Disregarding the maxim “Never work with animals or children”, Mrs Attkins brought her hamster and house rabbit into the Reception class this week for an animal encounter session.
Maggie, the Syrian hamster, and Blue, the house rabbit, were immaculately behaved and allowed the class to stroke and pet them in a discovery session which was geared to the topic of “Ourselves” which Reception have been exploring in class time.
Maggie’s rapacious appetite and bulging cheeks were one of the highlights of the session which the children used as a learning platform to learn about about caring for others, relationships and their own animal experiences.
Leaving fur for the world of scales, the class then had a discovery session with Clara, a blue tongued skink belonging to Mrs Reid, the Year 2 teacher. An often overlooked member of the lizard family, skinks are sometimes confused with snakes due to their short necks and snake like movements (not great for the numerous snake phobic staff members in school !). This rather exotic addition to the children’s exploration of the topic was hugely popular with the children and we apologise in advance if pets now make it onto numerous Father Christmas lists ……..