning to school at approximately 3:00pm for you to pick up your child at the usual time.


For this visit, your child will need to wear their usual school uniform with comfortable footwear (e.g. trainers – not sandals / open toe shoes please).  We will be outside for the whole visit so your child will need to be prepared for either wet weather or sunshine - please pack a waterproof coat and a sun hat.


All children in KS1 are entitled to a meal provided under the Universal Free School Meal funding.  If you would like your child to be provided with a free school packed lunch please indicate on the attached form.  Otherwise, please provide your child with a packed lunch and a drink (no glass bottles, sweets or fizzy drinks please).


This trip is a wonderful opportunity for the children to experience seeing the animals in real life.  The cost per child is a voluntary contribution of £13.00 which covers the cost of coach travel and entry to the zoo.  If you have a zoo pass, please speak to a member of the office team as we will be able to reduce your voluntary contribution.


At Whitehouse, we value the importance of trips as they help the children to engage with their learning and provide opportunities for the children to deepen their understanding through first hand experiences. Please remember that educational trips are not intended to be optional as they are part of our school curriculum.


Payments can be made either via the school office or on Arbor.  Please return the enclosed consent form and indicate whether you would like the school to provide a packed lunch for your child by Tuesday 16th April 2024.


If you have any questions about the trip please feel free to ask.



Thank you for your continued support.




Miss Bias, Mrs Edwards, Mrs Bartholomew and Miss Bailey


The Year 1 Team