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Our schools' programme

For over 20 years we’ve supported teachers by delivering activities that enhance the STEM curriculum.

Two male school students using electronic device during Life Science Centre education workshop.

Life is a unique educational resource in the heart of Newcastle

At Life, we provide exciting, interactive activities and workshops which are designed to inspire and entertain students of all ages and abilities.

We’ll provide you with an itinerary which is tailored to the learner level and focus of your group. Our team will do all the planning and organising so everything is in place to create a great and safe experience for your class.

Female student looking amazed at scientific demonstration during a Life Science Centre workshop.

Workshops and interactive storytelling sessions

A typical school visit includes time in the science centre plus a workshop – or you can opt for a workshop or a science centre visit only.

Our unique and engaging programme of workshops and story-telling sessions have been designed to reflect current and relevant STEM themes and topics which are linked to the national curriculum. Workshops take place in fully equipped real labs and The Making Studios, where students can expect exciting experiences that cannot be replicated in the classroom.

School Child Exploring Suitable Materials For Space Travel In An Education Workshop.

Key stage 1

Choose from 3 workshops covering space, geography and lab skills.

School children in a laboratory taking part in a practical education workshop inside the science centre.

Key stage 2

Choose from 6 workshops covering electricity, space, chemistry and more.

School student about to carry out a dissection with assistance of Life Explainer.

Key stage 3

Choose from 3 workshops covering electricity, climate change and biology.

Two male students in white lab coats using pipettes in Forensic DNA workshop.

Key stage 4 and post-16

Choose from 6 workshops covering microbiology, genetics, DNA and more!

School visits inside the science centre

No school trip would be complete without a visit to our award-winning science centre. 

We provide exciting, interactive zones and activities that inject a fun, extra dimension to your visit.

Most school groups combine their workshop with a science centre visit to create a memorable, impactful learning experience, although you can just visit the science centre if you’d prefer!

Students learning in Mission Control, a hands-on exhibit in Life Science Centre's Space Zone.

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What other teachers say…

‘Great experience. Perfectly timed for each activity. The day ran really smoothly and was enjoyed thoroughly by all of our children and members of staff.’

Pallister Park Primary School

‘Very engaging, hands-on experiences. The new ‘Wow Zone’ was fantastic, the children could have stayed in that one area all day! We were also pleased to see that the live science show was different to when we last visited. Brilliant and very informative.”

Sunnyside Academy

‘The workshops, zones and team were excellent! The team’s engagement with children was brilliant. Our children had an excellent day and I feel we have developed their science capital.’

Cambois Primary School

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Risk assessment

Life is situated within the Newcastle Clean Air Zone (CAZ) Depending on how you are travelling to Life, there may be associated CAZ charges to be aware of. More information can be found on the Newcastle Council website. The Tyne Bridge is undergoing long term improvements from January 2024 and this is likely to lead to delays. Please factor in extra time to accommodate any traffic problems.

Extending your experience

After a school visit, talk about the experience with your students. Encourage them to reflect on what they did, saw and learned. Students could create a display of their visit, or discuss various science jobs they found out about.

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I’m a scientist (online) sessions

Extend your students’ experience by following up your visit to Life with a live virtual session in your classroom, where students can connect with STEM professionals. For Key Stage 2 – Post-16.

A Life explainer showing a science demo to students remotely.

Online resources 

Check out our range of resources to see some familiar faces from our team demonstrating fun and educational activities your class can try – from activity sheets to videos of scientists.

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