Key Stage 2 at Tring

A school workshop at Tring with two schoolchildren holding a glass case with a stuffed hedgehog

How to book

For questions and bookings, email or call us on +44 (0)20 7942 6177.

We recommend booking at least a month in advance.

Visit our Essential information for school visits page for further advice.

Explore our regular workshops for Key Stage 2 pupils or download worksheets in advance of your visit.

Most of our free workshops can accommodate up to 32 students at a time. 

Activity sheets

Download worksheets for free curriculum-linked activities, based on close observation of specimens on display. You can book clipboards in advance for use around the galleries.

Self-guided tours

Encourage children to ask questions and discuss animal features with our self-guided tours. The tours are designed for use by an adult leading a small group of children.


All workshops last around 45 minutes.


Explore different teeth and their functions. Examine skulls to predict animal diets.

Curriculum links:

  • identify that animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition, and that they cannot make their own food, getting nutrition instead from what they eat
  • identify the different types of teeth in humans and their simple functions
  • scientific enquiry skills


Discover different types of skeletons and compare vertebrate skeletons. Predict patterns of movements, methods of support and protection.

Curriculum links:

  • identify that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement
  • scientific enquiry skills 

Introduction to classification

Find out why scientists classify animals. Observe the differences between vertebrates and use keys to group animals.

Curriculum links:

  • explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment
  • scientific enquiry skills

Advanced classification

Enjoy our updated workshop to explore the world of classification in four activities:

  • deciphering scientific names
  • using keys
  • sorting invertebrates
  • drawing animals based on descriptions

Curriculum links:

  • describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences, including micro-organisms, plants and animals
  • give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics
  • scientific enquiry skills


Uncover species adaptations, explore oddities and generate species' future adaptations to help them to survive.

Curriculum links:

  • identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution
  • scientific enquiry skills

Prehistoric detectives

Delve into prehistoric life and become detectives. Explore what the Earth was like around the age of the dinosaurs, what other animals existed and the process of fossilisation. Investigate real fossils to identify what they are and when they are from. 

Suitable for Year 3

45 minutes

Please note there are no dinosaurs on permanent display at Tring.

Curriculum links:

  • recognise that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago
  • describe in simple terms how fossils are formed when things that have lived are trapped within rock
  • find out about the works of palaeontologists such as Mary Anning

After your visit to the Museum, extend your dinosaur knowledge with these free cross-curricular activities.