The Discovery of Time

Junior STEM Camp for Reception to Year 3  

30 May - 2 June 2023: Face to Face at Francis Holland School, Sloane Square

39 Graham Terrace, SW1W 8JF


In this brand new Summer Half Term Camp, children will have the opportunity to discover the answers to questions like:

  • how long is a day on the Moon?
  • can there be 10 days in a week?
  • if you find yourself on a far away desert island, how will you know what time it is?

All will be revealed as children learn about Times, Dates and Epochs, alongside Maths, Programming and Chess.

Each child can take home their completed  Solar System Model to demonstrate what they have learned and achieved.

The camp runs from 9am to 12pm or 1pm to 4pm over four days. Each three hour day is divided into classes on the topics above with comfort breaks and opportunities to stop for drinks and a snack.

Learning groups are very small with a pupil to teacher ratio of 6 to 1. They are tailored for each child’s age and level of experience with the subject to provide appropriate levels of simplicity or complexity.

During the week pupils will look at how naturally arising time intervals were recorded in ancient times, explore various types of clocks and learn how to make a pocket sundial. 

They will solve problems concerning units of time and practise telling the time on analogue as well as digital clocks. 

They will even invent their own planet with its natural cycles and create a suitable calendar for the aliens on it. On the way they will learn about:

  • natural cycles created by the movement of the Earth, Moon and Sun and their associated time intervals - this will be illustrated by a project where each child creates a battery powered model of the Sun’s, Earth’s and Moon’s rotations 

  • time units created by mankind, from seconds to centuries 

  • time measurement tools - in history and modern times

Pupils will learn how time was discovered and calculated in ancient times, what tools were used to follow the Earth’s movement around the Sun and which instruments are still in use today.

Places are limited, please register your interest HERE.  

The challenges our campers will meet and the problems they will solve aim to develop their analytical thinking as they carry out practical tasks designed to sharpen their skills in spatial reasoning and arithmetic.

With interesting thought-provoking questions, we will stimulate children’s natural curiosity and creativity to provide a friendly and highly efficient learning environment.

All this and Programming and Chess too!

Format and fees for the junior face to face camp (Reception to Year 3 / Ages 4.5 to 8):

  • small groups of similar age and experience. Pupil to teacher ratio is 6 to 1
  • four days from Tuesday to Friday from either 9am to 12pm or 1pm to 4pm 
  • fees are £380 for all four days. It is not possible to join for a shorter period

Places are limited, please register your interest HERE.