Science can definitely be one of the more difficult school subjects in which to inspire and engage pupils. It certainly was at my school, where an unfortunate trio of drab individuals failed spectacularly to deliver what was actually a thoroughly fascinating subject. Often, scientific ideas are quite complicated to fully understand, especially for children at primary level, so practical work is essential. In addition, a recent report issued by the Association for Science Education (ASE) concluded that outdoor learning was necessary when teaching science. Giving pupils the ability to directly link first hand experience with classroom ideas will enable pupils at any key stage to get the most from the subject.
Fortunately there are a wide range of excellent venues that will help your pupils develop a love of science, from the traditional, such as wildlife centres promoting biodiversity, and transport museums who chart the historical development of scientific achievement, to the more modern dedicated science centres who offer high tech, interactive classroom style learning.
We have divided our school visit recommendations between the three core areas of science, though there is a fair amount of cross over between each so be sure to take a look at all three.
Popular Science Trip, July 2017: The MAD Museum
ART & DESIGN TECHNOLOGY Every piece on display has been handcrafted with precision and remarkable skill. This is where art meets movement sometimes operating to achieve a function but most of the time, just moving for the fun of it. Discover inspirational Design, Fine Art, Technology and Sculpting throughout the museum. We encourage pupils to examine and interact with some of the world’s finest pieces of Kinetic Art and Automata, to identify themselves with different materials and design ele...Details & Enquire