Academy students embark on a journey through time at Natural History Museum

Students at University Academy Kidsgrove (UAK) embarked on a journey through time as they discovered some of the biggest mammals in the animal kingdom and wandered among ancient fossils from the Dinosaur era at the Natural History Museum.

On Thursday 23rd January, Year 8 students visited London’s Natural History Museum to learn more about the topics covered in the Geography course including volcanoes, earthquakes and paleogeography – the study of geographical features at periods in the geological past.

The Natural History Museum offers a range of interactive and curriculum-linked exhibits for schools. Students were given the opportunity to delve into the stories about the Museum’s collections, exhibits and research as they uncovered the history of life on Earth, from the smallest insects to the largest mammals.

Students began their journey by exploring the natural power of volcanoes and earthquakes through dramatic film footage, interactive games and exhibits available at the museum. One particular highlight for the students was a shaky encounter at the museum’s famous earthquake simulator.

Students then embarked on a seven-million-year journey through human evolution and fossil artefact discoveries to help them better understand the evolution process. Students explored the innovative techniques and DNA research which are transforming scientists’ understanding of our ancient past.

Students then explored the different time periods dinosaurs lived and learnt about the facts and myths how dinosaurs died out. The exhibits included the first fossil ever found from a Tyrannosaurus rex, the skull of plant-eating Triceratops and the fossil of one of the largest meat eaters ever unearthed in Europe.

Students concluded their visit at the Museum’s vast entomology collection where they identified the oldest and most important collection of 34 million insects and arachnids gathered from over 300 years.

Before returning to Kidsgrove, students spent time in the capital city as they took the time to visit a number of tourist destinations including the Albert Memorial, Park Lane, Kensington and Harrods, Marble Arch and the Edgware Road.

Mr Smith, Teacher of Geography said: “The whole point of fieldtrips in geography is to help bring the subject to life. In this case students got to try out an earthquake simulator and appreciate first-hand what Kidsgrove would have been like in the Jurassic by meeting a real T-rex. Just to see kids buzzing with excitement is what makes the subject so fantastic to teach”

Natasha, Year 8 student also said: “It’s been a long and tiring day but really worth it. Not only have I had the chance to see close up what we’ve learnt about in lessons but now I actually own a Velociraptor. I love geography its really interesting and exciting. It makes me appreciate the amazing world around me”