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School visits in 2021

Accepting bookings now

We are looking forward to welcoming school groups back into the museum and have been working on ways to ensure that our staff, volunteers and visiting school groups remain safe. Please see the information below for booking a visit in 2021. All bookings are subject to change in accordance with government guidance.

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Virtual School Sessions:

We are pleased to have launched our digital sessions, delivered by a member of the Museum’s learning team from the Museum’s galleries into your classroom. Please see the menu option on the left or click the link for more information and how to book: Virtual School Sessions

School visits available from 1st September 2021

We hope to be able offer independent, self-led visits for school from September.

This includes a welcome and introduction to the museum spaces by a member of Museum staff and time in the galleries with self-led trails and guides. Scroll down this page to 'self-led visits' to download our curriculum-linked trails.

Availability

Self-led visits (from September) are available on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings; 10:00-11:00am. Our spaces are able to accommodate one class of around 30 students at any one time. Please bear this availability in mind when completing your booking enquiry form.

If you have more than one class hoping to visit on the same day, please do let us know. We advise submitting a request at least 2 weeks in advance to avoid disappointment and allow time to receive a confirmation.

Our lunchroom is not available at this time.

All bookings are subject to change in accordance with government guidance.

School visits available from January 2022

We hope to be able to return to our regular offer for school visits from January 2022. This includes facilitated visits by a member of Museum staff and use of the lunchroom. All bookings are subject to change in accordance with government guidance.

School Visits

There is no charge for our standard school sessions, but donations are welcomed to support the Museum learning programme (recommended donation of £3 per child).

If you are a UK based school wishing to visit the Museum with your class, please use the booking form to make a request. Please note that the Museum is closed on Mondays. We advise submitting a request at least 2 weeks in advance to avoid disappointment and allow time to receive a confirmation.

All other groups should use our group booking form (including international schools) or language school booking form.

Museum-led workshops for school groups

1-2 hours long led by a member of the Museum Learning Team. All Museum-led workshops support the National Curriculum, and are available for KS1-2. These taught sessions include hands-on activities and time exploring the Museum galleries, and are available on the themes of KS1 Habitats, Lower KS2 Skeletons and Upper KS2 Evolution and Adaptations. A member of our team will contact you to discuss the content and other details of your visit. We are happy to discuss bespoke taught sessions in the Museum, but because of the extra work required we do charge for this service.

Museum-led workshops are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during term time.

For further information on each available school session please follow the links below:

Habitats for key stage 1

Skeletons for lower key stage 2

Evolution for upper key stage 2

Museum-led workshops for Special Educational Needs

Our Museum-led workshops combine hands-on activities with gallery exploration, and are great for students with a variety of learning styles or additional access needs. Our teaching team are happy to discuss the content of your session and any other details that may be useful in helping your students make the most of their visit. To book a visit please complete an enquiry form or get in touch with any questions via umzc@zoo.cam.ac.uk

Meet the Experts for Secondary Schools

Our Meet the Experts programme provides engaging, current science sessions, led by scientists from the University of Cambridge Department of Zoology and supported by the Museum learning team. Designed for KS3 and 4, these sessions are inspired by the research that the scientists are undertaking, using hands on activities and an alternative perspective on the Museum’s collection to promote an interest in pursuing science in further education.

To book a Meet the Experts session please complete a schools visit request form and select this session when prompted. Please note that our Meet the Experts sessions can take a little longer to schedule, please allow at least four weeks’ notice when booking.

Self-led visits for school groups

If our Learning Team is unavailable, or you do not want a taught session in the Museum, a self-led visit may be available. Booking is required for self-led visits. Please choose the self-led option on the booking form. The below resources are designed to help you make the most of your class visit. These activities focus on a range of curriculum themes, from habitats to adaptation and are available for you to download and print before your visit:

Lunchroom

The Museum has a lunchroom available for schools to book Tuesday-Friday during term time. The lunchroom has a capacity of a maximum of 30 students and is scheduled into your day in 30-minute slots. Please see the schools booking form for details.  You may like to combine a visit to the Museum of Zoology with one of the other museums close by. Visit the University of Cambridge museums website for details of sessions available:

https://www.museums.cam.ac.uk/

Museum of Zoology in the classroom

Can’t make it to the Museum of Zoology? We are able to offer remote sessions delivered by a member of learning team from the Museum galleries to your classroom through video conferencing applications such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams. This programme is beginning with a session on Evolution for KS2. We are keeping these sessions as flexible as possible, so they can support your needs as best as they can. As a general outline, a typical session might include:

  • A live, virtual tour of the Museum highlighting specimens collected by Charles Darwin
  • Exploration of the process of Natural Selection using games and drawing activities
  • Question and Answer session
  • Virtual ‘handling session’ exploring skulls (we also have a skulls loans box that you can borrow to have specimens in the classroom as well)

To discuss your needs and book a session, drop us a line at umzc@zoo.cam.ac.uk. For more information about our Meet the Experts outreach programme for KS3&KS4 see our Schools Outreach information.

Don't miss our brand new range of classroom resources, including online packs and loans boxes for KS1-4 . See our Learning Resources page to explore and download resources.