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Year 1 ZooLab Visit March 2019

The visit by Zoolab to year 1 was very exciting! It linked directly to our science topic “Animal Antics”. This term in science we have been learning about different animals……mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, birds, insects, vertebrates and invertebrates: Zoolab brought a selection of creatures to show us.

First we saw Sheldon the Tiger snail. He was called “Tiger” because of the stripes on his back. Zoolab explained that he was an “invertebrate”…. A word we have been using this term. Sheldon moved on a “foot” and felt slimy. He also had 2 antennae on top of his head to find his way; he also had teeth inside his mouth. Zoolab also explained that he was a “herbivore”……a plant eater. “Herbivore” is another scientific word we have been learning about this term.

Then we were introduced to the Hissing cockroaches, Whitney and Mr Barlow. Zoolab explained that they were an ancient creature dating back to the dinosaurs. They certainly looked very strange with their long waving feelers and armour on their backs. Zoolab explained that they were actually invertebrates.

Next we saw Tater the corn snake. He was sliding around making coils and Zoolab explained that although he could coil and loop he was actually a vertebrate. Tater was a “carnivore”, capable of eating a large rat or similar mammal in 1 huge mouthful. He takes about 2 days to digest his food. Tater was cold blooded.

Next we were introduced to Monty the tree frog. Zoolab explained that he was an amphibian and that his skin needed to be kept moist. Zoolab was careful not to touch Monty’s skin as our skin might contain chemicals harmful to him. 

Finally we met the Zebra Tarantulla Costa. He was stripy and hairy and sat motionless in his box. He was another omnivore.

The Zoolab visit was very interesting and year 1 were able to see and feel first hand creatures they otherwise would not have had the opportunity to see. Nature was brought to life in our classrooms.

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