Primary Activities

The majority of the activities have been designed to meet the requirements of the QCA Science, D&T or Art & Design schemes of work. However it does not take much to convert them to a Creative Curriculum or to run them as a cross curricular activity.

STIXX Homes Model Merry Go Round
Homes, IglooFairground Rides

For the Creative Curriculum we have made STIXX Eiffel Towers (adapting Shelters) where the theme was Paris, Benches (adapting Chairs) where the theme was the local park and revolving tea cups (adapting motorised Fairgrounds) where the theme was Alice in Wonderland!

In cross curricular suggestions are Victorian Toys and Cams, Greek or Roman K’nex Cam Chariots or Tudor K’nex Cam Wagons, Pneumatic Roman or an Electronic Quiz board with Geography questions.

The table below lists the main activities I offer. In the second column is the QCA they are aimed at. If there are key areas you want developed for example communication, teamwork, presentational skills etc. these can be emphasised in the introduction although some activities are more suitable for some key areas than others. If you have a theme for Science Week or something like recycling, the four Rs, earth's four elements etc. I will try and work them into the activity.

All activities start with an introduction covering the student brief, keywords and using the equipment, including Health & Safety in their use. Then the practical activity with a short plenary session at the end.

Click here for Shelters pictures as an example activity.

The next column details the year group I think the activities are most suitable for. I am flexible on this and can make most activities simpler or more complicated to suit different age groups. The next column details the size of group and time allocation I normally work with. Again I can be flexible on numbers per session bearing in mind student behaviour and discipline remains the school’s responsibility!!! If you are thinking of making a booking it is easiest to contact me with the activities you would like, numbers and year group; I’ll send you back a proposed programme and cost. If I can shoe horn in an extra activity or class by moving around break times etc. I will. Once everything is agreed I will send a confirmation letter listing timings, room requirements, what you need to collect, etc.

I have tried to make my pricing as straight forward as possible! Costs are made up of four elements; the first element is the daily rate this is £300. I can do just mornings or just afternoons, but they are priced to be less attractive! The second element is travel as I live in Ealing it is zero here, Greenwich £35 per day, Maidstone £70, Shropshire £150 etc. The third element is materials; obviously some activities consume more in the way of materials than others. The material cost per student per activity is in the last column. (Generally where there is a material charge the students have something to take home, with K’nex activities there is no charge and I take all the K’nex away with me!) The fourth element is supplements like working in the summer term (£40 per day) or if I am working with five classes or more (£30). If you do not find my pricing schedule straight forward to use, please ask me for a quote, it does not commit you to anything!

To see activity descriptions, either click the name of the activity in the table, or for the same information in a brochure form, use the download at the bottom of the page.

+ Using a STIXX machine
* I can fit two classes of 30 into a day by some prefabricating. There would be additional material cost of £0.50 per pupil for this.
# To fit in over 35 students at a time, I need to do some prefabrication. There would be an additional material cost of £0.50 per pupil for this.
'' If you want to keep a K'NEX model as an example/for display this would be £12.50 per model
¬ If you want to keep a Stomp Rocket Launcher the cost will be £12.50 each, Rubber Band Buggy £12.50 eah, Electric Alarm Kit £2.00 per student, Motorised K'NEX Fairground £25.00, Electric Buggy £15.00 each and Electric Control Kit £25.00 Each
^ Enterprise if over 60 pupils, a supplement of £200.00 as I bring an extra facilitator with me
S = Science Ma= Mathematics D&T=Design&Technology A&D=Art&Design
Activity Aimed at QCA Scheme of Work Year group Approximate Timing Material Cost per Pupil
Playground Forces D & T 1B, S 1E, Ma 2&3 Yr 1 & 2 Up to 60 a morning £0.50 #
Homes+ D & T 1D, A&D 2C, Ma 2&3 Yr 1 & 2 Up to 60 a morning £0.50 #
Moving Pictures, Levers D & T 1A,S 1A&1E, Ma 3 Yr 1 & 2 Class of 30 2 hrs £0.50
Rockets, Alka Seltzer S 1E, S 2E, Ma 3 Yr 1-4 Up to 60, Around 1¼ hr £0.50
Rockets, Stomp S1E, S 2E, Ma 2&3 Various 1 hr Nil ¬
Rockets, STIXX + S 1E, S 2E, Ma 3 Yr 1-3 Up to 60 a morning £0.50 #
Winding Mechanisms – Cotton reels D & T 2C, S 2E, Ma 3 Yr 2 & 3 Up to 60, Around 1 ¼ hrs; depending on numbers £1.00
Winding Mechanisms – Plaster of Paris D&T 2C, S 2E, Ma 3 Yr 2 & 3 Class of 30 a morning £2.00
Wind Up Cotton Reels D & T 2C, S 2E, Ma 3 Yr 2 & 3 Up to 60, 1 hr £0.50
Vehicle & Winding Mechanisms, K’nex D&T 2, A&C, S2E, Ma 3 Yr 2 & 3 Up to 60 pupils, 2 hrs Nil ''
Photo Frames, Recycled + D&T 3D, Ma3 Yr 3-6 Up to 60 pupils, 2hrs £0.50
Creative Challenges, K'Nex   Yr 2-6 Up to 60 pupils, 2hrs Nil ''
Rubber Band Buggy/Scientific Investigation S 5/6 H, Ma 2 & 3 Yr 3-6 Class of 30 Yr3 1hr to Yr 6 1½ hr Nil ¬
Moving Monsters, Pneumatic D & T 3C Yr 3 - 5 Up to 60, 2hrs £1.00
Pneumatic Roman D & T 3C, Ma 3 Yr 3-6 Class of 30 half a day £2.00
Pneumatic K'NEX D & T 3C, Ma 3 Yr 3-6 Class of 30 half a day £0.50 ''
Money Containers, Recycled D & T 4A, A&D 5B, Ma 3 Yr 3-6 Up to 60, 1hr £0.50
Torches D&T 4E, S4F Yr 4 & 5 Class of 30, 2 hrs £1.50
Burglar Alarms D & T 4D, S4F Yr 4 & 5 Class of 30 1hr Nil ¬
Electrical Ciruit Quiz Board D&T 4E, S4F, Ma 2 Yr 4-6 Class of 30, 2 hrs £1.00
Friction S4E, Ma 2 Yr 4 & 5 Class of 30 a morning £0.50
Frictionless CDs S4E Yr 4 - 6 Up to 60, 45 mins £0.50
Chairs + A & D 4B, Ma 2 & 3 Yr4-6 Up to 45, a full morning £1.00*
Cross Curricular See Notes   See Notes See Notes
Electric Buggies, Pulleys Ma 2 Yr 5 & 6 Class of 30 1½ hr Nil ¬
Balloon Buggies S6E, Ma 3 Yr 5 & 6 Class of 30 1½ hr, with 60 2¼ hr £1.00
Cams & Victorian Toys D & T 5C, Ma 2 Yr 4, 5 &6 Class of 30 woodpeckers 1½ Hr, cams a day £1.00 woodpeckers, £2.00 cams
Cams, Cardboard & K'nex D & T 5C, Ma 3 Yr 4, 5 & 6 Class of 30, 2½ hrs £1.50 cardboard, nil K'nex''
Wastepaper Bins/Containers, Recycled+ A & D 5B, Ma 2 & 3 Yr 5 & 6 Class of 30, 2hrs £1.00
Fairground Carousel Motor D & T 6C, Ma 2 Yr 6 Class of 30 a full morning £2.50*
Fairground Carousel String D & T 6C, Ma 2 Yr 6 Class of 30 half a day £1.00
Fairground K’NEX D & T 6C, Ma 2 Yr 6 Up to 60 – 2½ hrs Nil ''
Fairground K’NEX Motor D & T 6C, S 6G Yr 6 Class of 30 full morning £0.50 ¬
K’NEX Bridge / Tower D & T 6A, Ma 2 & 3 Yr 5 & 6 Up to 60, 2½hr Nil ''
Bridges of London/The World + D & T 6A, Ma 2 & 3 Yr 5 & 6 Up to 60, 2½hr £1.00
Bridges, Card/Spaghetti/STIXX D & T 6A, Ma 2 & 3 Yr 5 & 6 Up to 60, 2½hr £1.00
Bridges to Walk Over D & T 6A, Ma 2 & 3 Yr 6 only Class of 30, a full morning £1.00
Shelters / Famous Structures / Tall Towers + D & T 6A, Ma 2 & 3 Yr 5 & 6 Up to 60 2½hr £0.75
Olympic Games Equipment + D & T 6A, Ma 2 & 3 Yr 4 - 6 Up to 60, a full morning £1.00 #
Fun Maths (set of puzzles ) Ma 2 & 3 Yr 5 & 6 Class of 30, 1 hr Nil
Bridges with Maths Ma 2 & 3 Yr 5 & 6 Class of 30 1 ¾ hrs £0.50
Garden Tripods+ Ma 2& 3 Yr 5 & 6 Up to 60, all day £1.50
Mannequins / School Play Scenery+ A & D 6B , Ma 2 & 3 Yr 4 - 6 Up to 60 2½ hrs £1.00
Electric Buggies, Making D & T 6D & S6G, Ma 2 Yr 5 & 6 Up to 60, 2 hrs £2.00
Controllable Vehicles D & T 6D & S6G, Ma 2 Yr 6 only Class of 30 1 ¾ hrs Nil ¬
Enterprise   Yr 6 only Up to 60, full day £2.50^
Electronic Control D&T 6D & S6G, Ma 2 Yr 6 only Class of 30, 2½ hr Nil
Building Game, The   Yr 6 only Up to 90, 1 ½ hrs Nil
Musical Instruments, Recycled + D&T 5A, Ma 2 & 3 Yr 4 - 6 Up to 60, a full morning £1.00 #
Tall Towers, Sweetest D&T 6A, Ma 2 & 3 Yr 4 - 6 Up to 60, 20 minutes Nil
Tetra STIXX + D&T 6A, Ma 2 & 3 Yr 4 - 6 Up to 60, 25 minutes Nil

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