Key Stage 3 at Tring

A view of the galleries

Explore our workshops for students or download and print activity sheets in advance of your visit.

Our free workshops can accommodate up to 32 students at a time.

School visits, activities and workshops are free, but donations help support our vital work to look after nature and provide our learning programme. There is a recommended donation of £2 per child.

How to book

Visit our Essential information for school visits page to find out how to book and further information about your trip.

For questions and bookings, please email or call us on +44 (0)20 7942 6177 with full details of your intended visit.

Our school programme is very popular. We recommend booking at least a 6 weeks in advance.

  • Workshops

    Variation workshop

    Explore environmental and inherited variation and what this means for a species. Closely investigate specimens and make hypotheses.  

    Curriculum links:

    • heredity, the process by which genetic information is transmitted from one generation to the next
    • differences between species
    • the variation between species and between individuals of the same species means some organisms compete more successfully, which can drive natural selection
    • changes in the environment may leave individuals within a species, and some entire species, less adapted to compete successfully and reproduce, which in turn may lead to extinction
       

    Useful Museum resources:

    Urban Nature Investigation

    Explore urban nature on the Museum grounds and investigate the impacts humans are having. Carry out a fieldwork investigation to measure how invertebrates are impacted on in trampled and untrampled areas, and use specialist equipment to record results.

    60 minutes

    Curriculum links:

    • the interdependence of organisms in an ecosystem, including food webs and insect pollinated crops
    • how organisms affect, and are affected by, their environment, including the accumulation of toxic materials
    • ask questions and develop a line of enquiry based on observations of the real world, alongside prior knowledge and experience
    • make predictions using scientific knowledge and understanding
    • use appropriate techniques, apparatus, and materials during fieldwork and laboratory work, paying attention to health and safety
    • make and record observations and measurements using a range of methods for different investigations; and evaluate the reliability of methods and suggest possible improvements


    Useful Museum resources:

    Biodiversity and Conservation

    Discover the importance of biodiversity and what is threatening it today by investigating data, fact files and specimens in five case studies. Gather ideas about how to conserve these species and find out what action is being taken.

    Curriculum links:

    • Working scientifically
    • Data collection and analysis
    • The interdependence of organisms in an ecosystem, including food webs and insect pollinated crops
    • How organisms affect, and are affected by, their environment, including the accumulation of toxic materials
    • The importance of maintaining biodiversity and the use of gene banks to preserve hereditary material.
       

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    Art

    The galleries provide an opportunity for older students to practice their artistic skills and be inspired by the specimens on a number of levels.

    The specimens are a chance to study colour, pattern, texture and shape. The galleries can be used for:

    • study of still life, line drawing and painting
    • photography
    • understanding the cultural importance of specimens and art
       

    We can provide a short introduction to the galleries and their history, or handling specimens for close observation in a designated seated space.