Our Tortoise is Here!
On Monday Mr Woods, Mrs Wegrzyk and I went to buy our school tortoise. We had already prepared the vivarium ( thank you to Mr Patton for setting up the heat lamp and helping me clean out and decorate the tortoise’s home). Our little friend has soon settled in and is much more speedy than we thought he/she would be. The children were thrilled on Tuesday morning when they came in to the library and saw him/her. During Collective Worship I explained why we had to have a gender neutral name for the tortoise (we are unable to identify whether it is male or female for about four years!). For the next few days the children were busy thinking of names. We had lots of imaginative ideas including: Taco Shell; Esio Trot; The Stig and Rocky. In our whole school meeting the children agreed on Shelby! We have lots of curriculum links for looking after a tortoise including maths: finding the temperature of the vivarium; weighing; measuring how far he or she travels; Science: learning about reptiles; caring for animals; English: writing stories about his/her adventures when we have all gone home and Geography: mapping his/her journey from the country he was born in (Serbia) and even Latin (a Hermann’s tortoise is called ‘Testudo hermanni’). Most important of all, our school pet provides the children with opportunities to learn for life, something that we are passionate about as a school.