Explore and Discover guides - secondary series

Student with one of the Museum's Explore and Discover guides in a gallery

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 gallery guides for Key Stage 3 and 4 pupils (ages 11-16).

These guides contain activities that support the national curriculum. The content varies according to the key stage each guide is aimed at, but they all emphasise the close observation of objects.

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 3 (ages 11-14)

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Human growth

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

Gallery: Human Biology

Sample pages PDF (3.0MB)

Teachers' notes and certificate PDF (2.0MB)

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Volcanoes and earthquakes

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

Galleries: Volcanoes and Earthquakes

Sample pages PDF (2.2MB)

Teachers’ notes and certificate PDF (3.0MB)

Key Stage 4 (ages 14-16)

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Cells and genetics

Gather information for an article about genetic engineering. Learn how sexual reproduction and environmental factors influence genetic variation. Consider the ethical implications that our knowledge of genetics raises.

Galleries: Human Biology

Sample pages PDF (2.3MB)

Teachers' notes and certificate PDF (800KB)

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Evolution on Earth

Gather information about the solar system and explore how life on Earth has evolved over millions of years. Find out when humans first appeared on the planet and learn about the causes of mass extinctions.

Gallery: From the Beginning

Sample pages PDF (2.3MB)

Teachers' notes and certificate PDF (910KB)

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Nerves and hormones

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

Gallery: Human Biology

Sample pages PDF (2.7MB)

Teachers' notes and certificate PDF (470KB)