A bearded dragon called Khaleesi, a tarantula named Shelob, a hissing cockroach called Yoko and  Moose the six month old rat, were just some of the visitors Kindergarten and Reception met on the Explorers Open Morning. Pupils welcomed visitors into School to meet some unusual animals and do some of their own exploring in the Kindergarten and Reception classrooms.


Dan the Ranger from Zoolab explained some interesting facts about his animal friends. The children learnt that rats spend a lot of time cleaning themselves, they discovered that the Madagascan Hissing Cockroach is one of the largest of its species and that because it does not have wings it is very good at climbing! It clung onto Dan extremely well as he walked round showing the children. They also found out that corn snakes are normally found in North America, they are harmless and that farmers like having them in their fields as they help manage levels of rodents that eat the crops.


Finally the children met a dragon! Not a fire breathing mythical beast but a bearded dragon, which is a type of lizard. They found out that the name bearded dragon refers to the ‘beard’ of the dragon, the underside of the throat which can turn black if they are stressed or see a potential rival. They are also great climbers, spending significant amounts of time on branches and in bushes in Australia.


Carolyn Shelley, Pre-Prep Headmistress said, “It was wonderful to meet some really interesting animals in School. The children were able to touch and even hold some of them, and this really helped pupils
retain information as well as being lots of fun.”