Discovering the crucial role that time plays in scientific comprehension, Time for Science highlights the importance of time in a variety of scientific disciplines, each chosen to complement areas that each primary year group will investigate throughout this school year.



"I just wanted to say another huge thank you! The children really enjoyed themselves today. You are so engaging and make science and the theme come to life! We look forward to seeing you again next year!" Time for Science workshops, Allington Primary school

"The student’s throughout the school really enjoyed the sessions, especially the learning and engaging with the worksheets. Understanding that there is diversity in science and the relevancy of the theme ‘time’ within science. They also gained a deeper knowledge of their topic through focusing on one scientist and completing the tasks provided. Tthe assembly was so engaging and informative; that the content was diverse, inclusive and inspiring. The worksheets and learning were easily accessible and user friendly. We would love to have As Creatives back!” Oakdale Junior School

Workshop Description

Time for Science -  Available as an in-person workshop day or as a teaching resource pack

Exploring the pivotal role that concepts of time play in scientific understanding, Time for Science! brings to life the centrality of time in a whole range of science strands – each carefully chosen to support areas that each year group will be investigating at some point during the school year. And the programme places science, engineering and technology firmly in context by directly relating content to our everyday lives and experiences.

A highly engaging, revelatory and thought provoking and informative whole-school programme, Time for Science can accommodate the whole of up to a two-form entry school in a single day, compromising …

  • An interactive assembly, The Science of Time, demonstrating what time ‘is”, how time began – and how it doesn’t always behave as we might expect!
  • Workshops (one per year group), exploring time in relation to particular science strands – and touching on the roles played in those areas by individual scientists, technologists and engineers – with a deliberate and conscious focus on diversity.
  • Follow-up activites to explore the individual in focus in more detail. 

EYFS/P1 (Understanding My Body): Human Timelines … What happens as we grow from a baby to a child to a grown up to an old person? Why should we celebrate these changes?

Individual in Focus: Frederick Akbar Mahomed, a British doctor, among the first to recognise how individuals can extend their own life spans.

Year 1/P2 (Seasonal Changes): Seasonal Changes … How (and why) do the lengths of our days and nights change through the seasons? How does this help humanity?

Individual in Focus: Eunice Newton Foote, a 19th century America scientist – amongst the first to foresee the effects of human activity on the global a climate.

Year 2/P3 (Animals, including Humans): The Lifespan Game … Why do different species of animals have such widely differing life spans? Can we relate this to life cycles?

Individual in Focus: Kitty Wilkinson, a Liverpool laundress who played a big part in increasing the life expectancy of working class people in Victorian times.

Year 3/P4 (Rocks): Geology Timelines … What is the “fossil record”? How can an understanding of the differences between igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks help us look back on Earth’s immense history?

Individual in Focus: Mary Anning, a British fossil collector whose discoveries changed our understanding of geological timelines.

Year 4/P5 (Electricity): Electricity Timelines … When did humans first start to work with electricity – and how did they do it? How has that led to the current and ongoing quest to create and manipulate electricity in sustainable ways?

Individual in Focus: Granville T Woods, an American inventor, who harnessed static electricity to invent the first ever system allowing moving trains to communicate with stations.

Year 5 /P6 (Earth and Space): Space Exploration … How – and why – did humans first start exploring space? How did we move from the Space Race to the Apollo Years, from the Apollo Years to an era of International Collaboration – and are we now moving towards an Age of Business?

Individual in Focus: Caroline Herschel, German-born, British astronomer who calculated comets paths – and discovered at least seven of the bodies!

Year 6/P7 (Evolution and Inheritance): Evolution … How can we use Darwin’s personal timeline as a metaphor for the evolutionary timeline that culminated in humankind.

Individual in Focus: Ibn Miskawayh, a 9th/10th century Islamic scholar who developed an early evolutionary theory that bears striking resemblances to the great breakthroughs of the Victorian era!

"Thank you so much for organising our 'Time for Science!' day. The children thoroughly enjoyed the activities and workshops. Chris was brilliant and so full of enthusiasm! I look forward to booking with AS Creatives again in the future."  Time for Science Workshops, St Andrew’s CofE Primary School

"The children thoroughly enjoyed their workshops. Every child was engaged and enthusiastically took part ... and they did not want the workshops to end. The workshops either supported their current Science topic or embedded their learning from a previous topic. The children's curiosity and enthusiasm for Science increased and we liked the fact that not only were the workshops linked to this year's theme but linked to a Science topic for that year group. Absolutely brilliant!" Time for Science Workshops, St Clement’s Primary

EYFS - Y6 / P1-P7 / Senior Infants - 6th Class
One Day
Whole school!
School Hall


What is the format of the day?

The day starts with a whole-school assembly. We will work with you to plan a timetable for the workshops, to suit the number of classes you would like to include - and around the specific timings of your school day. 

A typical timetable looks like this:

09.00 – 09.20: Whole-school assembly

09.20 – 9.55: Year 1 stay in the hall for their workshop …

9.55 – 10.30: Year 2 come to the hall for their workshop …

10.30 – 11.05: Year 3 come to the hall for their workshop …

11.05 – 11.30: One Reception class have a visit, in their own setting …

11.30 – 11.55: The other Reception class have a visit, in their own setting …


1.00 – 1.40: Year 4 come to the hall for their workshop …

1.40 – 2.20: Year 5 come to the hall for their workshop …

2.20 – 3.00: Year 6 come to the hall for their workshop.


How many pupils can take part?

Time for Science can accommodate up-to 60 pupils per workshop - that's the whole of a two-form entry school in just one day!

Are there any technical requirements?

Each working space needs to be equipped with laptop/screen/projector, so pupils can view the supporting PowerPoint throughout.


Where will the workshops take place?

These workshops require the use of your school hall. 

Is Time for Science available as a Teaching Resource?

Yes! you can download the Time for Science teaching resource pack and deliver your own whole-school Science day! download from

Are there any other whole-school science days?

Yes, you can also enjoy a whole school experience with The Connection, Combatting Climate Change – by Growing for Gold , What a Wonderful World and Science Skills! Or, build your own whole school Big Science Day.

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