Primary Schools Outreach Events Autumn 2018


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December

19 December: Science Assembly, Waycroft Academy Primary School, Bristol

Tim Harrison, aided by undergraduate Heather Hudson, performed the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 300 pupils in Years 2-6 and 4 staff in this two -form entry school during the morning.

'Thank you again for the assembly on Wednesday, the children thoroughly enjoyed it and are still asking me various questions which I've had to swat up on!

The assembly ran by Tim and a student from the University was superb. The children were fully engaged with the exciting and captivating scientific experiments and reactions that were happening in front of them. We have held previous assemblies like this, but none have captured the children's interest or caused the pupils to come away asking numerous questions to the teachers around the school. I would certainly recommend this service to any school looking to create an enthusiasm for science'. 'Elliott Jones, Year 4 class teacher.

Bristol ChemLabS again worked with teacher Elliott Jones in the organisation of this event. The visit was sponsored by a widening participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

12-19 December: Loanable Boxes' Visit, Hollymount Primary School, Worcester, Worcs

A 'Water Loan Box' from the Loanable Library of Equipment, was used in this school by Nick Barker (Warwick) to deliver some practical science sessions. 14 KS2 pupils at Science Club used the resource and all 60 Year 6 pupils from 3 classes also used the chemicals and equipment. This activity was sponsored by the PSTT and Bristol ChemLabS. For more information on the loan boxes please click here.

11 December: PSTT 'Wonders of the Earth' Science Assembly, St Mark's CofE Junior School, Salisbury, Wilts

The lecture demonstration 'Wonders of the Earth' was presented by Sibongile Twala (SciBono Science Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa), aided by Chemist Jonny Furze (Bristol) to 186 members of Key Stage 2 and 8 teachers. Bristol ChemLabS again worked with Peter Sainsbury, PSTT Cluster Advisor, in the organisation of this event. The visit was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

10 December: Science Demonstration, Hollymount Primary School, Worcester, Worcs

Sibongile Twala (SciBono Science Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa), aided by Bristol Chemists Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze visited this large primary school to perform the science assembly 'Wonders of the Earth' to 360 pupils in Years 1-6 and 26 teachers during the morning. A second shorter science assembly was performed by Tim Harrison for 60 pupils and three teachers from Reception classes.

'Thank you very much for your assembly with Sibo on Monday.  For the children in this community, the benefits of meeting a scientist from another country (who is female and an excellent communicator) are quite profound.  It makes the world seem a larger place with more possibilities.  It almost goes without saying that the assembly was excellent! THANK YOU!' -Nick Barker

Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Nick Barker (Warwick) in the organisation of this event. This visit was sponsored by the a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

10 December: Science Demonstration, The King's School, Gloucester, Gloucs

Sibongile Twala (SciBono Science Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa), aided by Bristol Chemists Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze, visited this primary school (acting as host) to perform a science assembly to pupils aged Year 3-6 from Kingsholm Primary School (Gloucs) and the host school's junior department. 180 pupils and 21 teaching staff attended the science assembly.

 'The children thoroughly enjoyed the science yesterday and it was lovely to pair up with Kingsholm.' Head of King's Junior School.

Bristol ChemLabS worked deputy head teacher Saskia O'Sullivan in the organisation of this event. This visit will be sponsored by the Bristol and District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

07 December: Science Assembly, Holt VC Primary School, Trowbridge, Wilts

Sibongile Twala (SciBono Science Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa), aided by Chemists Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze, visited this primary school to perform a science assembly for 170 pupils from Reception to Year 6 and 8 teachers during the afternoon.

'A massive 'thank you' to you and your brilliant team for presenting the science show today from all the children, teachers and governor, at Holt Primary – it was a fabulous Christmas treat. A poll of instant responses from the children reflected great enthusiasm: “awesome”, “inspiring”, “magical”, “mind-boggling”, “exciting”, “It made me love science even more”. 

'Bubbles' delivered brilliantly – engaging and encouraging the children effortlessly with a great balance of child-level humour (samples from the boys' toilets / how explosive farts are), challenging questions and slipping in challenging vocabulary and conceptual explanation. She was very positive in her responses to the children's contributions – praising their knowledge and use of scientific terms.   Immediate impact has been parents telling me their children haven't stopped talking about the show and have asked for science kits for Christmas. The follow-up aim is for teachers to discuss with their class what they can remember, what they enjoyed, what puzzled them etc. Older children will be asked to choose one of the events, research it further and try to mock demonstrate and explain it – as if presenting it. We were lucky enough to be treated to a similar show last year – and its impact was evident one year on: it was obvious that many children did not just remember the activity but much of the science behind it. More evidence for children being capable of learning tricky language, concepts - especially when they are having fun!' 'An awesome show on Friday - many, many thanks for stretching to so many on one day'. -Pauline Rogers

 Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College Fellow and cluster lead Pauline Rodger in the organization of this event. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK.

07 December: Science Assembly, John O'Gaunt School, Trowbridge, Wilts

Sibongile Twala (Sci Bono Science Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa), aided by Chemists Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze, visited this Community Academy School (acting as host) to perform a science assembly to over 300 pupils aged Y4-6 from 7 local primary schools. At least 20 teachers were also in attendance. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College Fellow and cluster lead Pauline Rodger in the organization of this event. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK.

'They (Year 5) were all very much engaged, it built on prior knowledge, but introduced lots of new concepts, and they all came back asking about experiments we could do at school. The presenter was extremely knowledgeable, and the pace was perfect for the age group. An excellent morning!' Will Orr Studley Green Primary School

'Although late and panicking to finish assessment week and arrive in time for the show, the kids loved it. The level was pitched for all our Year 6s and what an absolute privilege and faith restoring session it was. To have had a black, female role model for our girls (and boys) in a Chemist lead role was truly inspiring and gave many of the lift needed to inspire our children. Amazing!' Adrian, St John's, Trowbridge

'Our children loved it and gave be a blow by blow account of the different experiments, sorry I missed it. Here's just a few of their comments.' Ruth, North Bradley (Trowbridge)

Comments by pupils:

“It was kind of exciting and kind of scary with the balloons popping with flames with the gas we breathe out.”  Samuel.

“It made me think differently about air and about the gases in air and how dangerous they can be.”  Erin H

I learnt that fire needs oxygen, fuel and heat to keep going and that you need to be careful round liquids and gases and check you know what they are, don't assume it's just water because it's clear.”  Erin C “

 'I would love to go again, and the Years Fives definitely need to go next year.” Harry.

The PSTT Trowbridge cluster primary schools attending were Studley Green, North Bradley, Southwick, St George's, Sambourne, St John's and Bitham Brook.

06-21 December: Loanable Library of Equipment, Henbury Court Primary Academy, Bristol

The PSTT sponsored 'Electricity Box', from the loanable library of equipment, was on loan with this local school Bristol ChemLabS worked with teacher Amy Hall. The box was used by '42 pupils from Year 6. The loanable library of equipment is sponsored by a Widening Participation grant held by the since Faculty at the University of Bristol.

06 December: Widening Participation Science Demonstration Lecture, University of Bristol

Alison Rivett gave a performance of the 'Gases In The Air' lecture demonstration for 328 primary pupils as part of a University 'Taster Day' organised by the Widening Participation team to raise awareness and aspirations.  After a busy morning of workshops the children were excited to watch the different experiments and wowed by the bangs and flashes in the grand surroundings of the Victoria Rooms Auditorium.  Year 6 students and accompanying teachers attended from the following local Bristol schools: Barton Hill Academy (50), Bannerman Road Community Academy (45), The Dolphin School (30), Merchants Academy Primary (22), Waycroft Academy (60), Wicklea Academy (72), Woodlands Academy (19), St Bernadette Catholic Primary (30).

Afterwards the organiser (Raeesah Ellis-Haque from the Student Recruitment Office) said "It went really well and we got lots of great feedback from teachers and children alike!"

06 December: Schools' Science Lecture, Marlborough School, Wilts

Sibongile Twala (Sci Bono Science Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa), aided by Chemists Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze, visited this Community Academy School (acting as host) to perform a science assembly to over 300 pupils aged Y4-6 from 7 local primary schools. At least 20 teachers were also in attendance.  Marlborough College hosted the event.

'Feedback from visitors was excellent – eye opening, inspirational, fun, informative – parents saying that their son/daughter can't wait to study Chemistry! Sibo pitched the talk well to her audience.' Head of Science

The schools attending were Swindon Academy (150), St Katherine's CofE Primary (17, Savernake), Ramsbury Primary (30, Marlborough), St Michael's Primary (27, Aldbourne), Broad Hinton CofE Primary (4, Swindon), St Mary's (20, Calne), St Francis (30, Pewsy) and Pinewood (55, Shrivenham). 

Bristol ChemLabS was again be working with Gary Doyle in the organisation of this visit. The event was sponsored by the Bristol and District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

06 December: Widening Participation Demonstration Lecture

Alison Rivett gave a performance of the 'Gases In The Air' lecture demonstration for 328 primary pupils as part of a University 'Taster Day' organised by the Widening Participation team to raise awareness and aspirations.  After a busy morning of workshops the children were excited to watch the different experiments and wowed by the bangs and flashes in the grand surroundings of the Victoria Rooms Auditorium.  Year 6 students and accompanying teachers attended from the following local Bristol schools: Barton Hill Academy (50), Bannerman Road Community Academy (45), The Dolphin School (30), Merchants Academy Primary (22), Waycroft Academy (60), Wicklea Academy (72), Woodlands Academy (19), St Bernadette Catholic Primary (30).

Afterwards the organiser (Raeesah Ellis-Haque from the Student Recruitment Office) said "It went really well and we got lots of great feedback from teachers and children alike!"

04 December: Chemistry Demonstrations, 2018 Bridgwater STEM Festival, National College for Nuclear, Cannington, Bridgwater, Somerset

Tim Harrison, aided by outreach chemist Jonny Furze, performed a version of the lecture demonstrations 'Gases in the Air' to 199 Key Stage 2 pupils, 21 teachers and 24 STEM Ambassadors who were visiting or presenting at the Bridgwater STEM Festival 2018. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Sherryl Sellick in the organisation of the visit. The event was sponsored by EDF Energy.

'I would like to extend my most sincere and biggest thanks out to each and every one of you for an outstanding achievement at the second Bridgwater STEM Festival held a little earlier this week. A sterling amount of effort and enthusiasm went into the event which I feel was an enormous success. Each teacher/member of staff who I spoke to from the Primary Schools felt it was a wonderful event, and we could all see ourselves the students were enjoying themselves with the level of their engagement and smiles.'  -Sherryl Sellick

The primary schools attending were (Morning): Enmore CofE Primary School (Bridgwater), Nether Stowey CofE Primary School (Bridgwater) and Cannington CofE Primary School (Bridgwater), (Afternoon): Somerset Bridge Primary School (Bridgwater) and North Petherton Primary School (Bridgwater).

November

29 November:' Loanable Boxes' Visit, Hollymount Primary School, Worcester, Worcs

A 'loan box' from the Loanable Library of Equipment, was used in this school by Nick Barker (Warwick) to deliver some practical science sessions with 12 Year 5 pupils This activity was sponsored by the PSTT and Bristol ChemLabS. For more information on the loan boxes please click here.

27 November: Science Assembly, Chalfont St. Peter Academy, Chalfont St. Peter, Bucks

Outreach Chemist Jonny Furze returned to this own primary school to present a science assembly. Jonny Furze performed the assembly on the theme of 'Gases in the Air' during the morning for 240 Year 3-5 pupils and 7 teachers. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Rosalind Pool (Science Lead) in the organisation of this event.

'I wanted to let you know how wonderful your visit to CSPA was, and how much the children enjoyed it.  All the feedback from the different years was that children (and staff) were engaged, entertained and, most importantly, inspired.  There has never been a bigger push for STEM subjects in both schools and businesses and all children went home raving about their experiences.  Thanks again for an explosive day.' Roz Pool, Science Lead.

The event was sponsored by a NERC portfolio grant held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

22 November: Science Assembly, St John's School, Bristol

Bristol ChemLabS returned to this local, Bristol school to present a science assembly for 300 KS2 pupils and 10 teachers. Chemist Jonny Furze performed the assembly on the theme of 'Gases in the Air'. The KS2 children at St John's are always excited to see such assemblies.

'The children and staff who viewed the science demo were all incredibly impressed and, more importantly, wowed by the science on show, including the range of experiments. Many of the children were talking about it afterwards and some even commented that they wanted to become scientists so that they could do the same things. We would love to have more of these events at St. John's in the future.  Reg Amarshi

Bristol ChemLabS again worked with Ali Vining (Deputy Head) and teacher Reg Amarshi 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.

15 November: PSTT Science Assembly, Bosham Primary School, Bosham, Chichester. West Sussex

Outreach Chemist Jonny Furze will visit this PSTT Southbourne Cluster school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 181 pupils in Years 2-6 and 14 teachers during the day. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with PSTT College Fellow Jeanette Morgan in the organisation of the visit, one of several for this cluster in November. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK.

14 November: PSTT Science Assembly, Southbourne Infants School, Emsworth, Nr Chichester, West Sussex

Outreach Chemist Jonny Furze visited this PSTT Southbourne Cluster school, to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' twice to 150 Year 2-4 pupils and 11 teachers during the afternoon. Bristol ChemLabS again worked with PSTT College Fellow Jeanette Morgan in the organisation of the visit, one of several for this cluster in November. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK.

14 November: PSTT Science Assembly, Southbourne Junior School, Emsworth, Nr Chichester. West Sussex

Outreach Chemist Jonny Furze visited this PSTT Southbourne Cluster school, to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' twice to 120 Year 5-6 pupils and 8 teachers during the morning. Bristol ChemLabS again worked with PSTT College Fellow Jeanette Morgan in the organisation of the visit, one of several for this cluster in November. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK.

13 November:' Loanable Boxes' Visit, The Littletons Primary School, South Littleton, Evesham, Worcs

The water box was taken into this school by Nick Barker (Warwick) to deliver some practical science sessions with 2 X Y3 groups and 2 X Y4. The 40 pupils evaluated the best water filtering system. Nick was working with teacher Katy Blowfield. This activity was sponsored by the PSTT and Bristol ChemLabS.

13 November 2018: Colston's Lower School, Bristol

The Bristol ChemLabS team returned to this local independent prep school for the second time as part of a special STEM Day.  The 150 Year 2-6 children enjoyed an explosive demonstration assembly from Dr Alison Rivett on the theme of 'Fire & Fireworks' to start the day off with a bang (or several!).  Postgraduate chemists Mary Okoh, Joanna Sparks & Mary Jenkinson-Finch then worked with 90 Year 3, 4 & 5 pupils in four Slime workshops.

Afterwards Rachel Wellington (Science Teacher at Colston's Lower School & ex-School of Chemistry Masters student) said “Thanks so much to you and your team for yesterday. The children and parents have given great feedback and the day was a great success. I'm thrilled with the hands-on learning the children gained and the fact that they got a real insight into STEM careers.”

The school was pleased to receive a small grant from the local Royal Society of Chemistry branch to help with the costs of the day.

13 November: PSTT Science Assembly, Compton and Up Marden CofE Primary School, Chichester, West Sussex

Outreach Chemist Jonny Furze visited this PSTT Southbourne Cluster school, to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' twice to a total of 70 pupils aged Y2-6 and 10 teaching staff. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College Fellow Jeanette Morgan in the organisation of the visit, one of several for this cluster in November. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK.

08 November: PSTT Science Assembly, Thorney Island Community Primary School, Thorney Island, Emsworth, Portsmouth, Hants

Outreach Chemist Jonny Furze visited this PSTT Southbourne Cluster school, on a military base, to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 50 pupils aged Y2-6 and 10 teachers during the morning. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College Fellow Jeanette Morgan in the organisation of the visit, one of several for this cluster this month. Such visits formed part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK.

08 November: PSTT Science Assembly, Funtington Primary School, West Ashling, Chichester, West Sussex

Outreach Chemist Jonny Furze visited this PSTT Southbourne Cluster school, on a military base, to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 60 pupils aged Y2-6 and 8 teachers during the morning. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College Fellow Jeanette Morgan in the organisation of the visit, one of several for this cluster this month. Such visits formed part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK.

October

30 October: Science Assembly, Oaklands Junior School, Crowthorne, Berks

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze presented the assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 240 pupils in Years 3-6 and 9 teachers at this large Berkshire primary school during the afternoon.

'Children (& staff) really enjoyed your science lecture and although we thought it may have been too long for the children, most were enthralled with the experiments, and excited by the outcomes.  It was noted that there was a buzz as children left the hall and there were comments heard such as 'that was awesome'.  All in all, a very enjoyable afternoon. Many thanks for coming to our school, with a range of scientific experiments for our children to witness, which I am sure will inspire them for the future.'' Hazel West, Headteacher,

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Headteacher Hazel West in the organisation of this event. The visit was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

23 October: PSTT Science Assembly, Knowepark Primary School, Selkirk, Scotland

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze, visited this Scottish Borders school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 270 pupils aged Y2-6 and 8 staff during the afternoon. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College Fellow (and Headteacher) Arlene Bannerman in the organisation of this event. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK.

23 October: PSTT Science Assembly, Thornton Primary School, Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze, visited this Scottish school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 200 pupils aged 1-7 and 8 teachers during the morning. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College Fellow Joanne Jarvie in the organisation of this event. Such visits formed part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK.

22 October: PSTT Science Assembly, Kinloss Primary School, Kinloss, Forres, Scotland

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze, visited this Northern Scottish state primary school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' during the afternoon. 250 pupils in Primary Years 1-7 and 12 teachers enjoyed the performance. Bristol ChemLabS worked with headteacher Iain Lunan in the organisation of the visit. Such events form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK. There were several such PSTT assemblies in Scotland this week.

22 October: PSTT Science Assembly, Hythehill Primary School, Lossiemouth, Scotland

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze, visited this Northern Scottish state primary school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' during the morning. The demonstration assembly was enjoyed by 320 pupils in Primary 2 to 7 and 12 teachers. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College Fellow Rachel Wolford in the organisation of the visit. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK. There were several such PSTT assemblies in this period across Scotland.

19 October: PSTT Science Assembly, Henllys Church in Wales Primary School, Cwmbran, Torfaen, Gwent

Tim Harrison visited this Welsh state primary school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' during the morning. 142 pupils in Years 2-6 and 7 teachers were engaged by the science demonstrated. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with PSTT College member Dr Philippa Minto (Deputy Head). Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK. There were 2 such assemblies on this morning in Cwmbran.

19 October: PSTT Science Assembly, Woodlands Community Primary School, Cwmbran, Torfaen, Gwent, South Wales

Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze visited this small, Welsh state primary school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' during the morning. This was enjoyed by 150 pupils in Years 2-6 and by 7 teachers. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with PSTT College member Dr Philippa Minto (Deputy Head) as this school forms part of her local cluster. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK. There were two such assemblies on this morning in Cwmbran.

19 October: PSTT Science Assembly, Tongwynlais Primary School, Cardiff, Glamorgan

Tim Harrison visited this Welsh school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 120 pupils aged Y2-6 and 5 teachers in the afternoon.

'! Lots of positives to report following your show; all the key stage two practitioners I spoke to reported feeling more confident about teaching “changing materials” and they particularly appreciated the links you made to climate change as obviously this is an area that we have to cover and you really brought that to life. I also appreciated the focus on observational skills and the importance of working safely. The comments from colleagues regarding relevance to the curriculum included also referred to ventilation, photosynthesis and space.
In terms of the impact on pupils, the show was inspiring and informative in equal measure and included very memorable activities; in particular the liquid nitrogen shower – engaging pupils with the unexpected. Colleagues also reported pupils' enthusiasm and interest in colour changing investigations and the frozen flowers. I loved the use of the balloon shrinking and expanding and the introduction of the ideas around changes of state at particle level.'
Headteacher

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College Fellow Elaine Stockdale. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK.

19 October: PSTT Science Assembly, Coryton Primary School, Cardiff, Glam

Jonny Furze visited this Welsh school, part of a local cluster to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 110 pupils aged Y2-6 and 5 teachers in the afternoon. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College Fellow Elaine Stockdale in the organisation of this event. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK.

18 October: PSTT Science Assembly, Dovelands Primary School, Leicester, Leics

Tim Harrison aided by Jonny Furze performed the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 350 pupils in Years 2-6 and 13 teachers in this Leicestershire school during the morning. 'May I say the most enormous thank you for the opportunity to have Tim Harrison here for the science assembly yesterday. We absolutely loved it, and it has inspired us all thoroughly.' Class teacher 'Sara' Bristol ChemLabS worked with Judy Beer (PSTT Science Cluster leader) and Sara McAdam (Headteacher) in the organisation of this visit. Two primary schools were engaged in the day. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK.

18 October: PSTT Science Assembly, Christ the King Catholic Primary School, Leicester, Leics

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze performed the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 330 pupils in Years 3-6 and 4 teachers in this Leicestershire school during the afternoon.

'An exciting and engaging assembly. After going back to class, my children were full of questions about science. There was a buzz in the classroom and several of them said they wanted to be scientists when they grow up and asked when were you going to be coming into school again to do more science.  Scientific vocabulary was used and reinforced throughout the assembly. This was fantastic for our school as one of our school foci is improving children's vocabulary particularly for our EAL learners. All staff present mentioned how engaged and excited all the children were and how much they learnt within that short period of time. Thanks again for a brilliant assembly.' -Joe Gask, Teacher

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Judy Beer (PSTT Science Cluster leader) and Annie Carter (Headteacher) in the organisation of this visit. Two primary schools were engaged in the day. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK.

16 October: PSTT Science Assemblies Day 2, Vittoria Primary School, London

Tim Harrison performed the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 150 pupils in Years 2-6 and 7 teachers in this London school (the lead for a PSTT cluster project) during the morning.

'Thank you very much for the assembly yesterday. We had a Science themed staff meeting last night and all the staff said how much they had enjoyed it and talked about the amount of questions and talk it had promoted in class. Year 6 had a planned visit from UCL Chemistry students yesterday afternoon, as part of a pollution project we participate in each year, and they were able to answer the questions about what gases were in the air!
Our Head wasn't at the show, but she commented on how many children she overheard talking to their parents about it at the end of the day: it definitely had the WOW factor. We are keen to grab every opportunity to have scientists in school and for children to develop their curiosity and science questioning. Your session certainly did that and you have raised the children's expectations about what secondary school science might look like. 46% of pupils qualify for pupil premium and they don't tend to get much exposure to science outside school, so it is really important that we open
their eyes to future possibilities. With finance tight, we wouldn't have been able to have such a session without the support of the PSTT so thank you very much.'  -Joanna Moore

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Jo Moore (ICT and Science Development and Practice Leader (Vittoria Primary School) in the organisation of the 5 visits across the 2 days of activity. The primary schools engaged in the 2 days of visits were: Vittoria, Winton, Gillespie and Duncombe and Newington Green. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK.

16 October: PSTT Science Assemblies Day 2, Winton Primary School, Kings Cross, London

Jonny Furze performed the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 110 pupils in Years 2-6 and 9 teachers in this London school. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Jo Moore (ICT and Science Development and Practice Leader, Vittoria Primary School) in the organisation of the 5 visits across the 2 days of activity and Claire Brown (Headteacher) at the school. The primary schools engaged in the 2 days of visits were: Vittoria, Winton, Gillespie and Duncombe and Newington Green. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK.

16 October: PSTT Science Assemblies Day 2, Duncombe Primary School, Camden, London

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, performed the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 300+ pupils in Years 2-6 and 13 teachers in this London school during the afternoon. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Jo Moore (ICT and Science Development and Practice Leader, Vittoria Primary School) in the organisation of the 5 visits across the 2 days of activity and Alex Wood, Science Lead at the school.

'Thank you so much for coming to the school and engaging with the staff and children in such a positive and motivating way. After the assembly, many members of staff commented on how wonderful the experience was (even members of staff who were unable to attend the assembly!). The children would not stop talking about the experience and the teachers commented on the amount of questions and talk it had promoted in class. 

Following the assembly, I have been approached by many children from all the year groups, asking about their science investigation and how they would like to use some of the information they had learned from you. The assembly inspired not only the children but the staff also (especially our headteacher, who was particularly impressed and motivated by the wonderful display). Our children do not get many opportunities to experience science in the way you were able to do so. I have also had comments from parents asking about the assembly as their child had communicated their excitement about it at home.

Thank you again for this wonderful opportunity to motivate and engage the children. It has supported the children's understanding of science and given them an opportunity to develop their questioning and reasoning skills. It was a great success!'  -Alex Wood

The primary schools engaged in the 2 days of visits were: Vittoria, Winton, Gillespie and Duncombe and Newington Green. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK.

15 October: Science Assembly, Charfield Primary School, Charfield, S. Gloucs

Tim Harrison presented the science assembly, ' Gases in the Air' to all 150 pupils and 8 staff in Years 2-6 to kick start the school's Science week.

'I spoke to staff who were all so enthusiastic and motivated after your assembly. 

The main points they really learnt were: (a) Your use of vocabulary and how you modelled its correct use. They now feel more able to use the correct terms and to not accidentally instil misconceptions e.g. using the terms boiling and freezing in conversation about the weather! (b) The idea of using many different resources to teach the same concepts and to keep relating back to the same knowledge but applying in a different way

The equipment and knowledge you brought with you enabled us to have such a rich learning experience and the children are still talking about it now! With our limited resources and knowledge, we would have been unable to motivate the children to understand science in such a powerful way.  You really did start our STEM week with a bang.' Kathryn Morrissey

This event is co-sponsored by the Bristol and District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol. Bristol ChemLabS is working Kathryn Morrissey (Teacher) in the organisation of this event.

12 October: PSTT Science Assemblies Day 1, PSTT North London Science Cluster, Newington Green Primary School, Mayville Estate, London

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze performed the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 360 pupils in Years 3-6 and 14 teachers in this London school.

''Thank you so much so coming to deliver an assembly on Friday. I have had so much fantastic feedback from both teachers and pupils who were blown away and in awe (but also full of new knowledge!). The experiments you conducted were incredible and extremely engaging for the children. As well as having the wow factor, the content covered was relevant to National Curriculum objectives and you targeted specific year groups to ensure they got the most out of it. The way you explained what you were doing and used questioning supported children in lower year groups and challenged those in higher ones. One teacher told me that it had inspired her to make sure her lessons were as exciting and engaging. Something we have been working on as a school is increasing our children's Science Capital. The assembly you delivered and the language you used when delivering it encouraged the pupils to think about themselves as scientists and inspired them to consider what they could discover if they chose to become a scientist in later life. For a school with a high deprivation indicator and a large number of children qualifying for pupil premium, it was especially impactful. We loved having you, we would absolutely recommend you to other schools and we would love to have you back!'  -Chloe Lister.

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Jo Moore (ICT and Science Development and Practice Leader Vittoria Primary School) in the organisation of the 5 visits across the 2 days of activity and teacher at the school. The primary schools to be engaged in the 2 days of visits were: Vittoria, Winton, Gillespie and Duncombe and Newington Green. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK.

12 October: PSTT Science Assemblies Day 1, PSTT North London Science Cluster, Gillespie Primary School, Highbury, London

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze performed the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 150 pupils in Years 2-6 and 6 teachers in this London school during the morning. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Jo Moore (ICT and Science Development and Practice Leader Vittoria Primary School) in the organisation of the 5 visits across the 2 days of activity and Sana Azm Teacher at the school.

'First of all, thank you so much for visiting our school. We all really enjoyed the assembly and have given us staff all food for thought! The children were extremely engaged throughout the whole assembly. They were mesmerised and excited all at the same time! I have a couple of children in my class in particular who have sensory needs and do not enjoy loud noises, but they were so engrossed that leaving due to loud bangs did not even cross their minds!  Not only were children heard discussing the experiments during playtime after your assembly, they were also heard speaking with their parents about it after school, and some teachers were approached by parents too to find out what it was all about. 

With regards to staff, teachers especially felt inspired. It has given teachers ideas of practical ways that they can structure lessons and to maybe be a bit bolder than they have been when it comes to experimenting! The pitch was great and re-highlighted for us the differences in expectations between the younger and older children.' -Sana Azm, Teacher

The primary schools to be engaged in the 2 days of visits were: Vittoria, Winton, Gillespie and Duncombe and Newington Green. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK.

11 October: Science Assembly, Sidmouth Science Festival 2018, Sidmouth Primary School, Sidmouth, Devon

Tim Harrison aided by Jonny Furze performed the 'Gases in the Air' science assemblies for 300 Year 3-6 primary pupils and 12 teachers during this annual event.

'There was a real buzz when I visited the site on Friday. Staff were enthusiastically telling me it was fabulous. Children I spoke to thought it was awesome and why can't all assemblies be that much fun!  A real hit! ' Teacher

This visit was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC research grants held by Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol. For more information about the science festival click here. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Dr Chris Lockyear (Governor) in the organisation of this event.

09 October: PSTT Science Assembly, Fochriw Primary School, Fochriw Bargoed, Caerphilly, Gwent/h4>

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze presented the science assembly ' Gases in the Air' to all 90 pupils in Years 1-6 and 4 teachers at this small, rural, Welsh school.

'Our school loved the visit from yourselves! The children were enthralled throughout the assembly, from our oldest down to our youngest, some of whom were only 5! The scientific knowledge they gained was amazing, with children talking about temperature and states of matter, as well as density and reactions! Some really tricky concepts were included but explanations were really clear and allowed the children to learn about them in a fun way. Who doesn't like to learn through explosions?! The children were inspired to find out more and continued to talk about their learning several days later. All staff were fascinated by the experiments and even the kitchen and office staff popped out to have a look at what was going on! It allowed some of us to refresh our own science knowledge and others were taught new concepts. Any opportunity to make science fun is a positive for us! '

 

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College Fellow (and Head Teacher) Sharon Pascoe in the organisation of this event. The event was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

05 October: Science Assembly, New Bradwell Primary School, Milton Keynes, Northants

Tim Harrison, aided by postgraduate chemist Jonny Furze, performed the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' for 120 senior pupils in Years 5 and 6) and 5 teachers at this large school during the afternoon. Bristol ChemLabS working with cluster primary science teacher Jenny Else in the organisation of this visit. The visit, one of two in the area today, was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC research grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol. This is a rearranged visit to the area following a snow closure in February 2017.

05 October: Science Assembly, Old Stratford Primary School, Milton Keynes, Northants

Tim Harrison, aided by postgraduate chemist Jonny Furze, performed the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' for pupils at this small rural school during the morning. 160 pupils in Years 1-6 and 8 teachers saw the show. The event was the start to the school's 'Science Week.

Thank you so much for an inspiring assembly once again. The children simply are gripped and blown away by the excitement of the chemical reactions -as were the adults. Everyone was buzzing afterwards. Phil (our head) also said how much his school enjoyed it. A huge thank you to you both once again!'  -Jenny Else.

Bristol ChemLabS worked with primary science teacher Jenny Else in the organisation of this visit. The visit, one of two in the area on this day, was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC research grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol. This is a rearranged visit following a snow closure in February 2017.

04 October: Science Assemblies, Old Buckhenham Hall School, Brettenham Park, Ipswich, Suffolk

Jonny Furze performed the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' for 100 Pupils in Years 5-8 and 7 teachers in two performances. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Jay Baptist in the organisation of this event. The visit was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

03 October: PSTT Science Assembly, Briar Hill Infant School, Whitenash, Warwickshire

Tim Harrison will visit this Midlands school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' during the morning for Years 1 and 2 from the host school and Year 3 from neighbouring Whitnash Primary School.

'Thank you so, so much for the invite and making us part of today! The children LOVED it (and so did the staff!)  Thanks again for everything - He was FAB!' Jen Roger (Whitnash)

'Thanks so much for last week, the children absolutely loved the workshop! 210 children from 2 schools and 3 different year groups got to experience wow science with awe and wonder! Staff from both schools experienced a master class in getting children to think, observe and make predictions and were buzzing with excitement afterwards. Children started thinking that a science-based career might be for them!' Jane Catto

Bristol ChemLabS will be working with PSTT College member Jane Catto. The visit is sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

02 October: Science Assembly, The Kingfisher Primary School, Bristol

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze, visited this local school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to nearly 80 pupils in Year 2-6 and 8 adults. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Dominic Da Costa in the organisation of this event. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by a grant from Computational Chemistry within the School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol and by a Widening participation grant from the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

September

28 September: Science Assembly, North Nibley CofE Primary School, Wotton Under Edge, Gloucs

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, presented 'Gases in the Air' to 70 pupils in Years 2-6, 5 teachers and 12 parents at the small, rural primary school. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Julie Collins (School Governor)) in the organisation of this event. The visit is sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

Newsletter article: here

21 September: Science Assembly, Oakhurst Academy Primary School Swindon, Wilts

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze presented the assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 300 pupils in Years 2-6 of this 2 from entry Wiltshire school. 10 teachers also saw the presentation during the morning. This session was followed by a one-hour Q&A with 60 members of Year 4 and 5 teachers. '

The 'Gases in the Air' assembly was a fantastic, interactive experience for all pupils involved. The pupils learned a great deal about states of matter and left the assembly wanting to do even more science. The follow-up for Year 4 was also excellent - many of their questions related to how long Tim had been a chemistry professor for and how many experiments he had done (they were fascinated his work as a scientist and enjoyed learning that his interest in chemistry started at age 11). Both Tim and Jonny gave us great ideas for future science experiments and thoroughly engaged the children. They were talking about the morning for the rest of the day and were disappointed that we weren't teaching more science in the afternoon! It was the highlight of their year so far and has definitely raised the profile of science. I would highly recommend the assembly.' - Corin Holiday, Year 4 Teacher

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Year 4 Teacher Corin Holliday in the organisation of this event. The visit is sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol and the Bristol and District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

20 September: PSTT Science Assembly, King Edward Primary School, North Shields, Tyneside

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze visited this big Tyneside school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 360 pupils aged Y2-6. 14 teachers also saw the presentation.

'Thank you so much for the amazing assembly you delivered. You certainly created a buzz here at King Edward Primary School! The staff and our children thoroughly enjoyed finding out about gases in the air. The assembly was very informative and exciting as it gave our staff and children an opportunity to develop their own knowledge and understanding of the gases around us whilst having lots of fun too. The show was extremely engaging and inspiring! The children were absolutely amazed by the demonstrations as were the staff. I've also had feedback from parents who said that their children had told them all about the show and that they wanted to be the best scientist in the world just like you! Thanks again for the experience!' - Hannah Osueke

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College Fellow and Science Lead, Hannah Osueke in the organisation of the visit. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK. This is the first of two such assemblies in North Shields today.

20 September: PSTT Science Assembly, Spring Gardens Primary School, North Shields, Tyne and Wear

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze, l visited this big Tyneside school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 240 pupils aged Y3-6, during the morning. 12 teaching staff were also present. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College Fellow (and Deputy Head) Kate Wankowicz. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK. This was one of two such assemblies on this day in North Shields.

20 September: PSTT Science Assembly, King Edward Primary School, North Shields, Tyneside

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze visited this big Tyneside school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 360 pupils aged Y2-6. 14 teachers also saw the presentation. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College Fellow and Science Lead, Hannah Osueke. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK. This is the first of two such assemblies in North Shields today.

19 September: Science Assembly, Haxey CofE Primary School, Haxey, N. Lincs

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze presented the assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 160 pupils in Years 1-6 of this rural school during the morning. 8 teachers also the presentation.

'We have just been 'wowed' and 'inspired' by your Tim and Jonny Furze at the Science show this morning here at Haxey - it was FABULOUS and I am lucky enough to see it all again at St Martin's Owston Ferry this afternoon!'  - Headteacher

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Headteacher Jo Buckle in the organisation of this event. The visit was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

19 September: Science Assembly, St Martin's CofE Primary School, Owston Ferry, N. Lincs

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze presented the assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 2 schools during the afternoon. 100 pupils in Years R-6 of this host rural school were joined by a delegation of 20 senior pupils from the much smaller, nearby West Butterwick Primary School. Altogether 8 teachers saw the assembly. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Headteacher Jo Buckle in the organisation of this event. The visit was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

12 September: Primary Science Day, Bristol ChemLabS

41 Year 6 pupils from Foulds Primary School (Barnet, London), together with numerous teachers and other adults, will return for their annual visit to the Teaching Laboratories to undertake a circus of experiments, tours and model building. In the afternoon the pupils and accompanying teaching staff toured the department and enjoyed a lecture demonstration given by Jonny Furze. Bristol ChemLabS worked with former Headteacher Helen Prewett in the organisation of the day. The postgraduate chemists assisting Jonny Furze in the running the day were, Rafael Moreno, Michael O'Hagan and Alberto Avila.

11 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.

'We had a super time. Jonny was great and really took on board the responsibility well.

Super teaching session in the lecture hall, holding the children's interest and challenging their thinking.

The whole team were a credit to (you and) the university. Enthusiastic, they had a real passion for their subject and courses and shown a genuine interest in the children. Super role models for them. It was really a great opportunity for all the children.' Deputy Head

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Ruth Dixon in the organisation of this event. In the afternoon the pupils and accompanying teaching staff toured the department and enjoyed a lecture demonstration given by Jonny Futze.  The postgraduate chemists assisting Jonny Furze in the running the day were: Abigail Mountford, Rafael Moreno, Michael O'Hagan and Joe Barker.

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