Ota and Riya Chaure, Year 6M
On 28th January, the whole of Year 6 went on a school trip to
the University of Nottingham to learn about micro-organisms. The 110 students
were taught about micro-organisms and how they grow. The children conducted
many experiments and learnt a lot about many kinds of microscopic creatures.
When we arrived, we were taken to labs where they split us up into two
groups, we had to put on coats, gloves and goggles before we were allowed to
enter the high-tech labs.
In one of the labs, we explored where micro- organisms grow and live.
Year 6 learnt how micro-organisms pass around and how molds and bacteria grow
on food. Swabbing the lab and collecting bacteria on petri dishes was a
In the other lab, students were allowed to use the university-grade
microscopes. We used them to look at different types of micro-organisms (some
good and some bad) that are found on food. We also made Agar plates; which is a
plastic case with cool gel in the bottom that contains the nutrients to grow a
lot of bacteria.
After all the
fun, we had a yummy lunch and a look round the University grounds. Before we
left, Mrs Azam Ali (who kindly organised the trip) and the lovely people who
helped her handed out gift bag which included a pen, a key chain and a foldable
We now look
forward to the micro-biologists coming to the Primary Campus to share the
results of our experiments with us. We wonder what will have grown?