Primary Schools Outreach Events Spring 2015


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2015

March

21 – 28 March, Lecture Demonstrations, NSTF Science Expo, Paola, Malta

Bristol ChemLabS was invited once more to give a series of lecture demonstrations to primary and secondary schools at the NSTSF sponsored National Science Week in Malta. This was the fourth consecutive year that representatives of Bristol ChemLabS presented at this festival. Tim Harrison and Postgraduate Chemist Ash Griffith performed 4 lecture demonstrations to 58 pupils in Years 3 to 6. The schools attending were: Figura Primary School and St Bernard's and De La Salle. Bristol ChemLabS attendance was sponsored by portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

26 March 2015 : Somerset Bridge Primary School, Bridgwater

Bristol ChemLabS returned to this Somerset school for the second time to work with their Year 5 & 6 classes. Led by Alison Rivett and postgraduate chemists Emma Liddle & Sewa Abdullah the 106 pupils took part in three practical science workshops exploring hydrogen pops, colour changing reactions and sticky slime. The school were pleased to receive a small grant from the Bristol and District Section of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

25 March: Hilmarton Primary School, Calne

The team from Bristol ChemLabS spent the day at this small Wiltshire school to help them discover more about science. The 112 Reception to Year 6 gave Alison Rivett's Assembly about Gases In The Air a very enthusiastic response. Alison and chemistry postgraduates Ikenna Ndukwe & Sewa Abdullah then worked with the 33 Year 5 & 6 children in a circus workshop with three different experiments; followed by a Slime workshop for the 32 Year 3 & 4 pupils.

23-24 March: NSTF Science Expo 2015, MCAST, Paola, Malta

Tim Harrison, aided by postgraduate Chemist Ash Griffith, gave two performances of the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ as part of the week-long science festival hosted by the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST). A total of 48 year 6 pupils enjoyed the shows. The Primary schools taking part were: Fgura Primary School and De La Salle College.

20 March 2015 : Whitehall Primary School, Bristol

Bristol ChemLabS returned to this Stapleton school for the second year running to help them celebrate British Science Week. Postgraduate chemists Ikenna Ndkwe, Emma Liddle & Katrin Lange worked with the 60 Year 5 pupils in two workshops, along with Alison Rivett. The children enthusiastically explored various aspects of chemical reactions and materials. You can see some pictures from the day on the school's website here: www.whitehall.bristol.sch.uk/our-school/special-events The school were pleased to receive a small grant from the Bristol and District Section of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

18 March 2015 : The Minster Primary School, Warminster

The Bristol ChemLabS team visited this Wiltshire school as part of their British Science Week activities. Alison Rivett provided an exciting introduction to the world of chemistry with a Demonstration Assembly about Gases In The Air to the 220 Reception to Year 6 children. The 58 Year 5 & 6 pupils then took part in hands-on workshops assisted by postgraduate chemists Ikenna Ndukwe, Sam Timson & Sarah Glover.

Watch a video the children made about their science week adventures.

 Following the day Miss Jennings (Science Coordinator) said "The assembly was a big hit with the children, who were very excited for the rest of the day and have not stopped talking about all the 'cool stuff' they saw, particularly the hydrogen balloon bangs at the end! The workshops were also very successful, with the Y5 and Y6 children saying that they felt like real scientists when doing it. It was great to see the children using a range of real scientific resources, and also provided great CPD for us teachers." The school were pleased to receive a small grant from the Bristol and District Section of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

17 March 2015 : Watermoor CoE Primary School, Cirencester

As part of their British Science Week activities Alison Rivett spent the afternoon at this Gloucestershire school where she delivered an assembly about The Gases In The Air to all 130 Reception to Year 6 pupils. She them worked with the 28 Year 5 & 6 students in a hands-on workshop building models of Perfume Molecules. The school were pleased to receive a small grant from the Bristol and District Section of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

17 March 2015 : Beaudesert Park Preparatory School, Minchinhampton

Alison Rivett returned to this Independent Gloucestershire school to deliver an interactive Assembly as part of their British Science Week celebrations. The 300 Year 3 to 8 students enjoyed learning more about the Gases In The Air in what was described as 'a wonderful presentation'. The Head of Science commented that "The children talked excitedly about it for days afterwards and were definitely wowed with science. The older ones realised how much of our chemistry syllabus you touched on so it acted as good revision for them as well being such fun."

Photo from gases in air

You can see some more pictures from the event here:

17 March: 'Gases in the Air' Lecture Demonstrations, Southgate School, Enfield, North London

As part of the local celebrations of National Science Week Tim Harrison gave two afternoon lecture demonstrations for an audience of 100 parents and Year 6 pupils from local feeder primary schools and another for 30 Year 5 pupils from De Bohun Primary School, Enfield. The Southgate School, the local secondary school, was the venue for the performances.

03 March 2015 : The Red Maids' School G&T Chemistry Day for South Bristol schools

This annual event, now in its fifth year, was once again a great success with 40 Year 5 & 6 pupils from 8 south Bristol primaries attending. Along with 70 Year 5 & 6 pupils from Red Maids' Junior school they started the day with a Demonstration Assembly from Alison Rivett all about 'Solids, Liquids & Gases'. The visiting students and 10 Junior girls then spent the rest of the day in the Senior School laboratories. Working with postgraduate chemists Peter Duckworth, Amir Kaspar, James Fothergill & Ikenna Ndukwe, they each completed four hands-on chemistry experiments.

Afterwards Mrs Moe (Red Maids' Learning Enhancement Teacher) said "It was a great day; the girls absolutely loved it and were buzzing when they got back." Two pupils from West Town Lane Academy commented "What I saw was awesome. It made me feel more confident about Science." and "It got me more into chemistry, especially experiments." Red Maids montage photo

You can see some pictures and a short report on the day on Waycroft Academy's website. Red Maids also tweeted some pictures:

The schools involved were: Holymead Primary, Hillcrest Primary, Waycroft Academy, West Town Lane Primary, St Anne’s Primary (Wicklea Academy), St Bernadette’s Primary, Broomhill Juniors & Headley Park Primary School. The event was partially sponsored by a grant from the University of Bristol's Widening Participation Fund and was organised with the assistance of the local AIM Cluster coordinator.

02 March: ‘Gases in the Air’ Primary Assembly, Upper Cumberworth Primary School, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

Tim Harrison presented an afternoon science assembly for 120 pupils in Years 1-5 at the school. Six teachers also enjoyed the performance. The event is sponsored by a Widening Participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

February

27 February: Science Day, St Joseph’s School, Launceston, Cornwall

Tim Harrison, assisted by Amir Kasper from Bristol ChemLabS, revisited the now mixed 4-16 independent school to deliver a suite of activities. All 34 Year 5 and 6 pupils enjoyed a morning of practical work. In the afternoon all 100 pupils in Years 3-6 had some fun during a performance of the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ 20 parents and staff were also in attendance.

26 February-20 March: Science Loan Box Event, Brentry Primary School, Bristol

The school borrowed the Electricity Box to use with 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 a Widening Participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

24 February 2015 : The King's School, Gloucester

Bristol ChemLabS returned to this independent school for the third time as part of a Science Day for the Junior students. The 170 Reception to Year 7 pupils saw Alison Rivett give an Assembly on the theme of 'Solids, Liquids & Gases'. The 50 Year 4,5 & 6 pupils then worked with postgraduate chemists Peter Duckworth, Jessica Bonham, Gary Bradshaw in 2 practical chemistry Workshops.

Afterwards Mrs Hadfield, the Science Coordinator said... "Thank you again on behalf of all the staff and children at school for the great day we had yesterday. Your visits are always a tremendous success and the children, and us, learn so much from them! The staff were full of praise for you and your team. The children were really inspired by all that they saw and did. The demonstration assembly held the attention of all the children from Reception to Year 7 and they learnt so much from it. It was exciting to watch and engaged the younger children, whilst also being very informative for the older ones. The circus of experiments went extremely well for the Year 4, 5 and 6 children and again they learnt so much from them, working in mixed age groups. It was great to see their enthusiasm for it all. I feel these sort of experiences are so good to inspire the children and make science an attractive subject for them to pursue."

The school were pleased to receive a small grant from the Bristol & District Section of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

24 February: Science Assembly, North Road Junior School, Croesyceiliog, Cwmbran, Gwent

Tim Harrison performed the science demonstration assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to all 240 pupils in Years 3-6 and to 12 teachers at the Welsh junior school. The visit made special as this was Tim Harrison’s own primary school! The event was sponsored jointly by a grant from the Western Region of the Analytical Division of the RSC and by a Widening participation grant from the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

10 February: St. John the Evangelist Primary School, Clevedon

Alison Rivett and a team of postgraduate students from Bristol ChemLabS returned to this North Somerset school for the third time. The 80 Year 5 & 6 pupils enjoyed Alison's demonstration assembly about 'Gases In The Air' and then the 3 classes took part in Slime Workshops with Science & Engineering Ambassadors Preeti Kaur, Amir Kaspar & Ash Griffiths. The school were pleased to receive a grant from the Bristol and District section of the Royal Society of Chemistry to help towards the costs of the event.

04 February: Strode College, Street

As part of EDF Energy's Inspire programme Alison Rivett gave two performances of 'Gases In The Air' in the Strode Theatre at this Somerset FE College. 400 Year 4, 5 and 6 pupils, plus 45 staff attended from Ashcott Primary School; Baltonsborough Primary School; Catcott Primary School; Huish Primary School, Yeovil; Meare Village Primary School; North Cadbury Primary School; Preston Primary School, Yeovil; Selwood Academy, Frome; and Westonzoyland Primary School. Live filming of the demonstrations on the big screen by BTEC Broadcast Media students Liam & Luke enhanced the experience immensely for the audience.

Adrian Ash (HE & International Manager at Strode College) said of the day "Thanks again Alison for captivating so many young minds yesterday – it was a pleasure to have you with us." An article about the event can be found on the College's website here: and also appeared in The Visitor local magazine.

Sarah Vincent a teacher at Meare Primary said afterwards "Can I please just pass on to you how much my class absolutely LOVED the session. They could not stop talking about it. It really was fun and you made your demonstrations very clear and exciting for all of them. Thank you."and the Head Teacher at Westonzoyland also commented "Just wanted to say thanks again for yesterday - there was some really positive feedback from the children and staff."

Some amazing photos from the professional photographer Aran Jefferies, Latitude Photography are shown below.

03 February: River Mead Primary School, Melksham

A team from Bristol ChemLabS spent the morning at this Wiltshire school where the 200 Year 1-6 pupils enjoyed Alison Rivett's Assembly about 'Gases In The Air'. The 64 Year 3 & 4 pupils then took part in Slime Workshops with the help of postgraduate chemists Amir Kaspar, Preeti Kaur & James Fothergill. Afterwards the school tweeted some pictures of the Assembly:

Mrs Stagg, the Year 3 teacher commented "My colleagues and I could not recommend your visit more highly. The children were incredibly engaged and excited to be involved in the experiments. They were using lots of scientific terms and this has transferred into some writing. They were all really keen to get the right gases and names when they wrote their recounts. It was brilliant that the children got to take home their experiment and could share it with their families. Everyone was very knowledgeable and patient with the children. It was a great experiment and pitched exactly at their level which made the children very enthusiastic."

Some of the things the children said were: "I liked the slime because it was really gooey! I thought it was amazing because they did loads of exciting science experiments. My favourite was the balloons because of the fire. This made everyone have a happy day because everyone enjoyed what they were doing. I didn't know anything about this type of science so I learnt a lot. The polymorph was my favourite part because I could show my dad at home. I learnt lots of new facts. They were very clever because they knew loads about the experiments. It was exciting! I liked the banana experiment when it didn't break. I want those ingredients so I can try more experiments. I liked the tube because when you poured lots of chemicals into it it was like a volcano." The school were pleased to receive a grant from the Bristol and District section of the Royal Society of Chemistry to help towards the costs of the event.

January

30 January: Lecture Demonstrations, Arthur Terry School,Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands

Tim Harrison performed a total of three, hour-long lecture demonstrations on Gases in the Air to a total of 520 Year 5 and 6 pupils from six primary schools in the Four Oaks Cluster.

'Friday was fantastic. I have had so many comments from children and staff saying not only how much they enjoyed the presentation but how much they learnt as well. They want all of their science lessons to be like that!! You certainly made a huge impact and put the awe and wonder back into science.’ Coordinating staff member

The primary schools participating were: Hill West (60 Year 5 and 62 Year 6), Little Sutton (62 Year 6), Whitehouse Common (65 Year 6), Four Oaks (63 Year 5 and 60 Year 6), Coppice (60 Year 6) and New Hall (15 Year 6). 20 members of staff also attended. The visit was sponsored by a grant from the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT)

27 January 2015: Elmhurst Junior School, Street

The Bristol ChemLabS team returned to this Somerset school for the third year running. At the start of the day the 300 Year 3-6 pupils were thrilled by Alison Rivett's Assembly on the theme of 'Solids, Liquids & Gases'. This was followed by practical workshops for the 80 Year 5 pupils, assisted by postgraduate chemists James Fothergill, Richard Booth & Nicolette Moreau. Afterwards the Year 5 Team Leader, Mrs Rousell said "The year 5 pupils at Elmhurst had a fantastic day when ChemLabS visited. It really is one of the best activities that year 5 do and we always look forward to it." Some of the children also wrote reports and thank-you letters. The school were pleased to receive a grant from the Bristol and District section of the Royal Society of Chemistry to help towards the costs of the event.

23 January: RSC Lecture Demonstration Tour 1, Churston Ferrers Grammar School, Brixham, Devon

Tim Harrison gave an afternoon performances of the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ to 12 Year 6 pupils from Galampton Primary School at an event hosted by their neighbouring secondary school. The event was part of a two day tour of Devon sponsored by a small outreach grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

12 January- 02 February: Science Loan Box Event, St Pius Catholic Primary School, Bristol

The school borrowed the Electricity Box to use with 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 a Widening Participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

12 -13 January: Christmas Lecture Demonstrations, Rednock School, Dursley, Gloucs

Tim Harrison performed a total of 4 lecture demonstrations entitled ‘Gases in the Air’ at the Specialist Science College over the two days pupils from surrounding primary schools. Around 900 Key Stage 2 pupils from 15 primary schools in the Dursley area attended.

Schools (and numbers of pupils attending): Coaley Primary (25), Uley Primary (40), St. Joseph’s Primary (41), Slimbridge Primary (39), Dursley Primary (150), Cam Everlands Primary (60), Cam Woodfield Primary (117) , Berkeley Primary (76), Sharpness Primary (38), Stone-with-Woodford Primary (21), Woodchester CoE Endowed Primary (61), Eastington Primary (21), Lakefield Primary (88), Kings Stanley Primary (85) and Whitminster Primary (37).

Comments from participating pupils included:  “From an adults point of view it was amazing. From a child’s point of view – well, they didn’t stop talking about it yesterday afternoon!”  and “I never thought I would see such a big explosion in a school!”


This event was subsidised by the Bristol and District Branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

08-09 January: Christmas Lectures 2015, St Bede's Catholic College, Bristol

Bristol ChemLabS was again working with the school to deliver 4 Christmas lecture demonstrations across two days for primary school pupils from the region and hosted by the Catholic secondary school. Alison Rivett delivered the ‘Gases in the Air’ lecture on the first day to 170 KS2 pupils. On the following day Tim Harrison performed the lecture to 101 KS2 pupils.

The Bristol-based Catholic primary schools attending (number of pupils) were: Our Lady of the Rosary (60), St Theresa's (60), Holy Family (50) St Bernard’s (46) and St Francis (55).

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