Life cycles, habitats and classification

Classroom resources

The beaver's back!

Pupils show that they can understand both sides of a complex issue and persuasively communicate viewpoints to others. by creating pamphlets from both perspectives exploring the issues of rewilding beavers. PDF (3.2MB)

LEGO® Life Forms

Find our about adaptations. Use your imagination to build your own LEGO® Life Form that could survive in each of four challenging environments.

The great school lichen hunt

Pupils explore their school environment and discover how examples of life have adapted to live there PDF (3.2MB)

Watching and learning how plants grow

Welcome to the Plant Club! Here pupils learn how plants grow from seeds. They then sow their own seeds, and track their progress in a plant diary.

Articles and how-tos

Short videos

Naming nature, putting life in order

How do you name and categorise 80 million specimens, let alone all known life on Earth?

How does a polar bear stay warm?

There is more to polar bear fur than meets the eye. Mammals Curator Roberto Portela Miguez explains.

Spot the difference: butterfly or moth?

With so many similarities between moths and butterflies, how can we tell the two apart?

How do peanuts grow?

Plants disperse their seeds in a variety of ways, but one of the oddest may be the peanut plant.

Butterflies emerge from their chrysalises

Watch as a flutter of blue morphos Morpho peleides emerge from their pupal state.

Show a bit more love to the humble earthworm

There are 27 different species of earthworm in the British Isle, and they have important work to do.

In the Museum

Workshops and shows

Ocean Life and Habitat Show

Come on an adventure and help our scientists explore the seas, from the sunlit corals to the midnight depths.

South Kensington


Wildlife Garden

Explore nature in our flourishing Wildlife Garden, a tranquil haven for plants and animals in the heart of London.

South Kensington