Pupils get hands-on with wild visitors

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Two Northumberland first schools had a walk on the wild side last week as a number of creepy and slithery visitors stopped by.

ZooLab, which provides live animal-handling workshops for children, were at Acklington and Tritlington first schools last Tuesday.

Pupils from Acklington and Tritlington first schools with some of the visitors from Zoolab.

Pupils from Acklington and Tritlington first schools with some of the visitors from Zoolab.

Headteacher of Acklington CE First School, Effie Fenton, said: “The children were looking forward to their ZooLab visit all day on Tuesday, asking about the possibility of seeing snakes and spiders and all things creep and crawly.

“As we gathered together for the start of the session, we all wondered what could be inside the big purple bag and looked for signs of movement deep within.

“Our visitors didn’t disappoint, with an array of creatures from giant land snails, to snakes, to rats, and plenty in between.

“Many of the children were brave enough to touch and even hold our new friends, while asking lots of questions to find out more about their habits and everyday care.

Pupils from Acklington and Tritlington first schools with some of the visitors from Zoolab.

Pupils from Acklington and Tritlington first schools with some of the visitors from Zoolab.

“It was lovely to see every expression, from faces lighting up to grimaces of surprise, during this hands-on session at Acklington Village Hall.

“Our thanks go to ZooLab for sharing their enthusiasm and love for some of the less appreciated creatures of our wonderful, varied planet.”

l Acklington CE First School is hosting an open afternoon from 1pm tomorrow for existing and prospective parents to witness the opportunities on offer at the school.

Acklington 3, 2, 1 Zeros meets every Tuesday in term-time from 1pm to 2.30pm in Acklington Village Hall and welcomes new members.

For more information about either, contact Linda Gordon on 01670 760335 or admin@acklington.northumberland.sch.uk