Primary Schools Outreach Events Autumn 2017


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December

18 December: PSTT Science Assemblies, John of Gaunt School, Trowbridge, Somerset

290 Pupils in Years 5 and 6 and 30 teachers/accompanying adults saw Tim Harrison give a performance of 'Gases in the Air' at the local secondary school which was acting as host. Bristol ChemLabS was working with PSTT college member Pauline Roger in the organisation of the event. The schools attending were part of a large PSTT cluster of local primaries and secondary schools.

Feedback received by organising PSTT Member: 'Wow Pauline, what a way to finish the term, a MASSIVE thank you from myself and the Year 5 children at Southwick.' Accompanying Teacher, Southwick Primary 'Walwayne went and we loved, loved, loved it!! He [Tim] was so engaging and my children were mesmerised. I loved that he called them 'trainee scientists'. He also had little jokes for the grown-ups. My TA and I chuckled a lot. It really was a feel good show. Aside from that it supported the children's learning and highlighted some bits we need to revisit ( how many times have I done condensation with them and the water cycle but they still had no idea!!). Brilliant show. Accompanying Teacher, Walwayne School.

The Primary Schools that were confirmed as attending were: Hilperton, Southwick, Staverton, North Bradley, Rivermead, Walwayne, Bitham Brook, St Johns and Studley Green. The event was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT)

15 December: PSTT Science Assembly, Adel Primary School, Leeds, W. Yorks

Tim Harrison visited this Yorkshire school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' during the morning to 240 pupils in Years 1-6. An additional 15 minute assembly was performed for 30 Reception pupils. 8 teaching staff saw presentations Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member and headteacher Sarah Parkinson

'I just wanted to say a huge thank you from all the staff and pupils at Adel Primary for your inspiring and exciting Science Assembly today. The whole school was buzzing for the rest of the day and could speak of little else other than the elephants' toothpaste, balloon experiments and all the other experiments. It was pitched perfectly to the audience and challenged the children's science investigative skills as well as their knowledge. I particularly liked how you related it to things the children were familiar with so that they could relate to it all. You always know when something has gone down well in schools when you overhear conversations in the dining hall about what sort of scientist/ engineer the children want to be when they grow up! Thank you for your time and effort and also for the extra show for Reception class.' Sarah Parkinson.

The visit was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

06 December: Primary Schools Christmas Chemistry Demonstration, Bristol ChemLabS

The annual Primary Christmas Chemistry Conference for local primary schools saw Tim Harrison present 'Gases in the Air' to an audience of 181 Year 5 and 6 pupils and 12 teachers following the consumption of mince pies. The schools attending were: St John's CofE VC (Clifton) and Westbury-on-Trym Primary school.

'Thank you for organising such a great event today. Please can you also pass on our thanks to Tim Harrison. The children absolutely loved the chemistry presentation and were talking about all the experiments on the way back to school. Thanks again for a really fun and interesting afternoon.' Teacher, (Westbury on Trym C of E Academy)

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

05 December: EDF Sponsored Lecture Demonstrations, Bridgwater STEM Festival 2017, Bridgwater and Taunton College, Somerset

Tim Harrison performed 2 lecture demonstrations of 'Gases in the Air' to an audience of Y5-6 primary pupils as part of a STEM event sponsored by EDF Energy. 319 pupils and 44 teachers, plus 24 STEM Ambassadors saw the presentations.

'I just wanted to say thank you for delivering what I can only explain as an epic live demonstration!' EDF Organiser

The primary schools from the Bridgwater area attending in the morning were: Enmore CofE, Nether Stowey CofE, Otterhampton and Stogursey CofE. In the afternoon: Kingsmoor (Bawdrip), North Newton Community, Wembdon St George's CofE and Cannington CofE. Bristol ChemLabS was supporting Lorraine Taplin (EDF's HPC Inspire Programme) in the organisation of this event.

04 December: Science Assembly, Mary Dean's C of E Primary School, Tamerton Foliot, Nr. Plymouth, Devon

Tim Harrison visited this Devonian school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to students and staff at the school. He was aided by Dudley Shallcross. Bristol ChemLabS worked with trainee teacher Naomi Shallcross in the organisation of this event. The visit was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ARCG) at the University of Bristol.

01 December: PSTT Science Assembly, Manor School, Uckfield, East Sussex

Tim Harrison visited this school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' during the morning. 390 pupils in Years 2-6 and 20 teachers saw the presentation. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member and Bristol ChemLabS endorsed PSTA award winner, Amy Woolgar.

'The staff and children at Manor Primary School enjoyed the chemistry assembly by Tim. The assembly engaged and excited the children as it was full of explosions, fire and bangs! At several points, it had the children on their knees eager to see and learn more about gases in the air. This assembly provided an opportunity for Year 5 and Year 6 to access high level science: it was amazing to find out that some children were very knowledgeable about the elements. The excitement for science continued through the day and several children are inspired to become scientists when they are older. An experience not to be missed!' Amy Woolmark

The visit was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

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30 November: PSTT Science Assembly, Harlands Primary School, Uckfield, East Sussex

Tim Harrison visited this East Sussex school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' during the afternoon. 150 pupils in Years 2-6 and 6 teachers saw the presentation. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member and Bristol ChemLabS endorsed PSTA award winner, Amy Woolgar. This school is part of her cluster.

'Harlands Primary School thoroughly enjoyed the science assembly by Tim. He was very engaging to the children, making them laugh and shocking them at the bangs, fizzes and expanding foam! The children learnt so much in a short space of time and were encouraged to think scientifically through the practical demonstrations and experiments Tim did. It was lovely to see the children so excited by science. I would highly recommend the science assembly to anyone. Thank you allowing us to have the assembly. Both the children and staff really enjoyed it.' Deputy Headteacher

The visit was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

28 November: Science Assembly, Broomhill Junior School, Bristol

Tim Harrison visited this local school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' during the afternoon to an audience of 80 Year 4 and 5 pupils and 2 teachers.

 'I would like to say thank you to Tim for the amazing show. From the moment t began the children were excited and engaged-they were all asking questions. Each experiment helped the children to understand the work done in class and inspired them to think carefully about why reactions and changes were taking place. As the children were leaving they were all discussing the experiments and their change in career choice to scientist. Thank you again.' Miss Hansford and Mrs Ogden

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

15 November - 11 January: Loanable Library of Equipment, St Pius Primary School, Bristol

13 pupils in Year 4 had access to the 'electricity box'.

'The children were really engaged with the box and we used some of the investigation ideas.'  - Class teacher.

Bristol ChemLabS worked with class teacher Joelle Beaumont in the organisation of this event. The kit was sponsored by a wider participation grant held by the Science faculty at the University of Bristol. Contact: Joelle

15 November: ECU Primary Schools Presentation, ECU Campus, Bunbury Campus, Bunbury, Western Australia

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross performed the lecture demonstration 'Gases in the Air' to 153 primary pupils and 12 teachers from primary schools in the Bunbury area. The schools attending were: Djidi Djidi School (43), Maidens Park Primary (50) and Adam Road Primary (60). Bristol ChemLabS was working with Magda Wajrak of Edith Cowan University (ECU) Australia in the organisation and delivery of this event.

14 November: ECU Primary Schools Presentation, ECU Campus, Perth, Western Australia

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross performed the lecture demonstration 'Gases in the Air' to a total of 280 primary pupils and teachers from schools in the Greater Perth area. The pupils were from Year 4 to Year 7. Bristol ChemLabS is working with Dr Magda Wajrak of Edith Cowan University (ECU) Australia in the organisation and delivery of this event which was a part of the Old Ways, New Ways project. The primary schools attending were: Merriwa, Two Rocks, Carramar and Eddystone.

14 November: ECU Primary Schools Presentation, ECU Campus, Perth, Western Australia

Tim Harrison performed the lecture demonstration 'Gases in the Air' to 270 primary pupils (Y4-7) and 19 teachers from schools in the Greater Perth area as part of Edith Cowan University's national award-winning outreach programme.

The schools attending were: Two Rocks, Merriwa, Eddystone and Carramer primaries.

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Magda Wajrak and Jason Barrow (ECU) Australia in the organisation and delivery of this event.

08 November: Science Assembly, Bluecoat School, Wotton Under Edge, Gloucs

Tim Harrison visited the school to perform the science assembly ' Gases in the Air ' to 180 excited and absorbed pupils in Years 3-6 and 4 teachers.

'The children found the Science assembly on Wednesday very engaging and they were all captivated by the practical demonstrations.  Afterwards, many of the children talked about how great it had been and could retell lots of the facts and information that they had learned.  Mr Harrison made it entertaining as well as informative. One of the TAs was grateful that he warned before any loud bangs so the children were prepared for them. The children particularly enjoyed the opportunity to ask questions.  The highlight seems to have been the "mushroom cloud"!'  - Steve Brooks (Assistant Head KS2 and member of school STEM team)

 The event was sponsored by a small outreach grant provided by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

07 November: Science Assembly, Ledbury Primary School, Ledbury, Worcs

Tim Harrison visited this school to deliver the ' Gases in the Air' science assembly to 450 pupils in Years 1-6 and 12 teachers. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Anna Perry (science coordinator) in the organisation of this event.

 'Thank you so much for your visit. We very much enjoyed it. Feedback from the staff and children was very positive. Many teachers came to me to say that they thought that it was an amazing assembly and how the children were all so engaged. They thought it was inspirational. The children were equally as positive and there have been questions from the older children about how to become a chemist and from the younger children that they want to be scientists when they are older. The children have been talking in science lessons using knowledge they gained from the assembly. Parents have also been commenting after their children talked about it at home. Children in my science club are keen to replicate some of your experiments. That would be interesting! The response on twitter was also very favourable with likes and comments.' Anna  Perry

The visit, one of two in the area this day, was sponsored by a small outreach grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) to deliver science assemblies in primary schools.

07 November: Science Assembly, Ashfield Park, Ross on Wye, Herefordshire

Tim Harrison visited this school to deliver the ' Gases in the Air' science assembly to 250 pupils in Years 2-6 and 8 teachers in the afternoon. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Belinda Jones (science coordinator) in the organisation of this event.

'Your science assembly had a tremendous impact on both the pupils and staff. During the demonstration there was such a high level of engagement and afterwards teachers were reporting back to me about the range of information the children had retained, when your assembly was discussed back in the classrooms. The following evening was a CPD session at Ledbury School about practical suggestions for science investigations in physics, so together with your high-powered demonstration, staff are now truly on board and inspired.' Belinda Jones, Cluster Science Coordinator

'As for the children at Ashfield Park School they already enjoyed science lessons, but now they feel it is a really exciting subject that they would want to go on to study to a higher level. 'We wish all assemblies we that good,' and ' That was awesome.' Many thanks' Belinda Jones, Cluster Representative

The visit, one of two for schools in a local cluster during the day, was sponsored by a small outreach grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) to deliver science assemblies in primary schools.

October

25 October: Science Assembly, Llanyrafon Primary School, Cwmbran, Gwent

Tim Harrison visited this large Welsh primary school to deliver the assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 240 KS2 pupils during the afternoon.

'Thank you very much for providing the pupils and staff at Llanyrafon Primary School with a very exciting and engaging demonstration yesterday. All of us thoroughly enjoyed the experiments with clear, interesting explanations. The children were very enthusiastic and amazed, stimulating their curious minds. Many thanks again and if any projects arise in the future, we would love to be involved if there is an opportunity.' Claire Clark, Science Coordinator

This event was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Administrator Judith Joy in the organisation of this event.

19 October: Science Assembly, Sea Mills Primary School, Bristol

Tim Harrison visited this local primary school to deliver the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 60 Year 5 and 6 pupils and 2 staff during the morning. The pupils had recently been studying materials science.

'On behalf of the school and the children I would like to thank you for your amazing science assembly you carried out for us. The children truly loved it and really gained a lot from it. Although we have been working hard this term on the theory side of materials, it wasn't until your presentation that the final link for the children was made in their learning. The demonstrations were the final key that was missing to make their understanding clear. I would very much recommend your assembly to other schools. It is such a valuable resource that we are missing at primary level.' Acting Deputy Head

Bristol ChemLabS worked with KS2 Coordinator Darren Hunt in the organisation of this event. The event was sponsored by a widening participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

19 October: Lecture Demonstration, Fairlands Middle School, Cheddar Somerset

Postdoctoral Chemist Steve Street visited this Somerset school to deliver an afternoon performance of the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 125 Year 4 and 5 pupils.

'The Year 5 children absolutely enjoyed the science assembly, led by Steve. For many children it was their favourite part of the whole week! The experiments, equipment and effort that he put in to the presentation were great. A big thank you for arranging it all and for sourcing the funding.' Susan Naden.

The event was sponsored by EDF Energy. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Susan Naden in the organisation of this event.

17 October: Science Assembly, Crowthorne CofE Primary, Crowthorne, Berks

Tim Harrison delivered an afternoon assembly for 120 very enthusiastic pupils in Years 2 to 5 and 5 teachers on the topic of 'Gases in the Air'. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Science Coordinator Melanie Todd in the organisation of this event.

'Thank you so much for coming to Crowthorne CE Primary. The children and staff thoroughly enjoyed the assembly. All of the experiments you showed the children created a buzz about Science and sparked the children's curiosity- this was evident in how many children had questions at the end! Your explanations of the science behind the excitement were clear and I particularly liked the fact that you emphasised the skills of a good scientist so the children would be able to apply these at any level in their learning. I am positive that there will be many 'dinner table' conversations tonight about what happened and I am looking forward to children coming in with their own research/investigations based on what they have found out this afternoon. For Year 4 and 5 the topics were particularly relevant to their existing knowledge and you targeted these children well to explain their understanding. Thank you for a fun-filled, informative and inspiring assembly.' Melanie Todd (Science Coordinator).

The visit was sponsored by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

September

27 September: PSTT Assembly, Holt Primary School, Wiltshire

Alison Rivett visited this rural village school to deliver a whizz-bang chemistry assembly for the 160 science-mad pupils. The whole school (Y1-6) gave the demonstrations a very enthusiastic reception! Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College Member Pauline Rodger in the organisation of this visit which was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).​

21 September: Science Assembly, Almondsbury CofE Primary School, S. Gloucs

Tim Harrison visited this local primary school to deliver the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 170 pupils in Years 3 to 6 and 8 teaching staff. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Science Coordinator Katie Goode in the organisation of this event.

'The children absolutely loved Tim's demonstration assembly. They were so engaged by all of his experiments and his interaction with the children included the perfect balance of scientific precision and fun for their age range. We even had a request for Tim to come back to be our science teacher! When I got home, I recounted our experience to my husband (also a chemist) and he felt that the demonstrations Tim performed were really a once in a lifetime experience for the children to be part of. Thank you so much! Hope to get a chance to work with you again.' Katie Goode

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

17 September: Primary Science Day, Bristol ChemLabS

37 Year 6 pupils and several teachers 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 around 45 pupils and accompanying teaching staff will tour the department and enjoy a lecture demonstration on 'Gases in the Air'.

'They absolutely loved it! What a great experience for them. It is always a highlight when, at the end of Year 6, they look back on their time at Foulds.' Headteacher

The day was led by Alison Rivett. The postgraduate Chemists assisting the students in the laboratory and in tours were: Sam Briggs, Lina Mohammed, Oscar Fernandez, Joanna Sparks and Angela Suriyakumaran.

18 September: Primary Science Day, Bristol ChemLabS

50 Year 6 pupils from Haywards Primary School (Tiverton, Devon) made their annual trip to Bristol ChemLabS for a morning of practical work and an afternoon tour and lecture demonstration. The day was led by Alison Rivett.

'' Thank you all once again for a super day. We really appreciate the time and organisation you all put into the event. It's a great opportunity for the children, many of who [……..] do not have the experiences to travel and visit places which offer them learning in such a practical and visual way. It was also great to be around the students who are such a credit to the University and you.' Deputy headteacher.

The postgraduate Chemists assisting the students in the laboratory and in tours were: Sam Briggs, Lina Mohammed, Oscar Fernandez, Joanna Sparks and Angela Suriyakumaran.

15 September: Year 6/7 STEM Conference at St Mark's School, Bath, BANES

Postgraduate Chemists Jonny Furze and Sam Briggs presented a one-hour lecture demonstration on 'Gases in the Air' to 231 Year 6 primary pupils and Year 7 secondary students and 25 teachers to kick-off this STEM conference. This is the second time that Bristol ChemLabS has been involved in this annual event. Bristol ChemLabS was working with teacher Paula Hawkins in the organisation of this element of the day's conference. The visit is sponsored by a widening participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

'I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to the team who attended our STEM conference on Friday! Wow – they really put on a show and deserve a very big clap on the back (and a very well-deserved glass of something nice)! The children (and adults) were so enthralled and engaged with the presentation, it was truly the highlight of the day for everyone – who doesn't love a bit of explosive action! Thank you again to you and your team for being so accommodating and providing such an amazing, high energy assembly for everyone to take part in.' Organising Teacher

The local schools attending were: Stephen's Primary (Year 6 x 60, plus 8 adults), St Saviour's Juniors (Year 6 x 80, plus 5 adults), Swainswick Primary (Year 6 x 12, plus 2 adults), Wick Primary (Year 6 x 30 plus 4 adults) and St Mark's School (Year 7 x 49, plus 6 adults).

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