Classification and Adaptation Show

Event information

Event type: show

Location: Attenborough Studio

Suitable for: Key Stage 2 (ages 7-11), key stage 3 (ages 11-14)

Capacity: 90 students

Duration: 35 minutes

Ticket prices:

£3 per student
Booking required

This show was previously called 'The Variety Show'

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

Students then discover how scientists group living things and get the chance to test out 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 students think about how different living things survive in different environments.
  • Classification process: The term ‘classification’ is introduced, and the educator guides the students through the process of classifying human beings.
  • Classification challenge: The students 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

Curriculum links for KS3: Genetics and evolution; the skeletal and muscular systems; nutrition and digestion

Key Stage 2 support notes PDF (65KB)

Key Stage 3 support notes PDF (63KB)

Event dates
20 January 2020 10.30-11.05, 11.30-12.05, 12.30-13.05, 13.30-14.05
21 January 2020 10.30-11.05, 11.30-12.05, 12.30-13.05, 13.30-14.05
30 January 2020 10.30-11.05, 11.30-12.05, 12.30-13.05, 13.30-14.05
31 January 2020 10.30-11.05, 11.30-12.05, 12.30-13.05, 13.30-14.05
10 February 2020 10.30-11.05, 11.30-12.05, 12.30-13.05, 13.30-14.05
11 February 2020 10.30-11.05, 11.30-12.05, 12.30-13.05, 13.30-14.05
12 March 2020 10.30-11.05, 11.30-12.05, 12.30-13.05, 13.30-14.05
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How to book

To check availability for a school workshop at our Museum in South Kensington, or to enquire about a group visit during the week, please use the booking enquiry form.

If you have any specific requests, please call our School Bookings Team on +44 (0)20 7942 5555. Please read the pre-booking checklist (PDF 69kB) before you phone.

Lines are open Monday-Friday from 8.30-16.00.

Please read our payment and cancellation conditions before booking.

Essential information

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