School Workshops all other information about visiting including the all-important prices and timings, please see our Education Home Page. 

Animals & adaptations

Science: KS1 Animals; KS2 Animals and Living things & their habitats

Art & Design: KS1 and KS2 Produce creative work, range of materials and observations; KS3 Observation and range of techniques and media

Handle and observe animals from our natural history collection, learn about food chains, predators and prey, night and day, examine their features in detail and create tactile animal portraits

This workshop works especially well alongside ‘Living things & their habitats’

Living things & their habitats

Science: KS1 Animals; KS2 Animals and Living things & their habitats

Identify living things in their natural habitats with a creature crawl and pond-dipping in the Secret Garden, plus a visit to the museum to view the Natural History collection, which includes mammals and birds too shy, too small, too rare to see in the wild!

To get the best out of this workshop, April to October is recommended

This workshop is ideally linked with ‘Animals & Adaptations’

Tudor princes, pests & pennies: Tudor attitudes to wildlife

History: KS1 significant historical events, people and places in their own locality; KS2 study of an aspect or theme in British history beyond 1066; KS3 the development of Church, state and society in Britain 1509 – 1745

Science: KS1 Animals; KS2 Animals and Living things & their habitats

Mathematics: KS1 developing confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers and counting; KS2 solving problems with addition and subtraction using concrete objects and pictorial representations; KS3 add and subtract numbers mentally.

How much did the Tudors pay for a fox’s head and why? What does a mole’s coat feel like? Which animal did they believe turned into a witch? A very engaging, cross-curricular session using the natural history collection to learn about Tudor folklore & attitudes.

This workshop works very well alongside ‘At home with the Tudors’ and ‘Tudor toys & games’

Natural History Outreach Workshops

Can’t come to us? Then let us come to you. What better way is there to get pupils engaged in science, that getting up close and personal with animals so elusive, you rarely see them even in the wild?

The John Moore Museum provides full and half day workshops for schools teaching Science: Sc2 Life processes and living things for key stages 1 and 2. We will bring a variety of animals from our Natural History collection, many of which can be handled. Our outreach visits will focus on:

  • Variations and classifications
  • Living things in their environment, including habitats and adaptations

We offer handouts on all the animals and are more than happy to adapt our package to suit your requirements.

12525-D-007Resources include: Otters, Badgers, Foxes, Hedgehogs, Pygmy Shrews, Bats, Moles, Kingfishers, Kestrels, Herons, Woodpeckers, Owls & many other examples of native woodland, wetland, farmland & garden wildlife. We don’t tend to bring all of the above so let us know if there are particular animals you’d like your group to see.

We generally recommend that an outreach session lasts 2 hours with a break in the middle. Though some schools like to book one session in the morning and one in the afternoon, for example, if there are two classes in the same year.

A 2 hour workshop costs £40, plus travel expenses (40p per mile). Setting up time and breaks are not included in the 2 hours.

Outreach sessions normally involves objects from the museum collection and therefore we will require a table on which to display them. For full day bookings, these valuable items will need to be in a lockable space or room over lunch. Other items such as a projector or specific seating arrangements will be discussed with you in advance.

Whilst our staff are very experienced at working with children, we ask that teaching staff remain with the group.

For an additional £25, you can borrow the animals for up to two weeks to continue with your class work.

Please note: our Natural History collection species are victims of accident, predators or natural causes. The museum never kills animals for display.

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