Nexus Primary

Our work with our Primary partners takes many forms. Our goal is to inspire, to excite and to ignite curiosity about Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Working with Primary staff, we have developed a Primary STEM Programme that supports Teaching and Learning in Science, maths and technology while making the amazing resources of Nexus available to children from the local area and beyond.

Our Nexus Primary Programme has been published and has been sent to all our local Primary Schools. These classes can only be booked by teachers. If you are a teacher and would like your school to be involved please contact us. Booking is essential for these workshops. To request a booking, email The workshops run in morning sessions from 9.30 – 11.00, or afternoon sessions from 1pm – 2.30pm.

If you have a child who is very able and enthusiastic in Mathematics and Science, you can book them in for our Gifted STEM Club; contact us for more details.

Primary Workshops for Years 5 and 6

Primary Teacher Tour and Introduction

An opportunity for Primary staff to come and visit Nexus, see our facilities and discuss the workshops. Refreshments provided.



September 12th 2016


Star Gazer

Join us in this exclusive, exciting session with Astronomer Dr. Grant Mackintosh, as he leads pupils on a journey through space and time. This session will help pupils to develop an understanding of the Earth, Sun and Moon, and will ask them to consider whether we might be able to live on other planets.

Curriculum links: Earth and Space, Measurements.


September 19th, 26th

October 3rd, 10th

Healthy Heart

What does a real heart look and feel like? This session allows students to explore workings of a real heart and investigate ways of keeping hearts healthy through diet and sport.

Curriculum links: Keeping healthy, Fractions and multiplying.



October 31st

November 14th, 21st, 28th

SMART Materials

How ‘SMART’ can a material really be? Smarter than you think. Look at how materials change with different “inputs” and develop a product idea from one of the Smart materials.

Curriculum links: Materials


January 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th 2017

Studying evolution is one of the greatest ways we can scientifically explore changes in living things and their environment. Why and how has the human body evolved in time? Imagine what it might be like in another 100,000 years.

Curriculum links: Evolution, scale.


February 27th 2017

March 6th, 13th, 20th 2017

A Bug’s Life

These little creatures are essential to our ecosystems. We go out within our site documenting, observing and collecting data, which will be used to create a fact sheet, based on their observations.

Curriculum links: Living things and their habitat

April 24th 2017

May 8th and 15th 2017


Bubbles are a curious form, whether underwater or just floating. This session investigates how bubbles form and keep their shape. Also, pupils will learn how bubbles can play a crucial role in engineering.


Curriculum links: States of matter (Physics) 2D 3D shapes, measurements, engineering.



June 12th, 19th, 26th 2017

July 3rd 2017

Additional Workshops

Other workshops to fit particular areas of the curriculum can also be booked at your request. Please contact us to arrange this.

As requested.

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The Maths Masterclass investigate the Golden Ratio

Golden ratio

Students from St. John’s Primary School find out about Skeletons.

Skeletons 3

Why does the Moon look how it does? Children from Gwinear School discover why at our Stargazers workshop with Dr. Grant and Kim Mackintosh.Gwinear Sept 16 2

Children from Trevithick Learning Academy and Connor Downs Academy work with datalogging equipment provided by the Primary Science Teaching Trust.


One recent Gifted STEM Club activity asked students to design a house that would retain heat. The activity was based on the Monta Rosa Mountain Hut, which is designed to have a low impact environmentally, but provide shelter in one of the world’s most hostile environments.

A completed mountain hut.