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:

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Loan Box Information

 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. We have compiled a selection of rocks and fossils - both replica and real - for teachers and educators to use. We require a minimum of 4 weeks notice to prepare a loan box. Loan boxes cannot be posted and must be collected and returned from and to the museum.

Fossils Loan Box

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".

Rocks Loan Box

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.

Virtual Fossils Loan Box

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:

 Download the Virtual Fossils Loan Box (PDF 2.02MB)


Workshop Information

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. If you have a smaller group but are interested in visiting the museum, please contact the museum for more information.

Mighty Monsters (KS1 / KS2)

From giant dragonflies to the fearsome T-Rex, discover some of the largest animals to live on Earth.

Explore where these creatures roamed, how they lived and what they ate. Handle fossils from the museum collection and discover what we can learn about the amazing animals which once lived on Earth. You’ll even get to create your own fossil!

National Curriculum Links

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

Soil Science (KS1/KS2)

Delve into the science of the soil beneath your feet.

Explore what soil is made up of and its important role in life on Earth. Investigate how we can separate and identify the materials and use our microscopes to get up close to the world below us.

 National Curriculum Links

  • Properties and changes of materials
  • Rocks and soil
  • Working scientifically

Rocks (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.

National Curriculum Links

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

Volcanoes and Earthquakes (KS1/KS2)

Discover our Earth’s fiery nature.

What are natural hazards and how do they form? Witness an experimental volcanic eruption and see if you would survive an earthquake!

Pupils will interact with the museum’s collections to discover just how destructive natural hazards can be!

 National Curriculum Links

  • Volcanoes and Earthquakes
  • Use of everyday materials
  • Working scientifically

Fossils and Evolution (KS2)

Explore the evolution of living things through the fossil record.

Discover how animals become adapted to their environment, how their fossils were preserved and finish by making your own trilobite!

 National Curriculum Links

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

Mary Anning (KS2)

Famous palaeontologist Mary Anning needs your help to uncover the fossil secrets of the coast! Explore fossils and how they’re made, marine reptiles and how they lived and the amazing life of this famous historical figure.

 National Curriculum Links

  • Life of a significant historical figure
  • Living things and their habitats
  • Fossils
  • Working scientifically