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Making Nature learning resource

We've created a digital resource to help teachers prepare for self-guided visits to the first part of our year-long exploration into our relationship with nature, 'Making Nature: How we see animals'.

This exhibition brings together over 100 fascinating objects from literature, film, taxidermy and photography, as well as links to the syllabi. We've developed these activities for students aged 14-16 years.

The complete resource includes:

  • Subject specific in-gallery activities that encourage students to engage with all sections of the exhibition from an interdisciplinary viewpoint
  • Preparation and follow-up activities that can be completed in the classroom
  • Curriculum links and clear instructions on how to use these resources

Each resource has been split into separate PDFs so that you can download the section you need. Alternatively, you can also download all of each gallery’s resources in one PDF, which also includes a gallery plan.

Please also look at our Visiting Guidelines to ensure you get the most out of your visit:

PDF iconVisiting guidelines (213 KB)

Teacher resources


Read these essential guides to the resources, which include background to the exhibitions, gallery plans and instructions for use. There are pre-visit classroom activities, an activity to support students during a visit to 'Making Nature', and post-visit activities to do back at school.

PDF iconIntroduction (147 KB)

Gallery Plan

The exhibition is divided into four areas: Ordering, Displaying, Observing and Making.

PDF iconGallery Plan (318 KB)

Student resources

Full learning resource

Download the full 'Making Nature: How we see animals' learning resource or choose your preferred section(s) below.

PDF iconMaking Nature learning resource (627 KB)

Individual sections

Cross-curriculum exhibition trail

Our relationship with animals is suitable for all Key Stage 4 students from a general content point of view. It will also have specific interest for Key Stage 4 students in Art and Design, Biology, Science and Social.

PDF iconCross Curricular (149 KB)

Art and design exhibition activity

Critiquing and investigating is targeted at GCSE art and design students.

PDF iconArt (65KB)

Science exhibition activity

Selective breeding and genetic engineering is targeted at GCSE science and GCSE biology students.

PDF iconScience (43 KB)

Curriculum links

Key stage 4 syllabus links for Art and Design, Biology, Science and Social, moral, cultural and spiritual learning.

PDF iconCurriculum links (67 KB)

Part of Making Nature: How we see animals