Primary Schools Outreach Events Autumn 2013


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November

26 November 2013: Rendcomb College, Gloucestershire

Alison Rivett and Tim Harrison, along with postgraduate chemist Godi Tatolo and School of Chemistry alumnus Dr Ben Cheeseman worked with school staff to deliver a morning science workshop for 30 Y5 pupils from local primary schools in the Senior School Science Laboratories.

The two schools attending were Gardners Lane Primary School in Cheltenham and Stratton CoE Primary School in Cirencester. In the afternoon 70 Y5 & 6 Junior School pupils enjoyed a Science Assembly delivered by Alison Rivett. The Rendcomb Senior School staff then delivered a further two days of Science Workshops using the ChemLabS kits for the Y5 Junior School classes and more pupils from local primary schools, assisted by Ben Cheeseman.

Afterwards the Deputy Head of Rendcomb Juniors (Anne Haas) said "Thank you for a truly inspiring morning. The children loved it and several have decided that they want to be chemists when they grow up."

22 November: Lecture Demonstrations, Queen's College, Taunton, Somerset

In celebration of National Chemistry Week Tim Harrison gave a performance of 'Gases in the Air' to 120 Key Stage 2 students lecture hosted by the Somerset independent school. The schools present were Queen's College Junior School and Bishop Henderson Primary School.

‘Bishop Henderson primary school felt that your session was great fun and really tied in well with the curriculum. The kids thought it was ‘great’ and really loved the theatrical way you delivered the experiments! As the Year 6 teacher said, they cannot do this type of event within primary schools and so it was fantastic to have the opportunity to see everything. She felt that the children would really have learnt something.’ Year 6 Teacher

21 November: Chemistry Assembly, St John’s Primary V C School, Bristol

Tim Harrison performed the assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 280 pupils in Key Stage 1 and 2 at the local primary school. This event was sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry as part of the National Chemistry Week celebrations.

‘What a fantastic assembly full of fizz, foam and explosions! We were very excited and engaged by your knowledge, equipment, your passion and of course your sense of humour! The children were buzzing as they left the assembly, full of talk, questions and enquiry. I was impressed by the way you targeted questions, vocabulary and ideas to the different age ranges Y1 to Y6. My teachers were really fascinated and learnt lots too. Thank you so much for your time and enthusiasm!’ Ali Vining Deputy Head.

20 November: The Meadows Primary School, Bitton

Thanks to a grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry Bristol Local Section Alison Rivett visited this South Gloucestershire school to help them celebrate National Chemistry Week 2013. The 180 pupils very much enjoyed an exciting Assembly all about the Gases In The Air.

Afterward the Year 6 class teacher wrote "On Wednesday, we started the day off with a really exciting assembly from the University of Bristol all about Science! I am sure that your children have come home buzzing about all of the different experiments. We witnessed smashing solid bananas that had been dropped in liquid nitrogen to helium and hydrogen filled balloons that were burst with a lit flame! The hydrogen balloon was impressive to the maximum! The noise that it made and the fireball that was created was incredible!"

20 November: Crossways Junior School, Thornbury

Thanks to a grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry Bristol Local Section Alison Rivett visited this South Gloucestershire school to help them celebrate National Chemistry Week 2013. The 240 Key Stage 2 children gave her Assembly about Gases In The Air a very enthusiastic response.

Elicia, a Year 6 pupil, said afterwards "That was the most fantastic assembly in the history of Crossways!" Mrs Pearce, the Deputy Head, said "I just wanted to say an enormous thank you for coming into school today for what was clearly a brilliant assembly! You really did go out with a BANG!! You had the children eating out of the palm of your hand by the end. To have over 200 children completely transfixed throughout 1 hr and 10 mins is a mighty achievement!!"

19 November-13 December: Science Loan Box Event, Woodstock Primary School, Henbury, Bristol

The Water & Liquids Box was on loan to help the science understanding of 12 Key Stage 2 pupils with special needs. The Science Loan Boxes were created thanks to a grant from the AZSTT, now the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) and whose placement and restocking was sponsored by Bristol ChemLabS.

19 November: Schools Chemistry Conference, Marlborough College, Wilts

20 Year 6 from Pinewood School (prep school, Wilts) and 15 Year 6 from St Francis School (prep school, Wilts), together with their teachers, saw Tim Harrison, John Emsley (Cambs) and Hal Sosabowski (Brighton) give lectures and lecture demonstrations throughout the day at an event  hosted by Marlborough College and sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry in celebration of National Chemistry Week.

‘ All our pupils thoroughly enjoyed their afternoon, and chattered excitedly about what they had seen all the way home on the bus.  I was particularly impressed by the way that Mr Harrison adapted his Science of the Air lecture to include relevant information for both our Year 6 pupils and the A Level students in the audience.  The intimate setting of the science lecture theatre really helped the pupils to engage and he visually demonstrated so many of the concepts the pupils often struggle to explain. My inbox this morning was full of messages of thanks from Pinewood parents and several asked me to express their appreciation to you.  I suspect that Chemistry kits may have been bumped up the order on the Christmas lists of our pupils.’

15 November: Science Assemblies, Shaw CoE Primary, Melksham, Wilts

Tim Harrison gave 2 presentations of ‘Gases in the Air’ to over 320 teachers and pupils from a cluster of 3 local Melksham schools. The KS1 and KS2 assemblies were in celebration of Shaw primary’s Science Week.

‘Just wanted to say a huge thank you for today. The children (and staff!) thoroughly enjoyed the show and learnt lots. The parents have been raving about the whole week and one child from Y1 told her Mum that today was the best day of her life!’

The schools (pupils) attending were: Shaw Church of England Primary (206), St Mary's Broughton Gifford Primary (46) and Lacock Church of England Primary (65).

The event was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (formerly AZSTT) and was coordinated by PSTT College member Carol Sampey.  The event was reported in the Wiltshire Times (22nd November 2013):

14 November:  A Pollutant’s Tale, Royal Institution, London

Dudley Shallcross and Tim Harrison  performed ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ at the Royal Institution in London to a total audience of more than 400 primary school pupils, teachers and parents. Two sessions for the ever popular lecture demonstration were given at the same venue where the Christmas lectures are presented.

These talks were sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by Bristol's Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG).

08 November: St Peter's Primary School, Bishopsworth

A team from Bristol ChemLabS visited this Bristol school as part of a special Chemistry Day. The whole school (approx. 60 pupils) enjoyed Alison Rivett's Assembly with lots of experiments about the Gases In The Air. The 60 Year 5 children then took part in two hands-on workshops with postgraduate STEM Ambassadors Nick Barron, Alice Charteris & James Fothergill. You can see some pictures from the day on the school's website here.

05 November: Scientific Weaving - Realising the Dream, St John Fisher Primary School, Denton, Manchester

Tim Harrison, with a joint team of atmospheric physicists and chemists from the universities of Manchester and Bristol provided a morning of science for pupils at the school. Tim Harrison presented the demonstration assembly to all 200 pupils in Years 1 to 6 and their teachers. This was followed by workshops for 58 pupils in Years 4 and 5. This was a launch event to a year-long science project.

The primary schools participating were: St Andrew's Primary School (Bury, Lancs), Cams Lane Primary School (Radcliffe, Manchester), Radcliffe Hall Primary School (Bury, Lancs) and St Peter's Primary School (Bury, Lancs).

The session also formed part of a training day and was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by Bristol’s Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG).

05 November: Scientific Weaving - Realising the Dream, Derby High School, Bury, Lancs

Tim Harrison performed ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ for 300 pupils in Years 4 and 5 and 20 responsible adults from four local schools. The event was hosted by the local secondary school. This was a launch event to a year-long science project.

The session was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by Bristol’s Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG).

05 November: St Paul's Primary School, Yate

Bristol ChemLabS returned to this South Gloucestershire school as part of their Science Week. On Bonfire Night the whole school (around 200 children) saw Alison Rivett deliver a special Demonstration Assembly all about the science of Fire & Fireworks. The 60 Year 5 & 6 pupils then took part in practical workshops with Alison and postgraduate chemists Emma Liddle & Sewa Abdullah. You can see lots of pictures from the day on the school's blog here.

04 November: Science Afternoon, Orrishmere Primary School, Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire

Tim Harrison, with a joint team of atmospheric physicists and chemists from the universities of Manchester and Bristol provided an afternoon of science for pupils at the school. Tim Harrison presented the demonstration assembly to all 220 pupils in Years 1 to 6 and their teachers. This was followed by workshops for 60 pupils in years 4 and 5. The session formed part of a training day and was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by Bristol’s Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG).

‘A big thank you to you and your team for today. The kids and teachers loved every part of it.The children certainly worked and behaved like real scientists in the workshops and scientists from the universities were great with the kids too.’ Year 4 Teacher


October

25 October: Evergreen Primary Special School, Bishop Auckland, County Durham

Tim Harrison gave a morning performance of the demonstration assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 70 pupils and in Years 1-6 and 25 support staff is special school. This visit was part of a tour of the North East sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT). All pupils and staff, unnervingly, were in fancy dress for Halloween!

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member Faye James in organising this event.

25 October: Demonstration Assembly, Acre Rigg Academy, Peterlee, County Durham

Tim Harrison gave an afternoon performance of the demonstration assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 240 pupils and in Years 3-6 and ten staff as part of a tour of the North East sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member Nicola Mayo in organising this event.

24 October: Demonstration Assembly, Esh Winning Primary School, Esh Winning County Durham

Tim Harrison gave a performance of the demonstration assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 110 pupils and in Years 1-6 and ten staff as part of a tour of the North East sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT). Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member Helen Grainger in organising this event.

24 October: Demonstration Assembly, Newker Primary School, Chester-Le-Street, County Durham

Tim Harrison gave a performance of the demonstration assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 300 pupils and in Years 2-6 and ten staff as part of a tour of the North East sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member Janet Barnett in organising this event.

‘Thank you so much for putting on a fantastic demo assembly!  Everyone, children and staff alike, were excited and impressed to see such a spectacle in own school hall and it provided an excellent finale to our STEM week.’ 

18 October: Demonstration Lecture Tour of Cornwall, St Just’s Primary School, Cornwall

Postgraduate chemist Sarah Glover performed the demonstration assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ for all 80 Key Stage 2 pupils during the morning at one of the most westerly schools in the UK.

Bristol ChemLabS was again working with Cornwall Learning to perform a series of lecture demonstrations of 'A Pollutant's Tale' and 'Gases in the Air' to secondary and primary schools in Cornwall.  This event was sponsored by the Western Region of the Analytical Division of the RSC.

18 October: Demonstration Lecture Tour of Cornwall, Connor Downs Primary School, Hayle, Cornwall

Postgraduate chemist Sarah Glover performed the demonstration assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ for all 85 Key Stage 2 pupils during the afternoon at this school.

Bristol ChemLabS was again working with Cornwall Learning to perform a series of lecture demonstrations of 'A Pollutant's Tale' and 'Gases in the Air' to secondary and primary schools in Cornwall.  This event was sponsored by the Western Region of the Analytical Division of the RSC.

01 October: RSC Primary Schools' Conference, Cheltenham Ladies College, Gloucs.

150 Year 6 and 7 students from four local primary and prep schools saw Tim Harrison present the demonstration lecture ‘Gases in the Air’ at this sponsored conference.

Schools attended from Worcestershire, Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.

Feedback from visiting primary schools:
Many thanks to CLC for hosting an excellent event this afternoon. The Science lecture held the interest of the pupils (and staff) at all times – spectacular and very informative! Much appreciated.’

‘Thank you again for inviting us today. The girls were animated all the way home. They thoroughly enjoyed the talk. I think I will be inundated with questions. I only hope I can answer them.’ 

Bristol ChemLabS , Cheltenham Ladies College and the Royal Society of Chemistry worked together to provide the third annual conference and was sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

September

20 September: Science Morning, Burnbush Primary School, Stockwood, Bristol

Tim Harrison spent the morning at this very small, local school delivering the ‘Gases in the Air’ demonstration science assembly to the 90 pupils from the small school and a practical workshop for 12 Year 6 students.

06 September 2013 - Sea Mills Primary School, Bristol

Alison Rivett and postgraduate chemists Risa Nofiani, Laura Totterdell & Matt England got the new term at this local school off to an exciting start, delivering 2 practical science workshops for the 30 Y5 and 18 Y6 pupils. Following this experience, the children will report the results of their Materials topic investigations to Bristol ChemLabS.

 

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