Nansen Primary School experience The Bug Man

Year 2 students from Nansen Primary School became fully-fledged wildlife explorers when they experienced the wonders of The Bug Man’s Big Bug Experience in the comfort of their classroom.

Bringing their ‘Wriggle and Crawl’ topic to life, The Bug Man – presenter, author, and naturalist Martin Rapley – brought along millipedes with 280 legs, fast running cockroaches, a crawling spider, climbing stick and leaf insects, wriggling worms, jumping locusts. For the even braver explorers, there were wriggling snakes, jumping tree frogs, and crawling chameleons.

Students were given the opportunity to get up close and personal with the insects, enjoying a hands-on experience that included all of the students holding the crawling spider. One very brave student allowed the spider to crawl all over their head, too. The session covered a range of Science topics including classification, adaptation, habitats, camouflage, predators and prey, life cycles, and animal vision.

The Bug Man, Martin Rapley, was Education Officer for Essex Wildlife Trust for fifteen years, before he began setting up his Experience Science Live sessions. Martin is a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society and a Fellow of the British Naturalists’ Association. As well as his classroom experiences, he’s presented shows at the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, and Kew Gardens among others.

Nansen’s explorers thoroughly enjoyed the experience, fully promoting our CORE values of opportunity and excellence. Here are just some of their comments:

“We had the best day ever! I got to have a tarantula on my head!” – Muna 2Air

“I was so brave! I had a snake around my neck and said hello to it”. – Abdulkhaliq 2Earth

“My favourite part was when I picked up Lucy the tarantula, she was prickly and calm” – Eesa 2Fire

“We watched a spider dance on a head! How amazing was that?!” – Dani 2Water