Millfield’s Moment in Time!
On a school residential to London, pupils from a Lincolnshire primary school were fortunate enough to visit one of the world’s leading natural history museums.
On the second day of their 3-day visit to our capital, Year 5 and 6 youngsters from Heighington Millfield Primary Academy made the short journey from their hotel to be amazed at what the Natural History Museum (NHM) has to offer.
In this famous Victorian building, earthquakes, ancient animals, volcanos and even a walk-in cocoon are experienced.
Amongst the best attractions is indeed the giant cocoon; it’s here that children are able to find out about evolution of animals. The cocoon is situated in the middle of the Darwin Centre, which stands about the size of a house. Every day, over 2,500 people visit the centre, making it one of the museum’s most popular attractions.
The dinosaur hall is another must-see for visitors. This huge space is filled with millions of facts about the dinosaur period. Curious pupils are able to sort the facts from the myths about why they died out, and find out what scientific research has taught us about these prehistoric giants.
Life-like models of dinosaurs move like the real thing, but the most spectacular has to be the mighty T.rex.
One Year 6 boy said, “Wow, when I walked round the corner to see the T.rex it was like I had just entered a time portal!”
The volcanoes and earthquakes centre are just as good; interactive games and puzzles entertain and educate visitors, young and old.
At the end of the winding corridors is a pretend building, which acts as the Haiti shop that got hit by a devastating earthquake, a couple of years ago. As the floor shook beneath them, pupils experienced what an earthquake is like.
A teacher from Millfield said, “It was so educational and exciting for the children; all schools should bring their children here!”
The pupils will never forget their visit to the NHM, and as long as the children keep passing on their experience the popularity of this iconic museum will surely never wane.
Louis, Year 6
Heighington Millfield Primary Academy