1 hour, onsite, all KS

Why do we need a skeleton? How do our bones move? How are animal skeletons different? Find the answers by handling real human and animal bones. Learn all about human bone identification and what we can discover about animals by looking at their bones in this captivating session.

What happens in this session?

Children become a scientist in our museum and measure, weigh and investigate animals and human bone specimens. They will discover what they can find out about an animal from the structure of its skeleton.

• Please let us know of any SEN/D needs of your class before your visit.

• Please ensure suitable adult supervision.

Aims of the session

1. To have fun and enjoy your time with us

2. To make comparisons between the skeletons of humans and other vertebrates

3. To learn how muscles allow animals to move

4. To understand what the design of bones can tell us about the lifestyles of different animals

5. To find out that some animals have an outer-exoskeleton and that some have neither a skeleton nor exoskeleton

6. To recognise how different animals have evolved and adapted specific body parts and how this is key to survival


Curriculum links


KS1/2/3: Working scientifically • Animals, including Humans • Living Things and their Habitats

Cross Curriculum Links: Literacy • Numeracy • Geography • Art • DT