Spring Term started with a trip into London and back in time for our Year 7s, with the Natural History Museum the destination for a fun day of learning, as writes pupil Madisan Nimalathasan.
At the start of January the whole of Year 7 went to the Natural History Museum. It was a fascinating trip and we learnt lots about our past, present and future.
There were different zones in the museum: the blue zone, red zone and green zone.
We first went to the to the museum’s red zone, as it was [Head of Geography] Mr Collins’ favourite zone. This zone was about earthquakes, volcanoes, the Earth’s history, rocks, crystals and jewels. I learnt lots of things such as how metamorphic rocks change form by a process called metamorphism, as heat or pressure is applied to the rock. I saw fascinating crystals and I learned about the calcite crystal, which was originally an aragonite mineral, but the temperature of the mineral exceeded 300° forming a calcite crystal. For any young chemists reading this, the chemical formula for the crystal is CaCO₃: one Calcium atom, one Carbon atom and three Oxygen atoms. My favourite part of the red zone was the earthquake machine, which made you feel like you were experiencing an earthquake, using footage of an earthquake that happened years ago.
We went to the blue zone next. This was about animals and human biology, including real animals which had died and been stuffed. It was such a great experience to be centimetres away from a real life animal. There were animals such as gorillas and lions. I also learned about cells, like red blood cells. It was fascinating to learn more about us humans. My favourite part about this zone was the eye testing area. You focus on the red dot and then randomly, your friend presses a button to make it flash. After that, you look at lots of dots, which are in different colours. The colours make a number which you have to try to see. This gets harder the more you do. When I tested myself, it showed that I had impressive eyesight.
After this section, we went to have lunch in the picnic area. Once we had all finished, we went to the final zone, the green zone, all about the planet’s evolution. Here we saw some of the finest gems and minerals on Earth. The colours were extraordinary and the sizes varied. I learnt that not everything has to be bigger to make it valuable. It is about how easy it is to find, as rare jewels can’t be cheap.
My favourite part about the zone was the gift shop. It sold selenite crystals and magnetic rocks, among hundreds of other things.
After that, it was time to go back to school. I had really enjoyed the Natural History Museum, as it showed the wonders of the world in just one place. It also taught you Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History and Geography. It was such a great day that I would rate the Natural History Museum 100 out of 10.