Creative INSET: Expanding life and earth sciences through art - 15 November 2019

Expanding Life and Earth Sciences through Art

About the Linnean Society

The Linnean Society of London is the world’s oldest active biological society, founded in 1788 by Sir James Edward Smith (1759–1828), who was its first President. The Society takes its name from the Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus (1707–1778) whose botanical, zoological and library collections have been in its keeping since 1829. These unique collections are of continuing fundamental importance as a primary reference for taxonomy. They are enhanced by the Society's own rich library which provides key resources for research.

The Society seeks to interact with all those interested in the natural world by fusing new research with the rich history of its unique scientific and heritage holdings. Our aim is to encourage and communicate scientific advances by reaching out to future biologists through schools and public engagement programmes, providing extensive educational and research resources digitally. 

About The Geological Society

The Geological Society aims to improve knowledge and understanding of the Earth, to promote Earth science education and awareness, and to promote professional excellence and ethical standards in the work of Earth scientists, for the public good. 

Founded in 1807, the Society is the oldest geological society in the world. The Society is a world-leading communicator of Earth science – through scholarly publishing, library and information services, cutting-edge scientific conferences, education activities and outreach to the general public. 

About the INSET

The learning teams at the Linnean Society and the Geological Society will partner to co-deliver an exciting cross-curricular session combining science and art for this one day INSET. Teachers will have a chance to learn innovative artistic approaches to science and art curricula while discovering the collections of two of London’s oldest scientific societies in a historic London location.

Workshops will provide teachers with skills to integrate art, life and earth sciences effectively within everyday teaching as a tool to engage pupils and to strengthen learning. Teachers will also have an opportunity to work in small groups to share approaches and challenges to curriculum integration and brainstorm methods for progressing interdisciplinary learning.

Learning outcomes for participants   

  • Learn innovative ways to implement STEM learning strategies using visual art materials and techniques

  • Apply elements of the life science curriculum to create meaningful cross-curricular activities for students of varying abilities

  • Teachers will be able to use a variety of visual art techniques to convey the geological history of the United Kingdom.

  • Teachers will understand how to observa and describe geological properties of rocks and fossils

Suitable for

This event is suitable for teachers and teaching assistants working in London schools, from all disciplines, Key Stages and educational settings, with an interest in creative learning. We regret that this session is not open to colleagues from cultural organisations or freelancers working with schools.

This particular INSET is most suited to KS2 and KS3 however differentiation ideas will be provided for other key stages.

Event Details


The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, London, W1J 0BF


15 November 2019


9:30AM 4:00PM



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