Primary Schools

The Lapworth Museum of Geology offers a number of taught workshops as well as self-led trail sheets and loan boxes.

All workshops, school visits and loan boxes are free of charge and must be booked in advance. 

For more information on educational visits please contact: Lizzy Goodger (Learning and Community Development Officer) on e.goodger@bham.ac.uk

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Workshop Information - Sessions are now fully booked until April 2023

BOOKING FOR APRIL 2023 - JULY 2023 WILL OPEN 1ST MARCH

Our Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 workshops are developed in line with the National Curriculum. These one hour sessions are hands on, allowing pupils to explore and investigate the worlds of museums and geology. Our sessions can be tailored to your group's individual needs.

Please note: We can only run these educational sessions for groups of 8 or more pupils. If you have a smaller group but are interested in visiting the museum, please contact the museum for more information.

Let’s Investigate...Dinosaurs & the Jurassic! (KS1)

How big was an Allosaurus? Where did ichthyosaurs live? What did ammonites look like? Discover what fossils can tell us about ancient animals and have a go at making your own.

 Duration: ~45 Minutes

National Curriculum Links

  • Animals including humans
  • Fossils
  • Living things and their habitats
  • Working scientifically

Let's Investigate... Rocks (KS1 / KS2)

Geology Rocks! Discover the wonderful world of rocks by examining specimens through a series of scientific experiments.

Pupils will get the chance to use our microscopes, and will conduct experiments to determine porosity and hardness as they explore igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary.

 

Duration: ~ 1 hour

National Curriculum Links

  • Rocks and soil
  • Materials and their properties
  • Working scientifically

Let's Investigate... The Ice Age (KS1 / KS2)

Get up close to fossils and tools from the Ice Age! Explore how fossils and rocks can be trapped in ice and how they can be carried by glaciers, like many boulders in Birmingham.

Duration: ~1 hour

 National Curriculum Links

  • Animals including humans
  • Fossils
  • Living things and their habitats
  • Working scientifically

Let's Investigate...Volcanoes and Earthquakes (KS2)

Become volcanologists and seismologists for the session! Discover how and where volcanoes and earthquakes form, handle volcanic objects and have a go at creating a volcanic eruption! Finish the session by seeing if you can create an earthquake-proof building.

Duration: ~1.5 hours

 National Curriculum Links

  • Volcanoes and Earthquakes
  • Materials and their Properties
  • Working scientifically

Let's Investigate... Fossils (KS2)

Get hands on with fossils, explore how fossils form, discover what fossils can tell us about animals from the past and have a go at making a salt dough fossil to take home with you.

 Duration: ~ 1 hour

 National Curriculum Links

  • Living things and their habitats
  • Adaptation
  • Fossils
  • Working scientifically

Let's Investigate... Evolution (Upper Ks2)

Explore evolution through the fossil record. Discover how animals adapted to their environment, how fossils are formed and finish by creating your own creature!

Duration: ~1.5 hours

 National Curriculum Links

  • Evolution and Adaptation
  • Living things and their habitats
  • Fossils
  • Working scientifically

Let's Investigate... Sustainability (Upper KS2)

Explore how living sustainably can help our planet. Discover minerals used to create every day objects and investigate how reducing, recycling and reusing can make a huge difference to the world we live in.

Duartion: ~1.5 hours

National Curriculum Links

  • Materials and their Properties
  • Human Geography

Let's Discover... Mary Anning (Upper KS2)

Mary Anning needs your help to uncover fossil secrets! Explore fossils and how they’re made, marine reptiles and how they

 lived and the life of this famous historical figure.

Duration: ~1.5 hours

National Curriculum Links

  • Significant historical and scientific figure
  • Evolution and Adaptation
  • Living things and their habitats
  • Fossils
  • Working scientifically
  • Reading Comprehension

Let's Discover... The Museum Archives (Upper KS2)

What are museum archives and why are they important? Discover letters and documents from hundreds of years ago, solve the  jigsaws and create an archive of your own!

 Duration: ~ 1.5 hours

National Curriculum Links

  • Creative Writing
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Recording Observations