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Year 7 Geography and Science Field Trip

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On Friday 7th February, 226 Year 7 students visited the Natural History Museum.  It was a hugely successful experience and both students and staff enjoyed themselves thoroughly.

Students are currently studying ‘Violent Earth’ in Geography lessons.  For this topic, we visited the museum’s recently refurbished ‘Volcanoes and Earthquakes’ Gallery.  After travelling through the giant globe on the long escalator from the foyer, students solved a series of questions whilst using the interactive displays.  Towards the end of the gallery, students were able to ‘ride’ the infamous earthquake simulator that enabled them to experience what it was like for people in the Kobe earthquake, that occurred on Tuesday, January 17th 1995, at 05:46 JST, in the southern part of Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan.

In Science lessons, Year 7 have just finished studying a module on human biology.  It is for this reason that students visited the museum’s Human Biology Gallery.  Each student had a workbook to go through, using the many sources of information that could be found throughout the gallery.  There were some really eye-opening facts!  Many students were fascinated by the giant foetus suspended from the ceiling!

As a bridge between both Science and Geography, the final gallery visited was ‘Ecology’.  Again, students had to answer a series of questions relating to the interactions between living organisms (plants and animals) and their natural surroundings.

A few groups also had the opportunity to ‘pop’ into the Dinosaurs exhibit.  Here, lots of the students were enthralled by the moving Tyrannosaurus Rex model; one of the largest land carnivores of all time, measuring 12.3 metres long and 4 metres tall at the hips.

I would just like to say a huge thank you to all students for your impeccable behaviour and unflinching enthusiasm on this trip.  Also, thank you to all staff that attended and made this trip so successful.

Mr M Smith

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