Primary Schools Outreach Events Spring 2014


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2014

March

28 March: Science Assemblies, Northbury Junior School, Barking, London

Tim Harrison performed 3 science assemblies for a total 1000 pupils in Reception and Years 1-6 at this 4 form entry school. Tim Harrison will be working with Kulvinder Johal, a Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) College Member in an event sponsored by the PSTT.

25 March: Puriton Primary School, Bridgwater

Thanks to funding from EDF Energy's Inspire Programme the team from Bristol ChemLabS spent a day at this Somerset school.  Alison Rivett started the day off with an exciting demonstration assembly on the theme of Gases In The Air for all the 156 Year 1 to 6 children.  The 50 Year 5 & 6 pupils then got to do some hands-on chemistry experiments themselves, assisted by real scientists from the School of Chemistry - Alice Charteris, Laura Totterdell & Chris Sandford.

The Year 1 pupils spent some time after the Assembly thinking about the things they had seen and what their favourite bits were:

"I liked the balloon going into the nitrogen and it fitted in and it was amazing" (Morgann)

"I liked the bit where she poured in the different liquids and the water changed colour" (William)

"I liked the bottle going on fire with the blue flame" (Abi)

"The balloon bit when it just exploded" (Lucas)

A photographer from the Bridgwater Mercury came along to take some pictures and you can read a short article about what the children got up to in the school's newsletter here:

21 March: All Cannings Primary School, Wiltshire

As National Science Week came to an end, a team from Bristol ChemLabS spent the day at this North Wiltshire school.  The 140 Year 1 to 6 pupils, plus 30 pupils from neighbouring Chirton Primary (the whole school) were thrilled to see all the demonstrations about Gases In The Air in Alison Rivett's morning assembly.  The 66 Year 5 & 6 pupils from both schools then took part in practical science workshops helped by chemistry post-grads Emma Liddle, Jessica Bonham & Nick Barron.

You can see some pictures and read a short article about the day in Chirton's newsletter here

20 March: ‘Gases in the Air’ Primary Assembly, Bournemouth Collegiate School, Bournemouth, Dorset

Tim Harrison performed an adaptation of ‘Gases in the Air’ the ever popular demonstration assembly for all 80 pupils atSt Martin’s Primary School. The whole day science event was hosted by a local secondary, Bournemouth Collegiate School.

This event is sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group at the University of Bristol.

18 March: Lympsham First School, Weston-Super-Mare

Thanks to funding from EDF Energy's Inspire Programme Bristol ChemLabS visited this Somerset school to deliver a special Bubbles Science Day.  The 109 Reception, Year 1, 2, 3 & 4 pupils were all intrigued by Alison Rivett's experiments investigating Solids, Liquids & Gases during Assembly.  87 of the Year 1-4 pupils then took part in Bubble workshops with postgraduate STEM Ambassadors Tom Farruinga, Matt England & Anna Baker where they got to make their own bubble mix, blow loads of bubbles and even try to create a bubble big enough to stand in!

17 March: Whitehall Primary School, Bristol

Bristol ChemLabS were invited to visit this local school as part of their National Science & Engineering Week activities.  Alison Rivett's Assembly all about The Gases In The Air enthralled the 360 Year 1-6 pupils.  The 60 Year 6 pupils then worked with postgraduate chemists Tom Farruinga, Peter Duckworth & Risa Nofiani and visiting post-doctoral researcher Dr Matt Webster.

The Science Coordinator, Mrs Colver, commented afterwards "The assembly did exactly what I was hoping for: it got the kids excited about science! It was also pitched perfectly - really relatable, but taught them scientific names and ideas.  I also had great feedback from the Year 6 teachers and the children, it's great for them to get a taste of secondary science."

The school were pleased to receive a grant from the Bristol & District section of the Royal Society of Chemistry to help towards the cost of the visit.

14 March: Danesfield Middle School, Somerset

Thanks to funding from EDF Energy's Inspire Programme Bristol ChemLabS visited this Somerset school for the third year running to start off their National Science & Engineering Week activities.  The 250 Year 5, 6 & 7 students enjoyed a explosive demonstration assembly from Alison Rivett on the topic of Solids, Liquids & Gases.  20 Year 5 pupils and 36 Year 6 pupils then worked with postgraduate chemists Sarah Glover, Nick Barron, Jessica Bonham and Dr Matt Webster (a visiting post-doctoral researcher funded by a EU Marie Curie Fellowship) in hands-on workshops in the science laboratories. 

Mrs Hutchinson (Specialist Science Support) said afterwards "Thank you very much for your fantastic visit to us to launch our Science Week. As usual the pupils really enjoyed your presentation and their workshops. Our Science Week was a great success and the pupils experienced some very exciting Science!"

13 March: Demonstration Lecture, Sherborne Girls, Dorset

Tim Harrison presented the lecture demonstration 'Gases in the Air' to around 200 students in Years 5 and 6 from primary schools in the Sherborne area as part of the Sherborne School's celebrations for National Science and Engineering Week.

‘Thank you so much for coming to give the lectures yesterday; as always they were a great success’, Head of Chemistry.

Schools attending were: Stalbridge Primary School  (54 pupils), Sherborne Abbey Primary School (68 pupils), Bishops Caundle Primary (20 pupils), St Nicholas, Henstridge (20 pupils) and Milborne Port Primary (36 pupils).

11 March: St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Portishead

For the fourth year running, a team from Bristol ChemLabS spent the morning at this North Somerset school as part of their curriculum topic of 'Changing Materials'.  The 60 Year 5's & 6's learnt all about the different properties of 'Solids, Liquids & Gases' in Alison Rivett's assembly, which was also enjoyed by one of the Ofsted inspectors who were at the school that day.  Sophie Franklin, Anna Baker, Ike Ndukwe then worked with the 30 Year 5 pupils in a series of practical chemistry experiments.

Afterwards the Year 5 Teacher, Mrs Maliphant, said "This event remains one of the most outstanding and inspirational activities I have ever witnessed in 25 years of Primary teaching. There is no way we can even begin to replicate the educational opportunities offered by Alison and her team. For many of the children it is, quite simply, an unforgettable experience."

The school were pleased to receive a grant from the Bristol & District section of the Royal Society of Chemistry to help towards the cost of the visit.

09 March:  Science Festival, Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford-upon-Avon, Wilts

Bristol ChemLabS made a return to this local primary science festival when Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross presented ' A Pollutant's Tale' to an audience of 230 primary pupils, teachers and parents at the start of a very busy Sunday.

Pupils from the following schools, together with home educated pupils, represented were: Bathampton Primary, Batheaston Primary School, Christ Church Primary School, Churchfields School Monkton Farleigh, Fitzmaurice Primary, Freshford CofE School, Holbrook Primary, King Edward's Junior School (Bath), Malmesbury Primary, Norton St. Philip First School, Rowde C of E Primary Academy, Royal High School, St Laurence School, St. George's Catholic Primary School, St. John's Catholic Primary, The Mead Community Primary School, The Mead Community Primary School, Wingfield, Widcombe CofE  Junior School, Widcombe infants & Juniors and Winsley Primary School.

The event was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

07 March: Haywards Primary School, Crediton, Devon

Bristol ChemLabS delivered a fourth annual 'Science Day involving pupils in Years 2-6. Tim Harrison presented an assembly for 280 pupils on the difference between Chemistry and Physics at the start of theday. All 62 Pupils in years 5 and 6 then enjoyed a variety of hands-on practical activities during 2 two hour sessions in support of their practical work skills.

Postgraduate Chemists Laura Totterdell and Matt England led practical workshops.

Writing to ChemLabS a teacher says:

Thank you so much (once again) for an excellent day. We really appreciate the time and energy you give. The children love your visits and remember them! You really do inspire!’

February

27 February: St Andrew's Primary School, Congresbury (North Somerset)

Sophie Franklin and a team from Bristol ChemLabS returned to this North Somerset school for the 4th time to deliver a Science morning. The whole school of 180 pupils saw Sophie perform a demonstration assembly on ‘Gases in the Air’, after which the 60 Year 3 & 4 pupils took part in 2 Slime Workshops.

25 February: G&T Science Day at The Red Maid's School, Bristol

For the fourth year running The Red Maid's School hosted a special day for Gifted & Talented pupils from 7 primary schools in the south of Bristol.  36 Y5 & 6 students from Hillcrest Primary, Holymead Primary, Broomhill Junior School, St Bernadette Catholic Primary School, West Town Lane Academy, The Kingfisher School & Waycroft Academy attended.  They were joined by 60 Y5 & 6 girls from Red Maid's Junior School for an Assembly given by Alison Rivett, entitled 'A Chemical Delight'.

For the rest of the day the visiting pupils and 12 Junior girls worked with postgraduate chemists Pradip Songara, Emma Liddle, Sophie Franklin & Gary Bradshaw in the Senior School laboratories on a number of practical experiments as well as making molecular models of fragrance compounds.

24-26 February: Vitamin C Determination in Food Workshops, Christchurch Junior School, Bristol

Undergraduate Chemist Hannah Haines-Horan led 3 workshops with a total of 90 KS 2 pupils across three days discussing vitamin C and determining how much there is in different fresh foods.

This event was sponsored by Bristol ChemLabS

14 February: Science Assembly, Alderbury and West Grimstead Primary School, Salisbury, Wilts

Tim Harrison gave an afternoon science assembly on the topic of ‘Gases in the Air’ to all 60 pupils in Key Stage 2.

‘Thank you so much for visiting Alderbury and West Grimstead School.  My daughter loved it and I have already received two emails from friends to say how much their children enjoyed it.’ Parent

This visit is sponsored by a widening participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

14 February: Science Visit, Winterbourne Earls CofE Primary School, Salisbury, Wiltshire

Tim Harrison and UAS Chemist Hannah Haines-Horan visited the rural primary school to deliver a new practical workshop on vitamin C measurement in foods with 24 Year 5 pupils.

This visit is sponsored by a widening participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

11 February:Elmhurst Junior School, Street

The Bristol ChemLabS team returned to this Somerset school to deliver a full day of practical workshops for their three Year 5 classes. The 90 children enjoyed working with postgraduate chemists Sophie Franklin, Risa Nofiani & Matt England along with Alison Rivett and finding out about Polymers & Slime, the Reaction of an Acid with Magnesium and how to make an Iodine Clock. Dr Paul Sapple, Physics Outreach Officer from the University of Liverpool, also visited to observe the hands-on science activities.

Afterwards the children wrote up reports of what they had done during the day.

Ethan said: "I had a really good time and I really enjoyed it and I learned alot about science and what happens. Also I found out I rock in a lab coat." Ally commented: "I really enjoyed this and wish we could do it for longer. My favourite experiment was the Slime one because it was fun moulding and watching it go all gooey."

07 February: Whole School Demonstration Assembly, Langley Fitzurse
CofE Primary School, Chippenham, Wilts

Tim Harrison presented a whole school demonstration assembly to all 100 pupils in Years 1-6 and their teachers during the morning at this Chippenham School.

‘It was a fantastic presentation, and we will be talking about it here for a long time.’ School Organiser

The Bristol and District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry sponsored this visit.

07 February: Science Assembly, Tortworth VC Primary School, S. Gloucs

Tim Harrison performed an afternoon science assembly to all 56 pupils in Years 1-6 at this small village primary school.

This event is sponsored by the Bristol and District Branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

04 February: Science Day, St Michael's on the Mount, Bristol

Bristol ChemLabS was delighted to work with our near neighbours in supporting their science week. Tim Harrison gave a demonstration assembly on ‘Gases in the Air’ to the whole 150 pupils and 12 teachers before Year 4 and Year 6 then separately enjoyed a 2 hour hands-on science workshop.

Just wanted to say a huge thank you for the assembly and workshops you and Sewa organised for our science week. The children loved it and I have had so much positive feedback from adults and children alike. Thanks again.  (Science Coordinator)

Postgraduates Sewa Abdulla, Godi Tatolo and Sarah Glover assisted the pupils with their work.

This event was sponsored by a widening participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

04 February:North Petherton Community Primary School, Somerset

Thanks to funding from EDF Energy's Inspire Programme Bristol ChemLabS visited this village school to deliver a Science Day. The 180 Key Stage 2 pupils enjoyed Alison Rivett's Assembly all about the Gases In The Air.  The three Y5/6 classes (90 children) then took part in practical workshops with postgraduate chemists Anna Baker, Jon Bailey & Tom Farrugia, investigating sticky slime and fizzing chemical reactions!.

Afterwards Lion Class's teacher, Mr Stepney, said "A huge thank you to you and your team for today!  The whole of KS2 were buzzing after the assembly and then each of the 3 classes thoroughly enjoyed their afternoon."

The Deputy Head, Mike Turner said: "Thank you for yesterday. The children really enjoyed both the assembly and the workshops. Please also thank your team for their efforts and hopefully we can look forward to having more Science days soon."

You can see a collection of the schools' pictures from the day here:

03-25 February: Science Loan Box Event, Elmlea Junior School, Bristol

The Food & Healthy Eating Box was on loan to help the science understanding of 90 Key Stage 1 & 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.

January

28 January: Science Workshops, St John’s Primary School, Bristol

UAS Chemist Sam Montgomery completed six practical workshops with a total of 48 Year 5 and 6 pupils at this local school as part of his final year degree project. The pupils enjoyed activities based on the library of loanable boxes of experiments produced through a project funded by the PSTT (formerly AZSTT)

28 January 2014 - Barley Close Community Primary School, Bristol

Thanks to a Chemistry Year grant from the Bristol & District Section of the Royal Society of Chemistry Alison Rivett visited this South Gloucestershire school to give a whole school science assembly.  The 240 Y1-6 children were thrilled by all the demonstrations about The Gases In The Air and gave a great reception, especially when the Headteacher, Mr B bravely 'volunteered' to help with some exploding the hydrogen balloons!

Afterwards the school tweeted to say "thank you for a wonderful assembly :)" and you can see some pictures here

21 January: Bridgwater College Academy, Somerset

Thanks to funding from EDF Energy's Inspire Programme a team from Bristol ChemLabS returned to this Somerset Academy to deliver a Science Day for the Year 6 classes. After seeing a demonstration assembly by Alison Rivett all about Gases In The Air, the 60 pupils then got to work in the secondary site's science labs doing practical workshops with postgraduate chemistry students Jason Potticary, Emma Liddle & Laura Totterdell. You can read a piece about their experience in the school's weekly newsletter: here

16-17 January: Annual Christmas Lectures St. Bede's Catholic College, Bristol

Tim Harrison was again working with St Bede's to give a total of four performances of the ever popular 'Gases in the Air' lecture demonstration to visiting primary pupils and their teachers. Across the two days 358 pupils in Years 4-6 saw the talk.

The catholic primary Schools attending were: St Mary's, St Teresa's, Our Lady if the Rosary, Holy Family, St Bernard's, Corpus Christi and St Frances.

14 January: Worlebury St Paul's Primary School, Weston-Super-Mare

The team from Bristol ChemLabs visited this North Somerset school to start off their term's Science-themed learning with a 'WOW'  Day.  The whole school, including the very brave Reception class (180 children) enjoyed an interactive assembly all about the Gases In The Air.  The 60 Year 5 & 6 pupils then worked with postgraduate chemists Anna Baker, Mark Lunt & Godi Tatolo in hands-on science workshops.

Afterwards the Year 5 teacher said "We really have had superb feedback from children and parents about the quality of the day and how much they enjoyed it. My colleagues said it was the best visit they had ever had from somebody coming into school."

13 January: Science Assembly, Pilton The Bluecoat CofE Junior School,
Barnstaple, Devon

Tim Harrison performed an afternoon science assembly entitled 'Gases in the Air' to the 100 pupils in Years 3-4 in this junior school.

This event was sponsored by a WP grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol

09 January: Knowle Park Primary School, Bristol

Alison Rivett returned to this Bristol primary school to deliver a new demonstration assembly as part of their Science Week activities.  The 500 Y1-6 children were very excited to see lots of different experiments all about Light & Colour.  Afterwards one of the Year 4 teachers said "2 minutes later and one of my class is already blogging about 'the best assembly ever'!".  You can read their blog post here.

07-28 January: Science Loan Box Event, St John's Primary School, Clifton, Bristol

The Water & Liquids and Gases & Balloons Boxes were on loan to help the science understanding of 60 Key Stage 2 pupils. Undergraduate Ambassador Scheme (UAS) student Sam Montgomery delivered these sessions. 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.

07 January: CDT Sponsored Chemistry Day, Bristol ChemLabS

In the first outreach of 2014 43 Year 6 pupils and 6 staff from Fould’s Primary School, from Barnet in north London spent the day at Bristol ChemLabS. The first part of the visit saw the students enjoy a circus of 4 experiments in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories. A tour of the School of chemistry followed.  Before the pupil returned to their coach for the long return trip to London, the pupils enjoyed a short lecture demonstration by Tim Harrison.

The postgraduates STEM Ambassadors involved teaching the pupils were: Isabel Perez-Powell, Pradip Songara, Steven Street, Gary Bradshaw and Emma Blackham.

'Thank you for this chance to go to university. Children my age don’t get this opportunity to go to university, it’s a once in a life time chance for my school and of course me

When I got home I could not wait to tell my parents about what I did on the trip.’

It was the best school trip I had ever been on!

This event was sponsored by the Bristol Chemical Synthesis Centre for Doctoral Training.

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