Old Billy gets a visit from Prep II

Prep II visited Manchester Museum on Wednesday 1st March. We arrived and were told that we were the first class inside since it had reopened. 

Last half term, we learnt about dinosaurs as part of our child-lead topic so the first place we visited was the dinosaurs! As we walked into the room we were met by April the Tenontosaurus and fossils belonging to different species. In the next room, you couldn’t miss the massive cast of a Tyrannosaurus Rex as the real bones would not be able to withstand the running pose that the cast was in. In the fossil area we found out so many interesting facts. Did you know the first horse was the size of a Terrier dog and had four fingers on its front feet and three toes on its back feet? Also most groups of dinosaurs were already in decline for the last 40 million years they were on Earth?

Next, we went to the ‘We Belong’ section where we learnt about our relationships with plants, animals and the world and how it impacts. From there we stepped into the two different cultures- the Chinese and Asian cultures where we looked at things they used and what they did. In the Egyptian section we saw real mummies (how amazed the children were!), hieroglyphics and artefacts. 

After lunch, it was time for the sections the children couldn’t wait to visit- The Living Worlds, Nature’s library and the Vivarium. Gasps from the children as we walked into the room were heard by the other people visiting. In there we were faced with a tiger, a lion, bears, bats, sea creatures, gorillas, skeletons and so much more! Another fact we learnt was that the oldest horse to ever live was 62 years old when he died, his name was Old Billy. He was 62 years of age and there are about 5,500 species of mammals living today. The Vivarium was full with lizards and frogs, even poisonous ones. There were sparkly lizards, some that were asleep, some that were camouflaged and one that even jumped on the glass in front of us! 

Overall, Prep II had a brilliant day and we are very proud of how you treated each room and everyone around. Thank you to Manchester Museum and their staff for a brilliant day. 

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