3 September 2018—8 February 2019

Discover: Rocks and fossils

Investigate different types of rocks and relate their properties and appearance to their formation.

The museum has an amazing collection of rocks, minerals and fossils including the Bristol diamond. Eager young geologists can develop their scientific skills by handling, studying and comparing different specimens.

Children will:

  • Handle and study a range of specimens
  • Compare and group specimens by appearance and physical properties
  • Investigate how rocks and fossils were formed
  • Use skills of observation and scientific thinking skills

Suitable for: Year 1-6
Duration: 1 hour
Group size: Up to 35 pupils – you can book more than one session

We have two sessions available at 10.15-11.15am and 11.15am-12.15pm. Further sessions may be available in the afternoon, so please ask.

Planning on having a picnic as part of your visit? Free use of our lunch room is included in the cost of your session.

Learning enquiry form

Please complete this form to start the booking process.

Your name
Providing a range of dates will help us find a suitable workshop as they book up quickly
Available at M Shed and Bristol Museum & Art Gallery only. Complimentary use when booking a workshop. Charged at £1 per child for independent visits.

Additional information

The pupils will work in three groups. Each group will require support from at least one adult.
Recommended ratio one adult for every six pupils.

It’s important that everyone washes their hands after this workshop.

You are welcome to take photographs. We’d love you to share pictures of your school trip with us on social media.

Eating and drinking is not permitted in the museum. Crumbs attract pests and our collections are far too precious to be attacked!

The school lunch room is available by prior arrangement and is free for schools booking workshops.