A Musselburgh optician helped children at a local primary school get up close to some exotic animals.

Specsavers in the town sponsored the schools’ Zoolab visit, enabling pupils to touch a variety of exotic creatures including 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 Burgh 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

Diana Kelly, store director at Specsavers Musselburgh, said: ‘We leapt at the opportunity to sponsor Zoolab’s visit to Burgh Primary School.

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

‘It is of paramount importance that everyone gets into a routine of regular eye tests at least every two years from a young age as these senses play such a crucial part in the learning process.’

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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