The Great North Museum: Adapt!

On Tuesday 9th May, nine year 8 students and three very excited members of staff left the Academy eager to see what wonders of nature the Great North Museum had to offer.  On arrival the group walked through the museum to get to the education centre at the back and were already captivated by the range of exhibits on show.

To start the day students had a lesson about the variety in nature and why animals have different features based on where they lived.  Students got to handle stuffed foxes and otters, feeling the fur and touching their sharp teeth.  One student was shocked at the size of an elephant’s tooth and another explained to Miss Bartram why alligators have two sets of eyelids.  Their science teacher would be proud of the knowledge they demonstrated!

After all the hands-on fun, students were sent to explore the new ‘Bones’ exhibition where students gathered information about different types of skeleton and teeth and discovered new facts about how animals move around. The sheer size of the whale skeleton was enough to take a few people’s breath away.

After a short break for lunch, the excitement continued with students exploring the other exhibitions in the museum.  There were Greek ruins and Egyptian tombs, Roman walls and prehistoric fossils. All the students gathered in front of the T-Rex skeleton to pose for a picture to commemorate the day.  The students were a credit to themselves and the Academy, and they all came away with new facts to share!