Key Stage 2 at Tring

Students observe animals in the galleries

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 Key Stage 2 pupils or download worksheets in advance of your visit.

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

Activity sheets

Download worksheets for free curriculum-linked activities, based on close observation of specimens on display. You can book clipboards in advance for use around the galleries.

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

All workshops last around 45 minutes.

Teeth

Explore different teeth and their functions. Examine skulls to predict animal diets.

Curriculum links:

  • identify that animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition, and that they cannot make their own food, getting nutrition instead from what they eat
  • identify the different types of teeth in humans and their simple functions
  • scientific enquiry skills

Skeletons

Discover different types of skeletons and compare vertebrate skeletons. Predict patterns of movements, methods of support and protection.

Curriculum links:

  • identify that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement
  • scientific enquiry skills 

Introduction to classification

Find out why scientists classify animals. Observe the differences between vertebrates and use keys to group animals.

Curriculum links:

  • explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment
  • scientific enquiry skills

Advanced classification

Discover the history of classification, closely examine characteristics and build on classification skills.

Curriculum links:

  • describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences, including micro-organisms, plants and animals
  • give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics
  • scientific enquiry skills

Adaptation

Uncover species adaptations, explore oddities and generate species' future adaptations to help them to survive.

Curriculum links:

  • identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution
  • scientific enquiry skills

Prehistoric detectives

Become a palaeontologist and see that there was more to prehistoric life than dinosaurs. Investigate fossils to identify them and work out when and how they formed. 

45 minutes

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

Curriculum links:

  • recognise that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago
  • describe in simple terms how fossils are formed when things that have lived are trapped within rock
  • find out about the works of palaeontologists such as Mary Anning