Early Years and Key Stage 1 at Tring

A child explores the galleries at Tring

How to book

For questions and bookings, email us or call us on +44 (0)20 7942 6177.

School visits must be booked two weeks in advance.

Explore our regular workshops for younger children or download worksheets in advance of your visit.

Most of our free workshops can accommodate up to 32 students at a time. 

Activity sheet

A free curriculum-linked activity based on close observation of specimens on display. You can book clipboards in advance for use around the galleries. 

Download the Discovering Animals activity sheet (1.1MB)

Self-guided tours

Encourage children to ask questions and discuss animal features with our self-guided tours. The tours are designed for use by an adult leading a small group of children.

Workshops

The king's visit

Embark on a self-led adventure around the Museum. Help Museum founder Walter Rothschild check his specimens are looking their best, ready for the king’s visit.

Accompanied by a Walter soft toy, find the specimens and answer questions. Each mini group must be accompanied by an adult and will be provided with the trail and soft toy.

Specially designed for Early Years, the trail lasts approximately 1-1.5 hours.

Curriculum links:

  • communication and language 
  • understanding the world 
  • personal, social and emotional development

The Glis glis' big adventure

Follow the story of the Glis glis (edible dormouse) that escaped. Discover the animals he meets and help him choose which habitat he should live in.

Specially designed for Early Years, the trail lasts approximately 45 minutes.

Curriculum links:

  • communication and language 
  • understanding the world 
  • personal, social and emotional development

Discovering animals

Sort animals according to observable similarities and differences. Learn how and why scientists group animals.

45 minutes

Curriculum links:

  • identify and name a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals
  • describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals
  • scientific enquiry skills

Polar expedition

Discover the differences between the Arctic and Antarctic and how animals survive in these extreme habitats.

45 minutes

Curriculum links:

  • identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited
  • identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, using micro-habitats
  • scientific enquiry skills

Prehistoric detectives

Delve into prehistoric life. Explore the first findings of dinosaurs, how fossils are formed and how scientists study them.

45 minutes

Please note there are no dinosaurs on permanent display at Tring, though there are birds, reptiles and ice age mammals.

Curriculum links:

  • describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals
  • explore and compare things that are living, dead and things that have never been alive
  • scientific enquiry skills

Walter and his animals

Discover the weird and wonderful history of the Museum and its founder Walter Rothschild.

Investigate his favourite bird, the cassowary. Sort butterflies, explore historical photographs, observe birds and handle animals that were kept on site.

45 minutes

Curriculum links:

  • study the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements, using some to compare aspects of life in different periods
  • study significant historical people and places in their own locality

Investigating minibeasts

Find, identify and record a range of local minibeasts. Compare the minibeasts found in different microhabitats.

This workshop is held outdoors and requires an adult to student ratio of 1:5. In the event of wet weather an alternative workshop will be offered, to be agreed when booking.

Curriculum links:

  • identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats
  • identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited 
  • find out about and describe the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival
  • scientific enquiry skills