Animal Encounters in Year 4

Year 4 are currently learning about animals and their habitats, so today they had the opportunity to have a hands on experience with some of the animals we have been talking about over the past few weeks. Local Animal Man, David Nixon, brought in a variety of animals for the children to hold and learn more about including where they are from, their habitats and how they survive.

The children were able to hold a very friendly tortoise. Tortoises are shielded from predators by their very hard shell…

One very brave pupil reached into this bag, after being told it held vegetables to feed the tortoise, and much to her surprise pulled out a royal python. Royal pythons are found in sub-Saharan Africa. In the wild these pythons prefer grasslands, savannas and sparsely wooded areas…

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Mrs Mathers was nominated to hold the tarantula. In the wild, some tarantulas hunt their prey in trees whilst others hunt on the ground. Tarantulas use ambush as their primary method of prey capture. Some tarantulas bite or flick hairs as a form of defence…

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This pupil was not expecting to find a Burmese python in this very heavy box…

The Burmese python is one of the largest snakes in the world…

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The Burmese python is often found near water and are sometimes semi-aquatic, but can also be found in trees in South and South-east Asia. They are non-venomous and instead use constriction to kill their prey…

One of the children’s favourites, the long-eared owl. This owl spends the winter in the UK. They are nocturnal and very secretive so can be difficult to spot. Their large eyes help them to spot prey such as rodents in the dark…

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These hands on experiences spark an interest, enthusiasm and understanding amongst pupils…

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