Frequently Asked Questions for School

How do I organise a science club at my school?

If you would like to run a Bright Sparks Science club at your school, please get in touch with one of our friendly team via phone or email or by filling in an online form. We will look at convenient dates and times to book in a FREE science show at your school. We will also need to know what day of the week you would like to run a science club and what date it would start as this may affect our availability. After the show, the science instructor will explain that we are going to run a science club at the school and provide detailed letters to hand out to the children. We will then liaise with you to see how many children have shown an interest in the club. Please read the Terms and conditions for more details.

How long is the science club?

Bright Sparks Science after schools clubs are a full on 60 minutes (1 hour) long and there are 6 club sessions in every course.

When will the science club start?

The clubs usually start 5 minutes after the end of the normal school day to allow children to get to the correct classroom or activity area. This is dependent on each school’s end of day or ‘home time’. The exact time is specified on the registration letter.

What day will the club run?

Every school has individual requirements and different schedules so science club fits around the school’s other extracurricular activities. The specific day the school will run the club is specified on the registration letter along with the dates allocated for the 6 week course.

How many children can come to the science club?

Our classes are designed for a group of 15 – 20 pupils. We do require a minimum class size of 15 children to cover the cost of running the club however we are occasionally flexible on this number depending on the location of the school.

What happens if more than 20 children want to come to the science club?

A maximum class size of 20 children is usually adhered to in order to maintain the adult to child ratio at a suitable level and to provide a safe environment for all children. If more than 20 children have registered for the club, we will start a waiting list with the intension of running a second class if we reach over 30.

If we get 30+ responses, we will endeavour to run two clubs simultaneously with 15 to 20 children in each and where possible we will split them according to KS1 or KS2. However this is also dependant on the availability of our science instructors and available space at the school.

What happens if there are not enough children registered to run the club?

We will liaise with the school to see if we can be more flexible with the minimum class size or to extend the registration deadline date to allow more time for other children to register. However, if it is still not possible to run the club, we will inform the school that we were unsuccessful this time. Any payments made will be returned in full.

Is the science club safe?

Yes, absolutely!! All these experiments have been performed for years without an incident and of course we are fully insured just in case!

Who is the scientist that will come to run the club?

Bright Spark Scientists come from a range of backgrounds, from teachers and scientists, through to actors and drama students. These varied backgrounds provide us with valuable knowledge and feedback to constantly improve our science kits with new ideas and technology as it appears. Of course each scientist has been trained to deliver your party to the highest standard to ensure every child has a unique and memorable experience and most importantly they have all been Criminal Records Bureau checked.

What is the ideal age for the science club?

The clubs are suitable for primary school aged girls and boys, from 5 to 11 years. Every club session is uniquely tailored to each age group by the Bright Spark Scientist to ensure the best learning environment for everyone.

How do parents register their children?

Parents can fill out the tear off form on the registration letter and hand it back to the school office along with the appropriate payment. In most cases there will be an opportunity to register children online – this will be individual to each school and details specified on the registration letter.

Do the children need to bring anything along?

No! The science kits are designed to have everything we need to run the club and in most sessions there is a ‘make-and-take’ activity for all the children to complete and take home. There is also usually enough time at the start of the club whilst the children settle in to allow them to eat a quick snack if you have provided one, but we do not recommend that children eat their on food whilst engaging in the club activities for health and safety reasons.

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