Opticians in Airdrie have teamed up with ZooLab UK to offer local primary schools the chance to enjoy an interactive sensory workshop.

Many local schools submitted letters, poems and short stories to Specsavers, each outlining why their class deserved to win this unique animal handling experience. The winners have been chosen and this month Golfhill Primary in Airdrie welcomed an array of exotic creatures into the classroom for a day.

Crucial part of education

Janice Dornan, optical assistant and in-store merchandiser at Specsavers, organised the competition. She said: ‘We love the concept of these sensory workshops and think it’s a great way for kids to learn about science and their own senses, as they play such a crucial part in children’s education.

‘It was great to involve the kids by asking them to nominate their class and we thoroughly enjoyed reading all their entries. The pupils were very enthusiastic and engaged with all aspects of the workshop with many of the pupils being brave enough to get up close and personal with the creepy crawlies.’

Hands-on learning experience

ZooLab workshops allow youngsters to explore their senses with help from an array of exotic creatures while learning about their ecosystems and habitat. The programme offered to schools is developed to tie in with the national curriculum and offers a real hands-on learning experience with a trained ZooLab ranger.

Youngsters can see, touch and handle animals, such as an African land snail, Madagascar hissing cockroach, corn snake, cane toad, emperor scorpion, Caribbean hermit crab or Chilean rose tarantula.

Specsavers Airdrie store manager Ewan Grieve and optical assistant Janice Dornan also visited each class to teach pupils the importance of looking after their senses.

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