Workshop details

We have just published a new flyer with details of our most popular workshops. All available for schools, home educators or other groups. Take a look and let us know if you would like further information or to book a workshop. Click here to view the flyer: Gather & Sirius workshops

Science inspiration

A friend asked today about science experiments they could do with their child and I reeled off a few, but it got me thinking about where I have got my ideas for science experiments which are easy to do at home.  Today’s mini blog, therefore is a list of some of the books, websites and other inspiration from which many of our science experiments at home come. Books 1) A great book we have used for years is Usborne’s 50 science things to make and do. The activities range from things that young children can do unsupervised to more complex activities … Continue reading

Cooking – an incredible teaching tool

Cooking is a life skill, an educational tool and also just great fun. It is an excellent way to help children of all ages learn. Cooking enables children to work in a variety of curriculum fields simultaneously. From maths to English, science to geography, history to PSHE, cooking can be the tool which helps children practically explore many areas of education and life, often without even noticing they are learning. I used to teach in a special needs secondary school where cooking was taught both as a subject and as a social activity.  They ran ‘foody-Friday’ where the students planned, budgeted, purchased, … Continue reading

Science with young children

The world around us is a pretty incredible place and this is what your young child should be exploring as a basis for scientific learning and discovery when s/he is older. Science can be seen as the territory of geeks and the uber-clever, but this stereotyping does nothing to help our children progress. Firstly, what is wrong with being a ‘geek’ or very clever? Secondly, at a basic level, science is both common sense and fascinating. The everyday world is a place to be explored when you are a child and exploring it with your child can make you re-examine … Continue reading