Please call or email to check availability of dates. The busiest months are: October, November, January and March so it is advisable to book early for these times.
Counties covered include: Herts, Bucks, Berks, Beds, Oxfordshire, London, Middlesex, Essex, Cambs, Nothants, Hampshire (excl IOW), Surrey, W Sussex,
E Sussex, Kent, Birmingham, Warwickshire, Leicestershire, and some parts of Wiltshire,
E. Gloucs, & W/S Suffolk, Notts.
Outside these areas: workshops may be available if two workshops are booked (in the same or different schools) on consecutive days - please inquire.
Workshops cost £395 for a full day, or £305 for a half day, irrespective of how many pupils are involved. Whole-school Science Days are up to £450.
Mileage is also payable, but no VAT.
Please inquire if you are a very small school, or have only one class needing a workshop (prices may be lower).
Workshops are around 90 minutes per group, but this can vary according to age, number of classes, and the teacher's requirements. Shorter sessions can be provided to allow for larger pupil numbers within a school to be accommodated if needed. Most workshops can be extended, with additional activities, to last all day if desired. The Evolution workshop is best if longer than 90 minutes.
Palaeoquest has something for every age! Usually, up to 60 children can be accommodated in one group, if space is available, but 30-45 per group is preferable. Up to 5 or more classes can be accommodated in one day, if desired. Different workshops can also be provided for different classes (and ages) on the same day, if time allows. Whole-school Science Days accommodate the whole school, if space is available.
After agreeing a date and discussing your workshop, you will receive a booking form to sign and a request for the £50 deposit. Nearer the date, we will discuss details for the day and some worksheets will be emailed to you to print off.
Workshops are around 90 minutes per group, but this can vary considerably according to age, number of classes, and the teacher's requirements. The Evolution workshop is best if given a longer time. We aim to fit in with your school day where possible. Most workshops can be extended, with additional activities, to last all day, or be shortened if necessary. Different workshops can be provided for different (or the same) year groups on the same day wherever possible.
A large number of rocks, fossils, artefacts etc. are brought into your school for pupils to handle and examine, as well as tools; maps; charts; microscopes; reconstructions and replicas. Scientific concepts and information are absorbed through games, discussions, puzzles, and the pupils' own explorations of specimens.
Pupils work in small groups, examining specimens, making observations, and undertaking scientific investigations. There are plenty of opportunities to ask and answer questions. Workshops are linked with curriculum topics, but also have a strong emphasis on problem-solving and working scientifically. There are numerous opportunities for pupils to apply their existing skills and knowledge to new challenges. For example they may record or read data in new ways, or apply their knowledge of modern plants and animals to interpreting fossil ones.
If you wish to emphasise a specific area, curriculum topic, or aspect of Working Scientifically; would like preparatory or follow-on material; or wish to "mix and match" pieces of different workshops, please call to discuss. This shouldn't be a problem. Very little writing is required during the workshops but workbooks or record sheets are provided for pupils to make written records of their activities.
Usually, 45 to 60 children can be accommodated in one group, if space is available, but 30-45 per group is preferable. Up to 5 or more groups can be accommodated in one day eg. for whole-school science days or large year groups.
Most workshops can be done in a classroom, but larger groups will require a hall to be available (please leave spare time if the hall is needed for lunches or before/after school clubs). The main logistical requirement is lots of tables / desks (chairs not necessary). For Evolution & Inheritance a whiteboard is very desirable. A parking space close to the building is also needed.
A Risk Assessment is available should you require one. There are no dangerous chemicals or equipment used in the workshops, and risks are very low provided children behave sensibly in accordance with instructions and normal school behaviour policies. Some Stone Age tools are sharp, and children may get soil on their hands in some workshops.
Public Liability Insurance is provided via the Association for Science Educators (ASE).
Your workshop co-ordinator is fully CRB/DBS checked - details are available on request.
Please ask if you would like any pre-workshop advice or materials, or if you wish to focus on anything specific in your school workshop (eg. something you've been studying recently).