White coats and safety goggles were at the ready when Y5 and Y6 visited LIFE Museum in Newcastle on 18th June – and what a day it was! To begin our exciting day, we entered a real life, fully-functioning laboratory to begin scientific experiments on the food that we eat. Having been learning about the human body and staying healthy, this workshop was an excellent opportunity to put our learning to the test! The investigations allowed us to discover which foods contain fat, starch and sugar, making us think carefully about our choices. We used a range of chemicals to apply to the foods in questions and watched as visible changes took place right before our eyes. Following this, we put on our doctors’ hats to identify how diets, lacking in certain nutrients that we had tested for, could leave us with life-debilitating diseases, such as rickets and scurvy.
The latter part of our day gave way to exploring more of what this fascinating museum had to offer: the state-of-the-art robot exhibition, showcasing the development and intelligence of robots; riding the exhilarating 4D experience through space, and spending time under the stars in the planetarium. A truly fantastic day all round!
By Mrs Parkinson