PICTURES: Creatures take over Southwick classroom
SOUTHWICK children took a journey to the rainforest and got hands-on with the creatures that live there.
ZooLab’s visit to Eastbrooke Primary School last Tuesday was part of year five’s rainforest project.
Teacher Nick Owen said pupils, aged nine and 10, were all pretending to be reporters and, in teams of four, they were producing a Rainforest Journal.
To build up the excitement, the children were taken to the school hall, where they pretended they were flying to Brasilia in the Amazon to report on the Olympics in Brazil.
The teachers then used lights and sound effects to make it seem like the plane had crashed in the Amazon jungle.
The children were blindfolded while sounds of the jungle were played and water was sprayed on them, so they would feel like they really were in the jungle.
ZooLab’s arrival gave them the chance to handle jungle creatures and then they had to write up a report on the experience.
Mr Owen said the creatures included hissing cockroach, African snail, African millipede, rose tarantula, tree frog and tortoise.
“They loved them crawling around their hands, feeling the different textures,” he said.
ZooLab gave the children a lot of information about each creature and they got to handle them and get up close.
“It is a one-off experience for some of them,” added Mr Owen. “It helped some of them to overcome their phobias, as they see their friends doing it and just go for it.”
Out of 75 children taking part, there were only a few who didn’t want to handle the creatures.
Those who did, found the feel of them was not always as they would expect it to be from the look of them.
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