RMS Microscope Activity Kits reach 100,000 primary schoolchildren

Six-figure milestone smashed as kits’ popularity continues to grow

Science lessons for more than 100,000 schoolchildren have now been brought alive by the RMS’s popular Microscope Activity Kits (MAKS).

Demand for the free-to-borrow kits has increased dramatically since their introduction in 2011 to combat the declining use of microscopes in primary schools. It means the number of youngsters to have benefitted from the scheme has now broken the six-figure mark.

The MAKS contain enough easy-to-use microscopes and resources for a whole class of children. A number of pre-prepared activities are included, with all the relevant equipment, worksheets and notes for teachers to set up and run them.

The MAKs are completely free, can be borrowed for an entire term, and are suitable for both Key Stage 1 and 2 lessons.

Their popularity means the MAKs are now booked out until July 2020, but applications for use by schools from September 2020 will reopen later this year

Feedback from schools:

Hatchell Wood Primary Academy, Doncaster.

210 children used the MAK during Spring term 2019. Organising teacher Hayley Breeze said: “The children absolutely loved using the microscopes, we had lots of WOW moments. I cannot wait to apply again for the kit, and fantastic to say it’s FREE! Thank you.

Deal Parochial, Kent.

180 children used the kit Spring term 2019. Organising teacher Michelle Bowles said: “A fantastic free resource and really well-planned, ready to use activities.”

Reedings Junior School, London

180 children used the kit Autumn term 2018. Organising teacher Lucy Arnold said: “ALL the children loved the experience and we are now looking into budgeting and hoping to get some microscopes of our own!”

King’s Castle Montessori School, Bournemouth

A reception classroom of 20 used the kit in Autumn term 2018. Organising teacher Calum Smith said: “Our children loved the microscopes. They quickly became very independent with its use and were fascinated with choosing and observing materials from inside and outside the classroom.”


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