Real World Science
Real World Science workshops are hands on, investigative science sessions developed in partnership with the Natural History Museum. They enrich the normal school curriculum, offering access to museum collections not normally on display.
Sessions have practical elements, develop scientific skills and introduce problems encountered by working scientists. Students are encouraged to question and hypothesise, to observe and measure and then use those ideas and data to make sense of the world around them.
Real World Science: 99% Ape? Human Evolution Workshop. (KS2/3/4) Investigate replica human and ape skulls from the ancient past to look for evidence of human evolution.
Real World Science: All Change (KS2/3/4) Examine evolutionary adaptations by comparing and contrasting organisms from our fabulous collection of skulls, skeletons and stuffed animals.
Real World Science: Gallery Shoot (KS2/3/4) Explore one of our permanent galleries, take photos and learn how to persuade people to conserve your chosen artefact or specimen.
Real World Science: 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.
Real World Science: 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. [Risk Assessment PDF]
Real World Science: Beetling About (KS2/3/4) Examine beautiful beetles from our collection and discover the benefits of classification. Identify samples by completing our binomial keys.
Real World Science: 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 how seeing things has evolved and about adaptation and camouflage. [Risk Assessment PDF]
Real World Science: Fossils (KS2/3/4): This session explains how fossils form; what they tell us about how life has changed on Earth; how to recognise different sorts of fossils and how to handle and investigate specimens carefully. Pupils will use our moulds to cast a plaster fossil, practise drawing and recording fossils in hand specimen using items from our collection dating from 600 Million years ago to the last glaciation less than 1 Million years ago. [Risk Assessment PDF]