School visits

School visits are very exciting and informative for pupils.

We teach many things science,  pupils are encouraged to ask questions and one of the questions is, can the snakes breathe through their bags that we carry them in? So we need to explain the difference between woven material and plastic, plastic is such a common thing in our world now that this fact is often forgotten.

We teach children about the shedding of the snake skin and how similar this is to our own skin sloughing and the fact that our hair sheds and is dead matter once it does.

Although we are mainly science based some geography comes into the conversation as the snakes come from different parts of the world so the children are asked if they know where certain countries are that the snakes come from and if they can guess where they may come from, what the weather is like there because snakes cannot regulate their own temperature we need to keep them as warm as the their country of origin.

We also teach them about our own indigenous varieties of snake, the grass snake with its distinctive yellow and black collar, the adder or viper with its zig zag pattern all the way down its body, the tiny smooth snake and the slow worm which is interesting as it looks like a snake but is a lizard, so we teach about the differences.

Below are some photos of Harwich Community Primary School pupils and teachers learning about snakes and many other things.