The Science Art and Writing (SAW) Initiative

  • Jenni RantEmail author
Part of the Educating the Young Child book series (EDYC, volume 9)


The Science Art and Writing initiative is a cross-curricular education approach exploring scientific themes through practical science activities underpinned by visually striking images which are used as a creative stimulus for extension activities in art and writing. The images encourage inquisitiveness and offer a nonthreatening starting point for exploration of diverse scientific topics. Practical science activities aid understanding, and creative investigation improves the confidence of children with varied learning styles in communicating science through varied media.


Science Art Writing Poetry Scientific images Creativity Learning Cross-curricular 



The SAW Trust would like to thank everyone who took part in the featured projects and the following organisations for their support:

National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA)

Branco Weiss ‘Society in Science’ Fellowship Programme

John Innes Foundation

John Innes Centre

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

University of East Anglia


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  3. Osbourn, A., Pirrie, J., Nicholson, J., Holbeck, K., & Hogden, S. (2005). See Saw. Norwich: The SAW Press. ISBN 13: 978-0955018008.Google Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Plant PathologyJohn Innes CentreNorwichUK

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