Do you have the backbone to hold a snake? Walpole St Peter pupils enjoy a science lesson like no other
PUBLISHED: 11:22 22 February 2018
Year Six pupils at Anthony Curton Primary School in Walpole St Peter were left stunned when their classmate, Grace, brought in her pet corn snake, Jasper.
The pupils have been learning about vertebrates and invertebrates, and which animals have backbones.
It sparked a conversation about snakes where pupils debated if the slithery creature sported a backbone.
Grace Height, along with her father Johnathan Height, who is a snake expert, thought the best idea to solve the backbone theory would be to bring in their own pet corn snake, Jasper.
As well as meeting all the children, Jasper got a chance to meet headteacher Anne Senior, who held Jasper around her neck.
Some of the children who were brave enough took it in turns to have Jasper around their necks too.
Mr Height explained to the children how to look after a snake and said that “they live longer in captivity than in the wild”.
Jeremy Wilkinson, Year 6 teacher, said: “We discovered that we are more like snakes than we think. The children were fascinated.”