Animal encounters at primary school

From left, Neave Dennison (Year 6), Elizabeth Straw (Year 5), Finley Stelling (Year 2), Kieran Francique (Year 1), Kaitlyn Thomson (Year 5), with (back) Ryan Stocks of Animal Encounters. (S)
From left, Neave Dennison (Year 6), Elizabeth Straw (Year 5), Finley Stelling (Year 2), Kieran Francique (Year 1), Kaitlyn Thomson (Year 5), with (back) Ryan Stocks of Animal Encounters. (S)

Children at Greystone Community Primary School in Ripon have been getting hands-on experience with mini-beasts and flying predators as part of their curriculum.

The children have been visited by Ryan Stocks from Animal Encounters in Ripon who showed infant pupils a range of birds and reptiles, as well as junior pupils some exciting mini-beasts.

Of the creatures they were shown, the children particularly enjoyed watching a falcon catch its prey.

Talon Falconry, based at Lightwater Valley, has also visited the school to show different types of owls and demonstrate them in flight.

Assistant headteacher Victoria Kirkman said: “These hands-on encounters, where children are given the opportunity to actually touch and hold creatures, really bring learning to life.

“It is these experiences that enrich our pupils here at Greystone School and add enjoyment to their learning.

“A special mention should also be made to North Yorkshire Timber and Wolseley Centre in Ripon who have recently donated materials for my class, Junior 3, for the children to make their own bug hotels and bird feeders.”