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Investigate

Come and be a scientist in the Investigate centre. Use microscopes and other scientific tools to explore 100s of stunning objects from the natural world, just like our Museum scientists do. Our friendly staff are on hand to help you with your explorations.

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Curriculum links
  Key Stage 1
  Science Sc1 1 that it is important to collect evidence by making observations and measurements when trying to answer a question.
  Science Sc1 2a to ask questions [for example, 'How?', 'Why?', 'What will happen if ... ?'] and decide how they might find answers to them
  Science Sc1 2b to use first-hand experience and simple information sources to answer questions.
  Science Sc1 2f to explore, using the senses of sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste as appropriate, and make and record observations and measurements.
  Science Sc1 2h to make simple comparisons [for example, hand span, shoe size] and identify simple patterns or associations
  Key Stage 2
  Science Sc1 1a that science is about thinking creatively to try to explain how living and non-living things work, and to establish links between causes and effects.
  Science Sc1 1b that it is important to test ideas using evidence from observation and measurement.
  Science Sc1 2a to ask questions that can be investigated scientifically and decide how to find answers
  Science Sc1 2b to consider what sources of information, including first-hand experience and a range of other sources, they will use to answer questions.
  Science Sc1 2e use simple equipment and materials appropriately and take action to control risks.
  Science Sc1 2f make systematic observations and measurements, including the use of ICT for datalogging.
  Science Sc1 2i To make comparisons and identify simple patterns or associations in their own observations and measurements or other data.
  Science Sc1 2j use observations, measurements or other data to draw conclusions.
  Key Stage 3
  Science 1.1b to critically analyse and evaluate evidence from observations and experiments
  Science 2.1a use a range of scientific methods and techniques to develop and test ideas and explanations
  Science 2.2a obtain, record and analyse data from a wide range of primary and secondary sources, including ICT sources, and use their findings to provide evidence for scientific explanations
  Science 4b pursue an independent enquiry into an aspect of science of personal interest.
  Science 4c use real-life examples as a basis for finding out about science.
  Science 4e experience science outside the school environment, including in the workplace, where possible
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Our fossil insect collection includes Rhyniognatha hirsti, the world's oldest fossil insect, dating back some 400 million years.