Schools and teachers: Key Stage 3

The sessions offer students the opportunity to handle Museum specimens and take part in a range of object-based activities involving group-work and discussion.

In addition to the workshops listed below we are happy to tailor sessions for your students and curriculum needs. Please contact us on education@oum.ox.ac.uk.

Sessions can be combined with a visit to the Botanic Garden or the Museum of the History of Science

Looking at live cockroaches

The Age of the Earth
How old is the Earth and how do we know? Students compare the work of geologists, physicists, chemists and biologists and find out how all have made a contribution to our understanding of geological time and the processes that have shaped the landscape and life on the planet.

Dinosaur Day: ideas and evidence
How do scientists use evidence to explore the unknown? Students handle a variety of types of fossil evidence and use a range of skills to find out how scientists build up an accurate idea of the prehistoric world and how this idea changes as new evidence is discovered. ‘Ideas and Evidence’ teacher sheet

The Colour of Nature
Why are there so many colours in the natural world? This practical workshop links Key Stage 3 Biology and Physics and encourages students to consider what colour is, the different ways colour is produced and how colour is an adaptation in the natural world. ‘The Colour of Nature’ teacher sheet

Museum Maths
Why do we see so much pattern in nature? This cross-curricular session considers the significance of symmetry in the natural world and links with a session at the Museum of the History of Science.

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