LAUNCH OF INCREDIBLE INVENTIONS
On Monday 14th January, years 3 and 4 visited the Science Museum in London as the launch
of their new topic ‘Incredible Inventions’. The children were split into three groups and looked at different areas of the museum.
The Basement area houses an exhibition called ‘The Secret Life of the Home’ where different household equipment is on display from the 1800s to the present day. It shows how keeping the home clean, heating and cooking have developed over time. It even has the first flush toilet on display, which caused much amusement for the children. Other things that have changed significantly are televisions-, computer games and radios. They are much smaller today, yet can do so much more. The ‘What is it?’ game was interesting, as children had to guess the use of some very strange looking objects, but by the end they were getting quite good at choosing the right answer.
On the first floor the children saw a sculpture made from hundreds of different materials. They then learned about the uses of those materials. Some designed a t-shirt and learned about the environmental impact of their choices. For example, the fabric and whether it needed ironing, what temperature it needed to be washed at and whether it could be recycled. Some children were quite puzzled by the old dial telephones and couldn’t believe how long they had to wait for the number to register!
In the final area on the ground floor the children saw how transport has developed over time and how mass production changed the world.
The children had an enquiring, but busy day and are looking forward to using what they have learned from their trip in their topic.