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Discover and explore the natural world as you join us for the Horniman’s first formal learning day for home educated children.

In addition to exploring our free Natural History, Music, and World Galleries, award-winning Gardens, and Animal Walk, each booked child and one free accompanying adult will receive:

  • ‘Access to a timed, booked session of your choosing (full details below)
  • Access to drop-in activities
  • The opportunity to meet a Natural History curator
  • Free access to the Horniman’s Aquarium
  • Free learning resources
  • Access to a lunch room and break-out space

Available drop-in activities:

  • Animal Adaptations and Classification, 10.30-11.15 am.
  • Garden Explorers and Seed Bomb Making, 10.30- 11.30am.
  • Minibeast Hunting, 11am-12pm and 1pm-2pm.
  • Meet a Natural History Curator, 1-1.30pm (children aged 11+)

Please note that:

Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Please arrive promptly to your taught workshop as late comers cannot be admitted to booked sessions.

Sibling policy: To help ensure that our learners get the most from their taught sessions, and as spaces are limited, only children booked onto them may attend (with their accompanying adult).

To help facilitate this, some workshops have been designed to accommodate a greater range of ages – see details of each session below. Babes in arms are permitted to all sessions, but we politely ask that you leave the session should they become disruptive.

Booked sessions:

Please note: Please click on the session title to book your child’s place. Only one session may be booked per child.

 

SEND Animals  

  • Time: 12 - 12.30pm
  • Location: Hands on Base

Sensory session for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Please contact us before booking at schools@horniman.ac.uk to discuss your child’s specific needs.

Explore a selection of animals and discover their habitats in this sensory workshop. Explore the sounds and sights of a woodland and meet some of the animals that live there, including a spikey hedgehog and feathered owl. Travel to the Arctic, where children will experience freezing temperatures, stroke a real reindeer’s fur, discover colour-changing stoats and touch shimmering seal skin.

This session includes real taxidermy animals and animal skins that can be handled along with sounds, pictures and other sensory elements.

 

Evidence for Evolution - Sold out - 

  • Time: 2.15 - 3pm
  • Location: Hands on Base

What evidence of evolution can we find in the natural world? In this investigative workshop, children will explore and handle a variety of specimens to discover how scientists developed the theory of evolution. Study taxidermy animals and skeletons to explore their similarities and differences; examine the beaks of different birds; and discover fossils from the museum’s collection with curator of palaeontology, Emma Nicholls.

Suitable for children aged 9-14 years old

 

Extreme Environments 

  • Time: 2.30 - 3.15pm
  • Location: Music Gallery Performance Space

How would you survive in temperatures of -30 degrees C? Could you kill your own food? Could you make everything you need to survive from the things in your environment? This workshop challenges young people to explore extreme environments and the lives of the people inhabiting them. As they handle a range of stunning ‘mystery objects’ made and used by different peoples around the world, we will think about how people use natural resources to survive. This session focuses on Arctic and Rainforest peoples and explores their lives, the objects they make and use, and the challenges they face today.

Suitable for children aged 11-14 years old

 

Go Outside: Habitat Explorers  - Sold out - 

  • Time: 11.45am - 12.45pm
  • Location: Held on the Nature Trail, please meet at the Green Post Box

Step onto London’s oldest Nature Trail, part of the Horniman Gardens, to explore native habitats along a woodland corridor in this wonderful workshop. Turn over logs and dip nets in the pond and experience nature’s surprises in an urban environment. What will you hear, what will you see, and what will you find?

Please note: In the event of exceptionally adverse weather, an alternative indoor session will run. Please dress appropriately for exploring outdoor areas.

Please contact schools@horniman.ac.uk to let us know about any special access requirements.

Suitable for children aged 5-11 years old

 

Rainforest People and Animals - Sold out - 

  • Time: 11.45am - 12.30pm
  • Location: Music Gallery Performance Space

What is life like in the biggest rainforest on Earth? In this workshop, learn about life in the Amazon rainforest whilst handling unfamiliar objects crafted by the Waiwai. Get up-close to a taxidermy caiman, armadillo shell and snake skeleton, and discover how their amazingly adapted bodies help them survive.

Discover and discuss the importance of rainforests, the threats to their existence and consider the consequences for the planet, along with plants, animals and people who call them ‘home’.

Suitable for children aged 7-11 years old

 

Rainforest People and Animals  - Sold out - 

  • Time: 1.15 - 2pm
  • Location: Music Gallery Performance Space

What is life like in the biggest rainforest on Earth? In this workshop, learn about life in the Amazon rainforest whilst handling unfamiliar objects crafted by the Waiwai. Get up close to a taxidermy caiman, armadillo shell and snake skeleton, and find out how their amazingly adapted bodies help them survive.

Discover and discuss the importance of rainforests, the threats to their existence and consider the consequences for the planet, along with plants, animals and people who call them ‘home’.

Suitable for children aged 5-7 years old