For one day only last Friday, ARK Rose Primary Academy in Kings Norton was transformed into a corner of the rainforest when pupils got to get up close and personal with the living, breathing wonders that live there.
Pupils were captivated by ‘Dave the rainforest man’ who, along with his wife Sue, has been bringing the tropical rainforest to school children since 1990. Dave mixed humour with amazing facts about the rainforest before giving pupils the chance to see and even touch living creatures up close, including the world’s largest stick insect and a tarantula.
Fatima said: “My favourite bit was touching the tarantula because I’d never done this before in my life. I thought it was really going to hurt me but I managed to touch it in the end.”
Kenzy was fascinated by the snake he got to touch: “Touching the milk snake felt like I was touching my own skin but without any hairs.”
The visit was designed to reinforce the learning pupils have already been doing on rainforests around the world. Judging from pupils’ enthusiastic response to the session, ARK Rose Primary may have inspired a new generation to appreciate and protect the natural environment.