Primary Schools Outreach Events Spring 2009

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30 March: St Peter's Primary School, Portishead

Alison Rivett delivered a demonstration assembly on the theme of 'Gases in the Air' to the 260 Y2, 3, 5 & 6 pupils at St Peter's to start off their Science Week.  The audience's enthusiastic response and insightful questions boded well for the rest of the week.

The school's newsletter described the "Fizz! Whizz! Bang! Chemistry Assembly".  "The highlight for many was exploding balloons containing hydrogen - there was quite an explosion! It was all great fun and everyone wanted to be scientists afterwards!"

24 March: Gifted & Talented Science Day, North West Bristol Primary Schools

For the third year in a row Badminton School hosted a special day for Y5 & 6 Gifted & Talented science students from 10 Bristol primary schools.  The 32 pupils, including six from Badminton Junior School, started off the day with some science demonstrations given by Alison Rivett, then took part in workshops for the rest of the day.  They investigated the properties of toothpaste, colour change reactions and the amount of sugar in fizzy drinks, supported by postgraduate SEAs Preeti Kaur, Rob Scott, Mark Kent & Amanda Shaw and Undergraduate Ambassadors Melissa Low & Lorna Jubb.

20 March: Lecture-Demonstration, Backwell Junior School

The 200 KS2 pupils at this North Somerset School gave Alison Rivett a rousing reception.  They were delighted by a demonstration assembly on the theme of 'Gases in the Air' which rounded off the school's Science Week on a thrilling note!

You can see some photos on the school's website.

13 March: Primary Science Day, Tudor Hall, Oxfordshire

A Bristol ChemLabS Outreach team comprising Steve Henshaw and Linda Sellou presented 4 30-minute chemistry demonstrations based on 'The Chemistry of the Atmosphere' to a total of 120 Y5 and Y6 students from local primary schools at the Oxfordshire secondary school.

12 March: Science Visit, Hazelwood Infants and Junior School, Palmers Green, North London

Tim Harrison assisted by Marcus Medley gave three presentations of the demonstration assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to a total of 640 pupils from Y1 to Y6 as part of their Science Week celebrations.

09-12 March: High Down School, Portishead, Bristol

Dudley Shallcross, and Aoife Grant worked with pupils on a variety of science experiments ranging from iodine clock and other rates of reaction experiments to the use of mobile science teaching exhibits and more. On the Wednesday, Tim Harrison gave a demonstration assembly on the 'Gases in the Air' to 360 Y3-6 pupils and staff. On Thursday the Mobile Teaching Unit was at the school. Over 720 pupils were engaged during the four days of activities.

09 March: QEH Junior School, Bristol

Alison Rivett presented a demonstration assembly on the theme of 'Solids, Liquids & Gases' to the 80 Y3,4,5 & 6 boys at this Bristol independent junior school.  This event ensured the school's celebration of National Science & Engineering Week started with a bang, as the pupils helped to test some explosive hydrogen-filled balloons!

09 March: National Science and Engineering Week Science Assemblies, Kingswood Primary School, Gloucs

Tim Harrison assisted by Marcus Medley presented two lecture-demonstrations assemblies on the gases in the air for 150 Y5 & 6 pupils from the 6 primary school members of the Tyndale Cluster, centred on Wotton-Under-Edge during the local schools science day.

The primary schools involved were Kingswood, North Nibley, Hillesley, Slimbridge, Stone and Woodford.

05 March: 'Science Day', Crypt School, Gloucs.


26 February: Bristol LA Primary Science Network Meeting

Forty-five primary science coordinators from across the Bristol Local Authority area attended this network meeting at the Science Learning Centre South West. Alison Rivett gave a short presentation about Bristol ChemLabS Primary Outreach Activities, including Primary Science Visits & Chem@rt, and all the teachers enjoyed making some colourful slime!

More information from the SLCSW website

03 February: Primary Science Workshops - Begbrook Primary School, Stapleton

Photo of Begbrook Pupils  in action

Alison Rivett and SEAs Steve Henshaw, Nisha Doshi & Rodrigo Sanchez spent the day running 2 exciting science workshops for the Y5 pupils at this Bristol school. The experiments tied in with their current Science topic based on 'George's Marvellous Medicine' by Roald Dahl.

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20 January: Winchcombe School, Gloucestershire

Bristol ChemLabS were once again invited to run a science day for primary feeder pupils at Winchcombe School in Gloucestershire, a specialist science college. The Y6 pupils were joined by 100 Y7 Winchcombe students for an exciting lecture demonstration given by Alison Rivett. This was followed by a series of practical experiments in the school's science laboratories, supported by Linda Sellou and Chemistry SEAs Steve Henshaw & Aoife Grant.

Some of the Y7 pupils wrote 'thank you' letters after the assembly; comments included: "Thank you very much for coming into school and showing the very exciting demonstration. I learned a lot.  My favourite part was when you froze the flowers and when I popped a balloon." "Thank you so much for that experience. It was awesome and exhilarating." "Thank-you for your demonstration of chemistry.  My favourite experiment was when your hydrogen and helium balloons blew up.  This experience was great and I would highly recommend the show to others"

Article about the visit in the Cotswold Journal

Article about the visit in the Gloucestershire Echo

15 January: 'Gases in the Air' Primary Science Lecture Demonstration, St Bedes, Bristol

A hundred and sixty primary pupils were guests of St Bedes Catholic College (Bristol) for the afternoon. The pupils came from the following schools:

St. Joseph's (Portishead), Bank Leaze School (Lawrence Weston), Our Lady of the Rosary School (Lawrence Weston), Weston Park School (Lawrence Weston), St. Bernard's School (Shirehampton), Holy Family School (Patchway), St. Mary's School (Bradley Stoke), St. Teresa's School (Southmead) and SS Peter & Paul School (Cotham).

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