The Colour of Nature

This school workshop is free and has curriculum links appropriate for KS3 students.

Pre-visit information and curriculum links PDF (266.2 KB)

Pre-visit vocabulary sheet PDF (111.9 KB)

Why and how 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.

Pupils explore the different properties of colours from a range of organisms and learn what these can tell us about how colour is produced. They then use scientific equipment to determine if specimens are coloured either by pigments or microscopic structures.

A Museum scientist challenges pupils to use a specimen and its colour as a source of inspiration for a real-world application and reveals the surprising applications of their own research.

Duration: 75 minutes

Capacity: 30 students

Dates: Go to the events calendar to find forthcoming dates

Booking: book in advance by calling the Museum booking team on +44 (0)20 7942 5555.

Post-visit activity

To further challenge your students after the workshop, download this activity sheet to do back in the classroom.

Post-visit activity PDF (280.6 KB)

Real World Science

This workshop is a collaborative development produced by the Real World Science Programme.  This is a partnership between the Natural History Museum and 5 regional partners: The Oxford Museum of Natural History, The Manchester Museum, The Great North Museum: Hancock, Stoke-on-Trent Museums and Leeds Museums and Galleries.