Exploring the Natural History Museum


Year 6 had a wonderful day out at the Natural History Museum today.

Pupils explored the exhibits in the grand 'Hintze Hall' in search of different species of extinct animals. They visited the 'Marine Fossils Corridor' to view the icthyosaurs and plesiosaur fossils which were discovered by Mary Anning, one of the pioneering Victorian fossil hunters who we have studied in our science lessons. We went in search of unusual mammals: mammals who lay eggs like the duck billed platypus; mammals who are covered in scales instead of fur, like the pangolin, and toothless mammals, like the giant anteater.

Many pupils had the privilege of holding a 150 million-year-old fossilised dinosaur tail bone - it was incredibly heavy and weighed over 5kg! Whilst other pupils got to run their fingers over the sets of sharp shark teeth buried in the jaw bone of a tiger shark.

Finally we were entertained and educated by 'The Variety Show' which taught us that among the kingdoms and classifcations of living things there are over 80 million species on the planet, with more being discovered every year. It was a great day out as you will see if you look at the photos in our gallery.

Thanks to all the parent helpers who came and made the trip possible. We look forward to learning more about some of the things we saw in our science lessons this term.