Year 8 Shine Award - Zoo Lab
Year eight have taken part in the Zoo Lab, a hands on animal encounter workshop, as part of their SHINE award. Building on the learning of the Rainforest ecosystem topic of the Geography curriculum and bringing it to life. Students are developing a curiosity about the world we live in and were excited to meet and hold a variety of rainforest animals. A Brazilian Rainbow Boa snake called Rio twirled its tail around their wrists with its prehensile tail like it would the trees in the Rainforest canopy.
A giant millipede tickled palms of pupil's hands while we heard about its many legs and it's less friendly counterpart - the centipede. While a Giant African Land Snail left a trail of slime on our hands we learnt that its eyes are on tentacles on its head and not antennas as we thought. The Chile Rose Tarantula, Rosie stayed in her box as we looked at her 8 hairy legs and 8 eyes; she was very delicate and also venomous so we needed to beware, she was adapted to camouflage into the rainforest floor. We learnt about where the animals live and lots of interesting facts - pupils enjoyed a fun and engaging learning experience with animal handler Andrea, opening their eyes to some of the natural world they may not always be exposed to and broadening horizons.