In Rūma 14 we've had a terrific time learning about native birds for our inquiry. At the start of the term we had our zoo trip where we got up close with our feathered friends. The trip sparked many questions: Which birds are native? How do they eat? Where do they live? Why are some extinct? We've been fortunate to have Leo's parents, both scientists, visit our class to share their knowledge. Leo's mum, Anne, did a session on seabirds where the tamariki simulated taking a blue penguin from its nest and measuring its vital stats. Leo's dad, Greg, led a "moa bone" excavation in the sandpit and brought in real moa bones for us to see afterwards. Our school ngāhere (bush) has also been a valuable resource for activities such as birdwatching and stashing tracking tunnels to see which predators roam through Kaurilands at night.