Irchester News: Our Turtle Tour and Parents Evening

Year 5’s Virtual Tour

We got in touch with the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Florida to have a tour. It is a turtle rescue centre, as lots of turtles nest on the beaches of Florida. Unfortunately we weren’t allowed to fly all the way to Florida, so we booked a virtual tour instead! In preparation a group in year 5 were given an empty factsheet about the Loggerhead Turtle, which they had to research to fill in. The next day this group had the tour; we all gathered in the lab and phoned the centre on the computer. The woman giving the tour showed some jaws and shells of turtles, they were all different depending on where they live and what they eat.   The leatherback turtle has a thin hooked jaw because it eats jellyfish, while the loggerhead turtle had a really big strong jaw because it eats shellfish and has to crunch the shells.

Turtle scull

The strong skull of a Loggerhead Turtle…

One of the types of shell they crunch, that we have in the lab!

… and one of the types of shell they crunch, that we have in the lab!

Then we got to meet some of the turtles in the hospital tanks: some were babies that got lost, others had been hit by boats or bitten by sharks. After the tour the year 5’s asked a load of questions, they had a great time even though they were just sitting in a chair looking at a screen. Our favourite parts were meeting the turtles and talking to Demi: the woman giving us the tour.

Parents Evening

It’s the time of year for parents evening and once again Lab_13 did their part, with some great experiments! Everyone from the lab was there: the snails, the stick insects, the committee, even Boney Joney the skeleton took a seat! The Committee had lots of experiments set up for waiting parents and children to have a go at. The first activity was holding the snails, everyone enjoyed this but some people didn’t like the slime so only wanted to watch.


Then we had a couple of computers set up so people could have a virtual look around the International Space Station: this was very cool as you wouldn’t usually go into a place orbiting hundreds of miles above us in space! We also had a jug of water balls: these are clear balls and when these are put in water they turn invisible, so it looks like an empty glass of water until you spoon some out! The committee thinks that everyone’s favourite activity was by far the Giant African Land Snails as these are a species that you wouldn’t usually see in the UK.

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