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.
Compare items that are living, dead and have never been alive, and look at the characteristics of life.
Group animals according to observable features and discuss variation within a species and between species.
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.
Observe a variety of plant species and produce labelled drawings showing a variety of plant structures.
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.
Describe the function and shape of different types of teeth and predict the diet of a number of animals by examining their teeth.
Compare skeletons and predict patterns of movement, methods of support and protection.
Group animals according to observable features.
Compare species from contrasting habitats and describe their adaptation to the environment.
Walter and his animals
Discuss Victorian interest in travel, science and discovery and learn about Rothschild, his collections and the history of the Museum.
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.