Animal magic casts a spell for Fens pupils

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EXCITED pupils took some time out of the classroom to be treated to an animal extravaganza.

Youngsters at Fens Primary School, in Mowbray Road, Hartlepool, had some extra-special visitors in the shape of an owl, a toad, a tortoise, a mouse, a lizard, a scorpion and a boa constrictor snake.

Ryan Hodge with a red spotted tortoise

Ryan Hodge with a red spotted tortoise

The children, aged from three to 11, took it in turns to hold and touch the creatures that were brought into their school by Martyn Pinto, from Animal Story.

Mr Pinto taught the children about all of the animals through storytelling and bringing each animal into the tale in turn.

The event was arranged by teacher and science co-ordinator Karla Siddle. She said all the children enjoyed themselves and got to experience animals that they would not normally get to see.

And the youngsters were braver than expected with nearly all of them touching the creatures, including the usually scary snakes.

Karla said: “It was arranged as part of science week. Martyn tells the children about animals through story and by bringing in the live creatures.

“There were quite a few animals including a scorpion, a lizard and a snake, and other animals like an owl and a mouse.

“The children are able to touch and hold them and learn more about them, all through story.”

Karla added: “They all enjoyed themselves and really engaged in it. The children were really brave and didn’t shy away, they really liked it.”

The workshops took place yesterday and today, with the final session being held tomorrow so all 450 pupils in the school, from nursery up to the last year group, got to experience the event.

The school is hosting a similar event tomorrow night when parents can go along with their children to see the animals.

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