* Bristol ChemLabS Schools' Laboratory Programme

Y7 Chemistry Day


Y7 Chemistry Day is one of several workshop days involving practical work designed by the Bristol ChemLabS School Teacher Fellow with practical scripts written in appropriate language for the age of students concerned.

The workshop takes place in the School of Chemistry, University of Bristol, BS8 1TS.

Target Students

A maximum of 120 able students from Year 7. The group may be made up of more than one school.


The number of teaching staff accompanying the student groups from each school should be the minimum considered appropriate by the local school rules but at least 1 teacher/ adult per 20 students.

Suggested Timings

The arrival and departure time can be adjusted but should be between 10:00 and   16:30 pm.

Health and Safety

Extremely Important! Students and accompanying staff will be expected to follow the School of Chemistry's rules for visiting school scientists on health and safety in the laboratories as well as the specific health and safety requirements of the experiments.

This information MUST be made available to all pupils and accompanying adults.

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safety sign - no ballet shoes!

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The general rules include


Bristol ChemLabS has a more than sufficient supply of lab coats and safety glasses available for students and accompanying staff.

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Outline of Visit

Activity 1: Practical Exercises

The Practical Circus of Experiments allows young chemists to work in very modern Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories alongside research chemists. The practical exercises are designed to develop investigatory, manipulation and team work skills.

Practical Circus of Experiments

For large numbers there will be 2 groups, one on each side of the laboratory, with two separate but identical circuses of experiments.

Activity 2: Lecture Demonstrations

These take place in a Lecture Theatre after a lunch break.

  1. A talk on what it is like to be a student at university - 30 mins
  2. A talk on perfume chemistry, chocolate chemistry or on toothpaste chemistry (as available) - 30 mins
  3. The Lecture demonstration ’A Pollutant’s Tale’.

Evaluation and Departure

Note: An educational research evaluation exercise for attending parties may take place at the end of the session in the Lecture Theatre where information is obtained digitally.

Tour of the School of Chemistry

This is not available on this occasion due to the large number of students involved.


Students must provide their own lunch (to avoid complications due to dietary requirements).

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There is a charge for these activities.

Careers Advice

We will endeavour to make chemistry careers literature available to every student who would like some. We obtain literature about careers in the chemical sciences from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and the Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI).

Students with Special Needs

The teacher in charge of the visit is expected to notify the School of Chemistry in sufficient time if there are students with special needs so that appropriate risk assessments can be carried out.


Photography of the day's activities is welcomed. Teaching staff have found that images taken in the laboratory make good copy for school websites and newsletters. Images may be taken by School of Chemistry staff for our own websites, articles and other publications. Each school is requested to complete the consent form found at: http://www.chemlabs.bris.ac.uk/Documents/PhotoConsentForm.pdf and return it to Steve Croker by post or fax.


Please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk for bookings and The School Teacher Fellow for any queries at t.g.harrison@bristol.ac.uk

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