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Investigate the world of spiders, scorpions and insects, key stage 3

Key facts

  • Suitable for: Key Stage 3
  • Subjects: Science
  • Session type: Museum led
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Class size (maximum): 35
  • Venue: World Museum


Over 80% of all living creatures on the planet are arthropods and their existence dates back before the dinosaurs! During this session our expert Bug House demonstrators will examine the ecology, adaptations and lifestyles of these amazing animals. 

Further details

girl holding a large model of an insect

Using video-microscope technology, real museum specimens and live animals pupils will get the chance to interact with three really successful arthropod groups - the insects, arachnids and myriapods.

See a scorpion glow under UV light, learn why stick insects camouflage and discover how we can tell a spider is a girl by her big bottom! Pupils will also get a chance to learn about the lives of some of these animals as well as where they are from, what they eat and how they move.

Children will then have the chance to ask the demonstrators any questions they might have about the world of arthropods.

A tour of the Bug House as part of your visit is optional but is not be part of the demonstrator-led session.