Pupils from Danetree Primary School in West Ewell had their imaginations shaken and stirred recently after a day-long visit to the world-famous Natural History Museum in Kensington.
The whole of Year Three went on the trip, accompanied by parents and staff, as part of this term’s learning topic ‘Tremors’, and during the visit they learnt about the causes and effects of volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunami. The highlight of the day was a go on the Museum’s earthquake simulation – something that proved so popular many children went on it for a second time.
“The Natural History Museum is so full of excitement and stimulation for children’s minds that it’s a superb place go for an outing, both from a teacher and a pupil’s point of view,” said teacher Mandy Davison, who co-ordinated the trip. “They could have stayed there for hours - they were fascinated by what the staff told them, and vice-versa – one of our pupils, Luka from Rowling class, impressed the staff so much with his scientific knowledge that they offered him a job at the Museum!”
Danetree is a member of the GLF group of schools, a rapidly expanding Surrey-based multi-academy trust which now runs over a dozen schools across Surrey, Middlesex, Oxfordshire and Berkshire, based on a system of collaborative working.
“Organising a trip like one to the Natural History Museum is a big task, so the help of parents is invaluable and they deserve a huge thank you, but the children were so enthusiastic, knowledgeable and well-behaved that it made it our task a lot easier,” said Ms Davison. “I know they got a great deal out of the experience of being there, and that makes it all worthwhile."
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