Primary Schools Outreach Events Autumn 2016


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December

16 December: PSTT Science Assemblies, Boxgrove CofE Primary School, Chichester, W.Sussex

Bristol ChemLabS was again working with a PSTT cluster of schools including this one in Chichester during the morning. Postgraduate Chemist Emma Liddle delivered the science demonstration assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 50 pupils in Years 2-6 and to 4 teachers.

Thank you so much for the fascinating, inspiring science workshop. The children were captivated throughout with a host of bangs our scientist engaged all our children. It was a wonderful finale to the term’s events.’ Headteacher

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Primary Science Teaching Trust College Fellow Jeannette Morgan in an event sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

16 December: PSTT Science Assemblies, Parklands Primary School, Chichester, W.Sussex

Tim Harrison was again working with a PSTT cluster of schools including this one in Chichester during the morning. He delivered the science demonstration assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 270 pupils in Years 1-6 and to 7 teachers and received an impromptu standing ovation!

‘… the demo was a complete success as far as all of us were concerned. The children loved the experiments that were demonstrated and the explosive manner of them and the science behind each one was explained very well by Tim. In fact the children were really attentive for well over an hour and at the end spontaneously gave Tim a standing ovation! Likewise all the staff that were present really enjoyed the presentation and were full of praise for the exciting way it was delivered. Many members of staff were at pains to thank me for arranging it. I really hope that other opportunities such as these come up as we would be keen to be involved. Thank you for arranging it for us’. Emma, Parklands Primary School

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Primary Science Teaching Trust College Fellow Jeannette Morgan in an event sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

15 December: PSTT Science Assemblies, Westbourne Primary School, Chichester, W.Sussex

Tim Harrison was again working with a PSTT cluster of schools including this one in Chichester during the afternoon. He delivered the science demonstration assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 230 pupils in Reception to Year 6 and 12 teachers.

Tim, Emma and Jeannette were excellent presenters and really inspired the children whole asked lots of relevant questions when they went back into the class. Tim said he would need to have a lie down afterwards and I am really not surprised as he put so much energy and enthusiasm into the hour and a half of the assembly. I know that there are now children who have had their imaginations ignited as a result of the visit. The presentation was full of facts, figures and fun and managed to keep Year R to Year 6 captivated – a real skill! Tim spoke about “CPD by diffusion” and I know that some of the teachers and other adults in the room were equally captivated by the possibilities presented and the idea of “dangerous” and “exciting” learning. Please could we have a lot more of the same as I can think of no better way to turn children onto science.’’ Headteacher

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Primary Science Teaching Trust College Fellow Jeannette Morgan in an event sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) and a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

15 December: PSTT Science Assemblies, Jessie Young Husband Primary School, Chichester, W.Sussex

Tim Harrison was again working with a PSTT cluster of schools including this one in Chichester. During the morning he delivered the science demonstration assembly ‘Gases in the Air’. 120 pupils in Years 3-6 and 7 teachers saw the science assembly. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Primary Science Teaching Trust College Fellow Jeannette Morgan in an event sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

All the children thoroughly enjoyed the workshop. There was a buzz of excitement in the hall throughout and they particularly enjoyed the surprises! I am sure this will ignite their passion for scientific enquiry and has also enthused the teachers to develop their own approach to WOW science in our school curriculum. It was wonderful to be able to offer such a good quality session and the knowledge and enthusiasm demonstrated by Tim Harrison was extremely infectious! The children described it as ‘amazing’ and ‘mind-blowing’. Others add ‘You don’t usually get science like this!’ and ‘I enjoyed seeing it in real life, rather than watching a video.’ Mrs Sadler Headteacher.

12 December: Primary Science Morning, University of Wolverhampton, West Midlands

A team from Bristol ChemLabS, led by Tim Harrison, worked with the School of Biology, Chemistry and Forensic Science at the University of Wolverhampton to deliver a primary science demonstration and workshop during the morning. A total of 36 Year 5 pupils from Ryders Green Primary School (West Bromwich, 16) and Clifton Primary School Birmingham, 20).

'The children, staff and I had a wonderful time. We really loved it. Do you have any other visits to Wolverhampton or nearby planned where you need children? We are at your service if you do.' Lucy Blackmore

'The children loved it and came back full of science facts and enthusiasm. The staff that went took pictures and tweeted about the visit. ' Kate Readhead

Bristol Chemists Alison Rivett, Jo Sparks and Emma Liddle assisted in the workshop. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Charlene Butler (Wolverhampton) in the organisation of this event which was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT), Bristol ChemLabS and the University of Wolverhampton.

09 December: PSTT Science Assemblies, Chidham Parochial Primary School, Chichester, Hants

Tim Harrison was again working with PSTT cluster of schools in Chichester. During the morning he delivered the science demonstration assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 60 pupils in Years 4-6 and 4 teachers. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Primary Science Teaching Trust College Fellow Jeannette Morgan in an event sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

09 December: PSTT Science Assemblies, The March CofE Primary School, Chichester, Hants

Tim Harrison was again working with PSTT cluster of schools in Chichester. During the afternoon he delivered the science demonstration assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 120 pupils in Years 2-6 and 8 teachers. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Primary Science Teaching Trust College Fellow Jeannette Morgan in an event sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

07 December: Primary School’s Christmas Chemistry Lecture, Bristol ChemLabS

Dr Stephen Ashworth (University of East Anglia) delivered a lecture demonstration ‘Kitchen Chemistry’ for primary school pupils in Years 4-6 from local schools. The lecture took place at the School of Chemistry, University of Bristol. The 195 pupils and 20 accompany teachers/adults were all given a mince pie and a drink prior to the ‘show’ about the chemistry experiments that can be done with readily available, everyday chemicals.

The schools attending were: St Michael on the Mount (27 pupils), St John’s CoE VC, (Clifton, 92 pupils), Redfield Edge Primary (32 pupils) and Westbury-on- Trym Primary (34 pupils).

I just wanted to say a huge thank you for having our Y5/6 children to the Kitchen Chemistry lecture. It was fantastic and we all came away feeling very inspired!’ Teacher, St John’s

The event sponsored by the Bristol and District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

November

29 November: Broomhill Junior School, Bristol

Alison Rivett and the Bristol ChemLabS team returned to this local Brislington school to deliver a Demonstration Assembly and two Bubbles workshops for the two Year 5 classes to enthuse and excite them about science as part of their topic work on Properties of Materials. The 55 pupils worked with postgraduate chemists Jonny Furze, Nicolette Moreau & Eloise Creed during the morning.

Afterwards Clarkson Class wrote on their webpage "We learnt how to create the perfect bubble, why bubbles rise and why bubbles pop. We also got to watch some amazing experiments where different gases were tested for their properties. There were explosions, a rainbow of colour and lots of excitement. We had a fantastic morning!"

And Carpenter Class said "Our visiting Scientists were AMAZING! We could not believe it when we saw liquid nitrogen turn things solid in an instant. Hydrogen in a balloon was just EXPLOSIVE and so funny for everyone watching. Back in the workshop we explored bubbles by making some of our own mixture, creating huge bubbles and even standing inside bubbles. There are more pictures to come.... A GREAT MORNING!"

You can see lots of photos and some videos on their web pages here:  and here:

24 November: Annual Lecture Demonstrations, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia

Tim Harrison aided by Nadia Bordas (ECU) and Magda Wajrak (ECU), delivered a performance of the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ to 295 senior primary school from 5 widening participation state schools in the greater Perth area and their teachers (18). The lecture was introduced, after a welcome in the native Aboriginal language, by Jason Barrow, (School of Kuronkurl Katitjin, ECU).

(I liked how) ‘Tim Harrison was telling us about nitrogen and I liked how he explained the experiments step by step so we can understand all the experiments.’ Year 5, Eddystone Primary School. 

The 5 primary schools taking part were: Balga Primary (60 students, 6 teachers), Carramar Primary (25 students, 1 teacher), Eddystone Primary (85 students, 4 teachers), Merriwa Primary (75 students, 3 teachers), Two Rocks Primary (50 students, 4 teachers). This was the fourth such joint venture between Bristol ChemLabS and ECU.

The event was sponsored by a Higher Education Participation Programme (HEPP) grant (ECU), ECU Old Ways New Ways Program and a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

15 November: PSTT Science Assemblies, Lavant CofE Primary School, Chichester, W.Sussex

Tim Harrison was again working with a PSTT cluster of schools in the Chichester area during the morning. He delivered the science demonstration assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 80 pupils in Years 2 to 6 and 5 teachers. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Primary Science Teaching Trust College Fellow Jeannette Morgan in an event sponsored by an EPSRC outreach grant held by the University of Bristol and the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

15 November: PSTT Science Assemblies, West Dean Primary School, Chichester, W.Sussex

Tim Harrison was again working with a PSTT cluster of schools including this one in the Chichester area during the afternoon. He delivered the science demonstration assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 120 pupils in Reception to Year 6, 5 teaching staff and 5 parents. Bristol ChemLabS was working with Primary Science Teaching Trust College Fellow Jeannette Morgan in the event sponsored by an EPSRC outreach grant held by the University of Bristol and the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

14 November: PSTT Science Assemblies, St Richards RC Primary School, Chichester, West Sussex

Tim Harrison was again working with a PSTT cluster of schools including this one in Chichester during the morning. He performed the science demonstration assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 150 Key Stage 2 pupils and 5 teaching staff. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Primary Science Teaching Trust College Fellow Jeannette Morgan in setting up this event which was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

14 November: PSTT Science Assemblies, Central CofE Primary School, Chichester, W. Sussex

Tim Harrison was again working with a PSTT cluster of schools in Chichester through the delivery of science demonstration assemblies during the day. In the afternoon several schools made use of the Central CofE Primary School as the venue to see the assembly ‘Gases in the Air’. These included 30 Year 2 pupils from Rumboldswhyke CofE Infant School and 30 from Lancastrian Infants School. 337 pupils from Year 3-6 from the host school, together with 18 teaching staff. Bristol ChemLabS was again working with Primary Science Teaching Trust College Fellow Jeannette Morgan in an event sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

07 November to 09 December: Loanable Library of Equipment, St Pius X Catholic Primary School. Bristol

This local school borrowed the Electricity Box and Food & Healthy Eating Loan Boxes to use with 60 Key Stage 2 pupils. The original boxes were created by a grant from the AZSTT (now PSTT).

04 November: Day 2 PSTT Lecture Demonstrations, Sir Arthur Terry School, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands

Bristol ChemLabS returned to this school to deliver a second lecture demonstration on ‘Gases in the Air’ for 250 local primary aged students and 10 teachers at this host school. The schools involved were: Hill West (60 Year 6), Little Sutton (60 Year 5s), Mere Green (85 Year 5) and New Hall- (45 Year 5s). Bristol ChemLabS was working with members of the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) in the organisation of the two-day event. The visit was sponsored by the PSTT.

03 November: Day 1 PSTT Lecture Demonstrations, Sir Arthur Terry School, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands

Tim Harrison, aided by Emma Liddle, returned to this school to deliver a series of lectures, lecture demonstrations and talks for both primary and secondary aged students at this host school. Schools attending were: Coppice Primary (70 Year 5s), Four Oaks Primary (65 Year 5s) and Hill West (75 Year 5s). Bristol ChemLabS worked with members of the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) in the organisation of the event. The primary lecture demonstrations were sponsored by the PSTT.

01 November PSTT Sponsored Science Events, North Mundham Primary, Chichester, W. Sussex

Tim Harrison gave a performance of the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 150 pupils in Years 2-6 during a morning session at North Mundham. Tim then joined a Year 5 class to answer questions. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Primary Science Teaching Trust College (PSTT) Fellow Jeannette Morgan in organising the event sponsored by an EPSRC grant held by the University of Bristol.

01 November PSTT Sponsored Science Events, Birdham CofE Primary School, Birdham, Chichester, W. Sussex

Tim Harrison gave a performance of the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 80 pupils in Years 3-6 during a morning session at Birdham.

Ofsted were walking around the hall where the demonstration was taking place, but didn’t stop to see what was going on. This was an enormous shame, because what was happening grasped the children’s attention and didn’t let go. Tim’s enthusiasm is infectious – his motivation is obvious and his subject knowledge is incredible. He handled the questions from the children really well – the answers to some of the more obscure questions were interesting and well thought out. I particularly liked the way he picked up on the words the children were using. If they weren’t scientific, he would let them know (giving them examples of words they could try instead.) The experiments were dramatic and educational at the same time. I could tell the children were enjoying it all, because they couldn’t take their eyes off what was going on and had a hard time sitting still.’ Christian Flaxbeard, Birdham Primary School

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Primary Science Teaching Trust College Fellow Jeannette Morgan in organising the event sponsored by an EPSRC grant held by the University of Bristol.

October

20 October: EPSRC Lecture Demonstrations, King’s School, Bruton, Somerset

Tim Harrison, aided by Emma Liddle, performed a science demonstration assembly for 107 senior pupils in Years 4-6 from Bruton Primary School. Several other primary schools in the Bruton area were also invited but did not take up the invitation. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Sadie Osborne of King’s Bruton in organising and hosting this event. The ‘Gases in the Air’ science assemblies were sponsored by an EPSRC Public Engagement grant held by the University of Bristol.

11 October: EPSRC Sponsored Lecture Demonstrations, St Mary's Shaftesbury, Dorset

Tim Harrison performed a series of 3 lecture demonstrations for 247senior pupils and 17 teachers from several primary schools in the Shaftsbury area. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Kirsten Le Poidevin of St Mary’s Shaftsbury in organising and hosting this event. Pupils from the following primary 9 primary schools in Dorset and Wiltshire attended: St Nicholas Henstridge (37 KS2 and 3 staff), Hanford Independent Prep School, Childe Okeford (25 KS2 and 4 staff), Whitesheet CofE Primary, Zeals, Wiltshire (18 KS2 and 3 staff), Wardour Catholic Primary School, Tisbury, Salisbury (44 KS2 and 4 staff), Shaftesbury CofE Primary (16 KS2 and 2 staff), Semley PCE VA Primary School, Shaftesbury (24 KS2 and 2 staff), Ludwell Community Primary School. Ludwell. Shaftesbury (30 KS2 and 2 staff) and Abby CE VA Primary School, Shaftesbury (37 KS2 and 3 staff plus 5 parents).

In addition the handful of 4 KS2 pupils from Shaftesbury St Mary’s newly formed prep school attended a lecture demonstration on perfume Chemistry held at the host school on the same day.

The ‘Gases in the Air’ science assemblies are sponsored by an EPSRC Public Engagement grant held by the University of Bristol.

07 October: EPSRC Science Assembly, Ottery St Mary Primary School, Devon

Tim Harrison gave the demonstration assembly ' Gases in the Air' for 240 pupils in Years 2, 3. 4 and 6 and for 7 teachers during the afternoon.

Thank so much for coming to do the assembly for us. It certainly had an effect on the children because they are still talking about it!’ Headteacher ‘The science assembly was fantastic example of how to engage children and inspire them to become scientists. The children were fully engaged and motivated to listen and wanted to join in, learn and answer questions. Tim was very good at keeping the children's attention (blowing things up is a good incentive). He was also very good at explaining the scientific terms of the children, differentiating when he needed to by aiming different questions and knowledge of specific age groups. Demonstrations were exciting, well planned and age-appropriate and although some children cried, we generally all enjoy the assembly. Many thanks for your time and knowledge and hopefully will see you again for more science facts and knowledge and of course more explosions’. Teacher

The event was organised through Mark Gilronan (Headteacher). The event was sponsored via an EPSRC outreach grant held by the University of Bristol.

07 October: EPSRC Science Assembly, Honiton Primary School, Devon

Tim Harrison gave the demonstration assembly ' Gases in the Air' for 360 pupils in Years 1-6 and for 12 teachers during the morning.

Wow! What a response from the teachers and children today! They all absolutely loved it and teachers said the children came out of the hall completely buzzing. I've seen a few videos and photos and I'm sad to have missed out.’ Headteacher

The event was organised through Ciara Hughes (Headteacher). The assembly was also seen by PSTT area mentor for the southwest Alison Trew. The event was sponsored via an EPSRC outreach grant held by the University of Bristol.

04 October: Lecture Demonstrations, Malmesbury School, Wilts

Alison Rivett returned to this Wiltshire school to give a series of three lecture demonstrations entitled 'A Chemical Delight'. One presentation was given to 160 visiting Year 5 pupils all enjoyed finding out more about chemical reactions in the interactive assemblies. The local primary schools who attended were: Malmesbury Primary, St Joseph’s Primary, Luckington Primary, Lea and Garsdon Primary, Seagry Primary and Walter Powell Primary. The visit was sponsored by an NERC Grant. Alison Rivett

September

20 September: Primary Science Day, Bristol ChemLabS

Year 6 pupils from Foulds Primary School (Barnet, London) returned for their annual visit to the Teaching Laboratories to undertake a circus of experiments and model building. In the afternoon the 42 excited pupils and 6 accompanying staff toured the department and enjoyed a lecture demonstration given by Alison Rivett.

(The pupils) loved the activities they took part in - perfume making was brilliant and being given the opportunity and trust to work in a real lab (white coats and goggles) was fun in itself! It was also great to have the perfume, their own creations, to take home and keep. Building the molecular structures was interesting- the children enjoyed seeing and making the models of the chemicals. They all loved the main demonstration with Alison. She delivered a fast paced, exciting presentation, which the children loved and were inspired by.’ Accompanying Teacher

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Science Coordinator Suzanne Wilkins in the organisation of the day. The postgraduate Chemists helping the students with their visit were: Lina Mohammed, Harriet Reid, Jonny Furze and Krishna Mistry. You can see some photos and a report from the school newsletter here.

19 September: Primary School's Laboratory Visit, Bristol ChemLabS

49 Year 6 pupils, and 5 teaching staff from Haywards Primary School (Crediton, Devon) visited the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories to take part in a perfume chemistry workshop, a tour of the department and a lecture demonstration.

Thank you so much for an amazing day. We had a number of emails into school from parents saying how excited and enthused their children were when they got home. The perfumes went down a treat too! It was great to see your base and the enthusiasm from your team - it was an inspirational day for us all. Alison was super with the amazing Chemistry demonstration and children could talk about what they had learnt. We really did appreciate your time and thoughtfulness.’ Deputy Head

The day was led by Alison Rivett who was assisted by postgraduate Chemists Claudio Greco, Nicolette Moreau, Sam Briggs and Maddie Nichols. This was the second such sponsored visit to the School of Chemistry, University of Bristol

16 September 2016: STEM Conference Assembly, St Mark’s School, Bath, BANES

Dr Alison Rivett kicked off this special day for visiting schools with an explosive performance of the demonstration assembly ‘Gases in the Air’. The audience of 204 included 20 Year 7 students from St Mark's in addition to the Year 6 pupils from five local primary schools: Batheaston, St Saviour's Juniors, St Stephen's Primary, Swainswick Primary and Wick Primary. This event was sponsored by a Widening Participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

Afterwards the organiser said "The children had a wonderful time and the assembly supplied by ChemLabs was very engaging and exciting. It was a wonderful introduction to the day's workshops and really enthused the children (lots of oooos and ahhhs!)."

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