Investigate for KS3

Event information

Event type: Workshop

Location: Investigate Centre

Suitable for: key stage 3 (ages 11-14)

Capacity: 35 students

Duration: 45 minutes

Ticket prices:

Free
Booking required

Investigate is a free hands-on science centre where students can take charge of their own learning.

Investigate for KS3 focuses specifically on using scientific skills. Students are empowered to conduct their own investigation, choosing from hundreds of real, hands on specimens. They make detailed observations, generate  hypotheses and present evidence from their observations to support their ideas.

Students are asked to consider why these skills are valuable to them: in science, in their other studies and in their daily lives.

Our team of science educators facilitate the session. Microscopes, scales, magnifying glasses, rulers, pencils and paper are available for students to use in their enquiries.

Workshop rundown

  • Introduction: The class discuss the terms ‘observation’, ‘hypothesis’ and ‘evidence’ and form into groups to structure their investigations.
  • Investigation: The groups explore the room, choosing their specimens and how to study them. Teachers and Science Educators help to prompt and challenge the students' ideas.
  • Discussion: The groups debate the hypotheses and ideas they have generated and are encouraged to agree or disagree with each other based on the available evidence. Further themes such as testing hypotheses, peer review and source reliability are discussed.

Further information

Curriculum links: Working scientifically, Experimental skills and investigations, Analysis and evaluation, Measurement

Key Stage 3 support notes PDF (260KB)

Event dates
20 January 2020 10.30-11.15, 11.30-12.15, 12.30-13.15, 13.30-14.15
21 January 2020 10.30-11.15, 11.30-12.15, 12.30-13.15, 13.30-14.15
22 January 2020 10.30-11.15, 11.30-12.15, 12.30-13.15, 13.30-14.15
23 January 2020 10.30-11.15, 11.30-12.15, 12.30-13.15, 13.30-14.15
24 January 2020 10.30-11.15, 11.30-12.15, 12.30-13.15, 13.30-14.15
27 January 2020 10.30-11.15, 11.30-12.15, 12.30-13.15, 13.30-14.15
28 January 2020 10.30-11.15, 11.30-12.15, 12.30-13.15, 13.30-14.15
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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.

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