85 children, 14 adults and a 90 minute journey into London … that’s what I thought up until the moment I saw the reaction from one of our year 5 children upon seeing the Natural Hiatory Museum for the first time – worth the trip into London – a million times over!
On Tuesday 2nd July, year 5 spent the day at the Natural History Museum in South Kensington.
From the onset the children were engaged. They conducted a scientific investigation using equipment that was new to them in the Investigate Centre.
In the Red Zone we learned about Volcanoes and how the land shifts and weathers; we experienced an Earthquake simulation and tracked our evolutionary journey.
In the Green Zone we were astounded by the size of a termite hill and found out how creepy crawlies infest our homes. We saw different species of birds (some now extinct) and prehistoric fish.
Through Hintze Hall we walked under the skeleton of a Blue Whale and entered the Blue Zone. Here we saw the mammals exhibit and were taught about how the skeleton could tell us how animals moved and ate. The Moon exhibit was mesmerizing and awed the children.
As amazing as the whole experience was, the most loved exhibit had to be the dinosaurs, where the children saw a giant animatronic Tyrannosaurus Rex and walked through the skeletons of dinosaurs from raptors to the Edmontosaurus.
Along the way we filled in our research booklets to take our learning into school with us.