Two local opticians have helped children at four primary schools across the area have an exceptional animal handling experience exploring their senses.

Zoolab animal handling sessions

Specsavers in Barrhead and Paisley sponsored the schools’ Zoolab sessions, enabling pupils to touch an array of exotic creatures including the giant African land snail, Chilean rose tarantula and corn snake.

A Zoolab ranger visited St Mark’s Primary School and Carlibar Primary School in Barrhead and Gallowhill Primary School and Moss Vale Primary School in Paisley to deliver the unique educational workshops, teaching children about the animals and their ecosystems.

Importance of sight and sound

Staff from the local opticians were also on hand to highlight the importance of senses to the pupils, focusing on sight and sound.

Store director at Specsavers in Barrhead and Paisley, Gail Thompson, said: ‘We jumped at the opportunity to sponsor Zoolab’s visit to primary schools in our local area.

It’s such an innovative way to teach the school curriculum to pupils in a fun and engaging way. It was also the perfect opportunity for us to explain the importance of hearing and sight to the youngsters.

It’s vital that everyone gets into a routine of regular eye tests every two years from a young age as these senses play such a crucial part in the learning process.

The workshop was thoroughly enjoyed by all pupils and Specsavers staff.’

Educational experience

Zoolabs has a national network of rangers and an 'animal team' who are on hand to help schools, companies, organisations and care homes bring people closer to nature, and stimulate an interest in science, nature and learning.

Its work in schools is highly curriculum-driven, delivering educational experiences across all subjects and explaining the concepts of science in ways that children can see and touch.

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