Creepy-crawlies are a hit with Sunderland schoolchildren

Pupils from Valley Road Primary were getting up close to some exotic beasties at the Winter Gardens when the Discovery Zoo called by with things that slithered and crawled. Pictured is Efe Adams, five, with a giant millipede...

Pupils from Valley Road Primary were getting up close to some exotic beasties at the Winter Gardens when the Discovery Zoo called by with things that slithered and crawled. Pictured is Efe Adams, five, with a giant millipede...

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I’M a schoolkid, get me out of here – pupils took a walk on the wild side at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens.

Youngsters from Valley Road Community Primary School came face to face with Madagascan hissing cockroaches, giant millipedes and huge African land snails at an adventurous visit to the venue.

Pupils from Valley Road Primary were getting up close to some exotic beasties at the Winter Gardens when the Discovery Zoo called by with things that slithered and crawled. Millie Ganley, four, is picture with Paul Fenwick from the Discovery Zoo and a giant millipede...

Pupils from Valley Road Primary were getting up close to some exotic beasties at the Winter Gardens when the Discovery Zoo called by with things that slithered and crawled. Millie Ganley, four, is picture with Paul Fenwick from the Discovery Zoo and a giant millipede...

The session was led by Discovery Zoo’s Paul Fenwick, in partnership with the museum’s Learning Team.

Jennie Lambert, learning officer for Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, said: “The live creatures are a really engaging way for children to learn about rainforest habitats.

“For the young people to be able to really get up close with these amazing animals in the surroundings of the Winter Gardens is a unique experience for them and helps them learn all about the rainforests in a setting which really stimulates the students’ curiosity.

“We are very grateful to Discovery Zoo for bringing the animals to the museum to help us deliver our learning programme.”

Pupils from Valley Road Primary were getting up close to some exotic beasties at the Winter Gardens when the Discovery Zoo called by with things that slithered and crawled. Kenzi Steele, five, William Reynolds, four and  Millie Ganley, four, get acquainted one of the Discovery Zoo's snakes...

Pupils from Valley Road Primary were getting up close to some exotic beasties at the Winter Gardens when the Discovery Zoo called by with things that slithered and crawled. Kenzi Steele, five, William Reynolds, four and Millie Ganley, four, get acquainted one of the Discovery Zoo's snakes...

Teachers in Sunderland can bring their students for all sorts of curriculum-based hands-on learning workshops delivered by the museum’s learning teams, at both Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens and Monkwearmouth Station Museum.

Educators can see what workshops are available in the city’s museums at www.twmuseums.org.uk/schools

To contact the museum’s Learning Team to discuss any of the activities offered, email learning@sunderlandmuseum.org.uk or tel. 553 2323 and ask to speak to the Learning Team.

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