Choose from a range of curriculum-relevant, hands-on science workshops to engage and inspire your pupils – use as a hook to introduce a topic, as a review part way through or as a stand alone activity. Whatever works for you, your school and your children. Whole science days or individual workshops available.
Whilst all sessions are risk assessed and additional safety measures taken in line with CLEAPSS guidance including enhanced cleaning, disinfection and quarantining of equipment, smaller group sizes, more resources and social distancing, I have taken the difficult decision to suspend all face-to-face sessions this term until further notice as the potential for being a super spreader and popping bubbles, going school-to-school is too high. I want to help to keep everybody safe.
Virtual visits are available. As well as an interactive live online session, I will also provide planning and resources for follow up investigations. I will work with you to provide the best opportunities for your children.
Email me at DrJoScience@icloud.com to find out more and discuss a flexible approach tailored to your school.
Blood, hearts and circulation
Fits perfectly with the year 6 topic Animals including humans: Identify and name the main parts of the human circulatory system, and describe the main functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood; Recognise the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way their bodies function.
Using stethoscopes and real animal hearts to explore the circulatory system.
Changing states of matter – ice cream
Using the ever popular making ice cream in a bag to explore states of matter (solids and liquids), changing states (freezing and melting), reversible and irreversible changes and enjoying the fruits of our labour! Kitchen science at its finest. Allergies can be accommodated.
Fits into Year 1 Everyday materials; Year 2 Uses of everyday materials; Year 4 states of matter; Year 5 Properties and changes of materials curriculum topics, but also relevant for working scientifically and suitable for all year groups.
NEW! Plants, seed pods and pollination
Explore the parts of a plant, dissect a flower, identify trees and leaves, find out what plants need to grow and take a closer look at different types of seed and bulb. Discover how different plants use wind and insect pollination.
Year 1 Plants – identify and name a variety; identify and describe the basic structure; Year 2 Plants – seeds and bulbs; find out and describe what plants need to grow; Year 3 Plants – identify and describe functions of different parts of flowering plants; explore requirements for life; investigate water transport; explore the part that flowers play in the lifecycle of flowering plants; Year 5 Living Things and their Habitats – describe life processes in some plants; Year 6 Living Things and their habitats – classification; EYFS Understanding the World.
Choose from taste and smell (KS1 and KS2) or sight and hearing (KS2), or a carousel of activities exploring all 5 senses.
Year 1 Animals including humans: identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense; Year 3 Light; Year 4 Sound; Year 5 Changes as humans develop to old age; Year 6 Light.
A popular hands-on exploration of effervescence and chemical reactions: make sherbet and fizzy potions, watch raisins dance and create an exciting soda fountain! Suitable for all year groups.
NEW! Fizzing Potions Part 2 – can be used to extend the workshop or as a second session. Continue your investigations with mini lava lamps and effervescent rockets, or pH testing.
Year 1 Everyday materials; Year 2 Uses of everyday materials; Year 4 states of matter; Year 5 Properties and changes of materials. EYFS Understanding the World.
Teddy Bears’ hospital
Popular with EYFS and Year 1. Using stethoscopes to listen to our hearts, then give our teddies a check up, check their X-ray pictures and bandage them. Discussions about people who help us and what to do when we are feeling unwell.
Brains, neurons and communication
Exploring the functions of different areas of the brain, neurons (nerve cells), communication, reflexes and reaction times in this hands-on workshop. Fits nicely alongside growth mindset teaching and year 6 looking at how our bodies function, but suitable for all KS2.
We bring some proper laboratory equipment to you so you can explore what real lab scientists do (KS2). Choose from:
Learn how to use a microscope, learn about and label the different parts and explore a range of slides to suit your topic or interests, including preparing your own slides!
Try your steady hand to have a go at accurate and speedy pipetting using pasteur pipettes (KS1) and micropipettes (KS2), using well plates, following coordinates or creating science art pictures.
*Measuring and diluting
Practising essential laboratory skills to ensure accurate measuring of volumes and dilutions of samples.
An exploration of the properties of acids and alkalis, testing ‘unknown’ samples using red cabbage indicator as well as universal indicator test strips to compare results and think like a scientist to evaluate results.
Find out about the discovery and structure of DNA and extract it from strawberries (or other fruit) using a standard laboratory technique.
Microorganisms and germs
An exploration of microorganisms, good and bad, hidden germs and the importance of hand washing. Year 6 Living Things; Year 2 Animals including humans (importance of hygiene)
Can be combined with microscope workshop and / or extended to include other investigations.
The Digestive system
Covers the year 4 topic Animals including humans: simple functions and basic parts of the digestive system; different types of teeth in humans and their simple functions. Follow your food through the digestive system, finding out what happens at each stage in a very hands-on, slightly messy, exploration! This workshop is best as a double slot taking 1.5-2 hours for the full experience and can also be combined with the teeth or poo workshops!.
Also Year 2 – Living Things and their habitats: how animals obtain their food and how they are adapted to different habitats; basic needs. Animals including humans: Basic needs; importance of different types and amounts of food.
Year 6 – Animals including humans: recognise the impact of diet; building on learning from years 3 and 4 about the body. Evolution and inheritance: identify how animals are adapted to suit their environment.
Exploring different types of teeth and their functions, modelling different types of teeth, looking at teeth of other animals and how this is related to their diet.
Make models of poo and explore what animals might have eaten from their (pretend) poo. Optional: Make edible poo and learn about normal stools, constipation and diarrhoea!
Colourful Chromatography! Explore what happens when we try to un-mix colours! Using pens and sweets we will investigate which colours have been mixed together; when, where and why colours are used; solubility and particle theory (!); and develop some key lab skills along the way. Popular with KS1 and KS2: suitable for all. Can also be delivered as part of a crime scene investigation.
NEW! Evolution and Adaptation
Investigate how animals and plants are adapted to their environments, learn about the work of Charles Darwin and recognise that living things have changed over time.
Can be combined with DNA extraction (Laboratory skills) for an extended workshop.
Year 6 Evolution and Adaptation.
Incredible Edible Cell
Find out the differences between plant and animal cells, discover some specialised cells and make an edible model! Upper KS2 and KS3.
Pop-up ‘science museum’
A range of equipment and carousel activities for children to explore independently, with introductions, supervision and guidance from me for all activities. Ideal to involve the whole school to give everyone an experience in just one day – set up all day and children spend time in the ‘museum’ on a rolling programme.
NEW! Pop-up Brilliant Bodies
A range of carousel activities about how our bodies work – including life size anatomical torso, giant human body floor game, stethoscopes and more – for children to explore independently, with introductions, supervision and guidance from me for all activities. Ideal to involve the whole school to give everyone an experience in just one day – set up all day and children spend time in the ‘museum’ on a rolling programme.
I also deliver a range of workshops as a STEM Club in the holidays and after school and for Home Education groups.
Any other topics?
Just get in touch to see what we can do – we can usually create something to fit with your needs.
Microorganisms and germs…Habitat and nature workshops…Owl pellet dissections…
Royal Institution grants for schools
Did you know that the Royal Institution offer grants of up to £500 for schools to spend on activities in the STEM Directory? Including Dr Jo Science workshops. More info here.