This morning, before we arrived at school, the teachers in Year 6 noticed an unusual creature on the carpet. They described it to us as a ‘furry looking insect’, and gave us a detailed description of its features for us to draw an artist’s impression (some of which are featured below). This was to help us identify the bug, as Mr. Glinka had been too afraid to take a picture. After scuttling around the classroom and almost stinging Miss. Tyrer, the teachers were finally able to secure it in the safety of an old box. Mr. Langridge rang the RSPCA to ask for advice. As the box remained closed at the front of the classroom, we thought about the many opportunities this unusual discovery could present – many of us considering ways we could use the creature to raise money for the school. We planned to open an exhibition and charge people to come and see the previously undiscovered species. Just as we were about to make advertisements, the RSPCA arrived at school and took the box containing the creature away. They phoned Mr. Langridge not long after to say that the creature wasn’t poisonous and they had made the decision to release it into the wild. This prompted a discussion about the ethics of keeping living things in a box, or behind bars, like in the zoo. Films, such as Dumbo, and documentaries, such as Blackfish, raise similar discussions. Miss. Tyrer pointed out that one of the books in our ‘Great Crate’ box shared a similar theme. This book is ‘King Kong’. We decided to study King Kong (and this theme) further this term.

Return to News