Science Kits are a blessing to my family as science is an area which enthrals and baffles me in equal measures! I get ridiculously excited when experiments go well (I won’t tell you about the yeast experiment my year 6 class did with bottles and balloons on the same day as Parents’ Evening which left my classroom smelling like a brewery – you can imagine (It was also World Book day and I was dressed as a nun...)) and love watching children develop that curiosity that comes with one that goes wrong!
Science kits really do get children excited about science. The world of biology, chemistry and physics is one of wonder and fun! Additionally, children learn technological literacy, critical thinking and problem-solving through experimenting, predicting, questioning. With STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and maths) education being widely recognised as one of extreme importance for our young people, these boxes of joy bring the fun education into the home!
I just wish there had been more science kits around when my children were young. They had to make do with a bit of bicarb and some vinegar in the kitchen (oh what fun that was!) My children would love to dress up as a scientist (generic white shirt and pen!) and create a chemistry ‘lab’ (whatever bowls, bottles, jars, food colouring etc they could find.) Now you can get a lab in a box!
Galt do this range which come with all the bits and pieces you’ll need plus (and a real bonus if you, like me, can’t just think up experiments on the spot) detailed instructions on how to make things happen!
At primary school, we teach ‘science’ which covers all areas and begins to show the interrelationship of the three. Children love to know which area they are working within, there’s a confidence that comes with getting to grips with ‘big school’ science.
I had a wonderful year 5 child who was managing several additional needs. He loved science lessons and would thoroughly engage with all experiments – he had some great ideas but couldn’t always communicate them. During a particularly tense OfSted inspection, he took himself to the reading corner and proceeded to drive toys cars off the top of the bookshelf. When asked, by the particularly tense inspector, what he was doing, he loudly and proudly proclaimed “I am doing physics.” And he was!
Thames and Kosmos are just brilliant and have produced some simply amazing science kits which allow children to explore the different areas in depth. Junior chemists can get their hands dirty with things that can be found in the kitchen (love that!), young biologists can get investigate DNA and Genetics and our emerging physicists can dive into fluid dynamics, energy, oscillation, hydraulics and pneumatics!
We can’t leave the subject of science, though, without talking about natural science – such an important subject especially at the moment with climate change being very much in young peoples’ minds. An understanding of how the natural world works allows children to look for solutions when things go wrong.
My daughter runs a daily mantra of “why can’t they just…?” followed by simple solutions to what she sees as a world being destroyed. I am very proud that she believes she can make a change – her science teachers can take the credit for teaching her the methods for how!
by Allie White, educational consultant to BrightMinds
As a parent and former-teacher, Allie has a hands-on approach to home learning, believing that the best learning is done together in a relaxed environment.
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