Archives & Gardens

Year 7 spent the day in Kew on a trip jointly organised by the History and Biology Departments. They spent the morning at the National Archives where they took part in a workshop focusing on the skills involved in studying primary sources. They looked at a variety of documents including a copy of the Domesday Book as well as artefacts such as seals and tally sticks.

After lunch it was on to Kew Gardens where, in a workshop on plant reproduction, they looked at different plants. They were guided through thinking about how the seeds from these plants might be adapted for dispersal for example by air, attached to an animals’ fur or to float on water. The second part of the workshop involved each girl dissecting a flower and viewing the constituent parts with a microscope, before making a ‘collage’ of the parts of a flower. 

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