Rye St Antony’s Forest School welcomed a number of unusual guests this week in the shape of Stumpy the American alligator and Malcolm the python. Nursery, Reception and Years 1 and 2 were spellbound as they got the chance to stroke the reptilian guests from Crocodiles of the World, and find out more about what they eat and how they live. Alongside Stumpy and Malcolm, Sultana the tortoise walked amongst the children, eating leaves picked by them as he went, and Barry the bearded dragon eyed up the local Forest School bugs as a mid-morning snack.
The reptiles’ visit was all part of developing the Reception and Nursery pupils’ understanding of the natural world.
Head of Pre-Prep and Year 1 Form teacher Jo Reed said “The children had been learning about reptiles in preparation for their visit and were very excited to see a real life alligator at school. They were all very brave in touching the visitors, especially Stumpy the American alligator and Malcolm the python. The reptilian guests were a great success with pupils, really sparking their interest, and have helped to build their understanding of the world.“