Explore and Discover secondary series

Explore and Discover guides - gallery activities for Key Stage 3 and 4 students (ages 11-16).

They are an enjoyable focus in the galleries and they support learning relevant to the National Curriculum. Content varies according to the age range, but all emphasise close observation of objects.

Explore and Discover guides cost 50p if booked and paid for in advance. Please order by telephoning our bookings line on +44 (0)207 942 5555.


Key Stage 3 (ages 11-14)

Human Growth PDF (2.0MB)

Discover how babies grow before birth. Learn about the physical and hormonal changes at puberty, including the menstrual cycle.

Gallery: Human Biology

Teacher's notes PDF (690.3 KB)


The web of life PDF (279.2 KB)

Gather information to understand how ecosystems work, explore the relationships between animals in an environment and investigate the impact of humans on the environment.

Gallery: Ecology

Teacher's notes PDF (198.5 KB)


Volcanoes and Earthquakes PDF (794.9 KB)

Find out about some of the world’s major volcanic eruptions and earthquakes, their impact on people, and explore the science of plate tectonics.

Gallery:Volcanoes and Earthquakes

Teacher's notes PDF (516.0 KB)


Key Stage 4 (ages 14-16)

Cells and Genetics PDF (2.0MB)

Gather information for an article about genetic engineering. Understand that sexual reproduction is a source for genetic variation, but variation can also occur from environmental causes. How can our knowledge of genetics help us make decisions?

Gallery: Human Biology

Teacher's notes PDF (492.4 KB)


Ecosystems PDF (2.0MB)

Take on the role of an environmental impact assessment (EIA) consultant to study ecosystems. Then produce a report on the impact of an oil tanker spill at sea.

Gallery: Ecology

Teacher's notes PDF (200.8 KB)


Evolution on Earth PDF (2.0MB)

Gather information about the solar system and explore how life on Earth evolved over millions of years. What caused mass extinctions to occur and when did humans evolve?

Gallery: From the Beginning

Teacher's notes PDF (234.1 KB)


Nerves and Hormones PDF (2.0MB)

Find out how nerves and hormones work, how the brain responds to messages and the effects of hormones on the body.

Gallery: Human Biology

Teacher's notes PDF (334.6 KB)


School bookings

Book all school activities in advance on +44 (0)20 7942 5555. Lines are open Monday-Friday from 8.30-16.00 during term time and 10.00-13.00 in the holidays.

Cartoon image of lab coats with T.rex name label

Our fossil insect collection includes Rhyniognatha hirsti, the world's oldest fossil insect, dating back some 400 million years.