Practical Science for home-education

Practical science in Devon & the south west to support your child’s learning

1) Online

Online, practical & fun science clubs delivered by a real life scientist and qualified teacher.

2) In-person Clubs

We run fortnightly science clubs for ages 5-12ish, younger siblings are welcome to come.

They are in 4 session blocks costing £40 per child (one session/fortnight)

You have the option to register for the British Science Association’s CREST Awards (+£5) when you book.


Our new term (Sept 2021 – Dec 2021) of fortnightly clubs will be:


Tiverton – Mondays from 12.15-1.30 on Sept 13th, 27th, Oct 11th, 25th, Nov 8th, 22nd, Dec 6th & 20th

Okehampton – Tuesdays from 10-11.15 on Sept 14th, 28th, Oct 12th, 26th, Nov 9th, 23rd, Dec 7th & 21st

Bude – Tuesdays from 2.45-4 on Sept 14th, 28th, Oct 12th, 26th, Nov 9th, 23rd, Dec 7th & 21st

Barnstaple – Saturday mornings starting on Sept 18th. This is a FUNDED club and is NOT exclusively home-ed, but due to funding support from Barnstaple Davie Trust, we can make this open to all and very affordable.

We also offer 90 min 2 hour science workshops across the south west as and when (see further down what we have planned).




Book a session

1st block of 4 sessions (Sept to Oct) = HORRIBLE HUMANS

Explore Human Biology and all of it’s grossness!! Find out about your microscopic friends and culture microbes on stinky agar plates; discuss your immune system whilst making green snot slime; know the difference between your blood cells with edible blood; follow your food down your digestive tract and make floating fizzing poop for your bath (a bath bomb!).


2nd block of 4 sessions (Nov -Dec) = CRAZY CHEMISTRY

Get excited about chemistry with liquids turning to solids & gasses, make messy bubbling reactions; learn about density & immiscible liquids; create lava lamps; carry out pH tests and inflate balloons with chemistry. Each session you’ll make something to take home as always!

Our home-ed club’s key features are:

Each session is 75 mins long, very hands-on and interactive, each session covers different topics in biology, chemistry & physics.

Lots of hands-on exciting activities and experiments, with things to make & take home.

Private FB group for sharing of additional resources linked to the topics and support.

Suitable for primary aged children aged 5-12 approx.

Topics are planned in advance.

Costs £40 per block of 4 sessions.

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

Older children/teens

Ruth from Sciencedipity offers tuition for older children in particular in Biology and Microbiology. She is a Biomedical Scientist & qualified teacher  currently teaching part-time teaching at the local college as well as working in clinical molecular microbiology. Her lab-based evening course will return in the autumn in Barnstaple & Tiverton.


  • 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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