Primary Schools Outreach Events Spring 2011

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24 March: Haywards Primary School, Crediton, Devon

Bristol ChemLabS spent the day involving all 200 pupils in an assembly on 'Gases in the Air' before working with two classes in Years 5 and 6 where the 65 pupils engaged in hands-on chemistry investigations.

More information on the day can be found here.

STEM Ambassadors Sophie Franklin and Hannah Maple joined Tim Harrison in delivering the Chemistry Day sponsored by a researcher at Bristol ChemLabS.

22 March: "Exciting Science Show", Stonehenge School, Amesbury, Wilts

Stonehenge School played host to 227 Year 5 and 6 pupils and 23 teachers from primary schools in the surrounding villages. Tim Harrison performed the lecture demonstration 'Gases in the Air' under the billing of 'Exciting Science Show'.

The eight local schools attending were; Amesbury C. of E. Primary, Amesbury Archer Primary, Christ The King R.C. Primary, Newton Tony Primary, Shrewton Primary, Durrington Junior, Netheravon All Saints Primary and Figheldean Primary.

More information on the day can be found here.

18 March: Science Assembly, Mangotsfield Primary School, Bristol

Tim Harrison gave a well received, 50 minute demonstration assembly to all 400 pupils at the local school on the topic 'Gases in the Air' as part of the school's celebration of National Science and Engineering Week.

"Thank you for a wonderful assembly today that has indeed been the highlight of the week if not the academic year! The children didn't stop talking about it this morning and we have already had parents who work within the school comment on how enthusiastic their children have been about it." Talia Kelly, Science Coordinator

17 March: Chemistry Workshop Day, Enfield, North London

30 Year 4 and 5 pupils from Highfields School in Enfield were guests of Winchmore School for a workshop delivered by Bristol ChemLabS. Tim Harrison gave a brief demonstration of chemistry reactions before the students enjoyed hands -on practical work. Tim Harrison was aided by Sophie Franklin.
This event was organised as part of the National Science & Engineering Week celebrations being organised by the London Borough of Enfield.

16 March: Hannah More Primary School, Bristol

As part of the school's National Science & Engineering Week celebrations Alison Rivett gave a demonstration assembly for the 210 pupils in this inner-city school.  The students were thrilled to see lots of science experiments about the gases in the air.  The teachers were particularly pleased to have a real-life female scientist visit as many of the classes had been learning about women scientists from history during the week.

11 March: St Dunstan Primary School, Calne

At the start of National Science & Engineering Week the 90 Year 5 & 6 pupils at this Wiltshire school were very excited to spend the morning taking part in Slime workshops, led by Alison Rivett and STEM Ambassadors Beatrice Cattoz, Cathy Cooper & Aimee Boyle.

Afterwards some of the pupils said... "I had a really fun time in the lesson it was like I was in a real lab." "This experience has been amazing.  It was like being a scientist for the day!" "I really liked today!  I am not a big fan of science but I really enjoyed the chemistry."

10-11 March: High Down Junior School, Portishead, Bristol

Dudley Shallcross, Karen Shallcross, Aoife Grant and Mary Bartlett spent two days working with a total of 180 pupils at this local school in celebration of National Science and Engineering Week. The pupils had the opportunity to do hands-on science in a circus of experiments.

09 March: Primary Schools Conference, The Blandford School, Dorset

Tim Harrison, assisted by Ben Cheesman, presented the lecture demonstration 'Gases in the Air' to an audience of 236 pupils from years 4-6 and their teachers from 6 local schools. The event was hosted by The Blandford School and was sponsored by Blandford and Bristol ChemLabS.

Schools attending were Milldam Primary, Archbishop Wake, Blandford St Mary's, Dunbury, Durweston and Pimparne.

03 March: Backwell Junior School

A team from Bristol ChemLabS spent the morning in this North Somerset school as part of their Science Week activities. The whole school (240 Key Stage 2 pupils) was thrilled by an exciting Demonstration Assembly on the topic of 'Gases In The Air', given by Alison Rivett. The 60 Year 6 pupils then took part in Slime Workshops led by postgraduate STEM Ambassadors Sophie Franklin, Mary Bartlett & Emily Baker.

The school was pleased to receive a grant from the Bristol Section of the Royal Society of Chemistry towards the costs of the event.


17 February: S3 Cluster Gifted & Talented Day at Red Maid's School, Bristol

Red Maid's School in Westbury-on Trym hosted a special day of practical chemistry for 35 Gifted & Talented Year 5 & 6 pupils and their teachers from 7 Bristol primary schools in the South 3 Cluster. Along with 130 Year 5, 6 & 8 Red Maid's pupils they first enjoyed a Demonstration Assembly given by Alison Rivett. The S3 pupils along with 8 Year 6's from Red Maid's spent the rest of the day in the Senior School's laboratories doing practical workshops led by postgraduate chemists Sophie Franklin, Cathy Cooper, Mary Bartlett & Beatric Cattoz.

One of the teachers commented afterwards "It was a brilliant day, well organised and professionally delivered. The children were all buzzing on the way home! It was great for them to have so much hands on experience with equipment they would never get a chance to use in primary school."

The schools who attended were: West Town Lane Primary, St Anne's Park Primary, Burnbush Primary, St Anne's Junior, Holymead Junior, Broomhill Junior & Waycroft Primary.  Many thanks to all the staff at Red Maid's & Holymead schools who helped organise the day and make it such a success.  It is planned to repeat the event in future years.

The day was partially sponsored by the Western Region Analytical Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

03 February: St Joseph's Primary School, Portishead

Bristol ChemLabS spent the morning in this North Somerset school where the 60 Year 5 & 6 pupils saw Alison Rivett deliver a lively Assembly on the topic of Solids, Liquids & Gases.  The 30 Year 5 pupils then took part in practical workshops to introduce the topic of changing materials, assisted by STEM Ambassadors Lucija Soberl, Emily Baker, Mary Bartlett and Karen Shallcross.

Afterwards their teacher, Kate Maliphant, said "We had an outstanding morning, which will have made a lasting impact on the children. It's just great watching 9 and 10 year olds being inspired - who knows what it might be the start of..."

The school was pleased to receive a grant from the Bristol Section of the Royal Society of Chemistry towards the costs of the event.

02 February: Gases in the Air,  Uppingham School, Rutland

Tim Harrison gave the lecture demonstration 'Gases in the Air' to a group of 120 excited Year 5 and 6 pupils from Uppingham C of E and Leighfield schools. The talk was hosted by Uppingham School.


25 January: Perfume Chemistry Day, Stroud Primaries, Gloucs

Marling School once again played host to 35 Year 6 pupils from seven local primary schools for a full morning of chemistry. Tim Harrison gave a lecture demonstration, with audience participation, on the science behind perfumes. This included what is and what isn't a chemical change, gases, mixtures and the connection between taste and smell.  The pupils then had the opportunity to investigate some fragrances by making some of the compounds and preparing a bottle of a fragrance to take home.

Pupils from the following Gloucestershire schools took part: Avening Primary School, Leighterton Primary School, Brimscombe CofE Primary School, Horsley CofE Primary School, Thrupp Primary School, Amberley Parochial School and St Dominics RC Primary School.

Ben Cheesman, Jane Fletcher, Alison Rivett and Sam Durbin (from the IOP) helped Tim Harrison and Andrew Niven (Marling School).

13 January: Primary School Christmas Lecture’s 2011, St Bede’s Catholic College, Bristol

The third annual series of Christmas lectures too place for a total of 360 year 6 pupils of St Bede’s Catholic College feeder primaries. Tim Harrison gave two hour-long performances of ‘Gases in the Air’ for staff and pupils.

The pupils and their teachers were from Holy Family, Our Lady of the Rosary, Long Cross, St Mary’s, Bank Leaze and St Teresa’s, SS Peter and Paul, Corpus Christi, St Bonaventure’s, St Francis and St Joseph’s primary schools were in attendance.

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