Investigate at School - Primary

Transform your classroom into an investigation centre! Collect your own objects or discover real Museum specimens online. Develop and use scientific skills by making observations, asking questions and looking for evidence.

These resources support four stages of a classroom scientific investigation as inspired by the work of our Museum scientists. The resources are flexible and can be tailored in many ways to suit your class.

1. Getting started
2. Select a specimen
3. Investigate
4. Share

Getting started

Investigate at School: Introduction

  • Transcript

    Here at the Natural History Museum we have over 300 scientists that are busy behind the scenes learning more about nature.

    But it’s not just scientists.

    Anyone can use scientific skills to learn more about the world around them.

    This activity is perfect for learning at home or at school.

    It’s about working scientifically, using skills and learning from objects.

    All you need is to find a specimen.

    And this is an object from nature that we can learn from.

    And it could be anything. It could be a leaf, a shell, or even just watching the pigeons from your window.

    Or you could decide to investigate one of our virtual specimens instead.

    Then use our resources to give you ideas of how to investigate and spark curiosity.

    And don’t forget! Share what you discover with us too. 

    What will you discover?

    Share with us @NHM_Learn

Guidance for educators

This activity focuses on the 'working scientifically' aspects of the curriculum and promotes understanding of 'what science is'.

A good starting place for all abilities is to focus on making observations and recording these in a way that suits the learner (drawing, writing or telling someone else about them).

Pupils, teachers and parents can increase the complexity of the task by asking questions about the specimen, coming up with ideas for answers to their question, and looking for evidence to back them up.

If you'd like some ideas on how to run your session, you can download our activity plan suggestions (21KB DOCX).

  • Curriculum links

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Learning resources

We have a range of resources to support learning around natural history themes. For ages 5-14.