Classification and Adaptation Show

Event information

Event type: show

Location: Attenborough Studio

Suitable for: Key Stage 2 (ages 7-11)

Capacity: 90 pupils

Duration: 35 minutes

Ticket prices:

£3 per pupil
Booking required

This show was previously called 'The Variety Show'

The Classification and Adaptation Show celebrates the variety of life on Earth. Through real animal specimens , engaging demonstrations and large props, pupils learn about how different living things survive.

Pupils then discover how scientists group living things, and get the chance to test their own identification skills. There is a recurring theme of the importance of caring for the natural world.

This interactive show is effective as either an introduction to or a recap of the topic of classification.

Show rundown

  • Adaption and biodiversity: The term 'adaptation' is discussed, and pupils think about how different living things survive in different environments.
  • Classification process: The term 'classification' is introduced, and the educator guides the pupils through the process of classifying human beings.
  • Classification challenge: The pupils are challenged to use what they know about adaptations and classification to identify a mystery creature as they take on the role of museum scientists.

Further information

Curriculum links for KS2: Living things and their habitats; evolution and inheritance

Key Stage 2 support notes PDF (65KB)

School group visits to the Museum

The Museums at South Kensington and Tring have reopened to the general public. 

Due to Health and Safety guidelines we are unable to welcome back large group visits, including school groups, until further notice. This is for both self-guided visits and booked workshops and shows.

We are currently working on a plan for school visits to return, as well as exciting opportunities for us to connect with you digitally in school. Please email if you have any questions.

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