Primary Schools Outreach Events Spring 2018


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March

23 March: Fairway Infants School & Copthorne Junior School, Copthorne, West Sussex

Alison Rivett presented the demonstration assembly 'Gases In The Air' at both schools in this West Sussex town to 150 Reception & KS1 pupils at the Infants School and 240 KS pupils at the Junior school

 

Afterwards the Science Coordinator at the Infants said "The whole school just wanted to say a HUGE THANK YOU for your science presentation on Friday. The children are still talking about it. It has certainly raised the profile of science even more in our school. It was brilliant!"

 

The Head Teacher at the Junior School commented "I wanted to say a big thank you for the excellent science assembly last Friday. The children absolutely loved it! It was great for them to experience exciting scientific experiments that we really can't do in class."

 

The events were sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) in the University of Bristol.

20 March: Nitrogen Dioxide Pollution Monitoring Project, Bristol ChemLabS

Chris Adams, aided by a team of undergraduate chemists, hosted a visit from the eco team at Bristol Grammar Infant and Junior Schools. The pupils had monitoring the nitrogen dioxide pollution around their school site and they brought their sample tubes into our labs for analysis. Five first year undergraduate students, Marla Mbemba, Stephen Sweeting, Olivia Graham, Qinzhi Zhou and Cas Pelders), got to show the youngsters how science was done.

16 March: Science Assembly, St Werburgh's Primary School, Bristol

Alison Rivett returned to this inner-city school to round off their National Science Week celebrations with an exciting Demonstration Assembly on the theme of Gases In The Air. The 270 KS1 & 2 children gave all the experiments a very enthusiastic reception and the science coordinator said afterwards "Thank you so much for the assembly on Friday. The children obviously absolutely loved it!". A parent afterwards commented "My son came home saying that he had loved the 'super cool science assembly'" and the school tweeted some pictures here: https://twitter.com/st_werburghs/status/974685655048642562 This event was fully sponsored by an education grant held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

06 March: Science Assembly, High Littleton Primary School, High Littleton, Bristol

Tim Harrison, aided by postgraduate chemist Amy Foulkes, performed the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' for 150 pupil in Years 2 to 6 and to 6 staff in the small rural school.

'Thanks so much for coming into our school and celebrating Science with us. Here are some comments and notes that I received from some of the children;

"The most amazing experience; especially the liquid nitrogen! Funny for everyone. All ages were included: the best assembly EVER! Although it was humorous it was serious too. It has inspired me to do more Science." Josh.

"Tuesday's assembly was absolutely inspiring. I learnt lots; had lots of fun and enjoyed all of it. My favourite bit was when the liquid nitrogen flew across the floor in ripples." Jack

"The assembly was mind-blowing! The experiments were really interesting; the explosive balloons were extraordinary!" Flynn.

"The fascinating experiments were amazing- the liquid nitrogen spiralling across the floor like an ocean!" Zachary.

"I was blown away by the fantastic presentation. I am now even more interested in Science and definitely want to become a Scientist now!" Joseph.

I thought Tim's humour, presentation style and experiments captivated every single child in the room." William.

Thank you once again.' Lisa Tunstall (Science coordinator).

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

07 March: Science Assembly, Colston's Primary School, Bristol

Tim Harrison performed the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' for 240 Year 3-6 pupils at this local school during the afternoon. Bristol ChemLabS worked with primary science teacher (and former outreach postgraduate chemist) Rachel Wellington in the organisation of this visit to the school.

 'All the staff here have raved about the assembly you gave and for days afterwards, children were talking about Professor Tim and how cool he is! Children are even spelling hydrogen and nitrogen correctly in science lessons! Parents have also commented on how enthused their children were following your demonstration and that they received detailed accounts from their child of each and every aspect of the assembly. I had children in the dinner queue at lunchtime the following day joking about how they would 'inhale' their food if their mouths were vacuums and how when their parents tell them 'it's boiling' they shall correct them! You certainly made an impact! Thanks again – you're a legend (and, as one child writes, 'totally fearless')!' Rachel Wellington (Science Coordinator)

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

February

28 February: Science Assembly, St Patrick's Primary School, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

Tim Harrison will visited this school in the afternoon to deliver the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 210 pupils in Years 1-6 and 10 staff from St Patrick's and 60 Year 3&4 and 10 accompanying teachers/parents from neighbouring Clapham Terrace Primary School) in the second of 2 visits in the area during the day.

'May I take this opportunity to thank you for your excellent science presentation on Wednesday. The staff and children have not stopped talking about your visit since you left. You created a sense of awe and wonder that will remain etched in the memories of both staff and children alike for many years to come. One of my primary aims within school is to continue to raise the profile of science whilst continuing our journey towards excellence. You have certainly contributed to this and did so in such an inspiring and engaging way. Your excellent delivery, manner with the children and fabulous sense of humour kept the children captivated, 'hanging off your every word'. I have had many children (including those from our partner school), teachers and parents personally thanking me for organising such a memorable experience. I take no credit, it was your delivery and expertise that provided such an enormous impact. One little girl said, "I loved that Mrs Edkins. I like science, but now I know I want to be a scientist when I grow up!" And, may I add that we have a number of rather challenging boys in one of our year groups- they were absolutely 100% engaged and on task throughout the duration of your visit (you would not have been able to pick them out from the crowd). Thank you once again and I do hope that we meet again in the future!' - Mrs Edkins

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Science Coordinator Pauline Grier (The Ferncumbe CofE Primary School) and Angelique Edkins (St Patrick's) in the organisation of these events. The visits are sponsored by an education grant held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

28 February: Science Assembly, The Ferncumbe CofE Primary School, Hatton, Warwickshire

Tim Harrison visited this small rural primary school to deliver the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 180 pupils from Reception to Year 6 and 8 staff in the first of 2 visits in the area during the day. This planned visit has already resulted in the school nominating the week of the visit as the school's Science Week.

'I just wanted to drop a quick line to thank you so much for today - miserable driving conditions, hotel stop over AND 2 schools! The kids were bowled over today, not to mention the staff who trailed in after school one by one to thank me for organising it - I said to them all that it was you they needed to thank, so they have all asked me to pass it on! thank you once again.' - Penny.Grier (Science Coordinator)

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Science Coordinator Pauline Grier in the organisation of these events. The visits were sponsored by an education grant held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

27 February: Science Assemblies, St Margaret's Junior School Whitnash, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

Tim Harrison visited this large primary school to give 2 hour-long science assemblies on 'Gases in the Air' during the day to 360 pupils in Years 3-6 and to 90 Year 2 pupils from the neighbouring Briar Hill Infants School. Around 20 teachers also saw the presentations. Unfortunately another 60 pupils from Whitnash Primary School could not make it because of the snow!

'Tim, I just wanted to thank you for coming to deliver your workshop to our pupils today. They were absolutely captivated and full of enthusiasm! The 3 positives, I think were:

• Teachers and support staff had a fantastic hour of science CPD,

• Children got the chance to see and experience firs- hand how exciting a career in science can be,

• Children have grown in their learning of both the science of gases in the air, and in their working scientifically skills.

My favourite comment was when you said, 'Make a prediction, take appropriate action just before an explosion!' Not to mention the enthusiasm that will spill over into families and the community as word spreads!' - Jane Catto (Science Coordinator, Briar Hill).

'What sets you apart from the average science show is that after capturing the children's attention with a spectacular science demo you explained the relevant science at the correct level and linking with KS2 expectations: Reversible physical and chemical reactions were explored and compared to irreversible reactions; changes of state with the vocabulary for processes were revised in a different context to the water cycle and for the most able in the audience they were challenged to use information given in new contexts.

I know that the show will be a highlight of the year for the children and making memorable experiences is an important part of school life. We feel lucky that you were able to visit our school and delight and inform the children and staff here. Thank you again.' - Rebecca Ellis (Science Lead, St Margaret's Junior School)

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Dr Rebecca Ellis at the school in the organisation of this visit. This event was sponsored by an education grant held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

27 February 2018: Primary G&T Science Day, Redmaids High School, Bristol

For the eighth year running Bristol ChemLabS delivered a Science Day for Gifted & talented pupils from local primary schools hosted at Redmaids High School.

 36 specially selected Year 5 & 6 pupils from Headley Park Primary School, Henleaze Junior School, Holymead Primary School, St Peter & St Paul Primary School, Waycroft Academy, West Town Lane Academy, Wicklea Academy & Woodlands Academy attended.  They joined the 80 Y5 & 6 Redmaids High Junior School pupils to start the day with an exiting Demonstration Assembly from Alison Rivett on the theme of 'Solids, Liquids & Gases'.

The visiting pupils, plus 10 Redmaids High Junior girls then spent the rest of the day undertaking experiments in the Senior Schools Laboratories with postgraduate chemists Joanna Sparks, Jonny Furze, Maddy Nichols, Angela Suriyakumaran.

Afterwards Redmaids High Senior School tweeted "We've had an amazing day here hosting our juniors and pupils from other local schools. It's wonderful to see everyone enjoying practical science. Thanks Bristol ChemLabS!" 

You can see more pictures and a video from the day here: https://twitter.com/i/moments/972091332645871616 and read an article on the Waycroft Acdemy website here: www.waycroftacademy.com/web/year_5_visits_science_department_at_redmaids_school/338142

 The event was supported by the University of Bristol's Widening Participation Fund.

23 February: Chemistry Demonstrations for Local Primary Schools, Commonweal School, Swindon, Wilts/h4>

Tim Harrison spent the day at this school giving a series of one hour-long demonstration lectures for younger students at the school and for senior pupils from regional primary schools. One of the 3 performances hosted by the school included one for 169 Year 5 pupils and 6 teachers from 3 schools attended. The primary schools that came were; Lethbridge Primary School (Swindon), Robert Le Kyng Primary School and Croft Primary School (Swindon). Primaries also invited but who could not attend were: King William Street CofE, Wichelstow and Castle Mead primary schools (Trowbridge).

'The KS2 students were wowed and open mouthed at the spectacular of the demonstrations and also developed their knowledge and understanding of the basic facts within chemistry. Overall an enjoyable, fun packed day with learning happening without them even realising!. Overall an enjoyable, fun packed day with learning happening without them even realising.' - Polly Long.

Bristol ChemLabS worked with science teacher Polly Long (Commonweal School) in the organisation of the event. The visit was sponsored by a widening participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol and by a small outreach grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) for the primary event.

22 February: PSTT Science Assembly, Heygreen Primary School, Liverpool, Merseyside

Tim Harrison presented the assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 170 pupils in Years 1-6 and to '12 teaching staff.

'WOW!! AMAZING!! INCREDIBLE!! FASCINATING!! Just a few words from staff and children to describe the assembly delivered at Heygreen this morning by Tim Harrison. The children and staff were engaged, astounded and genuinely excited by Chemistry this morning. Pupil and Teacher voice over the past few years has always requested for explosions and bangs and today we delivered exactly that!! The buzz in the hall as the children were leaving was electric. Out on the playground the children were talking about Science, in the staff room teachers were talking about Science and what they saw. The delivery of the assembly was outstanding not only did it contain the WOW factors but the language of Science was dripped through the whole assembly clarifying terminology for both children and staff alike. It has impacted the staff's own subject knowledge and developed their understanding of Chemistry and has been a fabulous and inspiring CPD session. Not only did the assembly inspire and develop the teaching and learning of Science in Heygreen but children in Y6 went straight into their English session and wrote recounts about the assembly. The inspiration they got from the assembly allowed them to produce outstanding pieces of work based around the 'Sizzling Science' they had just seen as quoted by one year 6 pupil in their work. Science was impacting writing skills, which is essential at this time of year, so close to SAT's. One child said 'Mrs Burger, I hope you invite Tim to our school again' Staff and children will remember this assembly for a very long time. Huge, massive thanks to PSTT and Tim Harrison for allowing this opportunity to happen. Hopefully we have inspired some future Scientists and raised aspirations for our children at Heygreen.' - Julia Burger (Science Coordinator)

Bristol ChemLabS work with PSTT College Fellow and National Award winner Julia Burger in the organisation of this event. The visit was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

22 February: PSTT Science Assembly, Garston CofE Primary School, Liverpool, Merseyside

In a second performance of the day Tim Harrison presented the assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 150 pupils in Years 2-6 and to '8 teachers.

'We welcomed Professor Tim to Garston CE Primary School and to say we were literally blown away would be an understatement! The children were mesmerised by the Science in the room! One of the key things that came across for both staff and parents was the fact that he showed us so much Science that links to real life, the examples were both engaging and promoted high levels of learning. All of our children took away key factual learning and during the session many misconceptions were addressed. The fact that all of the Science was practical meant that the children could clearly see where it fitted in and could understand chemical reactions. Another plus was that there was so much scientific vocabulary used, this language can now be built on in Science lessons. Thanks for such a valuable session.' - Sarah, Garside Primary School

 Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College Fellow and National Award winner Julia Burger in the organisation of this event. The visit was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

20 February: Science Assembly, The Federation of Newent Schools Glebe Infant and Picklenash Junior Schools, Newent, Gloucs

Tim Harrison delivered a science assembly to 180 pupils in Years 2-6, and to 8 teachers, at this rural school. Bristol ChemLabS worked with teacher Hannah Bloxham in the organisation of this event with the target to inspire and enthuse the pupils in science.

'Wow! What an exciting afternoon. The assembly that Tim delivered to us this afternoon was phenomenal. The children and staff were enthralled and their enthusiasm was apparent. Although there was a lot of talking, this was only because they were so engaged and inspired by what they were being shown. When the children returned to class we spent the rest of the afternoon discussing what they had seen, what they enjoyed and their ambitions to become scientists now which was amazing. Also, the many staff who were present, all commented on how much they had enjoyed the assembly and how they want to ensure that the children are as excited by Science in their Science lessons now too. We have worked hard over the last year to raise the profile of Science across the school and promote a love of the subject. This assembly certainly helped us with that. The children cannot wait now for the rest of their Science lessons this term. Thank you, Tim for providing an amazing experience for our children!'

Year 5 pupil – “I enjoyed the liquid nitrogen experiments because it was a fun experience to see. I have been inspired to be a scientist.” Year 4 pupil – “Thank you for inspiring me even more to be a scientist. My favourite part was when you had a shower of liquid nitrogen.” Year 5 pupil – “I enjoyed everything. It was mind blowing. I want to see it a thousand times over again.” Year 4 pupil – “I loved it. I wish you can come again. I am coming to your school to learn more about Science!”

-Hannah Bloxsome, Science Coordinator

The event was sponsored by an Education Project Grant held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

13 February: PSTT Science Assembly, Penllergaer Primary School, Swansea, South Wales

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Bethan Donnelly, visited this Welsh school to perform the assembly 'Gases in the Air' during the afternoon as part of a day working with the Swansea PSTT cluster. 70 pupils in Reception to Years 6 and 3 teachers were enthralled by the science assembly.

'Thank you very much for a wonderful afternoon's demonstration today. This was truly a potentially life changing event for some children and if they aren't enthused by the wonders of Science after today then they never will be. You, and your able assistant Bethan, created a wonderful display highlighting the magic of chemistry without a mirror or trapdoor in sight. Using something as common as air as a starting point immediately helped catch the pupils' attention and using a number of explosions and vivid chemical reactions kept even the youngest viewer enthralled. … once again thanks for providing an amazing experience for our children.' Dave Caswell, Deputy Head

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member and Bristol ChemLabS endorsed PSTA award winner, Kelly Thomas and local teacher Dave Caswell. The visit is sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

13 February: PSTT Science Assembly, Pengelli Primary School, Swansea, South Wales

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Bethan Donnelly, visited this Welsh school to perform the assembly 'Gases in the Air' during the morning as part of a day working with the Swansea PSTT cluster. 300 pupils in Years 1-6 and 4 teachers were enthralled by the science assembly.

'Year 6 pupils - "The explosives were cool". "It was really exciting" Year 2 pupils- " I want to be a scientist now". "I give it 5 stars" The assembly that Tim delivered at Penllergaer this morning was way beyond our highest expectations. He and Bethan arrived at school early and began setting up the mass amount of equipment. He engaged each and every pupil from Year 1 to Year 6 and their enthusiasm was obvious, they were up off their bottoms straining to see and hear and although this is not normal behaviour for an assembly I was secretly really pleased at how engrossed the children were. To a child it was the epitome of Science, when they envisage the subject, I imagine this is what they imagine. We work hard at Penllergaer to motivate children in Science and promote the subject as a potential career choice for the future. My children can't wait for their next Science session, I only wish that I could promise them the excitement that they experienced today in every lesson. Thank you Tim and team, you really have enthused our learners and we hope to see this impact on their motivation in their work.' -Kelly Thomas, Science Coordinator

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member Kelly Thomas in the organisation of this visit. The visit was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

06 February: PSTT Science Assembly, All Saint's CE VC Primary Bishop Caundle, Sherborne, Dorset

Tim Harrison visited this Dorset school to give a morning performance of 'Gases in the Air' to all 45 pupils in Years 2 to 6, and to 4 teachers from this rural primary school. These were joined by 45 Year 3-5 pupils from Lewiston Prep. School and 4 accompanying teachers.

"Chemlabs was a very exciting and hugely beneficial opportunity for the children at All Saints. There was a real 'buzz' from the children afterwards and a clear interest in the Science that they had seen. It fitted very nicely into our STEM themed week, adding a kind of experience that would have been hard to get from anywhere else. We were very pleased to have been able to share the experience with children from Leweston Prep." -Sara Beecham (Science Coordinator)

The visit was part of a series of assemblies for the Sherborne PSTT Cluster organised by Peter Sainsbury and sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT). Bristol ChemLabS also worked with Sarah Gooding, science coordinator in organising the event.

06 February: PSTT Science Assembly, Milborne Port Primary School, Sherborne, Dorset

Tim Harrison visited this Dorset school to give an afternoon performance of 'Gases in the Air' to all 150 pupils in Years 2 to 6, and to 5 teachers in this rural primary school.

'The children were looking forward to the visit of a 'scientist' from Bristol University. Some children had heard about Dr Tim Harrison from older sisters and brothers who had seen him previously.

The children enjoyed the range of demonstrations carried out. Subsequently we have gained a great deal of momentum in our science lessons; both in scientific thinking and in realising as staff and pupils how important it is to really hone down on using accurate scientific language to describe what we observe and hypothesise. Many Thanks.'  - Susan Boyce

The visit was part of a series of assemblies for the Sherborne PSTT Cluster organised by Peter Sainsbury and sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT). Bristol ChemLabS also worked with Susan Boyce Science Coordinator, in organising the event.

January

30 January: PSTT Science Assembly, Buckland Newton Voluntary Controlled Primary School, Buckland Newton, Sherborne, Dorset

Tim Harrison visited this Dorset school to give a morning performance of 'Gases in the Air' to all 44 pupils in Years 2, to 6, and to 4 teachers and 7 parents in this small, rural primary school.

'EXPLOSIVE ASSEMBLY: Professor Tim Harrison from Bristol University came to visit us on Tuesday this week – it was fabulous! The delivery was entertaining, educational and at times, loud! We witnessed colour-changing chemicals, plenty of frothing and foaming and a few bangs. Children, staff and parents alike were thoroughly engaged. He certainly gave us a flavour of how exciting the life of a scientist can be – we would highly recommend a visit. Our children were enthralled!' -Deputy Headteacher

The visit was part of a series of assemblies for the Sherborne PSTT Cluster organised by Peter Sainsbury and sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT). Bristol ChemLabS also worked with Becky Bond, the deputy head in coordinating the event.

30 January: PSTT Science Assembly, St. Andrew's CofE Primary School, Yetminster, Sherborne, Dorset

Tim Harrison visited this Dorset school to give an afternoon performance of 'Gases in the Air' to all 120 pupils in Years 2, to 6, and to 4 teachers in this rural primary school. The visit was part of a series of assemblies for the Sherborne PSTT Cluster organised by Peter Sainsbury and sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT). Bristol ChemLabS also worked with Moira Lyons-Montgomery, the school administrator, in coordinating the event.

29 January: Science Assembly, St Matthews CoE VA Primary School, Stroud, Gloucs

Tim Harrison visited this Gloucestershire school to kick start their science week with an hour long assembly entitled 'Gases in the Air'. 180 pupils in Years 2-6 and 5 teachers saw the performance.

'Tim came to us to present an outstanding assembly on the first day of our STEM week. The children (from Year 2 to Year 6) were completely captivated and enthused by the presentation about gases around us. They learned a lot, as I have found out in subsequent teaching of my Year 5 class. Tim made chemistry memorable and exciting. He engaged the children completely, all the time educating and entertaining, and ensuring the children understood how to be safe when carrying out practical work. In a primary school, it is sometimes difficult for staff to have the required subject knowledge and confidence to carry out such experiments, so it was fantastic to have someone as knowledgeable and confident as Tim. The children had lots of questions, which were patiently answered. Tim also went as far as keeping Year 6 behind in order to answer one of their questions in more detail.

The impact on the children has been great - not only in terms of the enthusiasm for chemistry that they now have, but in terms of the sheer amount of knowledge that they have managed to accumulate from the assembly. Our STEM week really went with a bang and Science has taken on a more prominent place in the curriculum. Thanks so much.' Jen Patton

 Bristol ChemLabS worked with science coordinator Jen Patton in the organisation of this event. The event was sponsored by an education grant held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

26 January: PSTT Science Assembly, Greenhill Primary School, Leeds, W.Yorks

Tim Harrison visited this Yorkshire school to give an afternoon performance of 'Gases in the Air' to all 150 pupils in Years 2, to 6, and to 5 teachers in the city-based primary school. The visit was part of a series of assemblies for PSTT National award-winning science teachers (2016).

'All the staff who attended the assembly thought it was fantastic, and most of them even learned something! The children were really enthused and, despite all the excitement (and screams!) they still learned plenty about a topic that it is very difficult for teachers to cover effectively in the classroom. We've just had parents evening tonight and a number of parents commented to me how much their children enjoyed the assembly and that they were talking about what they had seen all weekend. Thank you very much for a brilliant assembly that definitely increased children's interest in chemistry.' Kathryn Horan (Science Coordinator)

The visit was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT). Bristol ChemLabS also worked with Kathryn Horan, in coordinating the event.

25 January: PSTT Science Assembly, Abbey CofE Primary School, Sherborne, Dorset

Tim Harrison presented a science assembly to 180 excited pupils in Years 3-6 and to 7 teachers at this Dorset school.

Tim Harrison was visiting several primary schools belonging to a Primary Science Teaching Trust project cluster across the two-day period. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member Peter Sainsbury, and teacher Laura Neville, in the organisation of these 'Gases in the Air' science assemblies which were sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

25 January: PSTT Science Assembly, Sherborne CofE Primary School, Sherborne, Dorset

Tim Harrison presented a science assembly to 180 pupils in Years 3-6 and to 7 teachers at this Dorset school.

Tim Harrison was visiting several primary schools belonging to a Primary Science Teaching Trust project cluster across the two-day period. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member Peter Sainsbury in the organisation of these 'Gases in the Air' science assemblies which were sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

24 January: PSTT Science Assembly, St Mary's CofE Primary School, Sherborne, Dorset

Tim Harrison presented a science assembly to 120 pupils in Years 1-6 and to 7 teachers at this rural school.

'Thank you very much for your lecture yesterday. It was immensely enjoyable and all the pupils I spoke to were impressed and excited by the demonstrations. It showed how science can be engaging, dynamic and spectacular in a way that is difficult for us to convey in Primary lessons. I'm sure you will have made some children think of science in a very different and more positive light. The staff were also very impressed and there was much talk in the staff room at lunch time.
I was pleased that so many of the KS1 children were able to appreciate the lecture and several of them are still talking about it to their teachers this morning! I think you've got some converts there!
It was a pleasure to see you again. I appreciate that we were very lucky to have you in such a small, intimate venue where the children could be so close to the science and I am sure you have had made a big impact on their views about the subject.
' Dean Harpham , Teacher

Tim Harrison was visiting several primary schools belonging to a Primary Science Teaching Trust project cluster across the two-day period. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member Peter Sainsbury, and teacher Dean Harpham, in the organisation of these 'Gases in the Air' science assemblies which were sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust ( PSTT).

24 January: PSTT Science Assembly, Thornford CofE VA Primary School, Sherborne, Dorset

Tim Harrison presented a science assembly to 99 pupils in Years 1-6 and to 5 teachers at this small, rural school.

'The children thoroughly enjoyed the science workshop. They were captivated by the experiments and were fascinated by all of the different reactions created. The children liked the range of different experiments, especially the hydrogen fire balloon and the liquid nitrogen. When asked about the science workshop, the children still talk about it with great enthusiasm and can clearly recall details from the assembly. As a school, we feel this has expanded their enthusiasm for science. I would definitely recommend this to other schools and I feel it has inspired the children here at Thornford.' - Rachel Saunders, Science Coordinator

Tim Harrison was visiting several primary schools belonging to a Primary Science Teaching Trust project cluster across the two-day period. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member Peter Sainsbury, and teacher Rachel Saunders in the organisation of these 'Gases in the Air' science assemblies which were sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust ( PSTT).

18-19 January: Christmas Conference Lectures, St Bede's Catholic College, Bristol

Bristol ChemLabS revisited this local specialist science college for the 10th consecutive year to deliver a series of lecture demonstrations to pupils from their feeder primary schools for lecture demonstrations to a total of 360 pupils in Years 4 and 6 were performed by Alison Rivett and Tim Harrison (one day each). Around 24 teachers and accompanying adults also saw 'Gases in the Air'.

"This week St Bede's hosted the University of Bristol Christmas Lectures provided by ChemLabs. These lectures are modelled on the Christmas lectures held annually by the Royal Institution in London which are televised during the Christmas period. It is through events like this that St Bede's promotes its science specialism and helps make science more accessible to pupils. Comments made by the primary children who also visited us for the Lectures, were ones of awe and amazement.  This was the tenth annual St Bede's Christmas Lecture series. These events have a truly inspirational effect on the children involved and allow them to see what could be involved in studying Science at A level and university level." -Jo Pascoe, Science Teacher

The 6 visiting primary schools from Bristol and the surrounding area attending were: Our Lady of the Rosary, St Peter & Paul, St Mary's, St Teresa's, St Francis, St Bernard's & Holy Family. 

The visit is subsidised and sponsored by a Chemical Education grant held by the Atmospheric Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

16 January: Science Assembly, St Fagan's CoW Primary School, Cardiff, Glam, South Wales

Bristol ChemLabS' Tim Harrison returned for a third time to this Welsh Primary school to deliver the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 177 pupils in Years 1-6, and 9 teachers.

'Just wanted to say a huge thank you again for popping over the bridge to present your science assembly today - the children were still talking about it on their way out of the door! Your presentation was gratefully received by all! Staff felt that it was most suitable for Key Stage 2 pupils, although the younger children still enjoyed the WOW! Factor! Key Stage 2 staff intend to use your assembly as a 'springboard' or 'engage' to our work about Materials and their properties this term. We loved the fact that you were able to give the pupils experiences using materials and chemicals that would be too dangerous or impossible for us to use normally (as we don't have your experience or expertise). The impact of the assembly on pupil engagement was obvious! However, even more importantly, you covered concepts such as reversible and irreversible change, properties of materials, the importance of close observation in science and safety procedures and risk assessment which we can follow up with our own classroom-based enquiries. The fact that we all have experiences from today to drawn upon and reference is a great starting point for our teaching and learning. We are also in the throes of aiming for the PSQM, so as subject leader the impact of today's assembly means that science continues to enjoy a raised profile across the school, which is something I am constantly striving to achieve!' -Science Coordinator

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member Linda Curwen in the delivery of this event. The event is sponsored by the Primary Schools Teaching Trust (PSTT).

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