We were extremely lucky to have a visit from ‘Spirit of the Wild’ who brought in a variety of birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals from all over the world for us to see. We started off by seeing a diurnal owl and a caique parrot before being brave with insects, amphibians and reptiles such as tarantula, scorpions, geckos, frogs, toads and an enormous python!! We talked in detail about what animal group they belong to, their habitat and what they eat. The company commented how quiet and well behaved the children were around the animals and we were very proud of how brave and sensible they were! Many children faced their fears by looking at or touching animals they were previously afraid of. Seren commented, “I use to be scared of frogs and toads but now I’m not, they’re really nice” and Barney said how brave he was by holding the huge snake!
We knew that Beatrix Potter kept several animals in her school room, such as snakes and lizards, and after our visit it gave the children an insight to Beatrix’s childhood. They couldn’t imagine having some of these animals as pets!
We have thoroughly enjoyed our Beatrix Potter topic with the children learning so many facts about animals as well as using her as an inspiration to draw and paint Peter Rabbit using water colours.