Primary Schools Outreach Events Spring 2016


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March

22 March: The Kingfisher Primary School, Bristol

The Bristol ChemLabS team visited this local school in St Anne's Park, part of the Colston's Girls' School Trust, to enthuse and inspire them about science. All 150 pupils, including Reception classes saw Alison deliver an Assembly about The Gases In The Air. The 36 pupils in Years 4 & 5 then worked with postgraduate chemists Emma Liddle, Nicolette Moreau and Jonny Furze in two hands-on Workshops.

18 March: Lecture Demonstration, Vauvert School, Guernsey, Channel Islands

Dudley Shallcross and postgraduate Chemist Ash Griffith presented the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 30 Year 6 pupils at the school during the morning. The event was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol. You can read more about the event in Sarnia Schools Newsletter.

18 March: Lecture Demonstration, Beechwood School, Guernsey, Channel Islands

Dudley Shallcross and postgraduate Chemist Ash Griffith presented the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 120 pupils in Years 3-6 and several staff at the school during the morning. The event was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

16 March: NSETC, Weston-Super-Mare

As part of EDF Energy's Inspire programme Alison Rivett delivered three Science Demonstration Assemblies on the theme of Gases In The Air for the recently opened North Somerset Enterprise & Technology College (NSETC). The event was hosted in Weston College's Conference Centre and proved very popular, with 560 primary pupils attending from 6 local schools - Ashcombe, Becket, Hutton, Sandford, Winscombe and Worlebury. You can read a short article about the event on the College's website here: and they also tweeted about it:

Afterwards Business Development Coordinator at NSETC, Emma Cox, said: “As a school with a strong Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) focus we are delighted to partner with EDF Energy and ChemLabS to inspire young people into the world of science and extend the outreach work which we are delighted to offer to local primary school children.”

15 March: Whitehall Primary School, Bristol

Bristol ChemLabS returned to this local school in Easton for the third time to take part in their British Science Week celebrations. All 380 pupils from Year 1 to 6 saw Alison Rivett's Assembly exploring the theme of Solids, Liquids & Gases. The two Year 5 classes (60 pupils) then worked with postgraduate chemists Jessica Bonham, Nicolette Moreau and Jonny Furze in two practical Workshops.

11 March – 21 March: Engineering Department, University of Bristol

The Electricity Science Loan Box was used to aid the science education of several home-tutored students. The science 'Loan Box' library was a project created with funding from the AZSTT, now known as the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

11 March: Milton Park Primary School, Weston-Super-Mare

A team from Bristol ChemLabS visited this North Somerset School to kick off a series of events celebrating British Science Week 2016 and to help get more Chemistry into their science teaching. The 180 Year 4, 5 & 6 pupils saw Alison Rivett give an Assembly about Gases In The Air. The Year 5 and 6 classes (60 pupils) then worked with postgraduate chemists Claudio Greco, Ikenna Ndukwe and Amy Foulds in two hands-on Workshops.

February

27 February: St. Mary's Primary School Science Fair, Thornbury, S.Gloucs

Bristol ChemLabS Outreach was well represented by a mixture of academic staff (Natalie Fey, Karen Parrish and Chris Holland), technician Bryony Wadkin-Snaith and UAS undergraduate Chemistry students Olivia Levy, Bobbie Walker and Alex Sunley at this weekend school Science Fair. This event was attended by over 500 pupils and parents. Half-hour sessions were run, in which older students and their parents were given a brief introduction to molecules, followed by opportunities to sample a variety of fragrances and make molecular models of the active ingredients. Younger pupils were also catered for thanks to Bryony's design and production of vanillin and geraniol-themed colouring sheets, which proved very popular.

The event was sponsored both by Bristol ChemLabS and a grant from the Bristol and District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry. A news report from local press can be found here:

26 February: New Inn Primary School, Pontypool, Wales

Bristol ChemLabS returned to this Welsh school for the second time, when all 300 Key Stage 3 children saw Alison Rivett give 2 performances of 'Gases In The Air'. Afterwards the Deputy Head (and Chemistry PhD) Dr Phillipa Minto said "The assembly was fantastic. The pupils were 'buzzing' coming out of the hall and bombarded me with a range of different questions linked to what they had seen. It terms of enthusing the children about science (and chemistry in particular) is was perfect and had such a positive impact on the pupils. Many of them came out and said things like 'Wow...I want to be a scientist when I grow up...' I also had very positive feedback from the staff too. They thought it was one of the best things they had ever seen in school!" They tweeted about the day here: "

Y3 & 4 thoroughly enjoyed a Science Show this morning.
Big thanks to Dr Alison from https://t.co/ibSTn9zuL7 pic.twitter.com/aEC5ebKcce

— New Inn Primary (@NewInnPrimary) 26 February 2016
The visit was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC Grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group at Bristol University.

26 February: Playful Chemistry Event, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Nick Barker (Warwick), working on behalf of Bristol ChemLabS, took part in the inaugural ‘Northern Ireland Science Festival’ delivering two performances of an educative lecture demonstration. Around 300 Key Stage 2 pupils were engaged. The event was in partnership with Stranmillis University and the event was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).​​

23 February: G&T AIM Day for South Bristol Primaries at The Red Maids' School

This annual event, now in its 6th year saw this independent girls school in Westbury-on-Trym once again play host to Gifted & Talented Year 5 & 6 pupils from 9 primary schools from deprived areas of Bristol: Broomhill Junior School, Headley Park Primary School, Hillcrest Primary, Holymead Primary, St Bernadette Primary School, Waycroft Academy, West Town Lane Primary, Wicklea Academy & Woodlands Academy. The 51 students, including 10 Y5 & 6's from Red Maids' Junior School saw Alison Rivett give a new science show entitled 'A Chemical Rainbow' involving lots of colourful chemistry demonstrations. They then worked with postgraduate Chemists Steph Flynn, Emma Liddle, Katherine Pugsley & Jess Bonham on 4 different experiments - Slime, Mystery Acid, Neutral or Not? & Sugar in Soft Drinks. Waycroft and Red Maids both tweeted some pictures: "

Our able Interested and motivated scientists loved their chemistry day @RedMaidsSchool . pic.twitter.com/i5OLp4PE2R

— Waycroft Academy (@WaycroftAcademy) 24 February 2016
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We're hosting @BristolChemLabS and students from local junior schools today. Great to see them inspired by science pic.twitter.com/M5gKWZInBZ

— RedMaids' Science (@RedMaidsScience) 23 February 2016
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It was great to have them @WaycroftAcademy - the young people were so engaged & inquisitve. Great to see @RedMaidsScience @ScienceIsVital

— Red Maids' School (@RedMaidsSchool) 24 February 2016
" The day was partly supported by the University of Bristol's Widening Participation Fund.

16 February: St. Bonaventure's Catholic Primary School, Bristol

Alison Rivett returned to this local Bishopston School for a special Science Assembly all about the 'Gases In The Air', which excited and enthralled the 400-strong audience of Reception to Year 6 pupils. The school was pleased to receive a small grant from the local branch of the RSC to help towards the costs of the event.

12 February: Science Assembly, St Austin’s Catholic Primary School, Stafford, Staffs

Tim Harrison visited this Staffordshire primary for the first time to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 172 pupils in Years 1-6.

On Friday 12th Feb Tim Harrison held an assembly which year 1 to year 6 attended along with staff at St Austin's Catholic Primary school. Through the 1 hour and 15 minute presentation both the children and the staff were enthralled. Tim focussed questions at each individual year group and extended their learning within the themes of gases around us and changing materials. It was great to watch the children's reactions when Tim demonstrated various reactions which we would not be able to demonstrate other than by video clip. As many of the children said as they were leaving the hall, "that was awesome." The head teacher was teaching year 6 that morning and was inspired to change her lesson after break because the children had been so engaged and they made A3 posters about what they had learnt. Later on in the staffroom the teachers were all asking how this visit had come about and how good they thought the presentation was. I really feel this has been an excellent opportunity to open the children's minds to discovering more about science and how they can become more involved in the subject of science as a whole.’ Science Coordinator.

Tim Harrison worked with PSTT College member Karen Peters in organising this and other local events. This event was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

11 February: Science Assembly, New Ford Primary School, Smallthorne, Stoke, Staffs

Tim Harrison visited this Staffordshire primary for the third time to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 240 pupils in Years 3-6. Tim Harrison worked with PSTT College member Karen Peters in organising this and other local events.

Thank you for coming into our school and inspiring and wowing our children with chemistry. The afternoon was well organised and age appropriate. Professor Tim had all of the children engaged and was able engage and involve all of our children from year 3 to year 6. All staff have since commented on the excellent quality and engagement of all pupils during the demonstrations. The children were still talking about what they had experienced the following day and all demonstrated that they had increased knowledge of science as a result of the afternoon. Thank you again for coming into our school and I hope that we have to opportunity to have you back in school again in the near future.’ Science Lead

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

11 February: Science Assembly, Moorpark Junior School, Stoke, Staffs

Tim Harrison returned to the Staffordshire primary for the third time to give another demonstration assembly to 240 pupils in Years 3-6. Tim Harrison worked with PSTT College member Karen Peters in organising this and other local events. This event was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group at the University of Bristol.

09-11 February : Practical Chemistry Experiments, St. John's Primary School, Bristol

Undergraduate Ambassador Scheme (UAS) chemistry students Eloise Hicketts and James House took practical work to 90 Year 5-6 pupils at the local primary as part of their ' Schools Project' placements. The event enjoyed by all was sponsored by a Widening Participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

09 February: Science Assemblies, Caerleon Comprehensive School, Newport, Gwent

Funded by a local Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Small Outreach Grant aimed at Rural Schools Alison Rivett spent the day at this secondary school as party of their Transition Day for feeder schools. 200 Year 6 pupils from 8 local primaries gave an enthusiastic reception to the 'Gases In The Air' presentation. Thanks must go to the keen Year 12 students who ably assisted in resetting between the 2 primary shows.

Some of the Primary Schools tweeted about the event afterwards: Combustion in action, #scienceisfun @CaerleonComp pic.twitter.com/anDbYEDCGg — CW Primary School (@cwprimary) 9 February 2016 Combustion in action, #scienceisfun @CaerleonComp pic.twitter.com/anDbYEDCGg — CW Primary School (@cwprimary) 9 February 2016 ‘Dr Alison Rivett carried out three demonstrations to Year 6 students from our cluster of feeder school and all of our Year 9 students to promote chemistry uptake at GCSE level. The demonstrations were well prepared and provided educational material through the use of powerpoint and visual experiments. The demonstration was differentiated to suit the age of students and the questioning was appropriate with lots of student involvement. We would most definitely be hoping that we will be able to accommodate Dr Rivett again in the future.’ Head of Science, Caeleon.

The schools attending were: Charles Williams Primary School (Caerleon), Caerleon Lodge Primary School, Langstone Primary School, Usk Primary School, Ponthir Primary School and Goytre Fawr Primary.

04 February: St. John the Evangelist CE Primary School, Clevedon

The Bristol ChemLabS team were pleased to return for the fourth time to this North Somerset School to assist with their Science Topic Work on 'Solids, Liquids and Gases'. The 80 Year 5 & 6 pupils enjoyed Alison Rivett's interactive Assembly on that topic. The 3 'Eagles Base' classes then worked with postgraduate chemists Steph Flynn, Sam Briggs & Harriet Reid in Bubble Workshops. Afterwards the Science Coordinator, Eileen Flynn said: "Thank you so much for another amazing demonstration and workshop. The children loved it and so did the staff! Please pass on our thanks to your wonderful team of helpers. We would love you to return next year to inspire our students." A photographer from the North Somerset Times came along and you can read a short article here:

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

January

26 January: Minerva Primary Academy, Bristol

Bristol ChemLabS visited this local school, part of the Cabot Learning Federation, in Fishponds to kick off their Science Week. The whole school (325 Reception to Year 6 pupils) saw Alison Rivett present a 'Gases In The Air' Assembly. The 92 Year 4 & 6 children then worked together in three hands-on Workshops with postgraduate Ambassadors Claudia Greco, Krishna Mistry & Emma Liddle.

A crew from Made In Bristol TV came and filmed for the evening news that night, which you can see a short clip of here: and the full piece here

An article also featured in the Bristol Evening Post, which you can read here:

 The Science Coordinator said afterwards "The assembly and following workshops were fab! The children were excited and engaged and were talking about it using the correct scientific vocabulary all week. I heard so many conversations at playtimes and in the corridors about hydrogen exploding , never mind in lesson times! It was great to see all the children using chemicals and having experiences we might not be able to present them with in the usual realms of primary school. They loved wearing the lab coats and glasses and feeling like real scientists. I would definitely recommend a Chemlabs assembly and workshops to any school wanting to raise the profile of science or kick start a science week, as we did. It was a total hit with the children and staff were wowed too and ready to take the children forward with science learning for the rest of the week. A massive thank you to the Chemlabs team who worked with us! Thanks for a great WOW start to our science week!"

The children said: " We really enjoyed the chemistry workshops, especially making things with the polymorph." Y6 " I really liked wearing the lab coat and glasses!" Reuben Y6 " I enjoyed the assembly and I liked the combusting balloons. I learned that liquid nitrogen is -200 degrees C." Hibo Y5 " I enjoyed the fire in the air in assembly!" Davine Y2 " I enjoyed the fire balloons in assembly, because the children got to pop them!" Lacey Y1 " I learned that when you are a scientist, you predict what's going to happen." A'sharia Y1 There was also a piece in the School's Newsletter here:

25 January: ‘Gases in the Air’ Science Assemblies, Sherborne School, Dorset

Bristol ChemLabS performance chemists Tim Harrison and Alison Rivett worked with Dr Chris Hamon at Sherborne School to organise science assemblies for senior pupils in local primary and prep schools. 550 pupils in Years 4-7 from 10 schools saw the two performances of 'Gases in the Air'.

 ‘I would like to thank you for organising the 'Gases in the Air' Lecture and inviting us to attend. The series of experiments were both informative & entertaining allowing the children to clearly recall what they had seen & begin to really understand the science. Something that can be quite hard to capture in an ordinary classroom. We had a very productive afternoon following the lecture, even managing a few 'wow' moments of our own!’ Teacher, Milborne Port Primary.

Many thanks for this morning’s lecture. Our pupils were enthralled by the excellent experiments/demos and I am sure will inspire them in future Chemistry lessons.’ Teacher, Sunninghill Prep School.

The schools attending were: Stallbridge Primary (Sturminster Newton, Dorset), St Mary's Bradford Abbas (Sherborne, Dorset), Trent Young’s Endowed School (Sherborne, Dorset), Milborne Port (Somerset), Sherborne Abbey CE VC Primary School, All Saints CE VC Primary School (Bishops Caundle, Dorset), Hazlegrove Preparatory School (Somerset), Sunninghill Prep School (Dorchester, Dorset), Sherborne Prep School and Leweston School (Sherborne, Dorset). This visit was sponsored by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

21 January: Science Assembly, St Philip Evans RC Primary, Cardiff, South Wales

Tim Harrison performed the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ for 180 delighted pupils in Years 2-6 and 6 teachers at this Welsh school.

I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you, and the University of Bristol so much for your workshop at St. Philip Evans Catholic Primary School this morning. The children (and teachers) were absolutely mesmerised by your fantastic experiments, and were thoroughly engaged throughout. You gave them a glimpse into a REAL science laboratory in their own school hall. Most importantly though, I felt as if every child learnt something. Your use of humour was so beneficial to their learning, and they particularly loved listening to your gruesome factoids! Every child from Year 2 upwards now knows why helium is used in balloons instead of nitrogen and hydrogen, they also know that most gases are colourless! I'm sure you have inspired many children to think scientifically. When asked 'who would like be become a scientist like Tim when they grow up?' at the end of the workshop, almost everybody in the hall had their hands to the sky (again, including teachers!). Thank you so much, we're looking forward to welcoming you back again!’ Ciara Flynn, teacher in charge of assembly.

The visit was sponsored by a Widening Participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

19 January: Science Assembly, Malmesbury Primary School, Wilts

Tim Harrison performed the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 180 pupils in Years 4-6 at this primary school. Students from the Bristol ChemLabS UAS group were also present. ‘‘I just wanted to express my sincere thanks for the wonderful demonstration you gave to the children at our school this afternoon. I am sure that you must have noticed the enthusiastic contributions and smiles in the hall and the children and teachers were absolutely buzzing when they got back to class. We all agreed that you had the children in the palm of your hand. I do hope that we will get the chance to see you again in the future and I thank you once again for providing this fabulous opportunity.’ Science Coordinator

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

15 January: Christmas Lectures Day 2, St Bede’s Catholic College, Bristol

As part of the 8th annual (post) Christmas lectures Alison Rivett, assisted by postgraduate ​chemist Ash Griffith​,​ gave two lecture demonstrations during the day to 144 pupils in Years 4-6 from 3 primary schools from the greater Bristol area, hosted by St Bede’s. You can read more about the event in the school newsletter.

The schools attending were: St Bernard's (54), Holy Family (60) & St Marys (30).​

14 January: Christmas Lectures Day 1, St Bede’s Catholic College, Bristol

As part of the 8th annual (post) Christmas lectures Alison Rivett, assisted by postgraduates Steph Flynn and Emma Liddle gave two lecture demonstrations during the day to 199 pupils in Years 4-6 from 4 primary schools from the greater Bristol area, hosted by St Bede’s.

The schools attending were: Our Lady (60), St Theresa's (30), St Francis (56) & Corpus Christi (53).

12 January: Science Assembly and Workshop, St Fagan's CIW Primary School, Cardiff, Glamorgan

A team of 2 postgraduate chemists and Tim Harrison delivered a science assembly to 200 pupils and 8 teachers and 2 one hour workshops for 60 pupils in Years 5 and 6. The lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ returned to this Welsh school after a four year absence. The visit was used to start the Years 5 and 6 science topic of ‘Potions’!

Just wanted to thank you all again for taking the time and trouble to pop over the bridge to see us today! The children have been buzzing with excitement all day and felt like "proper scientists"!!Really fab - thanks so much for the assembly and the workshops you laid on for us! We're very grateful. Please extend our thanks to your team of lovely ladies!’ Linda Curwen, Organising Teacher and Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) College member.

Chemists Jess Bonham and Steph Flynn assisted the pupils in their practical work. Visiting chemists, Micaella Cipriani and Soledad Machado from the Universidad de la Rep├║blica (Montevideo, Uruguay) also assisted.

The visit was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Change (ACRG) at the School of Chemistry, University of Bristol and from a Small Outreach Grant from the RSC.

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