Rescue rats, a snake and a hissing cockroach in class at Ramsgate Arts Primary

Pupils meeting mini beasts

Reception classes at Ramsgate Arts Primary School have been exploring differences and similarities between humans and other animals 

With the help of a ranger from Zoo Lab the children met magnificent mini beasts including Snoopy, the American corn snake; Nelly, the giant African land snail; Steve, the Madagascan hissing cockroach; Yoshi, the Leopard gecko; and Beatrice and Daisy, the rescue rats.

In the show called All About Me, the pupils came face to face with the creatures and were able to touch, stroke and feel them.

They learnt about the animals’ similarities and differences to humans, their habitat, their favourite foods, and their special features.

Cleo said: “I loved meeting all of the animals and I never wanted them to leave,” while Annie added: “That was so much fun. I loved touching all of the animals and they like some of the same things that I do.”

Riley wasn’t too sure how close to get to Snoopy but his curiosity won him over. He said: “I was scared at first but then I was brave and touched the snake. It was so soft.”

RAPS Early Years Lead Sophie Spurrier said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our children and they learned a range of key facts about the creatures and how they differ to humans.

“Since starting school in September, the children have been celebrating themselves as well as the similarities and differences between each other. Zoo Lab’s visit was a perfect chance for them to see what makes the animals unique too.

“Young children gain so much insight into what they are learning with educational workshops that bring to life what they are discovering in the classroom.”

Zoo Lab explains the concepts of science in ways that children can readily see and touch. Children get the chance to see, touch and handle animals, and go on a voyage of discovery.