UCL Museums & Collections
Outreach sessions for KS2
We run hands-on curriculum-linked workshops in schools, using object-based learning with genuine museum artefacts. Our learning team offer the only schools outreach service for Egyptian archaeology in London. Other topics include Natural History, Earth Sciences and Ancient Greece.
The sessions typically last one hour with one class (approx 30 students) and we can visit between two and four classes in one school in a day. We support the Primary and Curricula and are happy to discuss other ways of working in your school. To book or enquire about outreach services please contact the Head of Learning and Access.
Outreach workshops are free for state Primary schools in the boroughs of Camden, Islington and Newham. We may be able to provide additional Earth Sciences workshops charged at cost, please enquire for details.
You can choose from the following workshops supporting these subjects:
Teeth and Eating
- What are the different types of teeth?
- What are the teeth for?
- Herbivores, Carnivores and Omnivores
Habitats and Adaptations
- Predators and Prey
- How do animals protect themselves?
- Adapting to your environment
- ON REQUEST: Conservation
A fast-paced introduction to Geology in the form of a geological challenge.
- handle and compare rocks
- identify minerals
- examine fossils
- identify basic equipment used by geologists
- learn how to use a geological map
Volcanoes and Igneous Rocks
- Learn about igneous processes and how they relate to tectonic plates.
- handle, examine and compare igneous rocks
- gain a simple knowledge of volcanoes
- understand the hazards relating to eruptions from a geological and geographical perspective
Sedimentary Rocks and Intro to Fossils
- handle, examine and compare sedimentary rocks
- begin to understand sedimentary processes occurring on Earth
- learn to describe in simple terms how fossils are formed when things get trapped within rock
- make a model of your own sea creature based on a fossil
Earthquakes and Metamorphic Rocks
- model seismic waves
- understand how fault lines in the Earth’s crust relate to earthquakes
- handle, examine and compare metamorphic rocks
- recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things
Workshops last 60-120 minutes depending on topic and can start from 10a.m.
All the Geology workshops are designed for Years 3 & 4 but can be a slightly adapted to be a good revision tool for Years 5 & 6
You can also have an additional Geo-walkabout Session for lower Key Stage 2 in an afternoon, following on from one of these in the morning. This consists of a
short walk around the school and focuses on the identification of earth materials (or earth derived materials) which make up the school building and its environment.
- Introduction to Ancient Egypt
- Rituals of mummification and its role in beliefs about life and death
- Ancient Egyptian understanding about the body and how bodies were mummified
- How to investigate objects
Ancient Greece (KS2)
- See similarities and differences between modern life and those of people in the past
- Look at clothing styles, art and architecture, children’s games, trade and commerce
- How to investigate objects