Hands on investigative science sessions developed in partnership with the Natural History Museum. Mix and match your choice from the following one hour sessions.
The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery
All Change (KS2/3/4) Examine evolutionary adaptations by comparing and contrasting organisms from our fabulous collection of skulls and stuffed animals.
Gallery Shoot (KS2/3/4) Explore one of our permanent galleries, take photos and persuade us to conserve your chosen artefact or specimen.
Great Shakes (KS3/4) Understand plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes and risk management.
Hoard Hunter (KS2/3/4) Use a metal detector and find some treasure. Would you recognise treasure if you found it? Learn about the science of metal detecting and the ethics of treasure hunting.
Fossils, Micro-fossils and a Blind Date (KS2/3/4) Use binocular microscopes to discover what is hiding in the ancient dust. See how evolution informs the oil industry.
Beetling About (KS2/3/4) Examine beautiful beetles from our collection and discover the benefits of classification. Identify samples by completing our binomial keys.
The Colour of Nature (KS2/3/4) Does colour mean the same to us all? Why do some animals blend in while others stand out? Investigate real specimens from nature from the museums collection. Learn about adaptation and camouflage.
99% Ape? Human Evolution Workshop Investigate replica human and ape skulls from the ancient past to look for evidence of human evolution.
Gladstone Pottery Museum
Microbes and Disease Find out about Victorian diseases and subsequent advances through the sights and smells of our 1840s back yard. Discover the horrors of environmental health in the pot banks of the past.
Invisible and Dangerous Measure a molecule, isolate an atom, and recognise radiation in this investigative science workshop. How do we detect things that are too small to see?
Feel the Heat Temperatures will rise as your team conduct experiments Investigating how heat flows. Fire a model bottle oven and learn about the technological challenges of firing ceramics.