Get the most out of your visit with our Explore and Discover gallery activity resources for Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils (ages 5-11).
Pupils are challenged to answer questions, make sketches, discuss ideas and evaluate evidence as they journey through the galleries. A fun, interactive cover can be detached and taken home.
Explore and Discover resources cost 50p if booked and paid for in advance. Please order by telephoning our bookings line on +44 (0)20 7942 5555. The full range with downloadable teachers’ notes including curriculum links, answers and certificates are below.
Animal parts: Take the animal adventure PDF (3.0 MB)
Explore the similarities and differences between us and other animals. Make comparisons and use appropriate words to describe a range of animals.
Teacher's notes and certificate PDF (2.0 MB)
Growing up: Play the growing game PDF (2.2 MB)
Learn about the human life cycle, how a new baby grows and how birds look after their young.
Teacher's notes and certificate PDF (3.0 MB)
Materials: Unearth the Treasure game PDF (2.0 MB)
Explore the similarities and differences between different rocks, making comparisons and describing them. Use senses to explore and recognise different materials.
Teachers' notes and certificate PDF (277.0 KB)
Gallery: Earth’s Treasury gallery
Adaptation: Find nature's solutions PDF (2.3 MB)
Look at a range of different birds and other animals to see how their bodies are adapted to suit their way of life.
Animal skeletons: Rattle the bones quiz PDF (2.1 MB)
Look at a range of animal skeletons and compare them to humans. Then think about how human joints affect our movement.
Creepy crawlies: Beat the bug puzzle PDF (2.3 MB)
Explore the Creepy Crawlies gallery and learn more about the lives of these animals and how they survive in their habitats.
Dinosaurs: Take the comparisons test PDF (2.4 MB)
Explore dinosaurs and how they were adapted to their way of life.
Food chains and keys: Join the feeding frenzy PDF (2.5 MB)
Identify predator and prey and the food eaten by different animals, then link this information into a food chain. Use keys to identify animals.
Growing and changing: Uncover the life cycle mystery PDF (2.7 MB)
Pupils will learn about the life cycle of humans and other animals.
Teachers' notes and certificate PDF (512.2 KB)
Book all school activities in advance on +44 (0)20 7942 5555. Lines are open Monday-Friday from 8.30-16.00 during term time and 10.00-13.00 in the holidays.
Last year nearly 100,000 specimens were loaned to scientific institutions and researchers worldwide.