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Science visits out of school (science venues):

Many schools have used a grant from the Edina Trust to fund science trips out of school. There are many exciting places to visit across the UK. You can find some of the places local to your school on our Science Providers page.

Science visits into schools (science workshops and shows):

Many schools incorporate visits as part of their science week or as a one off addition to enhance the learning of a certain science topic. However, it can be expensive to take a class out on a trip as travel costs are high so many science providers now run outreach programs to cater for schools that otherwise could not fund a trip.

A list of some of the workshops the Edina grant has funded can be found on our Science Providers page.

Science visit case studies

St Anne's Catholic Primary School, Lancashire

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St Anne's Primary went on a trip to Cuerden Valley Park. Cuerden Valley Park offer a wide range of educational activities, including a variety of environmental education programmes. These are all run by a specialist education officer and include: river studies, pond-dipping/mini-beast hunting and woodland wonders. The activities and programs offered by Cuerden Valley Park fit in well with the Eco-Schools scheme. If your school is working towards an Eco-Schools award or if this is a scheme you are considering taking part in, the Cuerden education team can help and are happy to tailor activities to meet your schools needs.

Cuerden Valley Park is also working with Cuerden Birds of Prey to provide a new program, an Owl-tastic experience! This program allows pupils the chance to get up close and personal with some of Britain’s top predators. Tawny and Little owls can be found wild within the park and this program gives pupils the experience of meeting captive bred birds in their natural environment.

Photos courtesy of Cuerden Valley Park

Feedback:

"Cuerden Valley hosted our Nursery and Reception classes for half a day respectively to undertake habitats, mini beast hunts and pond dipping. With an army of helpers, both visits were a great success and this is the youngest group to have dipped at Cuerden. The education team there are only too willing to tailor your visit as best they can - BRILL!"
(Science Co-ordinator, St. Anne's Catholic Primary School, Leyland)

For more information: www.cuerdenvalleypark.org.uk


Bladon Primary School, Oxfordshire

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Pupils from Bladon Primary School went on a trip to Combe Mill. Combe Mill is a timber saw mill, museum and workshop located in Oxfordshire. It presents a wonderful hands-on experience of the history of small scale industrial technology. Many aspects of the school syllabus can be illustrated using the engines, machinery and craft tools at the Mill.

Photos courtesy of Combe Mill

Feedback:

"The class had a fantastic day when they went to Combe Mill. We split into 2 groups and one had a guided tour of a very varied woodland (not open to the public), complete with activities to do. The other group had a tour of the mill led by some very kind and knowledeable gentlemen volunteers (who had given up their whole day for us!) They explained how a basic steam engine works with models the children could use, but the best bit was watching wood turners and a jigsaw then they got to work in the forge making pokers!!!!!! Every child and adult had a turn and we brought the pokers home with us. It was a fantastic day, the parent helpers thought it was great too. Thoroughly recommended!"
(Teacher, Bladon Primary School)

For more information: www.combemill.org


Bolton by Bowland CE Primary School, Lancashire

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Celeld Rocks visited Bolton by Bowland CE Primary School. Celeld Rocks is run by freelance geologist Steven Wright providing highly rated educational and entertaining 'Hands On' Earth Science workshops in schools. Workshops are Curriculum linked for schools, linking with various science and geography topics in Scotland, England & Wales and are pitched mainly for older primary age children. Resources include: amazing rock samples of a wide variety of rock types including some from active volcanoes and recent eruption locations, some minerals & fossils, Fantastic 'Erupting' Volcano Models demonstrating all the types of volcanoes and volcanic eruptions. There is also an interactive plate tectonics model that demonstrates earthquakes and mountain building, glacier models that 'flow' and Steven's own film shows and photos from his expeditions.

"Steven's visit to our school was very interesting and exciting, we had lots of fun"
(Year six pupil, Bolton by Bowland CE Primary School)

Photos courtesy of Bolton by Bowland CE Primary School

Feedback:

"He was still continuing to explain and demonstrate to the children when it was home time and the children were still engrossed. I was especially impressed with this visit as when the children sent thank you letters and included more questions, Steven replied to all their questions via email. It was lovely to actually have a visitor respond in such a way."
(Science Co-ordinator, Bolton by Bowland CE Primary School)

For more information: www.celeldrocks.co.uk


Broadfield Specialist School, Lancashire

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Broadfield Specialist School visited Eureka! The National Children's Museum. Everything at Eureka! has been designed to inspire children to find out about themselves and the world around them through 100s of hands-on exhibits. Designed to provide strong links to the National Curriculum, Eureka!’s hands-on galleries and play-based learning style enhances and extends classroom based learning. The Museum also runs a number of exciting programmes and activities throughout the academic year focusing on Active Learning and the Creative Curriculum.

Photos courtesy of Eureka! Children's Museum

Feedback:

"Our pupils enjoyed all aspects of our visit, especially the 'me and my body gallery'. The displays were very hands on and staff at Eureka were very helpful in advising which areas of the museum would best benefit our pupils who have learning disabilities."
(Science Co-ordinator, Broadfield Specialist School)

For more information: www.eureka.org.uk


Eyemouth Primary School

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Children from Eyemouth Primary went to visit the National Museum of Flight in East Lothian. The museum has an interactive flight science exhibition called 'Fantastic Flight', which contains hands on exhibits which explain how and why things fly. Children get the opportunity to build and test aircraft, fire up a hot air balloon, or launch a jet powered aircraft. The Museum offers a fun and interactive way to learn about topics such as 'forces and motion' and 'energy'. The Museum's workshops include 'Supersonic Streamlining' and 'Aerotots' in which children get to board Concorde.

Photos courtesy of Eyemouth Primary School

Feedback:

"This was a fantastic experience for the children which they all thoroughly enjoyed. The trip was a celebration of all their work in the project but also extended and provided more depth to their learning. A visit on concorde was very exciting and engaging for the children but immediately provoked discussion as to why it had "such a pointy nose" and also "why is it so tiny inside?" A paper aeroplane competition demonstrated if the children could apply their learning about aerodynamics to a new situation. The interactive flying forces show was a brilliant opportunity for the children to investigate forces themselves more freely but also whilst having lots of fun playing on the activities. The wind tunnel and different wings proved a hit as well as the rising hot air balloon. The trip has definitely proved to be one of the highlights of the year for the Primary 2 and Primary 3 children. They would definitely recommend the visit to others."
(Science Co-ordinator, Eyemouth Primary School)

For more information: www.nms.ac.uk


St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Oxfordshire

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St Joseph's Primary had a visit from the Black Hole Planetarium - a mobile Planetarium which is based in Leamington Spa that can travel to you! The objective is to amplify and enhance aspects of the National Curriculum by use of various projection devices and visual aids in what is a unique and stimulating learning environment.

Feedback:

"The experience has been a positive one for the whole school and all the children have been inspired by it... Year 4 have been so enthralled that they wrote poetry as well as using the information for their literacy report writing... Their non chronological report writing has improved as a result of their interest in the topic and they have produced work which they find interesting and are keen to share with others... Children who find literacy challenging have been able to use the planetarium visit as inspiration for writing and have been able to revise this topic for their forthcoming SATs tests... The planetarium visit has given the whole school a joint focus which has led to pupils being engaged in the learning process. This is evident in the quality of the artwork pupils have produced. The children have been inspired to use their imaginations to develop a theme, which although initially teacher led, has enabled them to take ownership and express themselves... The experience of an activity which could be accessed by the whole school, whilst only for one day, has been very rewarding for both pupils and staff... The children's enthusiasm for knowing more about our solar system and the universe continues unabated. Thank you very much for giving us this opportunity, which we hope will inspire life long learning in our children."
(Science Coordinator, St Joseph's Catholic Primary School)

For more information: https://sites.google.com/site/blackholeplanetarium/home


St Kenelm's Primary School, Oxfordshire

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Children at St Kenelm's Primary were wowed when the 'Explorer Dome' came to visit. Explorer Dome is a portable planetarium that travels to schools in South West England, Wales and beyond. KS1 experience light and dark, shadows and rainbows and why not to be afraid of the dark. KS2 experience and investigate light and colour, what light is, where it comes from, how it travels and how we see. They also cover mirrors, prisms, lenses, reflection and colour mixing.

Photos courtesy of Explorer Dome

Feedback:

"To the children's amazement they set up a huge inflatable dome in the school hall. Each from the foundation stage to yr 6 had a session in the dome….All the children were spellbound; the atmosphere inside the dome was electric. The presentation was displayed outstandingly, it was all visual so all the children could understand and learn from it. Afterwards the children demonstrated how much they had learnt and gained from the session. The presenters successfully managed to aim the level of the content to the age of the children. The staff were very impressed and have requested that we book them again next year... As a school we could heartily recommend them. We certainly intend to ask them to come back again."
(Science Coordinator, St Kenelm's Primary School, August 2008)

For more information: www.explorerdome.co.uk


Kersland School, Renfrewshire

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Kersland School had a visit from Glasgow Science Centre's Bodyworks On Tour programme. The programme is all about our amazing bodies and offers an array of exciting workshops, live science shows and interactive exhibits. Everything is hands-on and designed to fit the needs of learners from pre-school through to primary and secondary school pupils. These engaging science shows, interactive workshops and amazing exhibits are designed to complement the Curriculum for Excellence Science and Health & Wellbeing outcomes.

Feedback:
"Pupils enjoyed the hands on activities, there was a very good balance of activities which pupils could explore independently and with support. Very appropriate for our age group and abilities. It was practical, interactive and illustrated science concepts clearly to children."
(Acting Depute Headteacher, Kersland Primary School)


Photos courtesy of Kersland Primary School

For more information: www.glasgowsciencecentre.org


Lewknor Primary School, Oxfordshire

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Lewknor Primary had a visit from Zoolab. ZooLab provide curriculum based workshops and hands-on roadshows. These include: Habitats, lifecycles, minibeasts, and the rainforest. A wide range of animals are brought to each school, including boa constrictors, African land snails and cane toads!

Photos courtesy of ZooLab

Feedback:

"All children were invited to handle or touch each animal...the talk included details of habitat, growth, diet, species and grouping. [The presenter] was sensitive to the children and encouraged questions and sharing of knowledge."
(Science Coordinator, Lewknor Primary School)

For more information: www.zoolabuk.com


Newcastleton Primary School

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Newcastleton Primary had a visit from Generation Science. Generation Science is the Edinburgh International Science Festival's outreach science programme; providing science workshops and shows to schools and traveling to remote areas of Scotland to run workshops that make science exciting to learn and teach. Generation Science offer a wide range of workshops that cover a variety of curriculum relevant topics that have been tailored to each age range.

Photos courtesy of Generation Science

Feedback:

"We are a small country school in an isolated part of the Scottish Borders so an important part of our work is encouraging our pupils to look outward to the larger world of which they are a part. So we decided to ask Generation Science to visit us with workshops for all the children. Each workshop was carefully chosen to fit in with the work the children had been doing in class. All three workshops were very well done and the children enjoyed them very much. Our children really benefited from this grant and learned that science can be fun as well as interesting!"
(Headteacher, Newcastleton Primary School)

For more information: www.sciencefestival.co.uk/generation-science


Shellingford Primary School, Oxfordshire

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Shellingford Primary's pupils enjoyed workshops run by Think Tank from Birmingham. The innovative science museum in Birmingham, runs an outreach programme for schools. The team presents stimulating and informative curriculum relevant shows, workshops and debates.

Shows include:
Photos courtesy of Thinktank Trust

Feedback:

"Wow! That was the children's reaction and also that of the adults present... They were efficient, well organised, knew their science and equipment and were extremely professional with the children. The content of the programme was excellent and the children have commented on numerous occasions on what they have learned. Value for money - Excellent... Again, all I can say is WOW! What a great day."
(Teacher, Shellingford Primary School, January 2008)

For more information: www.thinktank.ac


Thorneyholme Primary School, Lancashire

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Thorneyholme Primary had a visit from The Rainforest Roadshow. The Rainforest Roadshow aims to bring the rainforest topic to life in schools. The presenters combine extensive knowledge and experience, with genuine artefacts and a sense of humour to bring an informative and entertaining glimpse of the rainforest.

Feedback:

"The Rainforest Roadshow day was fantastic! Dave Shaw came along with amazing photographs, which he had taken on his numerous visits to the Amazon Rainforest. The whole school enjoyed learning about the tribal people and investigating artefacts from the Cofan people of Equador. Dave's knowledge, enthusiasm and humour were so entertaining that staff and pupils loved every minute of the day."
(Science Co-ordinator, Thorneyholme Primary School)

Photos courtesy of Thorneyholme Primary School and Rainforest Roadshow

For more information: www.rainforestroadshow.co.uk


Whitechapel Primary School, Lancashire

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Whitechapel Primary School in Lancashire invited Cuerden Birds of Prey to visit as part of their science week. Cuerden birds of prey give you the ultimate in bird handling experiences. As well as working with Cuerden Valley Park on their Owl-tastic experience, they also provide educational visits and talks to schools. With a spectacular collection of Owls and Birds of Prey they have a hands on approach to teaching and feel giving children the chance to handle and see the birds fly is a fantastic way of motivating and getting the children excited and wanting to learn. Programmes are tailored around each individual school and a suitable for all ages and abilities.

Feedback:

"Our science week got off to a great start with a Birds of Prey workshop. Every child got the opportunity to handle these magnificent birds and watch them in action - it really did fill the children with awe and wonder, as well as providing opportunities for excellent cross-curricular links"
(Head Teacher, Whitechapel Primary School)

Photos courtesy of Cuerden Valley Park

For more information: www.cuerdenbirdsofprey.com


Woodcote Primary School, Oxfordshire

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Woodcote Primary had a day out at The National Space Centre in Leicester. The National Space Centre run a range of education and Space Academy programmes, all linked with the curriculum. These include space theatre shows, tailored workshops and simulated space missions.

Photos courtesy of Woodcote Primary School

For more information: www.spacecentre.co.uk

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