Explore and Discover guides - primary series

Picture of a young student with one of the Museum's Explore and Discover guides

Order your guides

Explore and Discover guides cost £1 each if ordered and paid for before  your visit. Call the schools bookings team on +44 (0)20 7942 5555 to place an order.

Browse the full range of guides, view sample pages and download teachers’ notes below.

Get the most out of your visit with our Explore and Discover guides for Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils (ages 5-11).

Pupils are challenged to answer questions, make sketches, discuss ideas and evaluate evidence as they journey through the Museum’s galleries.

Explore and Discover guides cost £1 each if ordered and paid for before your visit. Call the schools bookings team on +44 (0)20 7942 5555 to place an order.

Browse the full range of guides, view sample pages and download teachers’ notes below.

Key Stage 1

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Dinosaurs: Become a dinosaur detective

Discover how dinosaurs fed and reproduced. Make observations, answer questions and learn how to describe life process.

Gallery: Dinosaurs gallery

Sample pages PDF (3.0MB)

Teachers' notes and certificate PDF (2.0MB)
 

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Animal parts: Take the animal adventure

Explore the similarities and differences between us and other animals. Make comparisons and discover how to describe a range of animals.

Galleries: Mammals gallery and Mammals (blue whale) gallery

Sample pages PDF (3.0MB)

Teachers’ notes and certificate PDF (2.0MB)

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Growing up: Play the growing game

Learn about the human life cycle, find out how new babies grow and how birds look after their young

Galleries: Birds gallery, Mammals (blue whale) gallery and Human Biology gallery

Sample pages PDF (2.2MB)

Teachers’ notes and certificate PDF (3.0MB)

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Materials: Unearth the treasure game

Explore the similarities and differences between rocks by describing and comparing their appearances. . Use the senses to explore and recognise different materials.

Gallery: Earth’s Treasury gallery

Sample pages PDF (2.0MB)

Teachers' notes and certificate PDF (280KB)

Key Stage 2

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Adaptation: Find nature's solutions

Look at a range of birds and other animals to see how their bodies are adapted to suit their way of lif

Galleries: Birds gallery and Mammals (blue whale) gallery

Sample pages PDF (2.3MB)

Teachers' notes and certificate PDF (800KB)
 

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Animal skeletons: Rattle the bones quiz

Compare animal and human skeletons. Then think about how our joints affect our movement

Galleries: Hintze Hall, Fishes, Amphibians and Reptiles gallery, and Human Biology gallery

Sample pages PDF (2.1MB)

Teachers' notes and certificate PDF (370KB)

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Creepy crawlies: Beat the bug puzzle

Explore the Creepy Crawlies gallery and learn more about the lives of these animals and how they survive in their habitats.

Gallery: Creepy Crawlies gallery

Sample pages PDF (2.3MB)

Teachers' notes and certificate PDF (910KB)
 

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Dinosaurs: Take the comparisons test

Dive into the world of  dinosaurs and find out how they were adapted to their way of life.

Gallery: Dinosaurs gallery

Sample pages PDF (2.4MB)

Teachers' notes and certificate PDF (460KB)

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Food chains and keys: Join the feeding frenzy

Identify predator and prey, and look at the food eaten by different animals. Then use this information to complete a food chain.

Galleries: Mammals gallery

Sample pages PDF (2.5MB)

Teachers' notes and certificate PDF (1.1MB)

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Growing and changing: Uncover the life cycle mystery

Pupils will learn about the life cycle of humans and other animals.

Galleries: Mammals gallery and Human Biology gallery

Sample pages PDF (2.7MB)

Teachers' notes and certificate PDF (510KB)

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Rocks and soils: Dig the geologist challenge

Examine and compare rocks, minerals and gems.  Explore how and why different materials are used for different purposes.

Gallery: Earth’s Treasury gallery

Sample pages PDF (2.7MB)

Teachers' notes and certificate PDF (470KB)