A Dalkeith optician helped children at three local schools have an exceptional animal handling experience and explore their senses.

Specsavers in the town sponsored the schools’ Zoolab visit, enabling pupils to touch an array of exotic creatures including giant African land snails, Indian stick insects, cockroaches, a Chilean rose tarantula, a giant African millipede, and American corn snake and rats.

Unique educational workshops

A Zoolab ranger visited St Luke’s Primary School, Danderhall Primary School and St David’s Roman Catholic Primary School to deliver the unique educational workshops, teaching children about the animals and their ecosystems.

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

Innovative teaching method

Craig Selbie, Store Director at Specsavers Dalkeith, said: ‘We jumped at the opportunity to sponsor Zoolab’s visit to primary schools in the 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.’ 

On hand to help

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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