This week, Year 6 have been visiting the Sedgwick Museum to learn more about two amazing scientists: Mary Anning and Charles Darwin. The children looked into Darwin’s early life and his voyage on the HMS Beagle. They saw examples of his tools, notebooks and some of the specimens he collected. They imagined that the Beagle was sinking and Darwin only had time and space to save two objects: 1 piece of equipment that would be most important for his work and an object that he can could take back to the Royal Society.
The children also looked carefully at the displays about the shallows seas of the Jurassic, where Ichthyosaurs and Plesiosaurs swam. They saw one of the fossils that Mary Anning dug up and sold to the museum. They also enjoyed looking at the wide variety of fossils and bones in the collection including trace fossils such as footprints, worm trails and coprolites (fossil poo!).