The majority of the activities have been designed to meet the requirements of the QCA Science, D&T or Art & Design schemes of work. However it does not take much to convert them to a Creative Curriculum or to run them as a cross curricular activity.
|Homes, Igloo||Fairground Rides|
For the Creative Curriculum we have made STIXX Eiffel Towers (adapting Shelters) where the theme was Paris, Benches (adapting Chairs) where the theme was the local park and revolving tea cups (adapting motorised Fairgrounds) where the theme was Alice in Wonderland!
In cross curricular suggestions are Victorian Toys and Cams, Greek or Roman K’nex Cam Chariots or Tudor K’nex Cam Wagons, Pneumatic Roman or an Electronic Quiz board with Geography questions.
The table below lists the main activities I offer. In the second column is the QCA they are aimed at. If there are key areas you want developed for example communication, teamwork, presentational skills etc. these can be emphasised in the introduction although some activities are more suitable for some key areas than others. If you have a theme for Science Week or something like recycling, the four Rs, earth's four elements etc. I will try and work them into the activity.
All activities start with an introduction covering the student brief, keywords and using the equipment, including Health & Safety in their use. Then the practical activity with a short plenary session at the end.Click here for Shelters pictures as an example activity.
The next column details the year group I think the activities are most suitable for. I am flexible on this and can make most activities simpler or more complicated to suit different age groups. The next column details the size of group and time allocation I normally work with. Again I can be flexible on numbers per session bearing in mind student behaviour and discipline remains the school’s responsibility!!! If you are thinking of making a booking it is easiest to contact me with the activities you would like, numbers and year group; I’ll send you back a proposed programme and cost. If I can shoe horn in an extra activity or class by moving around break times etc. I will. Once everything is agreed I will send a confirmation letter listing timings, room requirements, what you need to collect, etc.
I have tried to make my pricing as straight forward as possible! Costs are made up of four elements; the first element is the daily rate this is £300. I can do just mornings or just afternoons, but they are priced to be less attractive! The second element is travel as I live in Ealing it is zero here, Greenwich £35 per day, Maidstone £70, Shropshire £150 etc. The third element is materials; obviously some activities consume more in the way of materials than others. The material cost per student per activity is in the last column. (Generally where there is a material charge the students have something to take home, with Knex activities there is no charge and I take all the Knex away with me!) The fourth element is supplements like working in the summer term (£40 per day) or if I am working with five classes or more (£30). If you do not find my pricing schedule straight forward to use, please ask me for a quote, it does not commit you to anything!
To see activity descriptions, either click the name of the activity in the table, or for the same information in a brochure form, use the download at the bottom of the page.
Primary Brochure.pdf [308.52K]
|Activity||Aimed at QCA Scheme of Work||Year group||Approximate Timing||Material Cost per Pupil|
|Playground Forces||D & T 1B, S 1E, Ma 2&3||Yr 1 & 2||Up to 60 a morning||£0.50 #|
|Homes+||D & T 1D, A&D 2C, Ma 2&3||Yr 1 & 2||Up to 60 a morning||£0.50 #|
|Moving Pictures, Levers||D & T 1A,S 1A&1E, Ma 3||Yr 1 & 2||Class of 30 2 hrs||£0.50|
|Rockets, Alka Seltzer||S 1E, S 2E, Ma 3||Yr 1-4||Up to 60, Around 1¼ hr||£0.50|
|Rockets, Stomp||S1E, S 2E, Ma 2&3||Various||1 hr||Nil ¬|
|Rockets, STIXX +||S 1E, S 2E, Ma 3||Yr 1-3||Up to 60 a morning||£0.50 #|
|Winding Mechanisms – Cotton reels||D & T 2C, S 2E, Ma 3||Yr 2 & 3||Up to 60, Around 1 ¼ hrs; depending on numbers||£1.00|
|Winding Mechanisms – Plaster of Paris||D&T 2C, S 2E, Ma 3||Yr 2 & 3||Class of 30 a morning||£2.00|
|Wind Up Cotton Reels||D & T 2C, S 2E, Ma 3||Yr 2 & 3||Up to 60, 1 hr||£0.50|
|Vehicle & Winding Mechanisms, K’nex||D&T 2, A&C, S2E, Ma 3||Yr 2 & 3||Up to 60 pupils, 2 hrs||Nil ''|
|Photo Frames, Recycled +||D&T 3D, Ma3||Yr 3-6||Up to 60 pupils, 2hrs||£0.50|
|Creative Challenges, K'Nex|| ||Yr 2-6||Up to 60 pupils, 2hrs||Nil ''|
|Rubber Band Buggy/Scientific Investigation||S 5/6 H, Ma 2 & 3||Yr 3-6||Class of 30 Yr3 1hr to Yr 6 1½ hr||Nil ¬|
|Moving Monsters, Pneumatic||D & T 3C||Yr 3 - 5||Up to 60, 2hrs||£1.00|
|Pneumatic Roman||D & T 3C, Ma 3||Yr 3-6||Class of 30 half a day||£2.00|
|Pneumatic K'NEX||D & T 3C, Ma 3||Yr 3-6||Class of 30 half a day||£0.50 ''|
|Money Containers, Recycled||D & T 4A, A&D 5B, Ma 3||Yr 3-6||Up to 60, 1hr||£0.50|
|Torches||D&T 4E, S4F||Yr 4 & 5||Class of 30, 2 hrs||£1.50|
|Burglar Alarms||D & T 4D, S4F||Yr 4 & 5||Class of 30 1hr||Nil ¬|
|Electrical Ciruit Quiz Board||D&T 4E, S4F, Ma 2||Yr 4-6||Class of 30, 2 hrs||£1.00|
|Friction||S4E, Ma 2||Yr 4 & 5||Class of 30 a morning||£0.50|
|Frictionless CDs||S4E||Yr 4 - 6||Up to 60, 45 mins||£0.50|
|Chairs +||A & D 4B, Ma 2 & 3||Yr4-6||Up to 45, a full morning||£1.00*|
|Cross Curricular||See Notes|| ||See Notes||See Notes|
|Electric Buggies, Pulleys||Ma 2||Yr 5 & 6||Class of 30 1½ hr||Nil ¬|
|Balloon Buggies||S6E, Ma 3||Yr 5 & 6||Class of 30 1½ hr, with 60 2¼ hr||£1.00|
|Cams & Victorian Toys||D & T 5C, Ma 2||Yr 4, 5 &6||Class of 30 woodpeckers 1½ Hr, cams a day||£1.00 woodpeckers, £2.00 cams|
|Cams, Cardboard & K'nex||D & T 5C, Ma 3||Yr 4, 5 & 6||Class of 30, 2½ hrs||£1.50 cardboard, nil K'nex''|
|Wastepaper Bins/Containers, Recycled+||A & D 5B, Ma 2 & 3||Yr 5 & 6||Class of 30, 2hrs||£1.00|
|Fairground Carousel Motor||D & T 6C, Ma 2||Yr 6||Class of 30 a full morning||£2.50*|
|Fairground Carousel String||D & T 6C, Ma 2||Yr 6||Class of 30 half a day||£1.00|
|Fairground K’NEX||D & T 6C, Ma 2||Yr 6||Up to 60 – 2½ hrs||Nil ''|
|Fairground K’NEX Motor||D & T 6C, S 6G||Yr 6||Class of 30 full morning||£0.50 ¬|
|K’NEX Bridge / Tower||D & T 6A, Ma 2 & 3||Yr 5 & 6||Up to 60, 2½hr||Nil ''|
|Bridges of London/The World +||D & T 6A, Ma 2 & 3||Yr 5 & 6||Up to 60, 2½hr||£1.00|
|Bridges, Card/Spaghetti/STIXX||D & T 6A, Ma 2 & 3||Yr 5 & 6||Up to 60, 2½hr||£1.00|
|Bridges to Walk Over||D & T 6A, Ma 2 & 3||Yr 6 only||Class of 30, a full morning||£1.00|
|Shelters / Famous Structures / Tall Towers +||D & T 6A, Ma 2 & 3||Yr 5 & 6||Up to 60 2½hr||£0.75|
|Olympic Games Equipment +||D & T 6A, Ma 2 & 3||Yr 4 - 6||Up to 60, a full morning||£1.00 #|
|Fun Maths (set of puzzles )||Ma 2 & 3||Yr 5 & 6||Class of 30, 1 hr||Nil|
|Bridges with Maths||Ma 2 & 3||Yr 5 & 6||Class of 30 1 ¾ hrs||£0.50|
|Garden Tripods+||Ma 2& 3||Yr 5 & 6||Up to 60, all day||£1.50|
|Mannequins / School Play Scenery+||A & D 6B , Ma 2 & 3||Yr 4 - 6||Up to 60 2½ hrs||£1.00|
|Electric Buggies, Making||D & T 6D & S6G, Ma 2||Yr 5 & 6||Up to 60, 2 hrs||£2.00|
|Controllable Vehicles||D & T 6D & S6G, Ma 2||Yr 6 only||Class of 30 1 ¾ hrs||Nil ¬|
|Enterprise||Yr 6 only||Up to 60, full day||£2.50^|
|Electronic Control||D&T 6D & S6G, Ma 2||Yr 6 only||Class of 30, 2½ hr||Nil|
|Building Game, The||Yr 6 only||Up to 90, 1 ½ hrs||Nil|
|Musical Instruments, Recycled +||D&T 5A, Ma 2 & 3||Yr 4 - 6||Up to 60, a full morning||£1.00 #|
|Tall Towers, Sweetest||D&T 6A, Ma 2 & 3||Yr 4 - 6||Up to 60, 20 minutes||Nil|
|Tetra STIXX +||D&T 6A, Ma 2 & 3||Yr 4 - 6||Up to 60, 25 minutes||Nil|
Primary Brochure.pdf [308.52K]