Science Family Homeshares!

Taking Root
(participating on activities with families)

Age suitability: 5-11 years

Effort required: (1=less work - 5=more work)

Pre-activity: 4
During activity: 2
Post-activity: 2

Make great use of a science magazine, e.g. ‘Whizz Pop Bang’, with children and their parents who might not normally see them to complete a fun and engaging science activity at home.

  • To explore, describe and communicate science in a variety of ways
  • To develop the use of scientific vocabulary

A child is chosen each week to take home the ‘Science Family Share Folder’ (reading folders are fine). This includes the magazine or science book, a letter for parents explaining what to do and a book to record ideas and investigations into (using diagrams, photos, jottings and writing). Homework is celebrated weekly in class and half termly in a celebration assembly.

  1. Decide on the magazine or selection of books to use and order your copies for school.
  2. Give staff an explanation about the activity and what you need them to do. This could be run as a whole school initiative if desired.
  3. Trial the approach with children from one class and then launch in a school assembly. Invite parents to the assembly.
  4. Organise the folders and organise for the magazines to be changed half-termly.
  5. Plan for celebration assemblies with certificates, if desired, for the parents and children who have taken part.

Ask Teaching Assistants, or parent helper groups to take on the organising of the folders for each class.

Developed by St Augustine’s CE Primary School, Sarah Nuttall & Laurence Gibaut