Schools and teachers: Key Stage 2

Visits last up to two hours and can include a 45 minute handling workshop and a self-guided trail in the museum. Sessions involve group-work, discussion and problem-solving activities based on handling Museum specimens, and are linked to the new national curriculum.

To arrange your visit, please contact us on education@oum.ox.ac.uk or 01865 282451. See our Primary School Programme for more details.

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Investigating skeletons in the main court

Evolve, Adapt, Survive!; Evolution
Through close observation and handling of specimens, children explore how animals have evolved to adapt to survive in their particular habitats. We look at Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace’s work on natural selection and examine some of the fossil evidence that shows how it has influenced the history of life.

Download Evolve, Adapt, Survive! Teacher Sheet
Download Evolve, Adapt, Survive! Trail

Rock Stars
Investigate the difference between ‘rocks’ and ‘minerals’ and discover how essential they are in our everyday lives. Take a tactile journey through the rock cycle to explore the three types of rock that make up our planet. Children become Geologists, using their close observation skills and new knowledge to sort and identify rocks themselves.

Download Rock Stars Teacher Sheet
Download Rock Stars Trail - years 3 and 4
Download Rock Stars Trail - years 5 and 6

Dinosaurs Detectives
Use role-play to understand fossilisation and discover the definition of a dinosaur. Children will handle a wide range of fossils from bones to footprints and even fossilised poo! They learn how scientists can use fossils to interpret the past lives of dinosaurs and discover their evolutionary relationship with today’s living ‘dinosaurs’.

Download Dinosaur Detectives Teacher Sheet
Download Dinosaur Detectives Trail - years 3 and 4
Download Dinosaur Detectives Trail - years 5 and 6

The Skeleton Crew
Investigate the different types of animal skeleton, embedding learning through mime and movement and relating them to our own bones and their function. Having looked at hydrostatic, exo- and endoskeletons and got hands on with specimens from jellyfish and worms to corals and elephants, we look at bone growth and structure and how to keep your bones healthy. Finally after close observation of some fully articulated common British animal skeletons, children are challenged to guess what the animals could be from their bones.

Download Skeleton Crew Teacher Sheet
Download Skeleton Crew Trail - years 3 and 4
Download Skeleton Crew Trail - years 5 and 6

Life in the Undergrowth: Insects and their Habitats
Investigate bug anatomy and classification and discover the essential role that insects play for life on the planet. Learn about the secret lives in the micro-habitats of the insects and how they are adapted to them.

Download Insects and their Habitats Teacher Sheet
Download Insects and their Habitats Trail - years 3 and 4
Download Insects and their Habitats Trail - years 5 and 6

Self-guided visits
If you prefer to explore the Museum without a taught workshop, why not download one of our trails? Designed specifically for Key Stage 2 children, the trails help give your visit a focus.

Download Rock Stars Trail - years 3 and 4
Download Rock Stars Trail - years 5 and 6
Download Dinosaur Detectives Trail - years 3 and 4
Download Dinosaur Detectives Trail - years 5 and 6
Download Skeleton Crew Trail - years 3 and 4
Download Skeleton Crew Trail - years 5 and 6
Download Insects and their Habitats Trail - years 3 and 4
Download Insects and their Habitats Trail - years 5 and 6

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Enquiries regarding education services should be sent to: education@oum.ox.ac.uk

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