(from left) Jonathan Cleverly handles Rafiki the Royal Python with students Bryony Hann, Josh Smith, Indie Marengo, Erica Dias and Jasmine Williams

(from left) Jonathan Cleverly handles Rafiki the Royal Python with students Bryony Hann, Josh Smith, Indie Marengo, Erica Dias and Jasmine Williams

Feathers and scales featured at Bournemouth’s Bishop of Winchester Academy during a science innovation day.

From Jonathan Cleverly’s Jungle Roadshow, students were able to handle a 15-year-old African royal python called Rafiki and a giant millipede, and get a close up view of a tarantula.

From Ringwood’s Liberty’s Owl, Raptor and Reptile Centre, birds including a peregrine falcon, kestrel, tawny owl and baby Asian wood owl called Cookie, also fascinated the year 9 students.

Linda Green, the Science teacher responsible for coordinating Key Stage 3 progress at the academy said that the visiting creatures were incorporated into the curriculum to show the diversity of life and the progress of evolution, and to help consider the effect that climate change will have on nature in the future.

 

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