Early Years Workshops

We have a number of workshops designed for younger children. They are interactive and hands-on, with learning points broken up by fun activities and discussions.

Animal Encounter - Please note: 30 minutes long

A chance for children to meet and interact with the animals in our Discovery Centre. The education officer will introduce the animals along with some fun facts about them! Children will get to touch some of the animals and handle our biological artefacts which could include leopard fur, hippo teeth, snake skin, ostrich eggs, alligator heads, elephant tusks and much more.

Dinosaur Discovery – 45 minutes (not suitable for nursery/foundation 1)

In the role of paleontologists, pupils will investigate a range of dinosaurs to discover what they ate, how they moved around, what they looked and felt like, and the fact that they are now extinct. They will then conduct their own fossil dig to find and assemble a 2D dinosaur skeleton. Within this interactive workshop, pupils will even meet one living reptile!

Minibeasts & Hungry Caterpillars

After reading a fantastic story, we look at the life cycle of a butterfly and touch creepy crawlies! We will look at how many legs insects have and the different body parts they have compared to us.

Come and count with us

This interactive and fun session takes place in our Discovery Centre classroom. Children will help our steam engine keep check on his friends by counting them at the end of their busy day. We will also look at counting a range of items that appear in his everyday life and how important numbers are.

KS1 Workshops

Children will explore some biological artefacts and live animals to really enhance these subjects! The information below refers to session content for children in Key Stage 1. Please contact the Education Officer for more details. All of our KS1 sessions are 45 minutes long unless otherwise stated.

Animal Encounter- Please note: 30 minutes long

A chance for children to meet and interact with the animals in our Discovery Centre. The education officer will introduce the animals along with some fun facts about them! Children will get to touch some of the animals and handle our biological artefacts which could include leopard fur, hippo teeth, snake skin, ostrich eggs, alligator heads, elephant tusks and much more.

Teeth and Eating

This session gives an overview of the main different types of feeding strategies an animal can have: carnivore, herbivore and omnivore. It also looks at how an animal’s teeth are adapted to their diet, with the use of real skulls to demonstrate mammalian teeth. We will then cover food chains and how the natural world is interconnected, and the important jobs that certain animals perform.

Dinosaur Discovery

In the role of paleontologists, pupils will investigate a range of dinosaurs to discover what they ate, how they moved around, what they looked and felt like, and the fact that they are now extinct. They will then conduct their own fossil dig to find and assemble a dinosaur skeleton. Within this interactive workshop, pupils will even meet one living reptile!

Habitats and Adaptation

This session gives an overview of habitats and animal adaptation, using case studies to demonstrate these principles. Children will learn what a habitat is and the different world habitats, characteristics of the rainforest, grasslands, and desert, as well as looking in depth at how some of our Discovery Centre animals are adapted to these familiar habitats. We will also take a quick look at some weird creatures!