Science for home-education

We have been running practical science for home education for many years. Our sessions are always very hands-on, and have a “workshop” format – we make sure youngsters are part of the science action!

We are based in Devon and run sessions in person across the county and into the bordering counties of Cornwall and Somerset too. 

4/12/23 – we and one of our home-ed classes were on the news in this lovely report from BBC Devon – click on the image to read more:



As a result of the pandemic we moved our sessions online, and these have become a new permanent science-for-home-education service. We offer live online clubs as well as pre-recorded, on-demand clubs, where we send you the kit and you work through the activities in your own time, following tutorials with Ruth, guiding you through the experiments.

Click on the links below:

1) Online science for home education

2) In-person home-ed workshops/clubs

FOR HOME-ED CHILDREN AGED 5-11 (for ages 12+ scroll down!)

We’ve have a great time running clubs & workshop for younger children, and although we do not have any currently scheduled, we’d be very happy to run something for your group. If you can get 15 children together, then we can run a brilliant science workshop for you – a one-off session or a regular club …. just get in touch!

Price would range from £10-£20 depending on where you are located. 

What you get from our home-ed sessions for ages 5-11:

  • Hands-on and interactive sessions on different topics in biology, chemistry & physics.

  • Children participate at their own pace and how they want.

  • Things to make & take home.

  • Enthusiastic, experienced teachers.

  • Children can be dropped off or parents/carers can stay.

  • Option to register for the British Science Association’s Crest Awards (£5 one-off fee). Certificate received after completing 8 sessions. You can register here.

  • Sessions are also valid for Children’s University Passports.

  • Join our private Facebook group


KS3 Lab Skills Course


 WHAT IS IT?     2 hours a week for 6 weeks of learning essential lab skills, choosing the correct equipment, carrying out practicals  (some of which are the required GCSE experiments), recording data and troubleshooting. The course is taught by a qualified science teacher and laboratory scientist.

It will be in the biology lab (ground floor lab number F8) at Petroc College, Old Sticklepath Hill, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 2BQ.

You will have access to a dedicated virtual classroom space, where you will find copies of the presentations, method sheets and a safe place for us to share our experiment photos.

This course includes the British Science Association’s Bronze Level Crest Award certificate, students can work towards this if they want to, let us know at the booking stage if you’d like to. The kind of thing we’ll need to assess for this award can be found here and we’d do this by talking to the students and through observations (we don’t expect any essays or answering of any written Qs or homework).


TIME:     10.30-12.30 (with a short break)

DATES:     Mondays, Oct 30th, Nov 6th, 20th, 27th, Dec 4th & 11th (note: no session on Nov 13th)

PRICE: £150 (£12.50/hr)

HOW TO BOOK: Click on this link to book:


Week 1) Laboratory safety. Pipetting. Microscopy & sample prep.

The first week we will introduce the lab, and the typical equipment found within it. We will go over lab safety rules. Youngsters will get hands-on using auto pipettes  needed to transfer tiny volumes of liquid. They’ll learn how to use microscopes and prepare samples for microscopy and carry out some simple stains.

Week 2) Chemical reactions. 

This week is about chemistry and what a chemical reaction really is. We’ll understand energy transfer, see endothermic, exothermic, oxidation & displacement reactions. Students carry out a displacement reaction and there will be some demonstrations. Students will practise word equations.

Week 3) Enzymes. Bunsens.

This week is all about catalysts, and enzymes, the biological catalysts. We’ll carry out an experiment to explore the factors that affect their function and why. This week we will be using Bunsen burners so students will learn how to operate them properly.

Week 4) Chromatography. Diffusion.

Students learn about chromatography and the various different kinds and carry out an investigation to identify the components of a mixture. We will practise calculating RF values. The passive process of diffusion will be introduced in preparation for next week.

Week 5) Microbiology. Antibiotic testing.

Tiny invisible microbes are the topic of this week’s lesson. We will get the microscopes out again to view bacteria at a 1000X magnification, but we’ll need to stain them first! We also carry out the disc diffusion experiment using aseptic technique (bunsens again) to see which chemical compound kills our sample of safe bacteria.

Week 6) Osmosis. Flame tests.

Osmosis is a special kind of diffusion that will be discussed in this last lesson. We’ll carry out an experiment to show what happens to plant cells when the osmotic pressure is changed. For this we will need to use laboratory balances accurately. Will we revisit Bunsen burners by carrying out the flame test and analysis of various metals.



  • Jo Hancock, Biology Online Club
    Ruth was brilliant at engaging my daughter in the home ed biology lessons, Danielle really enjoyed them and Ruth was happy to help and answer everyone's questions. looking forward to joining more Home ed sessions in the future.
    Jo Hancock, Biology Online Club
  • Danielle, 11, Online Club
    I've loved doing my home ed biology lessons with Ruth they were really fun she answered all my questions and didn't rush.
    Danielle, 11, Online Club
  • Katie, North Devon
    Thank you for a fantastic week of science!! Jack has really enjoyed himself and will deffo be recommending. See you in March for the next club.
    Katie, North Devon
  • Ellie, Mid Devon
    Ruth’s science sessions have been wonderful for my children recently and they have all got so much from them. It really brings the fun of science to life for them and makes them enthusiastic about it. So much so that when my daughter had a day at school recently where they had to dress as what they would like to do when they are older she went as a scientist!!
    Actually we have been so impressed with the sessions that we booked Ruth for my daughters birthday party and the kids all had a ball. Ruth’s enthusiasm for the subject is infectious. I would highly recommend her sessions as well as the birthday parties! They are also amazing value for money.
    Ellie, Mid Devon
  • Melanie, South Devon
    Lots of fun, engaging activities and enough repetition of the sciency bit to make it stick. Thanks Ruth, we will be doing more of your classes for sure!
    Melanie, South Devon
  • Angela, Plymouth
    Each session had three really fun and engaging activities, well taught and explained. None of the activities were “duds” or time fillers and my daughter was inspired to follow up each session with further investigation. The sessions were well priced and we are sad they have come to an end
    Angela, Plymouth
  • Beth, Home-ed online clubs
    Love that home educators are deliberately catered for with daytime classes available, and Ruth is great at engaging with the children
    Beth, Home-ed online clubs
  • Zoe Graham
    My two sons have completed their first Crest Award and I can’t recommend Ruth highly enough! They have learnt so much, had incredible fun and blossomed! We LOVE LOVE LOVE Sciencedipity
    Zoe Graham
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