Using the museum’s very old but amazing and delicate collections of Bees and Butterflies we can take an in depth look into the fascinating lifecycles of these two well-loved species of insects. Students explore the differences between Butterflies and Moths, and between Bees and Wasps. They look inside a wasps nest at the intricate design and find out what it is made from. Then, applying all their new insight, they design their own gorgeous butterfly mobile to take back to school.

Key learning outcomes:

Students will learn about insects and their body parts. They will notice that animals have off spring, which grow into adults. Discussions around the wasp’s nest and habitats will give the opportunity to introduce students to the crisis facing Britain’s insect populations, as well as the chance think about whether things are alive, dead or have never been alive.

Main learning approaches:

Active learning
Creative learning

Planning a visit:

Staff-led sessions at the Dorman Museum run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Workshops are typically two hours long and you can choose from a 9:30-11:30, 10:00-12:00 or 12:30-2:30 slot. A lunch space will be provided for these guided sessions if needed. Sessions can accommodate up to 32 students and advance booking is essential.


To discuss your visit and the wider school offer at Dorman Museum, please contact Senior Learning and Engagement Officer Chloë Leeson at or call 01642 728235 (office hours vary).