Diversity of Life

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Cost: £50

Duration: 90 Minutes

Subject: Science

Numbers:  30 max.

Level: KS3

Adults: One adult per 15 students

Session Summary

The natural world is full of a huge variety of living things, all shapes and sizes from the weird to the wonderful. In this interactive workshop, your students will explore the diversity of life on earth and investigate what threatens it. Covering topics such as adaptation, variation and classification, this workshop provides students an opportunity to examine and get hands-on with real museum specimens. This session is normally delivered by a current PhD researcher from the University of Manchester allowing pupils to also find out more about university life.

“This was an excellent workshop that kept our students engaged throughout. It was very clear they enjoyed the session!” – Teacher comment

“I liked examining the skulls because I got to touch different animals” – Pupil comment

Session Outcomes

Pupils will:

  • Be introduced to the diverse and rich mix of living organisms on the planet
  • Learn how a universal system of classification is required so that scientists all over the world can organise living things (Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species)
  • Use keys to classify a range of specimens from the Museum collection
  • Develop close observational skills by examining specimens carefully and identifying specific features
  • Work in small groups to solve the tasks set in the session
  • Be encouraged to explain and justify the conclusions they come to when presenting their ideas to the rest of the class
  • Learn that inter-specific variation is the difference between organisms of different species
  • Learn that intra-specific variation is the difference between organisms of the same species
  • Be encouraged to ask questions about university life and careers in science

Gallery Time

During this workshop students will visit our Living Worlds gallery.

If you are planning to spend time exploring other galleries at the Museum either before or after your session please tell us this when you complete our “Make a Booking” form, below.

Make a Booking

If you are unsure whether this session would be suitable for your group, please speak with our bookings coordinator on 0161 275 2630 or email school.bookings@manchester.ac.uk


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