Natural World Workshops

Explore science topics including Growing Plants, Bones & Skeletons, Animal Quest (habitats), Wonderful Water (the water cycle) and Dinosaurs.

  • Growing Plants

    Keystages: KS1, KS2
    Subject: STEM

    Pupils will discover what different plants need to grow well, learn about what plant parts do and explore seeds, including the Coco-de-Mer, the largest seed in the world.

    This 40 minute introduction is then followed by a Winter Gardens visit to explore different plants and seeds on a Ladybird Trail (KS1) or Growing Plants trail (KS2) and to plant their own seeds to grow back in the classroom. This session is 90 minutes long. A 60 minute session is available for teachers bringing three classes in a day.

    Charges: £75 for a class of up to 35 pupils. Half price for groups of 15 or less.

    Other information: Can be adapted for SEND pupils.

  • Bones & Skeletons

    Keystages: KS2
    Subject: STEM

    Pupils will learn why our bones are important when they meet Professor Bonio, our replica human skeleton.  Activities include naming bones, learning about joints and singing a bones song with actions. Working in pairs the class will then investigate the differences and similarities in animal skeletons through examining real animal bones. The session is 60 minutes long.

    Charges: £50 for a class of up to 35 pupils. Half price for groups of 15 or less.

    Other Information: Can be adapted for SEND pupils.

  • The Winter Gardens Ladybird Trail

    Keystages: EYFS, KS1
    Subject: Science

    This teacher led resource will help the class to explore green plants and what they need to grow and stay healthy. The children can compare sizes of plants, and investigate different flowers, fruits and seeds. This resource is free but booking is essential.

    Charges: Free

    Other Information: Suitable for SEND pupils

  • Wonderful Water

    At Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

    Keystages: KS1, KS2
    Subject: STEM, Geography, Citizenship

    Follow a droplet of water as it travels through the water cycle in an interactive 45 minute introduction. Find out how to save water in the home and at school. Using the Wonderful Water backpacks the class will then get to explore how water is used by plants, animals and people on a teacher-led activity trail through the Museum and Winter Gardens.

    Charges: £50 for a class of up to 35 pupils. Half price for groups of 15 or less.

    Other Information: Can be adapted for SEND pupils.

  • Animal Quest; Hares, Hedgehogs, Herring Gulls and Spiders!

    Keystages: EYFS, KS1
    Subject: Science

    Come and find out about our local wildlife, including hares, hedgehogs, herring gulls and spiders. Discover the habitats they live in and some of the adaptations they have to their environment. Your class will then get the opportunity to use our amazing animal bags to investigate these different animals. The bags encourage exploration through movement, senses and role play.

    This session has a 45 minute introduction by museum staff, which includes more creatures from the collections, followed by a teacher-led session with the animal bags.

    Charges: £50 for a class of up to 35 pupils. Half price for groups of 15 or less.

    Other Information: Can be adapted for SEND pupils.

  • Dino Delights

    Keystages: EYFS, KS1

    Subject: Science, Art, Literacy

    Bring your class for an immersive dinosaur adventure with themed songs, stories, hat making and trails around the Winter Gardens to find dinosaurs and fossils. This session is 60 minutes long.

    Charges: £50 per class of up to 35 pupils. Half price for groups of 15 or less.

    Other Information: Can be adapted for SEND pupils.

  • Under the Sea

    Keystages: EYFS, KS1

    Subject: Science, Art, Literacy

    Bring your class for an immersive ‘Under the Sea’ adventure with themed songs, stories, hat making and trails around the museum to find different sea creatures. This session is 60 minutes long.

    Charges: £50 per class of up to 35 pupils. Half price for groups of 15 or less.

    Other Information: Can be adapted for SEND pupils.