The great Greenwich day out10 Nov 2023
The children got to see all of Greenwich on our trip.
Form 6 started at the Royal Observatory where the children got to stand on the Meridian Line, which marks the central line of longitude between the hemispheres of East and West. They were able to tell the time using a dolphin sundial and although it had the greatest margin of error at this time of year, it was still only a few minutes out from the time on our modern digital watches.
We had a lovely walk down the hill in the Autumn sunshine to the Maritime museum where an astronomer, Dr Ed Bloomer, guided us around their Astronomy Photographer of Year exhibition. The images were truly stunning from time delay shots of star trails through the night sky to images of water demonstrating the effect of unhearable sound on unseeable xrays. Minds blown! The winning photograph showed a true scientific discovery of oxygen clouds sitting between our neighbouring galaxy, Andromeda, and our own Milky Way.
After a lunch, Mrs Carn taught them about Lunar and Solar eclipses using a tennis ball, plastic ball and a ping pong ball. Form 6 then walked to the Cutty Sark where the children experienced the living quarters that the sailors would have enjoyed/endured on their two-to-three-month-long voyages between Shanghai and London carrying tea, and later wool from Australia.