The Geography Department at Shevington High School organised an exciting creepy-crawly meet-and-greet on Thursday 9th October. Our Year 8 pupils had the chance to see and even hold some of the insects, snails, spiders and snakes from around the World!

Year 8 Geography classes are currently studying ecosystems across the Earth; including tropical rainforests, deserts and grasslands. These studies include looking at the plants and animals which live in each of these ecosystem habitats. The ‘Bugfest’ team (who are based in Southern England) travelled the long distance up to Shevington so that our pupils could see some of these amazing creatures in person – and how they are perfectly adapted to live in often harsh environments!

At the end of the day, the ‘Bugfest’ team gave a fantastic show using music and activities which got all the pupils involved in understanding these animals and how they survive. Mrs Critchley got ‘eaten alive’ by a bunch of scorpion students! We even got to say hello to ‘Sally’ – the Salmon Pink Bird Eating Tarantula from the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil (not for the faint-hearted!). Sally is a celebrity spider – as seen on CBBC’s “Dick and Dom Go Wild!”

All our Year 8 pupils thoroughly enjoyed the day and now have a much better knowledge of how these creatures are perfectly adapted to live in their habitats.

A big thank you goes out to the ‘Bugfest’ team and particularly to Miss Lonsdale from the Geography Department for organising such a successful and educational day!

Monday 13th October 2014