Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Palaeontology at Shantytown

Wednesday 25th of July 2018

We went to Shantytown to learn about fossils and rocks.
We really enjoyed the experience because it was a good
opportunity to learn about something that we had never
really studied before. Our favourite activities were when
we got to look at a fossil and draw it. Another of our
favourite activities were when we got to look through a
microscope at some really cool fossils.

We really enjoyed listening to Mary and Ian speak about
fossils because it was really interesting to hear. One of the
activities we did in a group was learning about the different
types of coal, some of the names were lignite, bituminous,
and anthracite. We then had to go to a fire and put it on the
flames and estimate how long it would take for the coal to catch on fire.

Another activity we did was we got to go for a walk with Mary,
we looked at the mudstone, limestone and other things that
were in Shantytown. It was really interesting learning about it
and were it is in Shantytown.

We learnt that coal can take a very long time to catch on fire. Part of this
activity was when we got given a piece of coal and a picture of all the coals
a description and we had to try and guess what our piece of coal was.

We also got given a rock at the end of the session, we also got to use a
hammer and and chisel to try and break open a rock and here is a picture of it:

Over all we thought the experience was good and it was really
interesting to learn about. We would like to thank Shantytown
for hosting it and we would also like to thank Mary and Ian for
teaching us about it all.

By Hannah and Caitlyn 2018

1 comment:

  1. Greetings Hannah and Caitlyn.
    Your trip sounds like so much fun and amazing! Why did you find drawing fossils fun? I also see that your teachers for this trip Ian and Mary was kind and helped out a lot. But in the end I see that Hannah and Caitlyn had so much fun to go learn about fossils! Keep it up.


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