Schools and teachers: Key Stage 1

Visits last up to two hours and can include a 45 minute handling workshop and a self-guided trail in the museum. Sessions involve groupwork, discussion and problem-solving activities based on handling Museum specimens, and are linked to the new national curriculum. To arrange your visit please go to booking

Discovering Dinosaurs
Role play fossilisation and discover how fossils are formed. Children handle real dinosaur fossils; from teeth and bones to footprints and fossilised poo. They see for themselves what these objects can tell us about the world of the dinosaurs.

Download Discovering Dinosaurs Teacher Sheet
Download Discovering Dinosaurs Trail

Spectacular Skeletons
Discover why every animal on the planet has a skeleton, through close observation and handling of our spectacular skeleton specimens; from worms and jellyfish to lion skulls and elephant bones. In this session we investigate three different types of animal skeleton, embedding the children’s learning through mime and movement.

Download Spectacular Skeletons Teacher Sheet
Download Spectacular Skeletons Trail

The Variety of Life; Classification
What’s the difference between a vertebrate and an invertebrate? How do we group all the animals on our planet? Use our touchable specimens to find out. Find out who Carl Linnaeus was and why his system of classification is so important for scientists.

Download Variety of Life Teacher Sheet

The Microworld of Minibeasts; Bugs and their Habitats
What makes a ‘bug’ a ‘bug’? We investigate a range of different bugs, both carnivores and herbivores; how they grow, which microhabitats they inhabit and the roles that they each play.

Download Bugs and their Habitats Teacher Sheet
Download Bugs and their Habitats Trail

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 1 children, the trails help give your visit a focus.

Download Discovering Dinosaurs Trail
Download Spectacular Skeletons Trail
Download Bugs and their Habitats Trail

Online resources: the learning zone, image banks and colouring sheets

The image banks and trails are PDF format and are all 800kB or less in size.
To read these files you will need to download Adobe Reader

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