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Science venues to visit

Science Museums/Venues
Learning Outdoors
Local Farms

Science venues to visit:

Science Museums/Venues

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Centre for Life, Newcastle
Over a hundred exciting workshops available on demand on a variety of topics, as well as outreach workshops that will visit your school. The workshops are suitable from reception all through primary levels, and the Centre is happy to discuss bespoke workshops to suit your school's needs.

Dorman Museum
The Dorman Museum houses a large collection of items from the fantastic to the fabulous, celebrating Middlesbrough's heritage through natural history and geology to social history and Victorian arts and craft.

Great North Museum, Hancock
Book a visit to the museum to learn about the history of our planet, and experience the huge variety of displays and activities. Don't forget to visit the amazing planetarium! Workshops are also available at the museum on a variety of science topics, as well as downloadable resources for schools to bring with them on self-guided visits.

Blue Reef Aquarium, Tynemouth
Over 40 living displays with a huge variety of animals, including stingrays, sharks, otters, frogs, seahorses, seal cove, and an Amazonian rainforest with pygmy marmosets! The aquarium recommends a three-hour visit, including the rock pool session with a marine expert. Additional talks and workshops are also available.

Discovery Museum, Newcastle
Discovery Museum in Newcastle's collections of scientific and technical materials explores the maritime and social history of the area. Science workshops are available including learning about forces and local inventors for older children, while younger children can learn about colours with Mrs Rainbow!

National Railway Museum, Shildon
Learn about engineering, including how steam engines work and how bridges are built, in the exciting workshops at the museum. Workshops are available that are suitable for early years and primary levels.

Wynyard Woodland Park Planetarium and Observatory, Middlesbrough
The planetarium and observatory offer a range of events, activities, and services to support science in the National Curriculum. Visits can be arranged to suit all ages, including preschool and primary. The activities include educational, animated star shows in the planetarium that are sure to amaze and inspire!

Learning Outdoors

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OASES (Outdoor and Sustainability Education Specialists)
OASES is a charitable organisation which supports schools from all phases across the north east of England with learning activities on the themes of sustainability, outdoor and global learning. Support can be in school, or through thier range of teacher CPD or at one of their fantastic partner sites throughout the region.

RSPB Salthome
"Join us at Saltholme for outdoor learning experiences for primary and secondary age children. On our wetland nature reserve your class will discover a range of habitats, getting stuck into activities such as pond dipping, minibeast hunting and seasonal sensory exploration. Come along and discover the plants and creatures that call us home."

Washington Wetland Centre
Explore the wetland habitat all year round with the centre's guided outdoor learning sessions, available for all ages and abilities, or book your own self-guided visit. Guided sessions last from 30 minutes to 2 hours, and cover topics on birds, invertebrates, mammals, and plants in the wetlands.

Kirkley Hall Zoo (North of Newcastle)
Book a visit to the zoo to learn about the countryside, farm animals, and over a hundred species of small animals. A typical school trip includes handling some of the animals, a tour of the zoo, and a guided woodland walk to see some of the local wildlife.

Local Farms

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There are a number of farms in the area that welcome children to visit and learn about the farm animals close up! Here are just a few of the larger ones, but you can check to see if there are any that are more local to your school.

Tweddle Farm, Blackhail Colliery:

Newham Grange Country Farm, Middlesbrough:

Animal Fun Farm, Houghton le Spring:

Hall Hill Farm, Lanchester:

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