Science Trip to Oxford
On Friday 14 July a group of 29 (new) Year 11 pupils visited the Natural History Museum and Botanic Gardens in Oxford.
Our pupils had an inspiring and interactive day, and did not let an impromptu coach breakdown on the way dampen their spirits. At the University of Oxford Museum of Natural History pupils learnt about adaptation and the importance of using museum artefacts to further our understanding of the natural world and evolution, as well as the amazing reproductive life of the barnacle (Darwin’s favourite animal). Pupils got up close and personal with the museums famous hissing cockroaches and spent time exploring the many zoological, entomological and fossil specimens in this internationally significant collection, which is housed in the most architecturally astounding building.
The glass houses at the University of Oxford Botanic Garden were a favourite with pupils and they enjoyed exploring the unique collection of medicinal plants and learnt about the cancer-curing yew tree and the many and varied uses of the hemp plant. An amazing day was had by all!
"The trip was incredible! We saw cool and interesting things about animals, plants and other cultures. My friends and I loved it, so thank you." Lily
"It was a great trip for Biology and I recommend it." Isaac
"The glass houses were amazing, filled with amazing plants!" Gus
"It really helped me advance my knowledge of drug development and evolution, and it allows you to discover how your genes have changed." Louise