Event - Year 1 at the Thinktank

20 March 2018

We experienced an informative day at the Thinktank in Birmingham. First, we explored the natural science collection, which consists of about 250,000 specimens, covering zoology, botany, mineralogy and paleontology, the largest natural science collection in the West Midlands.

We were very excited to visit the gallery, which tells the story of the Spitfire, from its innovative design and cutting-edge technology that played a key role in the Second World War, to its lasting legacy on the city of Birmingham, particularly our local area of Castle Vale.

Next, we visited the Science Garden which is an outdoor discovery space packed with surprises and fun activities based on themes of engineering, mechanics and transportation.

Just before lunch, we watched the 'Colour Me a Rainbow' show. This was interactive story, about sources of light with a shadow puppet play. We had to work out why a transparent material is best for growing sunflowers and we experimented with creating rainbows.

Finally, we explored the 'Things About Me' section. This unique gallery gave us the opportunity to find out more about how our bodies work. We took an unusual journey into the human body and get to grips with your muscles, guts and taste buds in an amazing exploration of some basic bodily functions.

Year 1 had a fantastic day and their excellent behaviour was a credit to our school.

Some animal species have thrived but others are on the brink of extinction.
Do you know how bats see in the dark?

This ichthyosaurs was a fish shaped dinosaur that lived in the sea.
The famous Spitfire on display.

St Gerard's Primary School display at the Thinktank.
We investigated the history of the Spitfire and its connection with Castle Vale.

The Spitfire's innovative technology helped play an important part in the Battle of Battle.
Awaiting the start of the 'Colour Me Rainbow' show.

The City of Birmingham engine was the most powerful British passenger locomotive of its time.
This tramcar ran along the Bristol Road for 27 years.

We discovered how our bodies work in the 'Things About Me' section.
We know that exercise is good for our bodies.

As we chew our food, it mixes with digestive juices.
Food travels along the whole length of our intestine, which is nearly 4.5 metres long.

We operated the watermill.
What happens when we go faster on the hamster wheel?

We pulled the strings on the air cannon to make the ball jump up.
By rubbing our wet hands on the handles, we could make the water vibrate.