Year 4 attend The Natural History Museum

Thursday 11 January 2018

On Wednesday 10th January, the Year 4 scholars were lucky enough to attend a workshop at the Natural History Museum.  In our science lessons we have been looking at the types of teeth and their functions. We know that incisors are for cutting and snipping our food, canines are for ripping and tearing and premolars and molars are for crushing and grinding. At the museum we studied the jaws of real animal skulls to guess what kind of food that particular animal ate. We looked at the omnivorous pig skull that had canines, molars and incisors like human beings. We examined the carnivorous leopard skull which had sharp canines for ripping into their prey. We also studied the herbivorous rabbit whose long incisors are perfect for cutting vegetables and plants. There were also some other animal skulls that were trickier to decipher. Year 4 had no trouble spotting the unique anteater skull- this insectivore has no teeth at all and instead uses its long tongue to catch and swallow the ants. After our workshop, we explored the dinosaur gallery (a firm favourite with the scholars) to check out the tyrannosaurus rex who had the biggest, sharpest canines in the whole museum!