Year 5 and 6 visit the Natural History Museum

On the 17th of September year 5 and 6 travelled on a coach for 3 hours to get to London so we could go to the Natural History Museum. The journey was really long and boring, until we got to London and did a bit of sightseeing as the coach drove through the city.

When we finally got into the museum we found out lots of interesting facts; like that in the Victorian times they would hunt animals to put them into the museum, but they don’t do that any more as many of the animals are rare.

A very toothy jaw bone!

A very toothy jaw bone!

We saw and felt a green sea turtle’s shell which was meant to be sold as a wall decoration, but was confiscated from the sellers because it’s illegal (as the turtles are endangered). As well we saw hundreds of skeletons and bones, including dinosaurs! We all discovered something new about our body or an animal, for example: Millie learnt that Mary Anning discovered the Ichthyosaur, and Sam learnt that turtles are a lot bigger than he thought.

Sam very pleased with the giant turtle he investigated.

Sam very pleased with the giant turtle he investigated

We saw a stuffed fox and some other amazing things in the Investigate Centre, which is a room full of wonderful things. We were being scientists, so we could choose any object, then use microscopes to look up close and we had to do a drawing and write all our thoughts about our object down a piece of paper. The committee looked at: a furry rock, a crocodile jaw, a giant turtle, a wood-like fungus, a tiny seahorse and a giant butterfly. Miss Draper got some great ideas for a mini Investigate Centre in the lab back at school, she’s already asked the committee to do some research on some of the objects in our curiosity cupboard!

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One Response to Year 5 and 6 visit the Natural History Museum

  1. lab13network says:

    looking forward to hearing all about your adventures at NHM – I’ll share some wildlife from Finland when I come in to see you – best wishes and good science, Rick

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