Workshops

Regular free workshops are linked to the Science and History curriculum at Key Stage 1 and 2. Led by Museum staff, the workshops last about 45 minutes and are based on contact with real specimens from the Museum’s handling collection and those on display. Sessions are available on the hour every hour from 10.00 to 15.00.

A maximum of 32 children may attend any workshop, with one adult accompanying a maximum of 10 children.

Suggested pre-or post-visit work can also be supplied on request when you confirm your visit.

Workshops include a variety of tasks and hands-on activities and are on the following topics:

Science curriculum Key Stage 1

Mini-beasts and Green plants workshops involve outdoor work, so children should be dressed appropriately. An alternative will be provided if the weather is bad.

Living things

Compare items that are living, dead and have never been alive, and look at the characteristics of life.

Curriculum links:

  • identify the differences between things that are living and things that have never been alive
  • recognise that animals, including humans, move, feed, grow, use their senses and reproduce

Variation

Group animals according to observable features and discuss variation within a species and between species.

Curriculum links:

  • recognise similarities and differences between themselves and others
  • group living things according to observable similarities and differences

Mini-beasts

Find, identify and record a range of local mini-beasts and observe mini-beasts from different habitats.

Curriculum links:

  • find out about the different kinds of animals in the local environment
  • group living things according to observable similarities and differences

Green plants

Observe a variety of plant species and produce labelled drawings showing a variety of plant structures.

Curriculum links:

  • recognise that plants need light and water to grow
  • recognise and name the leaf, flower, stem and root of flowering plants
  • recognise that seeds grow into flowering plants

Science curriculum Key Stage 2

Teeth

Describe the function and shape of different types of teeth and predict the diet of a number of animals by examining their teeth.

Curriculum links:

  • understand the functions of teeth
  • understand the need for food for activity and growth

Skeletons

Compare skeletons and predict patterns of movement, methods of support and protection.

Curriculum links:

  • recognise that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles to support and protect their bodies and help them move

Classification

Group animals according to observable features.

Curriculum links:

  • recognise that the variety of animals makes it important to identify them and assign them to groups
  • know how animals can be identified and assigned to groups

Adaptation

Compare species from contrasting habitats and describe their adaptation to the environment.

Curriculum links:

  • understand how animals in two different habitats are suited to their environment

History curriculum Key Stage 1

Walter and his animals

Discuss Victorian interest in travel, science and discovery and learn about Rothschild, his collections and the history of the Museum.

Curriculum links:

  • explore the lives of significant people in British history
  • experience how people in the past lived in the local area

History curriculum Key Stage 2

Walter and his animals

Discuss Victorian interest in travel, science and discovery and learn about Rothschild, the content and significance of his collection and the history of the Museum.

Curriculum links:

  • investigate how the local area was affected by the work of a significant individual
  • study the impact of a significant individual’s work on society
Contact us

Learning Team
Natural History Museum
at Tring
The Walter Rothschild building
Akeman Street
Tring, Herts
HP23 6AP
UK

Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 6177/6234

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