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Does your child love maths or science? Here are some extracurricular activities they will enjoy

If your child has a particular love for maths or science, you may think there aren’t many after-schoolextra-curricular activities outside of the classroom that will peak their interest. But that’s just not true.

We’ve spoken to the education experts at ITN Mark Education to find out which clubs are best for math geniuses and budding scientists to join.

Astronomy Clubs

If your child has dreams of one day being an astronaut or an intergalactic explorer, why not see if their school offers an astrology club?

Here your child will be able to discover planets, stars and constellations, while also learning the basic principles of the science of astronomy.

If there isn’t an astronomy club near you, browse the internet for astronomy based websites for kids. You’ll often be able to download space related puzzles and games for your child to solve at home.

Maths Clubs

Most schools have a maths club. Here young ‘mathletes’ will be able to solve problems using mental arithmetic, written calculations or a calculator. Not only do maths clubs help to increase your child’s maths ability, but they’ll also make plenty of new friends in the process.

Some primary schools even have a separate times tables club to give children the confidence to multiply numbers quickly and accurately.

Chess Clubs

A chess club is a less obvious choice than an astronomy or maths club, but it still encourages children to develop skills that will help them with their science and maths studies.

One of the main benefits of chess club is that it helps children to develop their critical thinking skills, as well as increasing their social interaction with others.

I’m a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here!

Although it’s not strictly an extracurricular activity, the website ‘I’m a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here’ is a place where science-obsessed young people can interact with real-life working scientists to get information and advice about their studies.

For older kids, this website is fantastic for getting advice about what GCSEs and A-Levels are needed to get into certain science-based careers.

Swimming Clubs

You may be wondering what swimming has to do with maths or science? Well, a study by the University College London found that children who engage in swimming on a regular basis show increased concentration. According to research, young swimmers are also one and a half times more likely to reach higher than expected grades in their maths tests at the end of primary school.

ICT and Computer Clubs

Computing goes hand-in-hand with maths and science, so it’s worth checking with your local school to see if they offer a computing club for their pupils.

In a computer club, students could learn how to use the basics of a wide range of programmes such as Microsoft Word, Powerpoint and Excel. They’ll also be able to find out more about internet browsing, which will come in handy for homework!

Coding Clubs

If your child is really into the science behind how computers work, then a coding club is perfect for them.

At a coding club, your child will be able to learn basic coding techniques including Scratch, HTML, CSS and Python. In today’s technological world, coding is fast becoming a necessary skill to learn, and can open many doors in adult life.

Find Clubs

Of course, now you’ve decided what after school activity your child would like to do you need to find one local to you.  That’s where comes in, click here to search your region.


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From PTA Mums to a Thriving Business – The IQ Cards Success Story

The time and hassle needs to be taken out of school fundraising – this first became clear to me during my time as an active member of the PTA at my son’s school. Too often were teachers pushed for time and money, with the quickest and cheapest fund-raising ideas having to suffice, with more exciting methods resigned to ‘maybe one day’. Teachers and parents everywhere are feeling the pressure to raise money for their schools in a fun and creative way, but time and financial constraints often result in generic fundraising events. It is no secret that schools are more pushed than ever for resources, and the need to raise funds in an enjoyable yet simple way is greater than ever.

So in 2009, IQ Cards launched. Experience at the IQ Digital House, and knowledge of the advanced printing methods they had available there, made the perfect playground for a new fundraising idea, and the lack of evolution made by the traditional school tea towel approach highlighted a gap in the market. By inviting children to produce all manner of personalised gifts for friends and family with their own designs, creativity is encouraged, group activity enjoyed, and fundraising made simple, enjoyable and affordable. Furthermore, its versatility makes it suited to far more than just Christmas – any occasion, or lack of, can be celebrated with personalised gifts, which include greeting cards, gift-wrap, postcards and labels.

The IQ Cards project has come a long way, and there is now a dedicated team (fellow parents on a mission) headed up by myself. Our collective first-hand experience of school fundraising struggles and continuous collaboration in school environments has improved the project year on year, eventually gaining us recognition as a preferred supplier for PTA UK. The need for imaginative fundraising solutions which require no upfront costs and very little maintenance was recognised, and we aim to provide all schools with a fundraising idea that offers variety, enjoyment and, of course, significant returns.

By Charlotte Baldwin, Operations Manager at IQ Cards:

IQ Cards are a fundraising company that provide schools and establishments with the necessary tools to fundraise via selling high-quality and unique gifts designed by pupils. As part of the established on-demand print and digital solutions provider The IQ Digital House, ensures that all requirements and products are produced to the highest standards, delivered on time and at great value prices. Several of the IQ cards team are mothers and PTA members themselves appreciating and understanding school protocols extremely well. They are the preferred supplier for PTA UK. For more information please visit:

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