British Science Week (10th – 19th March 2023) provides the perfect opportunity to create a science “buzz” around the school and ignite a passion for all things scientific. And every year, we devise a whole-school programme specifically tied in to the given theme - allowing every class to join a shared experience, in age-differentiated ways.
Kick Start Grant Scheme 2023 now open!
If you would love to get your students and the wider school community involved in British Science Week 2023 but are on a tight budget, then Kick Start Grants of between £150 and £700 could be for you. These grants enable schools in challenging circumstances to devise and run their own events and activities as part of British Science Week, and show their pupils and students how wide-ranging science is; there’s something for everyone.
To be eligible for a grant, schools must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- over 30% of pupils eligible for pupil premium, early years pupil premium or equivalent.
- over 30% of pupils who are from minority ethnic backgrounds.
- small school based in a remote and rural location.
Applications for both Kick Start Grants and Community Grants close sharp at midnight on Monday 7 November 2022.
Applications will need to be submitted via the Kick Start Grant page at www.britishscienceweek.org/applications-for-bsw23-grants-open/
"Children gained a notion of Science ideas outside their typical science lessons. It prompted our children to take a responsibility for saving their planet. The entire process was a breeze. I was so happy that the timetabling of the day was provided for us from As Creatives as opposed to having to organise this ourselves. Th staff were very prepared and professional. We will definitely book again!" Growing for Gold Workshop, Childwall CE Primary School
The Connection (new for British Science Week 2023)
Designed specifically to tie in with "Connections", the theme for BSW '23, The Connection places science, engineering and technology firmly in context by exploring the lives, achievements and legacies of individuals whose inventions and discoveries have affected all our lives! A highly engaging, thought provoking and informative whole-school programme, The Connection can accommodate the whole of up to a two-form entry school in a single day, compromising …
An interactive assembly, Connections and Causality - showing how the Stone Age discovery of ways of making and manipulating fire led to a whole series of scientific “moments” across the ages, culminating in the projected missions to send humans to Mars!
Workshops (one per year group), looking at the work of a particular scientist/technologist/engineer - and the connections between their work and everyday life. There is a deliberate and conscious focus on diversity - and clear connections, too, to science strands that each year group will be exploring at some point in the year!
EYFS/P1 (Exploring the World): Elijah McCoy, who changed the railways for ever, making possible the long journeys that make the world today a little smaller!
Year 1/P2: (Materials): Lyda Newman, who patented the first modern-day hairbrush by moving away from animal fibres and towards purpose-centred approaches.
Year 2/P3: (Living Things and their Habitats): Charles Henry Turner, and his work on ways in which termite colonies respond individually and collectively to changes in their environments.
Year 3/P4: (Forces): Sarah Goode, whose understanding of the ways in which different forces act was behind her invention of the world’s first fold-up bed!
Year 4/P5: (Animals, including Humans): Marie Curie, the double-Nobel winner whose work with radioactivity expanded our knowledge and understanding of the structure of the human body.
Year 5/P6: (Space): Katherine Johnson, whose groundbreaking work leading a team of NASA computer programmers allowed the Apollo missions to land humans on the moon.
Year 6/P7: (Circulatory System): Charles Richard Drew, whose early attempts to study at medical school were thwarted by racist authorities – but who went on to save millions of loves by revolutionising how we collect, store, transport and use blood products.
Every school booking The Connection will also receive a link to a package of downloadable follow-up resources.
Combatting Climate Change by Growing for Gold
This whole school programme taps into the innate understanding children have of the peril that Planet Earth is in by exploring how we can all take steps to “grow” gold standard strategies designed to combat climate change. After a whole-school assembly looking at what climate change is, what it does and where it comes from, each year group will tackle its own question in a drama-based workshop – with a “virtual” Gold Medal going to the group with the best response!
EYFS/P1: What can we do at home to help save Planet Earth?
Year 1/P2: How can what we wear help save Planet Earth?
Year 2/P3: How can the way we travel help save Planet Earth?
Year 3/P3: How can what we buy help combat climate change?
Year 4/P5: How can what we eat help combat climate change?
Year 5/P6: How can recycling help combat climate change?
Year 6/P7: How can we persuade the world to combat climate change?
Download our Combatting Climate Change: Growing for Gold teaching pack here
"I would like to thank Ady again for delivering the workshops. His own enthusiasm for science shone through from the start to the end of day. The fact that the lessons were active and fun enabled the children to learn in a more physical way than that of the normal classroom based teaching of science. This has given some of the teachers ideas for their own way of teaching science for future lessons. I would definitely recommend As Creatives to fellow teachers." Heath Fields Primary
Families Event: Innovating to Save the Planet! (add on session)
If we’re serious about saving planet Earth, it’s becoming more and more obvious that everyone, not just governments and big business, need to take innovative approaches to our daily lives. So, coming at the end of a day of workshops with pupils (and following an opportunity for children to share some of their learning with their parents/carers), this engaging workshop manages to both take a light hearted look at some of the challenges that face the planet and support families in identifying real changes they can make. And by the end of the afternoon, you’ll have your very own school Planetary Innovation Pledges! This unique workshop provides a great way of boosting family engagement – and booking it at the end of a day of our workshops with pupils will allow you to get it all for a fraction of the usual price!
Whole School Science Resource Packages to download
You can choose to purchase and download the Growing for Gold Resource pack over at www.ascreativesconnect.com/
Growing for Gold - Combatting Climate Change: Growing for Gold has been designed to support pupils of all ages in “growing” gold standard responses to the climate change crisis.
The pack, which allows teachers to deliver our activities themselves, comprises …
- Full instructions for teachers …
- An introductory film …
- Daily Creative - quick, thematic creative brainteasers (two sets, grouped in age bands for EYFS/KS1 and KS2) …
- PowerPoint-led challenges (one for each year group from Reception to Year 6 / P1 - P7) …
- Themed maths worksheets (one for each year group from Reception to Year 6 / P1 - P7) …
- Themed literacy activities, complete with writing frameworks (two for each year group from Reception to Year 6 / P1 - P7) …
- Instructions (including short films) for playing thematic versions of some of our most popular learning games (with suggestions grouped in three age bands: EYFS, KS1 and KS2 / P1 - P7) ..
- A set of Growing for Gold Fact Files.
Other resource packs you can purchase and download include:
Innovation and Beyond– designed to tie in with British Science Week 2021, this comprises thematic, PowerPoint-based STEM quizzes for every year group from Reception to Year 6/ P1 to P7) - together with linked and age-differentiated maths and literacy activities, all brought together with opening and closing films!
The Engineering Trail– with opening and closing films and featuring engineering challenges using resources available in any school setting, differentiated into three age ranges: EYFS and KS1/P1 – P3 … Years 3 and 4/P4 and P5 … and Years 5 and 6/P6 and P7.
Family Science - Top Tips for Saving the Planet (add-on activity) – complete with an introductory film and offering the whole family opportunities to both uncover the science we all use in our everyday lives and think about easy ways that we can all contribute to protecting Planet Earth.
Discover more at www.ascreativesconnect.com