Frequently asked questions

What activities are on the Maker{Move} van?

We bring all of the resources and materials to you, providing a series of STEM/STEAM based activities, differentiated for learning levels and abilities. 

The activities include electronics, woodwork, robotics, cardboard construction and digital creativity and children are encouraged to move freely around the activities during the session.

The process of creating, tinkering, testing and modifying allows children to develop the skills they need to solve complex problems.

How many children can participate?

Each session lasts approximately 60 minutes and dependent on space, we can accommodate up to a maximum of 60 KS2 children in each session. Where possible we recommend smaller groups of up to 30 for for EYFS/KS1 children.

What would be a typical timetable for the day?

The day will be made up of up to four activity sessions for different groups or classes. 

Typically, we run two morning sessions and two afternoon sessions. You can decide which classes or groups visit at each time slot. Ideally there will also be a few minutes (or the usual school break time) between sessions, to allow us to reset activities. 

You could also consider using slightly shorter sessions for EYFS/KS1 and allowing a bit longer for KS2.

Example activity timetable:

8.15am – Maker{Move} arrival and set-up

9.15am – 10.30am – Group 1

10.30am - 10.45am – Break

10.45am - 12.00pm Group 2

12.00pm - 1.00pm – Lunch

1.00pm - 2.00pm – Group 3

2:00pm - 2:10pm - Break

2.10pm - 3.10pm – Group 4

Please inform us if your hall is required for lunch – we’ll need to allow for this in the timetable.

Should we group children of similar ages?

Yes if possible. Our sessions work best when similar aged children are grouped for the morning or afternoon. This enables us to adjust the activities at lunchtime if needed. Once a booking is confirmed we will contact you to plan the timetable. 

What happens at the start of each session?

Children will be given an introduction and safety briefing and will then be able to go and explore each station for as long or as little as they wish during their session. 

We encourage the children to visit at least four stations, but most will want to have a go at everything.  We will spend five minutes at the end asking the children what they enjoyed and learned.

Where will you set up the activities and what access do you need?

We require a large area to set up the makerspace activity stations (for example a hall) with level or ramped access. We also need access to power. On good weather days we are happy to set up the makerspace outside, but we would need a poor weather back-up space. 

How many staff will be there on the day?

The Maker{Move} day will be led by three Maker{Move} team members and we are sometimes joined by student volunteers from the University of Sheffield or STEM Ambassadors. 

All our staff and volunteers have enhanced DBS checks and have done safeguarding training. 

Each session also requires two members of school staff per 30 children. For the larger groups (up to 60) and groups of younger children the sessions work best if additional school staff and/or parent helpers can get involved and help to support the activities.

What health and safety measures do you have in place?

All of our activities have been risk assessed and some require supervision by Maker{Move} staff to ensure tools are being used correctly. The children, staff and volunteers are given an introduction and safety briefing at the start of the session.

Children’s behaviour is the responsibility of school staff. Higher risk activities such as the woodworking bench have a ‘no second chance’ approach to disruptive or dangerous behaviour to ensure the safety of the child and other children, staff and volunteers. 

This policy is explained to the children at the start of the session. If first aid is required on the day, this will need to be administered by the school.

Do you have arrangements for children with SEND, EAL and other sensitivities?

We want all children to access the Maker{Move} activities where possible. It is helpful for us to know about children with additional needs before we arrive so we can help these children to participate.  Where children require 1:1 assistance to navigate the activities, this will need to be provided by the school.

How can teachers get involved?

Allow pupils to get stuck in, play and experiment. Use selective questions to encourage pupils to reflect, explore, refine and adapt. Have a go at the activities yourself. Perhaps think about how you could use them to support learning in your curriculum.

Can you tailor the activities to suit our topics?

Yes! We offer taster days, a selection of themed workshops and bespoke days designed to enhance your school project. Please get in touch to find out more.

What does it cost?

The cost of a visit to cover staff, equipment and resources is £150 plus VAT per 60-75 min session (minimum of two sessions, up to four sessions per day). Please get in touch to find out more.

How do I book the van?

Please complete the booking enquiry form and we will contact you to arrange a date and next steps.