Primary Schools Outreach Events Summer 2013


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2013

July

02 July: Holymead Junior School, Bristol

To round off this Brislington school's Science Day activities Alison Rivett gave an Assembly linked to their theme of changes in the environment. The 270 Year 3, 4 & 5 pupils gave the demonstrations about the chemistry of our atmosphere and climate change a very enthusiastic reception.

The school was pleased to receive a small grant from the Bristol and District RSC.

28 June-18 July: Science Loan Box Event, Ashton Vale Primary School, Bristol

The Food & Healthy Eating Box was on loan to help the science understanding of 30 Key Stage 2 pupils. 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.

June

28 June: The Cotswold School, Bourton-on-the-Water, Science & Technology Day

For the 6th year running Bristol ChemLabS were asked to run a workshop at this annual event for The Cotswold School's 7 local feeder primaries. Postgraduate researchers James Fothergill and Matt England delivered two 2 hands-on workshops exploring chemical reactions for 50 Year 5 pupils.

The schools who took part in the day were Bourton Primary, Northleach Primary, Temple Guiting Primary and Cold Aston CoE Primary

The organising teacher from the Cotswold School, Dr Bernie Major, said afterwards "Thanks for the excellent sessions. The primary school students (& teachers) really enjoyed it, with one headteacher commenting that their year 5's came back to school really buzzing with interest."

26 June: Lockleaze Primary School, Bristol

Bristol ChemLabS team led by Sarah Glover presented a hands-on Chemistry day for 60 pupils in Years 4, 5 and 6. Sarah was assisted by chemists Sophie Franklin and Preeti Kaur in delivering the two 2 hour workshops.

25 June: Portishead Primary School, North Somerset

Bristol ChemLabS spent the day at this North Somerset School to enthuse and excite the children with practical and hands on science. All 420 pupils thoroughly enjoyed the interactive chemistry assembly given by Alison Rivett about 'Gases In The Air'. The 60 Year 6 children then worked with postgraduate chemists Jen Bulpett, Mark Lunt & Amir Kaspar in two science workshops. The school was pleased to receive a small grant from the Bristol and District RSC.

24 June: St Stephen's Infants School, Bristol

Alison Rivett visited this Kingswood school to add a 'Wow' to their Science Week with an exciting science assembly. An audience of 270 Reception, Year 1 & 2 pupils were enthralled and amazed by all the demonstrations with different gases. The school was pleased to receive a small grant from the Bristol and District RSC.

18 June: Chilton Trinity Technology College, Bridgwater, Primary Science Day

For the second year Bristol ChemLabS were invited to be part of a Chemistry & Maths Conference for Gifted & Talented primary pupils at this Somerset school. Postgraduate chemists Alison Rivett, Jen Bulpett and Sarah Glover led a session of practical experiments in the school's newly-built 'SuperLab' for the 84 Year 6 pupils. In the afternoon, along with 30 Year 10 students, they enjoyed an exciting Chemistry Demonstration Lecture given by Alison.

The 8 schools attending were: Eastover Community Primary; Wembdon St George's CoE Primary; Kingsmoor Primary; Otterhampton Primary; Puriton Primary; Westonzoyland Community Primary; Westover Green Community School; and Woolavington Village Primary.

Following the day the Deputy Head of Wembdon St. George's, Mrs Heale, said "Thank you for working with our Year 6 pupils and for the presentation you gave us this afternoon - it was a thoroughly enjoyable day and has hopefully inspired some of our children."

11 June: Monkton Park Primary School, Chippenham

As part of this Wiltshire school's science week Alison Rivett and postgraduate chemists Sarah Glover, Jen Bulpett & Godi Tatolo delivered a special Chemistry Day. The 200 Reception to Year 5 pupils enjoyed an Assembly about 'Gases In The Air', which linked nicely to their theme of 'Space & Rockets', learning why hydrogen is a good fuel for rockets, but helium is not! The 58 Year 4 & 5 pupils then got hands-on for the rest of the day in two practical workshops.

There is a report on the Science Week in the school's newsletter here.

The Science Coordinator, Mr White, said afterwards "Thanks so much for the amazing assembly and workshops here at Monkton Park. It was a hit. We've been talking about memories of the past year (as we are approaching summer hols) and Chemlabs has definitely been one of the major highlights!"

The school was pleased to receive a small grant from the Bristol and District RSC.

11 June: Materials Workshop, Foulds Primary School, Barnet, London

Tim Harrison worked with 45 Year 5 pupils during the afternoon. The pupils reviewed their knowledge of state changes and drew up a list of materials they were curious about.

The visit formed part of a materials project sponsored by the AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust AZSTT and led by headteacher Nic Woolfe.

11 June: Science Week Launch, Childs Hill Primary School, Barnet, London

Tim Harrison rounded up the school’s Science Week celebrations with two morning performance of 'Gases in the Air' to  all 340 pupils in years 1-6 at the large north London primary school.

The visit was sponsored by the AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust (AZSTT). Tim Harrison worked with AZSTT College member, and headteaher, Dan Hawkins in the organisation of this visit.

05 June: Freshford Primary School, near Bath

A team from Bristol ChemLabS spent the day at this village school as part of their Science Week activities. The whole school (150 children including Reception class) enjoyed an interactive Assembly about 'Gases In The Air' from Alison Rivett. Afterwards the 72 Year 4, 5 & 6 pupils took part in hands-on workshops with chemistry students Alex Whiteman, Jen Bulpett & Sophie Franklin.

The organising teacher, Mrs Underdown, said "The children and staff were inspired, they definitely enjoyed every moment and learnt so much. A month later they are still talking about science week!".

An article about the day can be found here and see some pictures here. The school was pleased to receive a small grant from the Bristol and District RSC.

04 June: Chipping Campden School, Primary Science Festival

A large team from Bristol ChemLabS put on a Primary Science Day at Chipping Campden Secondary School in Gloucestershire. 96 Year 5 & 6 pupils from 7 local primary schools saw Alison Rivett start off the day with a Demonstration Assembly about 'Gases In The Air'. For the rest of the day they took part in hands-on workshops in the school laboratories, led by postgraduate chemists Sarah Glover, Sophie Franklin, Grace Cookey, Jen Bulpett and Godi Tatolo, and a number of the schools own science teaching staff & technicians.

The schools who brought pupils along were: Welford-on-Avon Primary; Ilmington CoE Primary; St David's CoE Primary, Moreton-in-the-Marsh; Blockley CoE Primary; St James & Ebrington CoE Primary, Chipping Campden; St Catharine's Catholic Primary, Chipping Campden; & Mickleton Primary.

The day was part of Chipping Campden's activities as a Hub School in an Ogden Trust School Science Partnership and afterwards the organising teacher - Mrs Flaherty - said "The Bristol ChemLabS team were amazing!"

May

24 May: Fullbridge  Primary School, Peterborough, Lincolnshire

Tim Harrison presented two demonstration assemblies on 'Gases in the Air' to pupils in Years 4-6 from Fullbridge Primary School . 360 pupils from the host school, together with 180 pupils in Year 5 and 6 and 10 teachers from Bourne Westfield Primary Academy (Lincs) also joined the host school pupils.

The visit was sponsored by AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust (AZSTT) and coordinated by AZSTT Primary College member Nina Spilsbury as part of a local cluster activity in celebration of local science weeks.

23 May: The Malcolm Sargent Primary School, Stamford, Lincolnshire

Tim Harrison presented three demonstration assemblies on 'Gases in the Air' to pupils in Years 2-6 from The Malcolm Sargent Primary School, (Stamford). 460 pupils from the host school, together with 19  teachers and 19 teaching assistants were joined by a further 100 pupils and teachers from  St Augustine and St Gilberts primary schools were in attendance.

The visit was sponsored by AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust (AZSTT) and coordinated by AZSTT Primary College member Nina Spilsbury as part of a local cluster activity in celebration of local science weeks.

23 May: Science Day, Nailsworth Primary School, Nailsworth, Gloucs

Bristol ChemLabS returned to this Gloucestershire school for the fourth time. The 34 Year 5 & 6 pupils spent the morning working with postgraduate chemists James Fothergill & Godi Tatolo and School of Chemistry lecturer Dr Sean Davis in a practical chemistry workshop. Alison Rivett then performed the ‘Gases in the Air’ assembly for the whole school (160 pupils) in the afternoon. This visit was supported by a small grant from the Bristol & District section of the RSC.

22 May: Meadowbrook Primary School, Bradley Stoke, Bristol

Alison Rivett visited this South Gloucestershire school as part of a packed Science Week. All 400 pupils from Reception to Year 6 enjoyed a thrilling demonstration assembly about 'The Gases In The Air'. Afterwards the Science Coordinator said "Thank you for an amazing assembly, all the children loved it!". The visit was supported by a small grant from the Bristol & District section of the RSC.

21 May: Lockleaze Primary School, Bristol

Sarah Glover assisted by Sophie Franklin performed 2 one hour demonstration assemblies to 90 pupils in Year 5-6 and 70 Reception to Y2 pupils, together with accompanying teachers and teaching assistants, at the local Bristol school.

10 May: Science Assembly, St. Anne's Junior School, Bristol

Tim Harrison presented 'Gases in the Air' to 90 Year 6 pupils at the school to support the children's topic of 'Abracadabra' which explores scientific concepts in relation to 'magic'. The majority of concepts explored in the hour long assembly involved changes in state and physical and chemical changes.

This visit was sponsored in part by the Bristol and District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

April

30 April: New Oak Primary School, Hengrove

Alison Rivett visited this south Bristol school to deliver an exciting science assembly to the 190 pupils.  From Year 6 right down to the very brave Reception class, they were enthralled by demonstrations about The Gases In The Air and gave all the experiments a wonderfully enthusiastic response.  The event was supported with a small grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry Bristol & District Section.

14 - 19 April 2013 - Malta National Student Travel Foundation (NSTF) Science Expo Week Open Day

Alison Rivett was invited to represent Bristol ChemLabS in Malta as part of a week-long Science Expo for primary and secondary school students. This continues the involvement between Bristol ChemLabS and Malta over the last 7 years.

The Expo took place in the magnificent historical surroundings of theMediterranean Conference Centre, formerly the 'Sacra Infermeria', The Crusader Knights of St John Hospital in Velletta.

On the Expo's Open Day100 primary pupils saw Alison’s performances of the Demonstration Lecture 'A Pollutants Tale'. You can see some photos here.

Alison met the British High Commissioner in Malta, Rob Luke, during his visit the Expo, where he was able to watch some of her talk.

An article in the local paper can be read here.

09 April: Begbrook Primary School, Bristol

Bristol ChemLabS returned to this Stapleton primary school for the 4th time to deliver a morning of workshops for the 60 Year 5 pupils.  As part of their topic work on changing materials - themed around the Roald Dahl book 'George's Marvellous Medicine' - the two classes worked with Alison Rivett and postgraduate chemists James Fothergill, Geri Echue & Tanya Chase on three different practical experiments.

"Superb Workshop!  Kids very engaged and intrigued!  Organisation was impressive also, Thank You!" Year 5 teacher.

"Thank you for visiting and doing awesome activities with me.  After trying the activities I felt super-sciency.  I truly enjoyed all of the activities because I was learning and having fun at the same time, which was fantastic.  We hope you visit us again." (Shoaib)

"Thank you for the best experience of my life.  I would like to do this every day of my life at school.  It was an amazing treat.  I really enjoyed using dangerous acids because you can't do this at primary school.  I am very thankful for you coming to our school and doing experiments with us." (Jammal)

"Dear Alison, Geri, Tanya & James.  Thanks for boosting our confidence. I felt I was in a different world, it was cool.  We all had a great time, especially me." (Brandon)

"Super workshop - kids very engaged and intrigued!  Organisation was impressive also, thank you!" - Mr Israel, Year 5 teacher, Begbrook Primary School.

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