Lab_13 Clubs

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As part of Lab_13, we run a wide range of clubs:

  • after school clubs every day guided by Alice Draper our Scientist in Residence,
  • pupil led lunchtime clubs,
  • and even full day workshops during the holidays, open to pupils from other schools as well.

All clubs can be booked by parents through your PMX account each term. Places are limited, and available on a first come first served basis.

Monday: Year 1-3 Science Club

1 3SC We went on a rainbow hunt

A chance for children to explore and investigate, with short and hands on experiments.

We take part in the Crest Award, where for every investigation children are awarded a star sticker to fill in their logbooks, working towards their Crest Star Certificate and badge.

During the summer months we are often outside investigating the habitats around our school, while in winter we look at every day and scientific mysteries in the lab.

Term 2 & 3 Dates

29th October to 3rd December

7th January to 11th February

Tuesday : Code Club

Run in affiliation with Code Club UK, we are one of their Star Clubs thanks to the fantastic achievements of our junior coders.

With support from volunteer experts including past pupils, we learn coding languages designed especially for children; including ScratchLego WeDo robots and the BBC micro:bit.

This club is for pupils in year 5 and 6, although keen coders in year 4 will also be considered.

Term 3 & 4 Dates:   

6th November to 4th December

8th January to 12th February

Thursday  : LAB_13 Committee Club

4 6 SC Using lego to invent their own machines

This club is specifically for the Lab_13 Committee. Children from year 5 and 6 can apply to join the committee each term- they are then interviewed and voted for by the current committee members.

The committee helps to run the lab and decide what activities to do: committee club is their time to look after the lab pets, write the blog and decide what experiments to do next week!

Family Lab working together making wineFriday : Family Lab

Every Friday the lab doors are opened to all pupils and their families to investigate and experiment together.

This is a lovely opportunity for parents and other family members to find out what their children get up to in the lab; by trying out experiments together and learning from each other.

This Club is free and no booking is needed, just turn up on any Friday to see what we’ll be up to that week! Find the lab in the KS2 building, opening onto the upper playground.


lunchlab Investigating leaves using microscopes on the playground

Every week the Lab_13 Committee members come up with a simple experiment they can share with the rest of the school on the playground at lunchtime.

From creating camouflaged butterflies, measuring the wind with bubbles and investigating the world under a microscope, the Lab brings a new dimension to the activities available to children on the playground.

Wildlife Club

A group of year 5 and 6 pupils run Wildlife Club every Wednesday lunchtime. They go on regular bug-hunts, create shelters and feeding stations for wildlife, play animal inspired games, tell wildlife stories and run regular art competitions. A Wildlife Club Magazine is also in the works, watch this space!

Holiday Club

Two full day science clubs are run by our scientist in residence for children of Irchester Community Primary School and other local schools in the area during most school holidays. In previous clubs we have looked at the science of art and colour, we have been young engineers trying out different ways of travelling including flying, we have found new ways to use magnetism in working models which we took home, and we have explored the plants and animals in different areas of the school grounds, including wildlife area and pond.

Details about these clubs are sent out via Parent Mail prior to half term breaks.