We also have silk worms in the class but the clear favourite in the children’s eyes are the snails. They have decided to name them ‘Sofia’ as in the Disney princess, ‘Bruce’ as in Bruce Wayne aka Batman and ‘Anakin’ as in Anakin Skywalker
(from Star Wars).
We have learnt how to take care of them through Googling and searching through information books. We have watched videos to find out about how large they get. The children were mortified when we measured the largest snail in the world against our arms and it was longer than the whole of their arms and the shell was larger than their heads!
We have also learnt about the snail life cycle, body parts, what they like to eat and the conditions they thrive in. We have written fact file style information books of our own.
The snails have now become a permanent feature of Whales class, forcing the investment into a much more suitable home for them! The children really do love having the snails in the classroom.
By Jonathan Knibbs