Regular free workshops are linked to the Science and History curriculum at Key Stage 1 and 2. Led by Museum staff, the workshops last 30-45 minutes and are based on contact with real specimens from the Museum’s handling collection. 

A maximum of 32 children may attend any workshop. For primary school groups we recommend a minimum of one adult accompanying a maximum of 10 children. Please note the Investigating Mini-beasts workshop requires a ratio of one adult to five children.

Workshops include a variety of tasks and hands-on activities and are listed below. We are currently revising our workshops based on changes to the curriculum and may be able to offer workshops not listed below.

We welcome visits from Key Stage 3-5 groups, and groups of any age with special educational needs. Please call to discuss options for your visit.

Science curriculum Key Stage 1

Discovering Animals

Sort animals according to observable similarities and differences, and learn how and why scientists group animals.

Curriculum links:

  • Identify and name a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.
  • Describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals)
  • Scientific enquiry skills.

This workshop has replaced Variation and Living Things.

Investigating Mini-beasts

Find, identify and record a range of local mini-beasts and compare the mini-beasts found in different habitats. Please note: this workshop requires a ratio of one adult to five children and is held outdoors. In the event of wet weather, an alternative workshop will be offered, to be agreed when booking.

Curriculum links:

  • find out about the different kinds of animals in the local environment
  • group living things according to observable similarities and differences

Green plants

Observe a variety of plant species and produce labelled drawings showing a variety of plant structures.

Curriculum links:

  • recognise that plants need light and water to grow
  • recognise and name the leaf, flower, stem and root of flowering plants
  • recognise that seeds grow into flowering plants

Science Curriculum Key Stage 1 and 2

Dinosaurs and Fossils

Discuss the features of dinosaurs, create a simple timeline from Big Bang to present day, find out that fossils are the remains of animals and plants, learn that scientists examine fossils to find out about animals and plants that lived a long time ago and handle some real fossils.

Please note: there are no dinosaurs on permanent display at Tring, though there are birds, reptiles and a few ice age mammals.

Science curriculum Key Stage 2


Describe the function and shape of different types of teeth and predict the diet of a number of animals by examining their teeth.

Curriculum links:

  • understand the functions of teeth
  • understand the need for food for activity and growth


Compare skeletons and predict patterns of movement, methods of support and protection.

Curriculum links:

  • recognise that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles to support and protect their bodies and help them move


Group animals according to observable features.

Curriculum links:

  • recognise that the variety of animals makes it important to identify them and assign them to groups
  • know how animals can be identified and assigned to groups


Compare species from contrasting habitats and describe their adaptation to the environment.

Curriculum links:

  • understand how animals in two different habitats are suited to their environment

History curriculum Key Stage 1

Walter and his animals

Discuss Victorian interest in travel, science and discovery and learn about Rothschild, his collections and the history of the Museum.

Curriculum links:

  • explore the lives of significant people in British history
  • experience how people in the past lived in the local area

History curriculum Key Stage 2

Walter and his animals

Discuss Victorian interest in travel, science and discovery and learn about Rothschild, the content and significance of his collection and the history of the Museum.

Curriculum links:

  • investigate how the local area was affected by the work of a significant individual
  • study the impact of a significant individual’s work on society
Contact us

Learning Team
Natural History Museum
at Tring
The Walter Rothschild building
Akeman Street
Tring, Herts
HP23 6AP

Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 6177/6234

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