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Science venues to visit

Science workshops/outreach

Science Museums/Venues Science Shows
Zoos, Aquariums and Nature Reserves Planetariums
Animal Shows

Science venues to visit:

Science Museums/Venues

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Hill End Residential Centre
www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/hillend
A range of activities for outdoor learning for each age group. These include: pond dipping, minibeasts safari, habitats and stream survey.

Oxford University Botanical gardens
www.botanic-garden.ox.ac.uk
The Botanical Gardens have a range of activities which cater for primary schools, including a 5 senses tour, a plants life session, the waste free lunch challenge and more.

Oxford University Harcourt Arboretum
www.harcourt-arboretum.ox.ac.uk
The Harcourt Arboretum's school programme introduces children to a wide variety of trees from around the world, and a number of different habitats. All the sessions are held outside and are based on the education of sustainable development. Topics include winter traditions and explora-tree.

Oxford University Natural History Museum
www.oum.ox.ac.uk
The education team, made up of fully qualified teachers, have designed a range of fun hands on sessions, workshops and study days for all key stages. The sessions are available for free to all schools. Topics covered include: dinosaurs and fossils, rocks and minerals, animal adaptations, and materials and their properties.

Oxford University Pitt Rivers Museum
http://www.prm.ox.ac.uk
Hands on workshops are available for primary schools, and the session is lead by an education officer. All of this is free.

Zoos, Aquariums and Nature Reserves

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Hurst Water Meadows, Dorchester on Thames
www.hurst-water-meadow.co.uk
Hurst Learning Zone provides local schools free access to the meadow and, whenever possible, provide a volunteer to act as a guide. They also provide a teachers information pack to help plan visits.

Little Wittenham Nature Reserve
www.earthtrust.org.uk
The Earth Trust Education Team prepare and run a day that combines both indoor and outdoor learning experiences linked to the topic of your choice.

Shotover Wildlife
www.shotover-wildlife.org.uk

Shotover Wildlife has experience of educating and entertaining students of all levels. This includes educational tours of wildlife habitats and interactive sessions in the field, generally associated with flowers and insects. There is also a "the wicked world of bees and wasps" interactive talk for primary school children. Shotover provides visitors with free public information leaflets on a number of topics, which are also available to download at: www.shotover-wildlife.org.uk/swpubls.htm

Sutton Courtenay Environmental Education Centre
www.bbowt.org.uk
Educational programmes consistent with sustainable schools and the national curriculum. Education centres are located in Sutton Courtenay, near Didcot and Tring.

The Living Rainforest, Newbury
www.livingrainforest.org
The Living Rainforest is an indoor greenhouse with free ranging butterflies and birds, alongside plants and animals from across the globe. The centre offers an exciting interactive learning environment tailored to current curriculum requirements and specific needs. Four programmes are available including: amazing adaptations, edible forest, sustainable future and rainforest medicines.

Science workshops/outreach:

Science Shows

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Bright Sparks Science
www.brightsparksscience.co.uk

Bright Sparks Science school workshops are a great way of inspiring classes whilst taking the strain of designing intricate lesson plans away from teachers. The practical and exciting workshops include a range of themes, including: Light and Colour, Forces and Friction, Electricity and Rockets.

Mad Science
www.madscience.org
Interactive workshops combining education and entertainment, which cover topics such as exploring ecosystems, body basics and crazy chemistry.

Proeducation Ltd
www.proeducation.co.uk
Science shows/workshops/staff training. Topics include amazing magical science, the art of science, and mad materials.

Quantum Theatre
www.quantumtheatre.co.uk
Science themed plays., including inspector clueless (materials) The starry messenger (Earth and beyond) and bin raider (environment)

Science Oxford
www.scienceoxford.com

A wide range of science and technology shows and workshops for Oxfordshire primary schools. Also have science kit available for loan for science days or clubs.

Planetariums

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Astronomy Road Show
www.astronomyroadshow.com
Mobile multimedia planetarium for all year groups, offering three different sized domes. Shows cover a range of topics including day and night, the sun, moon, craters, gravity, the solar system, meteors, space stations and black holes.

Explorer Dome
www.explorerdome.co.uk

Dome shows plus shows and workshops incorporating the national curriculum. Shows involve audience interaction and hands-on experiments to make science exciting, inspiring and easy to handle. Topics include space, forces, light, sound, the body, earth, creation, bubbles, matter and more.

Science Dome
www.sciencedome.co.uk
Science dome is designed to explore science, geology and geography in an interactive way. The schools programme includes shows such as space exploration, earth and beyond, light and sound and solar system tour.

The Black Hole Planetarium
black.hole@ntlworld.com

A mobile planetarium which aims to enhance and amplify aspects of the national curriculum by use of various projection devices and visual aids.

Animal Shows

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Rainforest Roadshow
www.rainforestroadshow.co.uk
The Rainforest Roadshow aim to share the magic and encourage a greater understanding of the rainforest ecosystem. Includes presentations and workshops incorporating a range of artefacts and animals.

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