Key Stage 3 Workshops

Anglo-Saxon Battle Game (KS2/ Year 7 – 8) Recreate a battle using hundreds of model soldiers in our exciting strategy game. Listen to a true 7th century story, discuss the origins of the Hoard and make a card game to take away.

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 learn how to persuade people to conserve your chosen artifact 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 (KS3/4) Investigate replica human and ape skulls from the ancient past to look for evidence of human evolution.

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]