Science Days For Schools
School Science Days or how your school could use me best.
Science days for Schools
I really enjoy my Science days for schools, always interesting.
For my Secondary school science shows, I’ll do a presentation or four, or five, Great Moments of Science or Science Magic…Magic Science both certainly amusing and certain to get their attention and so do my others. I’ll do shows in the hall during the day for as many audience as we can get in. Some schools get me to do all of KS3 and some the whole school. It works best by year group, yes, even the year nines.
Something for the Feeders
A lot of secondaries will lay on a performance for their feeders and these go down a storm.
And often is the time I will perform an evening show for parents, the public, anybody in fact.
Another popular bolt on for secondary is sessions with the G&Ts, I always relish a challenge. Here I can let small groups loose with some of my toys and specimens,get into things a little deeper and make them think.
Many schools then get me to spend time in classes answering any questions pupils and teachers have in their minds and showing them other specimens, demos and telling stories of some of the great Scientists, Darwin, Faraday, Einstein and the like.
tend to last for around 20 minutes for KS1 and half an hour for KS2. And I can tailor to your topics if you like, it all depends what you want
and what you want to cover. One thing is for certain, this school science
show will catch the imagination and give it a good shake and leave lots of info to chew on.
As ever there will be specimens and inspiring pictures galore.
It is good for revision.
Dealing with a forces, electricity, space, aspects of the natural world and all sorts.
This science show runs for about and hour, needs and hour to set up and ten minutes or so to reset. Apart from a data projector and a couple of tables there is little else needed. Well, an audience would be nice!
Entertainment, Inspiration and a jolly good laugh.
Special Schools and PRUs
All of these are different and I know I can offer something for all. I think these locations are great, some of the most fun I have had has been working with these groups of children and their helpers. The day tends to be a bit of a hybrid between primary and secondary, with certainly a science show or two. I have had kids ask questions and show interest that their teacher told me are normally very hard to reach. The small group demos go down well.
I particularly remember one girl who really seemed to switch on and smiled for the first time in ages.
Here are some possible themes and ideas. I, of course, have shows that tie in and can make some useful suggestions of activities.
– Environmental, School Grounds Safari, looking about outside and seeing what you find.
– Flight, things that do it, how it works, what to make and even a flight of fancy.
– Move it. Fun stuff with forces.
– Great Scientists (please lets not call them mad)
– Not just a pretty flower. Plants and what they are and why I love them.
Science Festivals and Fairs
I have done so many of these, and get invited back the next year.
Lots of shows will work for the general audience and go down a treat.
I have been involved with Education Business Partnerships for a good few years, and they keep asking me back so I must be doing something right.
People are very kind and say things like I put the “WOW” into Science, or “You were the best thing about the whole fair.”
So if you are organising one and want the kids to go home zinging with some amazing science rattling around their brains then get me to come along.
Typically the show is 40 minutes to an hour when I take as h4 an audience as the room will hold and I fit in as many shows as I can.
Science activity days for schools and school groups
Plants – Trees, flowers, basic botany, tree lore, plant identification
Animals – insects, minibeasts, birds, wildlife in the grounds
Environmental Games – learning about natural history, habitats, and adaptation
Ponds – ecology and conservation
Science Challenge Days, including Paper Flight.
Science Storytelling or the Science of Storytelling