Choose from a range of curriculum-relevant 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.
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.
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.
Year 1 Everyday materials; Year 2 Uses of everyday materials; Year 4 states of matter; Year 5 Properties and changes of materials.
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 – look down a microscope, use a micropipette, make serial dilutions, test pH or extract DNA (KS2).
Digestion and Teeth
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.
Also Year 2 Teeth – Living Things and their habitats: how animals obtain their food and how 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.
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 but suitable for all. Can also be delivered as part of a crime scene investigation.
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.
Science ‘museum’ in a box!
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.
Any other topics?
Just get in touch to see what we can do – we can usually create something to fit with your needs.
Evolution and adaptation…Microorganisms and germs…Habitat and nature workshops…