Life Science Centre Workshops Newcastle
International Centre for Life Times Square, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 4EP
MONTHS OPENJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
What are our Workshops like?
A typical school visit includes time in the Science Centre plus a workshop of your choice in the labs – or you can opt for a workshop or a Science Centre visit only. Workshops are designed so that both the content and style are matched to the target age group and national curriculum where appropriate. ‘Mathstastic’ is a programme of maths activities that are available on demand for KS2 and KS3. For older students, Life’s education team can discuss the content with teachers to provide a bespoke session.
What we offer
Life Science Centre, part of the International Centre for Life, is a unique educational resource based in Newcastle upon Tyne. It offers curriculum enrichment and enhancement through its exhibitions, workshops, planetarium and theatre shows, STEM expertise and top-notch equipment.
What makes us a great choice?
Life has always supported schools at all levels by providing workshops and activities that teachers might find difficult to deliver in their own schools. Life’s education team has been carefully following the developments in the GCSE and A-level practical syllabi and already has many workshops that have been adjusted to fit the exam board requirements.
Life Science Centre offers more than 100 curriculum-linked STEM workshops for Early Years through to adult learners, delivered in teaching laboratories and a state-of-the-art planetarium. At KS3 and above Life offers workshops for any STEM curriculum topic but it has specialist expertise and equipment for astronomy, maths, molecular biology (including PCR), microscopy and dissection.
Furthermore, the permanent exhibitions have been designed with the national curriculum in mind. In the Curiosity Zone, students are encouraged to follow the scientific process: question how things work, devise ways of testing ideas, make observations and discuss their findings. The Brain Zone has much to offer psychology students, but it also offers broader insights, such as how scientists carry out experiments when data is hard to capture. The educational content is further complemented by a changing programme of temporary touring exhibitions.
School groups can combine a visit to Life with a whirl on its open-air ice rink. Recreational ice skating can lead on to a variety of winter sports, as well as improve posture and balance. Ice marshals are on hand to provide coaching for tentative skaters and Life has special packages available if you would like to combine a skate with a visit to the Science Centre or with a workshop.
All workshops take place on-site at the Life Science Centre in Newcastle upon Tyne. Outreach sessions within schools can also be arranged.
Accreditation and Awards
Life Science Centre is LOtC accredited. We are proud to have won silver for Large Visitor Attraction of the Year in the North East Tourism Awards 2016.
Group Sizes Catered For
The minimum number of pupils per visit is 12, although we are flexible on this depending on your school's requirements, e.g. for children with learning difficulties. There is no maximum number, but you may be required to split your groups into smaller groups on the day.
Materials, Resources & Information Provided
Groups will be given a schedule on arrival detailing times to visit different areas of the Science Centre, which includes time for lunch and time in the gift shop. This allows you to pace your visit, ensures good flow of visitors around the Science Centre and makes sure that your group has the opportunity to try everything Life has to offer.
Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions
In general, visitors are encouraged to capture and share their visit on social media. However, there may be some exceptions in the changing programme of exhibitions. You will be notified if there are any exhibits that you are prohibited from photographing or filming.
Skating and Science Centre: £9 per pupil
(available until 9 February 2018)
Skating, Science Centre and workshop: £12 per pupil
(available until 9 February 2018)
Workshop only: £4 per pupil
Playful Science (Early Years Workshops): £6 per pupil
Science Centre visit only:
(available from 19 February 2018) £6 per pupil
Workshop and Science Centre visit:
(available from 19 February 2018) £9 per pupil
Masterclass: £150 (full class) or £75 (half class)
Outreach: £360 per day
Teachers and adult helpers: FREE*
* A ratio of 1 adult to every 5 children is recommended for most groups. Additional adults over this ratio will be charged. In the case of SEN and reception/nursery groups, Life may offer further free adult support on request – please contact to discuss your requirements.
In general, no. However, please wear suitable clothing on the ice rink – layers are recommended to stay warm, plus waterproofs, hats and gloves.
First Aid Information
First aid is available on-site. While visiting the Science Centre, if you require first aid assistance, please contact a member of staff or report to reception immediately.
Opening Hours & Information
Monday - Saturday 10:00am – 6:00pm (recommended last entry 4:00pm)
Sunday 11:00am – 6:00pm (recommended last entry 4:00pm)
Life is open as usual on Bank Holidays, except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
TripAdvisor review: "I can't recommend this place enough. It was perfect! As soon as we arrived we were given a detailed timetable and secure place to put our packed lunches. A member of staff was also available to take us to every activity.
We arrived at 10am and left at 2pm but crammed so much in that it felt like longer. All children and staff thoroughly enjoyed this trip and I highly recommend it to anyone."
All staff selected to work within the education department or elsewhere in Life Science Centre with responsibility for children under the age of 18 are appointed subject to a formal check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) in addition to taking up normal references. (The DBS was formed in 2012 by merging the functions of the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority.) Further DBS checks are taken periodically during employment.