Pythons and tarantulas give pupils exotic lesson

Pupils from John Hampden Primary School
Pupils from John Hampden Primary School

A primary school got friendly with pythons and tarantulas as part of its science week.

Pupils at John Hampden Primary School in Park Street enjoyed building shoebox habitats and meeting a nature reserve volunteer.

But the highlight was welcoming the animals to the school as they learned about the habitats of an albino python, tarantulas, chameleons and a skunk.

The children, aged four-11, had the chance to see the animals which had been brought in by exotic pet rescue charity Amate Animalia.

Assemblies included a talk from one of the children’s parents who is a scientist as they explained how habitats vary across the world.

Science co-ordinator Rachel Butler said: “We held a Fairtrade cafe on the Friday where the shoebox habitats were exhibited. The perfect end to a fun week was to welcome our school community to share in the successes of another fun, engaging and inspiring science Week.”