Key stage 1

The Museum is an inspiring setting for learning, offering a range of fun and informative hands-on sessions and online resources. Visits are up to two hours long and include a 45-minute handling workshop and a self-guided trail in the Museum. Sessions involve groupwork, discussion and problem-solving activities based on handling Museum specimens, and are linked to the national curriculum. Please book to arrange your visit.

Discovering Dinosaurs

Role-play fossilisation and discover how fossils are formed. Children handle real dinosaur fossils, from teeth and bones to footprints and fossilised poo. They see for themselves what these objects can tell us about the world of the dinosaurs.

Spectacular Skeletons

Discover why every animal on the planet has a skeleton, through close observation and handling of our real Museum specimens – from worms and jellyfish to lion skulls and elephant bones. In this session we investigate three different types of skeleton, and embed the children’s learning through mime and movement.

The Variety of Life

How do we group all the animals on our planet? What’s the difference between a vertebrate and an invertebrate? Use our touchable specimens to discover the answer. Find out who Carl Linnaeus was, and why his system of classification is so important for scientists.

Insect collection at the Museum of Natural History

The Variety of Life session outline

Bugs and their Habitats

What makes a bug a bug? We investigate a range of different insects and minibeasts, both carnivores and herbivores, exploring how they grow, which microhabitats they inhabit and the roles that they each play. Examine real Museum specimens and have a go at handling a live bug!

The diversity of insects - Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Bugs and their Habitats session outline

A visitor holding a coackroach at the Museum

Bugs and their Habitats trail

List of site pages