Key stage 3 science sessions

Key stage 3 sessions offer students the opportunity to handle Museum specimens and take part in object-based activities involving group work and discussion. In addition to the workshops below, we are happy to tailor sessions for your students and curriculum needs.
Sessions can be combined with a visit to the Botanic Garden or the Museum of the History of Science. Please use our booking form or send us an email.

Our sessions

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The Age of the Earth

How old is the Earth and how do we know? Students compare the work of geologists, physicists, chemists and biologists, and find out how all have made a contribution to our understanding of geological time and the processes that have shaped landscapes and life on the planet.

Students filming the T rex

Dinosaur Day: ideas and evidence

How do scientists use evidence to explore the unknown? Students handle a variety of types of fossil evidence, and use a range of skills to find out how scientists build up an accurate idea of the prehistoric world and how this idea changes as new evidence is discovered.

Colourful insects

The Colour of Nature

Why are there so many colours in the natural world? This practical workshop links key stage 3 biology and physics, and encourages students to consider what colour is, the different ways it is produced and how it is an adaptation in the natural world.

Antigonis felderi butterfly

Museum Maths

Why do we see so many patterns in nature? This cross-curricular session considers the significance of symmetry in the natural world and links with a session at the Museum of the History of Science.

Secondary school study days

Each year, the Museum hosts a number of study days for Key Stages 4 to 5 (and Christmas lectures for Key Stage 3). Here are the sessions we have planned for 2019. We'll update this page with more information closer to the event. 

Lower Cambrian of Ella Ø, North-East Greenland

KS4/5 Geography – Let’s Talk About Climate; Tuesday 8th October 10am to 3pm


KS4 Science – First Animals, Wednesday 20th November, 10am to 4pm

Betsy Tyler Bell

KS5 Biology – First Animals, Friday 22nd November, 10am to 3pm

Rocks at the Museum of Natural History in Oxford

KS5 Earth Science – Rocks and Fossils, Wednesday 27th November, 10am to 3pm

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KS5 Biology – Inside Cells Wednesday 4th December, 10am to 3pm

Advent Calendar

KS3 Christmas Science Lectures (10am until midday) Every day between Monday 9th December to Friday 13th December

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