Pupils from Saint Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe were recently visited by the Wild Roadshow, an educational animal handling event where they got to meet and handle many small animals including a snail, a lizard, a tarantula, a hedgehog and a centipede.
The purpose of the visit, which allowed hands on interaction with a range of animals including the cute and friendly animals to creepy crawlies and reptiles, was to tie in with the Science curriculum and for the pupils to learn more about wildlife. The event, funded by the Aim Higher scheme, enabled pupils to extend their knowledge of animal habitats, the environments in which the animals live and how they have adapted to live there, and animal classification.
“This was an excellent opportunity for our pupils to get some hands on experience with unusual animals,” said Ms Anita Keegan, a Science teacher at Saint Paul’s. “The visit complimented the teaching we have been doing in school, it teaches animal science in a fun and exciting way.”
“It was obvious the visit stimulated the pupils’ interest in these animals; when I visited the classroom, the pupils were totally involved and very enthusiastic about being able to see the animals at very close quarters,” commented Mr Wiktor Daron, Head Teacher at Saint Paul’s. “This was a great opportunity for our pupils to learn in a very stimulating and fun way We hope that this will inspire and motivate our students, who enjoyed the display and were intrigued with the more unusual animals.”