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.
Now taking bookings for 2014! We are open for school bookings from March 2014, so do contact us on email@example.com or 01865 282451 to arrange your visit. See our Primary School Programme for more details.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
Online resources: in the learning zone
- Animal adaptations
Discover the life processes of animals in the 'Living animal'.
- Grouping animals
'Animal I.D.' provides a fun introduction to animal classification with a series of sorting games.
- Minerals and their properties
'Mineral detectives' explores minerals and their properties with a 'top trumps' style card game.
- The rock cycle
Go around and around the rock cycle with 'Rocky' and test your pupils with fun games.
- Browse the learning zone
The learning zone provides a range of different articles for younger students on science topics linked to the national curriculum.
Online resources: image banks
- Birds and mammals
An image bank containing photographs of a number of Museum specimens, introducing children to some of the more common birds and mammals of Britain.
- Grouping animals
Challenges children to sort animals into groups, introducing them to the major differences between birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish.
- The human skeleton
Can you identify the bones of the human body? This is a series of photographs of the skeleton used in the handling sessions.
- Animal skeletons
Challenges children to identify these different animal skeletons; how do they differ, in what ways are they the same?
- Rock types
A photographic introduction to igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks.
The image banks are PDF format and are all 800kB or less in size.
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