Site: Discovery Centre
A member of staff or freelancer leads this activity.
The Discovery Centre is a one-stop shop for getting up close to animal specimens that you can’t find at school, from 4 billion year old fossils to gorilla skulls.
This workshop can be focussed in different ways depending on your topic, and differentiated for different year groups:
- Classification: how do scientists make sense of the amazing variety of life? Investigate similarities and differences between and within species and record using simple keys.
- Habitats: What makes a good home for an animal? What happens when that environment changes? Use animal skulls and teeth to look at adaption over time in relation to environment.
- Skeletons and nutrition: Who eats what (or who) and why? How do different animals, including humans, move? Why do we need to eat well? Use animal skeletons and specimens to explore food chains, predator and prey relationships, diet and nutrition.
- Evolution: Where did we come from? Why do animals look the way they do now? Who hasn’t survived? Use fossils to look at changes over time and extinction for less successful adaptations
All workshops at the Discovery Centre include a tour or our museum store where we house the million objects looked after by Leeds Museums and Galleries.
These workshops can also be run as outreach in school, ask us for details.
“It was brilliant for me as a teacher of children with BESD (behaviour, emotional, social difficulties) to observe the children participating in science activities so enthusiastically!” KS2 teacher from Specialist Learning Centre
For more information, contact the Learning & Access Officer on 0113 378 2102.
KS1 Science: 2a Humans and other animals; 4a Variation and Classification
KS2 Science: 1a Life Processes; 2a-h Humans and other animals
Cost: £60 per class
Maximum numbers: Class of 30