Primary Schools Outreach Events Autumn 2015


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December

10 December: Science Assembly, St.Michael’s CofE (Aided) Primary School, Aldbourne, Wilts

Tim Harrison made an inaugural appearance at this Wiltshire primary school to present the demonstration assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to all 186 pupils in Years 1-6 and 4 teaching staff during the morning.

​'Thank you so very much for giving us such an amazing morning. The children were spell bound and haven’t stopped talking about it.​' Headteacher ​

This event was sponsored jointly by the Bristol and District Section of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and a Widening Participation Grant held by the Faculty of Science at the University of Bristol.​

08 December: St Werburgh's Primary School, Bristol

The Bristol ChemLabS team spent the morning at this local school working with their 30 Year 5 pupils in a practical Workshop. They all enjoyed the three experiments they did with chemistry PhD students Steph Flynn, Ash Griffith & Katherine Pugsley, ably assisted by Outreach Administrator Simone Breckell.

The school was pleased to receive a small grant from the local RSC to help towards the costs of this event.

01 December: Broomhill Junior School, Bristol

A team from Bristol ChemlabS visited this local school to work with them as part of their 'Materials & Properties' project this term. The 52 Year 5 pupils enjoyed Alison Rivett's Assembly about Gases In The Air and then the two classes took part in Slime Workshops led by postgraduate chemists Jessica Bonham, Steph Flynn & Emma Liddle.

The school was pleased to receive a small grant from the local RSC to help towards the costs of this event.

November

25 November: St Michael's Primary Academy, Yeovil

As part of EDF Energy's Inspire programme Alison Rivett gave a demonstration assembly for the 120 Y5 & 6 St Michaels students + 28 visiting Year 6 students from nearby Ash School who all enjoyed funding out more about the Gases In The Air and seeing all the different science experiments. The event was organised through Yeovil College's Schools Liaison team.

24 November: Bridgwater College, Somerset

As part of EDF Energy's Inspire programme Alison Rivett gave a performance of Gases In The Air to 321 invited primary pupils and teachers in the College's brand new McMillan Theatre. The 6 local schools attending were Westonzoyland, Ashcott, St Joseph's, Eastover, Stogursey and Penrose. The excitement of the event was captured by the College's photographer Ross Alexander and you can see a selection of his images here:

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17 November: The British School, Wotton-under-Edge

Bristol ChemLabS returned to this Gloucestershire school as part of a special Chemistry Day, held to mark National Chemistry Week. Alison Rivett kicked off the day with an Assembly for all 160 Reception to Year 6 children about the Gases In The Air. The two upper classes then took part in Workshops helped by postgraduate chemists Steph Flynn, Jonathan Furze & Sarah Glover, with Class 6 (30 Year 5 & 6 pupils) undertaking 3 experiments and Class 5 (32 Year 3's & 4's) exploring the properties of Slime.

Afterwards the Science Coordinator said "Thanks for a brilliant day! It was fantastic and the children enjoyed finding out how exciting chemistry can be." The school were very grateful to receive a special grant from the local RSC to cover the costs of the visit.

16 November: Primary School Science Assemblies, Yeovil College, Somerset

Tim Harrison performed two of the ‘Gases in the Air’ Science assemblies for a total of 210 pupils from Years 5 and 6 and 8 teaching staff from Milford Junior School and Preston Junior School. Bristol ChemLabS was working with local Chemist Joanne Clare in the organisation of this event. The event was sponsored by a portfolio grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol and by a Higher Education Council for England (HEFCE) grant for widening participation and to promote, and deliver, outreach activities through the National Networks for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO) project.

10 November: RSC Lecture Demonstrations, Humphrey Davy School, Penzance, Cornwall

Tim Harrison performed the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air; for 30 Year 5 pupils and 4 teaching staff from Ludgvan Community Primary School (Penzance) at an event hosted by the local secondary school.

The event is partly sponsored by a Royal Society of Chemistry Small Outreach Grant: ‘Chemistry Demonstration Lectures for Geographically Remote Schools (Devon and Cornwall)’ and a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group at the University of Bristol.

09 November: Science Assembly, Old Priory Junior Academy, Plympton, Plymouth, Devon

Tim Harrison performed the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to all 275 pupils in Years 3-6 and for 8 teaching staff at this junior school during the afternoon. The event was sponsored by a small outreach grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).​

06 November: RSC Lecture Demonstrations Tour, Ridgeway School, Plymouth, Devon

In a second visit to the south-west peninsula Tim Harrison worked with Ridgeway School to deliver two performances of ‘Gases in the Air’ to a total of 210 attentive Year 5 students and 10 members of staff during the morning.

A massive thank you from me. It was an excellent demonstration and all the children seemed to thoroughly enjoy it – as did I!’ Deputy Head Teacher ‘The children really enjoyed the Science on Friday and they learnt a lot. They made posters showing what they learnt when we returned to school.. They enjoyed the various experiments and were excited by the explosions. Our next Science unit is Gases around us, so the children will build on their learning over the coming weeks. Thank you for organising the morning.’ Teacher, Chaddlewood Primary.

Schools attending were: Chaddlewood and Glen Park Primary School, Yealmpstone Farm and Plympton St Maurice Primary School. The event was partly sponsored by a Royal Society of Chemistry Small Outreach Grant: ‘Chemistry Demonstration Lectures for Geographically Remote Schools (Devon and Cornwall)’ and a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group at the University of Bristol.

03 November: St. Paul's Catholic Primary School, Yate

The Bristol ChemLabS team returned to this South Gloucestershire school for the third time to help them celebrate Bonfire Night and learn about Science at the same time. All 180 children, from Reception to Year 6 saw Alison Rivett's Assembly on the theme of 'Fire & Fireworks' which included lots of topical demonstrations. The 56 Year 5 and 6 pupils then took part in two Workshops with postgraduate chemists Steph Flynn, Ash Griffiths & Jess Bonham where they got to do a variety of experiments themselves.

The school was pleased to receive a small grant from the local RSC to help towards the costs of this event.

03 November: ‘Gases of the Air’ Lecture Demonstration, Cheltenham Ladies College, Gloucs

Tim Harrison presented the hugely popular lecture demonstration ‘Gases of the Air’ to 175 pupils in Years 4-6 from and 20 accompanying staff from 5 primary schools. School attending: Hopelands Preparatory School (Stonehouse, Gloucs), Berkhampstead (Cheltenham, Gloucs), Airthrie School (Cheltenham, Gloucs), Chandlings Manor Prep School (Kennington, Oxon) and Dormer House (Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucs). This event was sponsored by a Small Outreach Grant’ from the Royal Society of Chemistry and from the Bristol and district branch of the RSC.

02 November -11 December: Loan Box, St Pius X Primary School, Bristol

Staff and pupils enjoyed an extended loan of Electricity Science Loan Box to aid their science studies. The science 'Loan Box' library was a project created with funding from the AZSTT, now known as the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

October

20 October: May Park Primary School, Bristol

The team from Bristol ChemLabS visited this local Eastville school to deliver two practical science workshops for all their 56 Year 6 pupils. The children worked with Alison Rivett and postgraduate STEM Ambassadors Risa Nofani & Ash Griffiths to find out more about chemical reactions, sticky slime and thermochromic paints. Afterwards the students wrote an article for the school's website, where you can also see lots of photos from the day here:  and reflected on their learning.

One said "The workshops were super fun. In fact, more than super fun!" whilst another concluded, "The workshops were truly amazing.They have given me the inspiration to learn more about chemistry and other science in the future." The Upper School's Teaching & Learning Leader commented "Pupils were fully engaged and excited to obtain hands on experience. All staff comments were really positive - the year 6 team were delighted that pupils had the opportunity to apply a full range of scientific skills, use new scientific vocabulary whilst also being reminded of the importance of safety equipment/procedures. Pupils thoroughly enjoyed the visit. They were able to be really specific about actions and outcomes - many of them have since recommended the workshops to other year groups."

The school was pleased to receive a small grant from the local RSC to help towards the costs of this event.

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16 October: Primary Science Visit, Westbury-on-Trym CofE Primary Academy, Bristol

Bristol ChemLabS helped celebrate the school’s Science Week with an assembly on ‘Gases in the Air’. All 400 excited pupils and 14 of their teachers saw postgraduate Chemist Sarah Glover deliver the well-known, hour-long performance. A very brave Year 2 girl, who had a birthday that day, exploded some balloons at the end of the event. The Bristol and District branch of the RSC gave a bursary to support this event.

13 October: Science Festival, The Kings School, Taunton, Somerset

Following a science assembly for pupils Alison Rivett led workshops for two visiting schools in the Chemistry laboratories. The 34 Year 6 pupils from local primary school Bishop's Lydeard and 27 Year 7's from Perrotts Hill Prep School enjoyed discovering more about Chemistry with postgraduate researchers Ikenna Ndkwe, Sam Timson and Emma Liddle. The event took place at the Taunton independent school.

Afterwards the Head of Science & organiser of the Festival said "Thank you so much for running such wonderful workshops. We have received some super feedback from the schools including a quote from a parent of a pupil who very inspired by they had done." "Visiting pupils as well as our own were buzzing with enthusiasm and interest after." You can read more about the Science Festival here and see some photos on the Facebook page. The event was partially sponsored by EDF Energy's Inspire Education programme.

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Alison Rivett

13 October: Wycliffe College STEM Day, Stroud, Gloucs

Tim Harrison delivered the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ to 420 Year 5 and 6 primary pupils from the area as part of a STEM subject celebration being held at the Cotswold-based independent school. The schools attending were: King’s Stanley, Tetbury, Sharpness, Croft Painswick Harewood, St Joseph’s and Wycliffe Prep.

 ‘Thank you so much for your superb demonstration lectures on our Wycliffe STEM Day. I have a huge amount of positive feedback on the day, the inspirational lecture had the pupils desperate to learn more about science and chemistry in particular.’ Deputy Head.

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

12 October: Science Demonstration Lecture, The Dean Academy, Lydney, Gloucs

Tim Harrison presented the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 150 pupils in Years 5 and 6 from several primary schools in the Lydney area of the Forest of Dean and its surroundings. The event was hosted by the local secondary school. The Gloucestershire schools present were: Lydney CofE Primary, Soudley Primary and Sevenbanks Primary.

06 October- 02 November: Loan Box, St Pius X Primary School, Bristol

Staff and pupils enjoyed an extended loan of Water & Liquids Science Loan Box to aid their science studies. The science 'Loan Box' library was a project created with funding from the AZSTT, now known as the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

06 October: Science Assembly, Bedgrove Junior School, Aylesbury, Bucks

Tim Harrison presented an afternoon science assembly to 110 Year 5 pupils at this Buckinghamshire school. Bristol ChemLabS was working with PSTT College Fellow Gwen Tong in organising this event. This assembly was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

06 October: Science Assembly, Buckingham Primary School, Buckingham, Bucks

Tim Harrison presented 2 morning science assemblies to all 494 pupils in Foundation to Year 6. Bristol ChemLabS previously visited this school several years ago.

In writing to Bristol ChemLabS the school reported ‘Just want to say an enormous thank you ....you were a true inspiration to the children. They were really buzzing all day and by the sounds of it, didn't stop when they got home!

Bristol ChemLabS was working with Jenny Else in the delivery of these events. This visit was partly sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

02 October: Preston Primary School, Yeovil

Bristol ChemLabS returned to this Somerset school for the second time. The 240 Year 3-6 pupils saw Alison Rivett deliver an Assembly all about Chemical Reactions, following which the two Year 6 classes (60 pupils) worked with Alison and postgraduate chemists Ikenna Ndkwe & Harriet Reid in practical chemistry workshops. As well as practising lots of science skills they asked lots of good questions and worked very carefully and sensibly.

Writing afterwards some of the Year 3 pupils said... "Thank you so much for doing your fabulous assembly it was great. I loved all your scientific experiment. Your the best scientist I have ever seen!" "I loved learning about science. Your assembly was amazing it was so good I didn't want to leave." "My favourite part was when you got two liquids and mixed them together and they made a blue glowing liquid." You can read some 'thank you' letters from pupils here.

September

15 September-16 October: Loan Box, Westbury-on-Trym C of E Primary Academy, Bristol

Staff and pupils enjoyed an extended loan of the Electricity Science Loan Box to aid their science studies. The science 'Loan Box' library was a project created with funding from the AZSTT, now known as the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

16 September: Fould's Primary School (Barnet) Visit, Bristol ChemLabS

39 Year 6 pupils from the north London primary school made their third annual visit to Bristol for a morning of practical work and an afternoon demonstration lecture. The excited pupils also toured the School of Chemistry. The practical activities included molecular model making, polymers investigations and rates of reactions. The visit was sponsored by a widening participation grant held by the Faculty of Science at the University of Bristol. The postgraduate chemists assisting the pupils with their work were: Claudio Greco, Ikkenna Ndkwe, Sarah Glover, Issie Perez Powell and Steph Flynn.

14 September: Perfume Chemistry Workshop, Bristol ChemLabS

42 Year 6 pupils and 4 teachers from Hayward’s Primary School (Crediton, Devon) spent the day at the School of Chemistry enjoying a workshop on fragrance chemistry and touring the department. The pupils made a fragrance to take away, learnt about molecular model making and toured the school of Chemistry. Tim Harrison gave a short lectured demonstration at the end of the day. ​

Thanks Tim. The children and staff came back buzzing! Lots of parents came in to see me this week and said how much the children enjoyed themselves. The teachers said it really impacted on the children thinking perhaps they could go to university.’​ Contact teacher.​ ​

The Postgraduates assisting the pupils with their work were: Steph Flynn, Jonathan Furze, Sam Briggs, and Nicolette Moreau.​​

 

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