School Trips at Techniquest
Techniquest provides a unique experience in supporting teachers in their teaching of numeracy and literacy, through a broad and dynamic science and maths programme in its Centre in Cardiff Bay, and through Outreach at your school.
Why are Techniquest great for School Trips and Educational Visits?
Supporting the National Literacy and Numeracy Framework.
All programmes are linked to the National Curriculum for Wales. Teachers receive resource materials to help them extend the learning back in the classroom.
School visits are so well organised that teachers can simply focus on the learning experience; upon arrival, Techniquest staff explain the logistics of the visit to make sure the day runs smoothly.
Activities available during group visits
At Techniquest in Cardiff Bay, pupils will be inspired by more than 120 hands-on exhibits, which are ideal for child-centred learning and investigation.
Key Stage 2 pupils who visit Techniquest can also attend an interactive show in the Science Theatre, or visit Techniquest’s digital Planetarium, where they will be inspired by a view of the night sky. KS2 pupils can also take part in a series of workshops to gain hands-on practical experience.
Literacy and Numeracy Teaching Support for Key Stage 2
Whether you visit for a Show, Workshop or the Planetarium, pupils will benefit from additional activities which support the teaching of literacy and numeracy, and provide structured learning on the exhibition floor to assist with the development of key skills.
Pupils take part in a Literacy and Numeracy Trail, developed in conjunction with teachers, carrying out mathematical tasks and literacy challenges which involve investigation and exploration at key exhibits. Guidance notes are provided for pupils, with additional support for teachers and assistants.
In addition, pupils spend time with Techniquest Helpers who challenge them to investigate through prediction, creativity and experimentation. This experience supports pupils in key skills’ development by encouraging exploration, reflection, team work and interpretation.
All Foundation Phase programmes cover the seven areas of learning, providing a balance between presenter-directed learning and child-initiated activities. The programmes are presented with the help of Delyth, a cheeky and inquisitive young dragon, who is on hand to answer questions and inspire pupils in science and mathematics.
For Foundation Phase, each programme consists of a Science Theatre show, time on the exhibition floor amongst the 120 hands-on exhibits and practical activities in Delyth’s Den, plus pre- and post-visit materials, thereby offering teachers a complete package of activities to support their teaching.
Each lively presentation in the Science Theatre lasts approximately 25 minutes, after which pupils explore the exhibition floor. Here they are guided by their own curiosity, and engage with a variety of interactive exhibits that encourage them to experiment. Pupils will have time to explore skills and ideas introduced in the Science Theatre through additional activities in Delyth’s Den.
What size groups do you cater for?
Techniquest is flexible enough to be able to cater for most sizes of group. A small group of secondary pupils might take part in a workshop in the Laboratory, but an infant or junior school might bring a whole year group, or even the whole school.
Our Science Theatre seats up to 100 people.
Is there first aid on site?
Techniquest always has a trained First Aider on duty, and there is a designated First Aid Room
Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?
Techniquest is keen to offer help and support to visitors with special needs. There is easy wheelchair access, including a lift, to all parts of the building. Please discuss your particular needs with us when you book.
Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?
Please ring for information
We welcome teachers visiting Techniquest, free of charge, any time during opening hours, to help in planning their visit – just advise our staff at the admissions desk when you arrive. They will be happy to process your free entry.
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