Year 11 Revision visit to the Imperial War Museum and Science Museum March 2015
In the last week of March 2015 all four Year 11 History groups took part in a day trip to consolidate their knowledge and understanding of Units 1, 2 and 3 of the Edexcel GCSE SHP examined units and to practise their Tallis Habits. Destination Imperial War Museum and the Science Museum courtesy of Network Southeast and the London Tube.
First stop was the Imperial War Museum. Assisted by the brilliant education staff a special investigation into a unique collection of historical documents was conducted to reveal the story of Walter Lehman who had an American pen friend and received his letters from 1936-39. Walters letters reveal stories regarding his work, his attitude to Hitler and the Jews, and to Nazi policies in the late 1930's. Walter became increasingly convinced of the policies of Hitler and the policy of expanding German control of Europe through war. He fulfilled his desire to join the Luftwaffe and died in action in 1943. A range of additional documents were used to supplement students understanding of the key issues including Nazi film, sound archives, photographs, posters and Newspaper articles. Bring on the Unit 2 exam on Germany 1918-45.
Next up was the Science Museum and two galleries in particular, after a travelling lunch!
The Science and Art of Medicine Gallery was explored and in particular the sections on the Roman, medieval, Renaissance, Scientific Revolution, Industrial Revolution and the 20th Century. Themes concerning the impact of ideas, changing explanations of the causes of illness, changing treatments and public health were focussed upon with the artefacts ranging from Galen's theories, the illustrations of Andreas Vesalius and William Harvey, Louis Pasteur's scientific equipment and the development of the NHS all revealing their contribution to the development of Medicine over 2,000 years of Medical History.Bring on the Unit 1 exam on Medicine 50-2000.
Finally the History of Surgery Gallery was investigated and the displays revealing reconstruction on Naval surgery in 1800, the development of anaesthetics, antiseptics and blood transfusions by the time of the First World war 1914-18. Bring on the Unit 3 exam on Surgery 1840-1918.
Many thanks to all involved for a superb study day and especially to our wonderful students who demonstrated inquisitiveness, discipline, collaboration, persistence and imagination!!