Primary Schools Outreach Events Summer 2016


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2016

July

01 July: Science Assembly, Hampton Hill Junior School, Middlesex

Tim Harrison visited the west London school in the afternoon to deliver the ‘Gases in the Air’ science assembly to 330 pupils and 10 staff ahead of the school's own science week.

'Thank you very, very much for the most excellent show last week. I have never ever seen anyone do a whizz and bang type of science show before where they properly explain to the children in language that they can understand and use, exactly what is happening. Amazing. Shows it is possible, and people like [named commercial groups] should hang their heads in shame. The children really, really loved it and learned masses (and it was excellent CPD for the staff too) and we will all remember it for a long time.’ Science Coordinator

The visit was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT). Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member Alison Eley in the delivery of this event.​

June

29 June 2016: Cirencester Primary School

Bristol ChemLabS visited this Gloucestershire school for the second time as part of a special whole school Science Day. All 360 Year 1-6 pupils were very excited by Alison Rivett's Assembly full of demonstrations about 'Solids, Liquids & Gases'. The 120 Year 5 & 6 children then took part in 4 Slime Workshops with postgraduate chemist Katherine Pugsley and post-doctoral researcher Katharina Roettger. You can see some pictures and read about the day in the school's newsletter here

28 June: Chilton Trinity Primary Science & Maths Day, Bridgwater

For the fifth year running a team from Bristol ChemLabS took part in this annual event organised by this Somerset Academy for local primary feeder schools. 90 Year 5 pupils from Westover, Puriton, Wembdon, Woolavington, Eastover & Otterhampton enjoyed taking part in chemistry workshops in the school's science labs with postgraduate research chemists Sam Briggs, Nicolette Moreau & Maddy Nichols. They then saw Alison Rivett give a Demonstration Assembly all about 'Solids, Liquids & Gases', along with a dozen Year 10 student helpers.

Afterwards the organising teacher, Paul Cadmore, said "It was a great success again and we have only had very positive feedback about the day." The visit was sponsored by EDF Energy's Inspire Education programme who tweeted some pictures

https://twitter.com/tejthayer/status/747795972957282304 Chilton Primary

20 June: Meadowbrook Primary School, Bristol

A team from Bristol ChemLabS returned to this local school in Bradley Stoke to deliver 2 hands-on Science Workshops for the 60 Year 6 children as part of the school's work towards the Primary Science Quality Mark. They tweeted some pictures from the workshops 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.

17 June: PSTT Primary Assembly, Aloeric Primary School, Melksham, Wilts

Tim Harrison visited this school, a member of the Melksham Primary School Cluster Science Group, to deliver the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 300 of the schools pupils in Years 1-6 during the morning. Around 10 teachers and TAs also saw the assembly.

 'Thank you for an exciting assembly. The experiments had the children fully engaged; it was so nice to see children from year 1 to year 6 showing such interest in Science. Your delivery was wonderful; the assembly was interactive, stimulating and fun. It isn’t possible to show the children an array of experiments as you did, without access to the equipment or the specific expertises, although wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had dedicated science teachers in all primary schools as they do in secondary schools. There was a real buzz in the playground after your assembly, those children who already had a love for science have had that love amplified and those unsure of the subject are now excited by it and less fearful. I hope that we can build on this and I as a teacher feel enthused and ready to boast the status of Science at Aloeric Primary School.' Science Coordinator.

The visit is sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) and organised by PSTT College member Carol Sampey

17 June: PSTT Primary Assembly, The Manor Primary School, Melksham, Wilts

Tim Harrison visited this Wiltshire school, a member of the Melksham Primary School Cluster Science Group, to deliver the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 200 pupils in Years 1-5 and 12 teachers and TAs during the afternoon. The visit is sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) and organised by PSTT College member Carol Sampey.

15 June: Holymead Primary School, Bristol

The Bristol ChemLabS team visited this local school in St Anne's for the second time as part of Year 4's topic work on 'States of Matter'. Nerys Shah, Ogden Science Officer from the Physics Department at Bath University also attended in the morning to observe the activities. The day started with Alison Rivett delivering a Demonstration Assembly on the theme of 'Solids, Liquids & Gases' for the 90 Year 4 pupils. The three classes then took it in turns in 'Slime' Workshops with postgraduate chemists Claudio Greco, Ikenna Ndukwe & Jonny Furze.

You can currently see some pictures from the day on the school's website 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.

14-24 June: Loanable Library of Equipment, Redfield Edge Primary School, Oldland Common, Bristol

Redfield Edge Primary School borrowed the Water & Liquids and Gases & Balloons Boxes to use with 30 Key Stage 1 and 30 Key Stage 2 pupils. You can see some pictures & videos of some of the experiments the pupils did here:

14 June: ‘ChemLabS at Rendcomb’, Rendcomb College, Gloucs

Alison Rivett presented the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to invited primary schools at Rendcomb College. 174 pupils from Years 3 to 6 and at least 12 teachers attended. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Saskia O’Sullivan at Rendcomb School to deliver the lecture demonstration opportunity for primary schools from the area. The schools attending were: St Andrew's Primary (Chedworth), King's Gloucester (Junior), Severn View Primary (Stroud), Eastcombe Primary (Stroud), Cirencester Primary School and North Cerney Primary (Cirencester). You can read about the event here and on Twitter.

This event is sponsored by a Small Outreach Grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

07 June: PSTT Primary Assembly, Broughton Gifford Primary School, Melksham, Wilts

Tim Harrison, aided by Steph Flynn, visited this school, a member of the Melksham Primary School Cluster Science Group, to deliver the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to all 90 pupils in Years 1-6 (plus Reception) at the school during the afternoon. 10 teachers and school governors were also present. The visit is sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) and organised by PSTT College member Carol Sampey.​

07 June: PSTT Primary Assembly, Seend Primary School, Melksham, Wilts

Tim Harrison, aided by Steph Flynn, visited this school, a member of the Melksham Primary School Cluster Science Group, and delivered the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to all 170 pupils in Years1-6 (plus Reception) at the school during the morning. 30 pupils in Years 4-6 from St. George’s Primary were in attendance. 18 teachers were also present.

Thank you so much for your visit. The staff all said how exciting and inspiring it was. We all thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated you visiting our school.’ Science Coordinator. ‘It was AMAZING. I loved all the experiments as we don’t do things like that at school. I loved the explosions and I liked the way that you asked questions. I learnt a lot’ Year 4 pupil.

The visit is sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) and organised by PSTT College member Carol Sampey.

06-27 June: Loanable Library of Equipment, St John the Evangelist Primary School, Bristol

St John the Evangelist Primary School borrowed the Forensics Box to use with 45 Year 5 pupils as part of the school’s Activities Week.

06 June: PSTT Primary Assembly, Forest and Sandridge Primary School, Melksham, Wilts

Tim Harrison, aided by Steph Flynn, visited this school, a member of the Melksham Primary School Cluster Science Group, to deliver the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to all 340 pupils in Years 1-6 at the school during the afternoon.

'Thank you so much for your fantastic and very exciting ‘Gases in the Air’ science assembly. The children really enjoyed it and have learnt a lot from it too. It has certainly created an excitement about science in our school this week!! A number of teachers and children have approached me this week and commented on the assembly and how impressed they were by your experiments, many commenting you being the ‘best visitor we have had in school’, a comment I wanted to share with you.' Science Subject Leader

The visit is sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) and organised by PSTT College member Carol Sampey.

6 June: PSTT Primary Assembly, Bowerhill Primary School, Melksham, Wilts

Tim Harrison, aided by Steph Flynn, visited this school, a member of the Melksham Primary School Cluster Science Group, to deliver the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to all 370 pupils in Years 1-6 at the school during the morning.

‘Thanks for coming to do the "Science Assembly" last week. All the children loved watching the experiments and were full of awe. You had the children (and the adults!) hooked from the beginning. Many of the children have now decided that they are going to be scientists! (Named pupil says that he now knows which university he's going to go to!) Now we are having to try to explain how some of the experiments were done!’ Organising Teacher.

The visit was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) and organised by PSTT College member Carol Sampey.​

May

27 May: Chemistry Demonstration Lecture, Marling School, Stroud, Gloucs

Bristol ChemLabS, working with Marling School, delivered a one hour talk to 5 year 5 pupils from Berkley Primary School and their teacher as part of their visit to the host. The visit was sponsored by a Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) small outreach grant.

20 May: Science Assembly, Oxford Spires Academy, Oxford, Oxon

Tim Harrison, aided by postgraduate chemist Jess Bonham, performed a ‘Gases in the Air’ science assembly for 120 Year 5 pupils in local primary schools. The schools attending were Larkrise Primary School (Oxon) and St. Christopher's Primary School (Oxon). The event was being hosted by the Oxford Spires Academy. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Primary Liaison Coordinator Madison Beat in the organisation of this event. The visit was sponsored by an EPSRC Public Engagement Grant via the University of Bristol.

17 May: Science Assemblies, Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls, Gwent, Wales

This Welsh independent school welcomed Alison Rivett for the afternoon to give the science demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ for 275 primary pupils from the local area. The schools attending were: Osbaston Primary, Walford Primary, Monmouth Montessori School and The Grange and Inglefield House (Haberdashers' Prep Schools). The event was sponsored by a Small Outreach Grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). Afterwards the Head of Chemistry, Dawn Clarke said "Thank you so much for coming yesterday to perform the demonstration assembly. We have had such a positive response to the event and you were amazing at pitching the level just right for the students." You can see some tweets from the event here and here: And a short video on Instagram here

16 May: Science Assembly, Christchurch Primary School, Clifton, Bristol

Tim Harrison and Ash Griffith performed the demonstration assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ during the afternoon as part of the school’s science week. All 270 pupils from Reception to Year 6 enjoyed the hour-long assembly. Bristol ChemLabS worked with primary science subject leader Emily Hayes. The event was jointly sponsored by the Bristol and District branch of the RSC and the Science Faculty’s Widening Participation Fund at the University of Bristol.

13 May: Minehead Middle School & Danesfield CoE School, Somerset

As part of EDF Energy's Inspire Education programme Alison Rivett returned to these Middle Schools on the north Somerset coast to deliver two Assemblies about The Gases In The Air. In the morning all the 140 Year 6 pupils at Minehead gave the talk an very enthusiastic reception, which was mirrored in the afternoon by all the 68 Year 6's and 40 of the Year 8 students at Danesfield.

April

26 April: Science Assembly, St Michael's on the Mount C of E Primary School, Bristol

Tim Harrison and Steph Flynn from Bristol ChemLabS kicked off the local school’s Science Week with a science assembly in ‘Gases in the Air’ for all 170 pupils in Reception to Year 6 and 15 teaching staff. The event was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

25 April: Bromley Heath Junior School, Bristol

Alison Rivett returned to this local school for the 4th time to kick off their Science Week with a Demonstration Assembly for the whole school on the theme of Chemical Reactions. The 240 Year 3 to 6 pupils gave all the experiments a very enthusiastic reception!

22 April: Science Assembly, St Nicholas' Primary School, Idmiston, Salisbury, Wilts

Tim Harrison visited the school to give a morning performance of 'Gases in the Air ' to all 180 pupils from reception to Year 6 in this rural primary school. The visit was part of a series of assemblies for the East Salisbury Primary Schools Cluster, organised by Peter Sainsbury and sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

22 April: Science Assembly, Gomeldon Primary School, Salisbury, Wilts

Tim Harrison visited the school to give an afternoon performance of 'Gases in the Air ' to all 140 pupils from reception to Year 6 in this rural primary school. 'Thank you very much for visiting us here in Salisbury, I am delighted that we were able have such a great opportunity for our children and adults. The Cluster are very grateful indeed to you and the support from the Trust.' Peter Sainsbury, Cluster Lead.

The visit was part of a series of assemblies for the East Salisbury Primary Schools Cluster, organised by Peter Sainsbury and sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

21 April: Science Assembly, Winterslow Primary School, Salisbury, Wilts

Tim Harrison visited the school to give an afternoon performance of 'Gases in the Air ' to all 1000 pupils in Years 2, 3, 4 and 6 in this rural primary school. The visit was part of a series of assemblies for the East Salisbury Primary Schools Cluster, organised by Peter Sainsbury and sponsored by the Primary a science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

21 April: Science Assembly, St Andrew's Primary School, Laverstock, Salisbury, Wilts

Tim Harrison visited the school to give a morning performance of 'Gases in the Air ' to all 220 pupils from reception to Year 6 in this rural primary school.

The children and staff all thoroughly enjoyed the show, it created lots of buzz and enthusiasm about science.’ Science Coordinator.

The visit was part of a series of assemblies for the East Salisbury Primary Schools Cluster, organised by Peter Sainsbury and sponsored by the Primary a science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

19 April: Lecture Demonstrations, Pontllanfraith Comprehensive School, Blackwood, Gwent

Alison Rivett delivered two lecture demonstrations at this Welsh secondary school sponsored by a Royal Society of Chemistry Small Outreach Grant for a project to promote Chemistry with rural primary schools. 209 Year 5 pupils from 7 local feeder schools (Penllwyn, Trinant, Bryn, Cwmfelinfach, Ysyddu, Rhiw Sir Dafydd & Pontllanfraith Primary) were joined by around 100 Year 7 students from Pontllanfraith Comprehensive to learn more about the Gases in Earth's Atmosphere. Afterwards Head of Science and CHeMneT member Amanda Pardoe said "Thank you so much for this morning, it was fabulous and the kids are still all talking about it. This is quite a deprived area and it was exciting for the the students to see something so different." You can see one of the teachers from Pontllanfraith Primary tweets during the show here:  and from Pontllanfraith Comprehensive here:

19 April: Science Morning, St Anne's Primary School, Hewish, Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset

A Bristol ChemLabS outreach team comprising postgraduate chemists Ash Griffith, Emma Liddle and Iyke Ndukwe performed a full school assembly to 100 pupils in Years 3-8 and also a morning workshop for 39 pupils in Years 5 and 6. Bristol ChemLabS worked with class teacher Sophie Coulton in the organisation of this event.

We thank the ChemLabs team very much for an amazingly exciting and inspiring morning. The assembly was pitched perfectly and the children sat beautifully for the whole hour, totally enthralled by what they were watching. The workshops were engaging and motivating and had the children completely buzzing. They were so excited to be ‘real’ scientists for the morning and actually get to wear lab-coats, protective glasses and gloves – it was such a pleasure to watch! We were all very impressed with the resources and the experiments provided for the children and it was lovely to give them the opportunity to experiment with chemicals that we would otherwise be unable to provide for them. The level of interest was so high the quality of the learning so good.’ Organising teacher.

A grant was made available from the Bristol and District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). Additionally the school received sponsorship from an EPSRC outreach grant held by Bristol ChemLabS.

18 April: Jersey School’s Demonstration Chemistry Lectures Day 3, Jersey College for Girls, St Saviour, Jersey

Tim Harrison visited the Channel Island of Jersey to give a series of performances of ‘Gases in the Air’ to primary and secondary students from several schools. Bristol ChemLabS was working with Steven Braithwaite, Head of Chemistry of Jersey College for Girls, who were kind enough in coordinating and hosting the events. This is the first Bristol ChemLabS visit to the island for several years. Two primary lecture demos were performed for a total of ~400 pupils

Jersey’s school children have just enjoyed the most amazing science lectures/demonstrations by Tim Harrison from Bristol University’s School of Chemistry, which really brought science to life. 1400 students from primary to sixth formers were amazed, delighted and a little grossed out in the series of eight shows over three days. Each show was tailored to the particular audience. Primary students learnt about the chemistry of the air, KS3 had much of their recent learning reinforced and the whole of KS4’s show was relevant to their revision at such a crucial time. The sixth form students learnt about climate change, its consequences and potential remedies. The value of these highly entertaining and informative shows cannot easily be measured, but the smiles, laughs, screams and whoops of delight in the audiences can be. Thank you Tim.” Head of Chemistry

Primary schools attending were: Grouville, (49 Year 5/6 ), Les Landes (26 Year 5/6), Trinity (50 Year 6), St Martins (24 Year 5), Samaras (28 Year 5 and 32 Year 6), Grands Vaux ( 14 Year 5), St Mary’s (22 Year 5 and 24 Year 6), Bel Royal (25 Year 6), Mont Nicole (52 Year 5/6), Dauvergne (49 Year 5), and Grands Vaux (14 Year 6).

15 April: Jersey School’s Demonstration Chemistry Lectures Day 2, Jersey College for Girls, St Saviour, Jersey

Tim Harrison visited the Channel Island of Jersey to give a series of performances of ‘Gases in the Air’ to primary and secondary students from several schools. Bristol ChemLabS is working with Steven Braithwaite, Head of Chemistry of Jersey College for Girls, who were kind enough coordinating and hosting the events. This is the first Bristol ChemLabS visit to the island for several years. On the second day of the visit a primary lecture was given. Schools attending were: Jersey College for Girls Prep. School (44) and Victoria Prep. School (75 pupils). The event was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

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