Primary Schools

Our Primary school offers are designed to engage and inspire your pupils with the wonders of rocks, fossils, volcanoes and earthquakes! Whether you’re looking for activity ideas, talks or objects in the classroom, we’re here to help you bring Earth Sciences to life.

All sessions are free of charge and must be booked in advance. For more information about these sessions or loan boxes please contact:

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Virtual Lapworth Museum Tour (KS1, KS2)

 

Engage your pupils with an online tour of the museum and discover some incredible objects and facts along the way. Meet Roary our Allosaurus and learn how scientists use evidence to understand his past. A PDF activity sheet can be shared before the session and pupils can ask questions as we virtually explore.

After a general museum tour, the session can then be tailored to each group’s requirements and can focus on:

  • Dinosaurs
  • Fossils and Evolution
  • Rocks, Volcanoes and Earthquakes
  • Mary Anning

Fossils Loan Box (Ks1, KS2)

Loan boxes are a fantastic way to engage pupils with rocks and fossils in the classroom when a trip to the museum is not possible. 

The Fossils Loan Box contains a selection of replica and real fossils. These include teeth, claws, ammonites, trace fossils and a Smilodon skull.

This loan box comes with a printed information pack for teachers as well as possible activities and worksheets to be used in the classroom. Throughout the document there are also links to 3D models of fossils from the museum collection which can be shared on a large screen. These links require access to the internet and are hosted on the website "Sketchfab".

We require a minimum of 2 weeks’ notice to prepare a loan box. Loan boxes cannot be posted and must be collected and returned from and to the museum.

Rocks Loan Box (KS1, KS2)

Loan boxes are a fantastic way to engage pupils with rocks and fossils in the classroom when a trip to the museum is not possible. 

The Rocks Loan Box contains a selection of rocks from each phase of the rock cycle. These include sandstone, limestone, granite, basalt, gneiss and schist. The loan box also has a focus on volcanoes, containing volcanic ash, tuff and a volcanic bomb.

This loan box comes with a printed information pack for teachers as well as possible activities and worksheets to be used in the classroom.

We require a minimum of 2 weeks’ notice to prepare a loan box. Loan boxes cannot be posted and must be collected and returned from and to the museum.

Virtual Loan Box (KS1, KS2)

Explore the geological past from your educational setting and discover more about ancient inhabitants of our modern world!

At the Lapworth Museum of Geology, we believe everyone should have the opportunity to engage and connect with our collections. We recognise that loan boxes are fantastic for handling specimens but sometimes accessing loan boxes can be difficult. Location or circumstance should not be a barrier. Therefore, we have compiled a Virtual Fossils Loan Box.

This document contains information about fossils in the museum collections. It provides an introduction to fossils, how fossils are formed and the different types of fossil. Throughout the document there will be links to 3D models created at the Lapworth Museum of Geology. There are also some suggested activities and worksheets at the end of the document.

The museum uses a platform called Sketchfab to publish and share its 3D digital models. The main Sketchfab Page for the museum can be found here: https://sketchfab.com/LapworthMuseum

 Download the Virtual Fossils Loan Box (PDF 2.02MB)

NEW: Primary Teachers' Forum

The Lapworth Museum of Geology has had an active primary education programme since 2016 and as we continue to expand our offers, we want to keep it current and up to date with what teachers want!

What is it?

The Primary School Teachers’ Forum is a place for primary educators to share their thoughts and ideas about the Lapworth’s primary school offer. There will be opportunities to explore resources before they’re released, to be part of upcoming projects and to be part of shaping the future of the Lapworth primary programme.

Why join?

  • See, trial and feedback on new resources and workshops including loan boxes and in –school visits
  • Reserved spaces within our booking calendar for Primary schools within the forum
  • Opportunities to be involved in local and national projects e.g. creating temporary exhibitions
  • Network with other local educators to share best practise
  • Counts towards the Primary Science Quality Mark assessment

Where will we meet?

Initially, meetings will be scheduled on Zoom. Ultimately, we will schedule one meeting online and one meeting in the museum each year.

Who is involved?

All Primary school teaching staff and teaching assistants are welcome. We hope to have representation of Primary schools from across Birmingham and the West Midlands, including SEND school representatives.

When will it be?

The first forum will be held in July. A date and time will be confirmed through a poll to identify the best time for participants.

Forums will then be scheduled once every six months.

Contact Information

If you are interested in being a part of the first Primary Forum meeting in July, please contact our Learning and Community Development Officer - Lizzy Goodger: e.goodger@bham.ac.uk