What have you been up to during lockdown?
Sue Goodland: “We’ve been putting a great amount of time and effort into creating our new online resources to help parents teach their children from home. We have also been making videos which demonstrate a few of our favourite science investigations to tempt youngsters to have a go themselves.”
Gillian Smith: “In addition to creating educational resources and videos, we’ve also held a number of customer engagement sessions for the whole family to enjoy. The sessions were held in partnership with local wildlife trusts and taught children about the importance of saving water and only flushing the three Ps: poo, paper and pee. Find out more about where you can meet us on our events page.”
How is your service going to change for the foreseeable future?
Gillian Smith: “Our education service will need to adapt in the future. One of the ways we plan on doing this is by providing virtual lessons, assemblies and workshops to schools and colleges over Microsoft Teams, which will allow us to teach children and students without actually being there!”
Meghan Upton: “While we are investing a lot of time in creating virtual resources, we are also planning for when we can start visiting schools again. In the future, we intend on attending schools to hold assemblies and lessons for small groups, while also holding similar sessions outside. We will make sure we are following government advice at all times to ensure the safety of the schools we work with.”
Tell us about your new educational resources
Meghan Upton: “We have created an array of KS1 and KS2 resources and videos for parents, teachers and children to download for free! We have produced science investigations, fact files, fun activities, joke poo recipes, information about the water cycle and sewage treatment, plus loads more. You can download them now on our education resources page.”
Tim Stevens: “We are also looking to expand our resources to ensure they are relevant to the latest curriculums at schools. These resources will cover a range of topics, such as climate change, flood alleviation and biodiversity. Additionally, we are busy making KS3 and KS4 resources too – these will be added to our website when they’re ready.”
Can people start booking school visits and site tours again?
Sue Goodland: “Site tours are not currently available, but we hope to be fully operational as soon as possible. However, we are welcoming teachers to register interest in booking future tours with us and then we’ll let you know when they’re up and running again!”
Tim Stevens: “While we are not currently holding site tours, we can come and visit your school as long as the correct safety precautions are in place. We can even run a fun, interactive session in your playground! If you would like to register interest in a site tour or book a school visit, please visit our book a visit page.”