Science: our collection of free, online teaching resource round-ups and more from the UK’s museums

By Rachel Hayward | 19 November 2010
Photo showing a girl with long brown hair and wearing a green tee shirt holding a butterfly on the end of her hand in the Butterfly House at the Natural History Museum
© Rachel Hayward
We’ve collected together museum science-related educational resources to save you time looking.

Museum educational resources on Culture24/Teachers

Make a bug hotel - a great KS1 and beyond make and do resource from Buglife.

Minibeasts - we bring together the best little critter resources from UK museums for key stage 1 and above.

National Insect week (takes place in June every year) - resources for key stage 1 upwards and a great way to celebrate our little friends.

National Science & Engineering Week (takes place annually in March) - event suggestions, classroom activities, competitions and more for across the key stages.

Sharks and swim suits - use this piece as the basis for an assembly on how the natural world can influence design and technology.

Space - our round-up for you of out-of-this-world educational material from museums.

Volcanoes - never far from the front page, vlocanoes are featured in games and more by museums.

Show Me
Don’t forget: Show Me – our fun, safe and free kids’ website has a Science section and News story section too

There’s more on Culture24
Search the Culture24 database for more downloadable material and real-world activities too from the UK’s museums.

We also have our amazing Science & Nature section full of up-to-date science-related news stories and exhibitions

We’re constantly adding to our resource lists, so watch this space for more…

Sites we like

The National Museum Online Learning Project WebQuests aren't on one website exactly but on each of the nine partner museum sites. To do a quick WebQuest search though:
1.    click on Links to the NMOLP WebQuests;
2.    then click on one of the partner museum links;
3.    finally, enter Art & Design into the ‘Search’ facility.

Or for a bit more of a browse…
Once you’ve clicked on through to each partner museum in Links to the NMOLP WebQuests, you can then browse for Art and Design WebQuests by key stage and subject area.

The Science Museum

ThinkTank, Birmingham science museum

Scroll down for a bigger list of science museums and centres offering great curriculum-based activities and events for your class.