Giant snails at this Derby school named after pint-sized TV stars Ant and Dec

Cheeky Geordie duo Ant and Dec are used to picking up awards – so it was no surprise that when pupils voted for names for their new class pets the Britain’s Got Talent presenters scooped the accolade.

Pupils at the Royal School for the Deaf in Derby have named their two new giant snails Ant & Dec after the Britain's Got Talent and I'm A Celebrity stars. Penguin PR: public relations, media and communications

Pupils at Royal School for the Deaf Derby have taken delivery of two Giant African Land Snails which they have been named after the TV stars.

The primary-age pupils were invited to vote for a series of celebrity duos which included Posh and Becks, Dick and Dom, Trinny and Susannah and Bill and Ben.

But Ant and Dec triumphed with the most votes and now children at the school have written to the stars to share the good news.

Teacher Lisa Greatorex said: “A local nursery school had some snails which had babies that they were offering to other schools in Derby. I thought this would be a great opportunity for our children to have some class pets and they really enjoy watching and handling them.

“Initially, I thought this would be a great experience for early years, but then I introduced them to the rest of the primary department and they were all intrigued and excited.

“They are fabulous for building on the children's communication and language skills and getting them to ask questions.”

Giant African Land Snails are one of the world's largest species of snail and can grow to about 20cm long.

One of the giant snails who is now residing at the Royal School for the Deaf in Derby. Penguiun PR: public relations, media and communications

They originally come from Africa, but can now be found in China, India, South-East Asia, the Caribbean, Brazil, Florida and Venezuela.

The children have to regularly spray water in Ant and Dec’s tank to keep their environment damp and put fresh fruits and vegetables in for them to eat. During school holidays the snails go home with a member of staff.

Lisa added: “Ant and Dec stay in the nursery but they visit other classrooms on request and the children are allowed to come and see them at an agreed time with their teacher.

“The work we can do with the snails covers various areas of learning including communication and language, understanding the world and even art and design.

“Of course, it also teaches them how to look after animals and meet their needs. I am hopeful that this is the start of things to come and we can have other class pets in and around school.”



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