Primary Schools Outreach Events Summer 2018


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June

28 June: STEAM Festival, Colston's School, Bristol

Bristol ChemLabS supported this local event, for local primary schools, by providing a lecture demonstration during the evening. 100 pupils in Years 5-6 and 40 accompanying teachers and parents saw the short demonstration chemistry talk given by Tim Harrison. Around 20 local primary schools were represented at this event which was in support of STEAM subjects. Bristol ChemLabS will work with Paul Temple (Head of Chemistry / Academic) in the host school in the organisation of this event.

'As the finale to our first STEAM event, Tim demonstrated a series of experiments to show the difference between chemical reactions and some physical changes. The audience, which ranged from primary aged children through to sixth form and their parents, were wowed by the explosions and impressed with the enthusiasm and knowledge Tim showed. A very enjoyable end to our event.' Paul Temple.

The schools attending were: Almondsbury Primary, Ashley Down Backwell Junior, Begbrook Primary, BGS, Blaise Primary, Brentry Primary, Bristol Metropolitan Academy, Bromley Heath Junior, Cathedral Primary, Chew Valley, Elm Park Primary, Gracefield, Henleaz Junior, Home Educated, Horton Primary,, Immanuel Christian School, Lower School Colstons, Luckwell Primary, Mangotsfield Secondary, Marlwood School, Meadowbrook Primary, Redland Green School, Saint Peters CofE, St Bernard's, St Josephs Catholic, Nova Primary, Red Maids, St Mary Redcliffe, St Patricks, St Peters Church of England Primary School, Staple Hill Primary, Summerhill Academy and The Dolphin School.

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

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze, spend the day in Surrey working with PSTT Cluster leader Tom Holloway (GLF Primary Science Leader) delivering two science assemblies on the topic of 'Gases in the Air' at this very large primary school. Altogether 400 pupils n Years 3-6 enjoyed the performances. It was also seen by around 20 teachers.

 “Please find below feedback from some of those that attended: “I sat in on the year 6 workshops and I don't know about the children but I learnt so much! The gentleman leading the session was so interesting and humorous but most importantly kept the whole session focused on developing the children's curiosity and scientific thinking. Fantastic session! Excellent, engaging and informative! “ “My class loved it. Were totally mesmerized by the dry ice and liquid nitrogen showers! I've been amazed by how much they retained and have been able to recall since!” “He was fab! Managed to grab every child's attention despite using big long scientific words!” “My class really enjoyed the show, a few boys were hesitant when they learnt the assembly was about science, but came out saying 'I didn't know it was going to be that cool!' and they were transfixed the entire time. Another pupil has started to talk to me about becoming a chemist so he can do the 'awesome experiments' too! I just thought the assembly was great, a good balance of scientific and gruesome facts to keep all the pupils hooked! The kids came back buzzing!” “I was in Year 3 and 6 presentation. I thought it was great and children were engaged and enjoyed it. They used many "experiments"/chemical reactions that were very visual and quite spectacular and these were the highlight and really engaged children: flame under gas filled balloons so they exploded, dissolving the polystyrene block in chemical, using the liquid nitrogen and changing temperature to produce steam and reaction, changing colour of liquids. They involved children, which children really enjoyed.” Sarah Mayes, Lead Practitioner.

Bristol ChemLabS liaised with Science Coordinator Sarah Mayes in the organisation of this event. Such visits form part of a series of assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) taking place across the UK.

20 June: EDF Science Day, Chilton Trinity School, Bridgwater, Somerset

The Bristol ChemLabS team will return to this Somerset secondary school for the 7th time to help deliver a Science & Mathematics Day for visiting Year 5 pupils from local feeder schools. 65 children and 8 accompanying teachers took part in two hands-on workshops led by Bristol chemists. All then enjoyed a demonstration assembly by Tim Harrison on the theme of 'Gases In The Air'.

'…. thank you so much for the great opportunity EDF funded for our Year 5 students. We had over 60 students from Eastover, Westover, Puriton, Woolavington and Otterhampton engage in the Chemistry and Maths day we host and the funding to allow Chemlabs to come down is as always much appreciated. Tim Harrison and his team as always gave huge value for money with great workshops in our laboratories and then a highly entertaining lead assembly for all the students in the afternoon.' Paul Cadmore.

Bristol ChemLabS worked with CHeMneT member Paul Cadmore in the organisation of the day. The chemists assisting Tim Harrison were Beth Glaisyer and Steve Street. The primary schools expected were: Puriton, Westover Green, Eastover, Wembdon & Otterhayes. The day was sponsored by EDF Energy's Inspire Education programme.

19 June: Science Assembly, Perry Court E-ACT Academy, Whitchurch, Bristol

Tim Harrison visited this large 2 form entry Bristol school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' twice during the morning. Altogether ~300 pupils from Reception to year 6 and 18 teachers saw the presentations. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Nicky Reynolds (Lead Practitioner and Regional Science Lead) in the organisation of this element of the school's Science Week. The visit was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

15 June: Science Assemblies, Danesfield CofE Voluntary Controlled Community Middle School, Williton, Taunton, Somerset

Tim Harrison, added by Jonny Furze, visited this middle school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 74 Year 5, 8 Year 8 pupils and 6 teachers. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Emily Wishart of West Somerset Council in the organisation of these events. The visit was sponsored by EDF Energy.

12 June 2018: St Patrick's Primary School, Corsham

Bristol ChemLabS returned to this Wiltshire school as part of their Science Day on the theme of 'Colour Chaos'. Alison Rivett delivered a Demo Assembly entitled 'A Chemical Rainbow' with lots of colourful experiments to the 200 Reception to Y6 pupils. The four Key Stage 2 Classes (110 pupils in total) then worked with Alison and postgraduate chemists Lina Mohammed, Mary Okoh, Jonny Furze & Mary Jenkinson-Finch in a series of Slime Workshops for the rest of the day. The KS1 pupils also enjoyed doing some chromatography experiments with sweeties using some 'special' solution provided by ChemLabS.

Afterwards the organising teacher & science coordinator, Pippa Tate said "Thank you very much for preparing and presenting such a fantastic day as part of our Colour Chaos Science Week. The whole school were totally enthralled by the colours of the Chemical Rainbow assembly and the Slime workshops were thoroughly enjoyed by both children and staff. We all noted and appreciated the attention to the KS2 science curriculum and the explanations given as part of the assembly and workshops. We could tell that the children were really engaged in their learning - something that's very important to us here at St Patrick's. All members of staff spoke very highly about the content and presentation of the workshops."

The school were pleased to receive a small grant from the local Royal Society of Chemistry to help towards the costs of the event.

07 June: PSTT Science Assembly, Cordwalles Junior School, Camberley, Surrey

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze, visited this Surrey school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air'. 180 pupils in Years 2-6 and 8 teaching staff were excited by the assembly. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT Cluster leader Tom Holloway (GLF Primary Science Leader) and Science Lead Pierre van Vuren.

'On Friday, Tim came to our school and led an awesome science presentation. He showed us a huge variety of fun experiments! One of my favourites was when he filled up one balloon with Hydrogen and the other with Helium, then he blew them up with fire. Tim crazily brought in some liquid Nitrogen and explained to us that if you put your hands into it for 5 seconds or more then your fingers would freeze and fall off. I really enjoyed this presentation and would love to see another one like it. It makes me want to become a scientist when I am older.'  Year 6 Pupil

Such visits formed part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK. There were 2 PSTT cluster assemblies on this day.

07 June: PSTT Science Assembly, Springfield Primary School, Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze, visited this Middlesex school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air'. 550 pupils in Years 2-6 and 12 teaching staff were excited by the assembly.

'Tim and Jonny were exceptional. The communication beforehand was well organised and they arrived nice and early to set up before the assembly started. It was an extremely warm day but Tim still maintained a high level of enthusiasm to gain the attention and interest of all children. Children learnt a lot about different gases around them and have used this knowledge within their lessons since! I was particularly impressed with the differentiated questions for each year group and the understanding of the curriculum to ask age related questions yet challenge them further if need be. Children were very excited throughout the assembly which obviously meant that they were loud during some parts of it but Tim managed them brilliantly and kept them ALL engaged the whole way through. The noise of the explosions and the suspense before they happened was immense. Children are still talking about the assembly to this day. Thank you again for coming all this way to put on such an amazing show and sharing your expertise with us!' -Science Lead

"That was the best assembly I've ever been in!" Boy aged 9 "Did you see the explosion?! It was so cool!"  -Boy aged 7.

"What an amazing assembly, I've told my husband all about the Science that I've learned too!"  -Teacher Year 3

 'Thank you so much for coming in last week! The children and staff are still buzzing from everything you taught them.'

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT Cluster leader Tom Holloway (GLF Primary Science Leader) and Science Lead Zoe Robinson. Such visits formed part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK. There were 2 PSTT cluster assemblies on this day.

06 June: Science Assemblies, Wimbledon High School, London SE 19

Tim Harrison performed a lecture demonstration on 'Gases in the Air' in the London school's Rutherford Theatre. 60 Year 5 pupils from nearby West Wimbledon Primary Students and 60 Year 5 Junior School pupils from the host school (Wimbledon High School for Girls) and 8 teachers enjoyed the talk.

'We are so grateful to Tim for bringing his marvellous Chemistry assembly to Year 5 and year 6 pupils. They were enthralled and were given a fantastic insight into the chemistry of the environment. Tim delivered the assembly with the crafted skill of a story-teller, punctuated with thrilling demonstrations. He has had a massive impact in enthusing and exciting them about Science. Thank you!'  -Nadine Russo

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Nadine Russo (KS3 Science Coordinator) at the school. The event is partially sponsored by a widening participation grant held as a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group ((ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

05 June: Science Assembly, Kingsway Primary School, Quedgeley, Gloucs

Tim Harrison presented the assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 240 pupils in Years 2-6 and 9 teachers as a start to the school's Science Week. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Science Coordinator Shona Deas in the organisation of this event.

'Just to say a huge thank you for yesterday's show. The children were enthused by the practical approach and visual results of your chemical experiments. Children always enjoy watching chemical experiments as they are the hardest strand of science to demonstrate in primary schools. We had a lot of interesting questions from the children; how can you measure the cold of liquid nitrogen if everything breaks when it touches it? How can you measure the temperature of a gas? How can ice be dry? What is a compound? Why does the foam stop overflowing? I noticed that the children in my class, having listened to you list the changes you had observed, took greater care when describing their observations in our subsequent science lessons. Simple observation is often an over-looked skill and often the children find it hard to describe what they see, never mind changes that take place.  If I am able to arrange further science days in the future I would love to invite you back. Thank you again for your time and expertise.' Shona Deas, Science Coordinator

The visit was sponsored by a Small Outreach Grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

04 June: Afternoon Science Assembly Somers Park Primary School, Malvern, Worcestershire

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, performed the science lecture demonstration 'Gases in the Air' to 240 pupils and 10 teachers from the two-form entry primary. This event was the start of the school's science-centred term. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Jennie Courage (Science Coordinator) in the organisation of this event.

'Today's assembly was great. It was pacey, held the children's attention and contained plenty of Science. Gases is an area difficult for us to teach in many ways and this assembly enabled plenty of awe and wonder experiments the children will remember and helped pass on important relevant scientific information. Useful information such as key points of observation and the importance of good observation were also mentioned. Many thanks.' Debbie Russell and Jennie Courage (Science coordinator)

The visit was partly sponsored from a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

May

22 May: Science Assembly, Wellesley Primary School, Yate

Alison Rivett visited this South Gloucestershire school to deliver a Demonstration Assembly as part of their annual Science Week where she performed 'Gases in the Air' to 180 pupils from Reception to Year 5 and 7 teachers. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Science Lead Caroline Cadman in the organisation of this event. The school was pleased to receive a small grant from the Bristol Branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry to help towards the costs of this event.

22 May: Science Assembles, St Michael's School CofE VC Primary School, Stoke Gifford, S. Gloucs

Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze visited this school to perform 3 science assemblies to different year groups of the school body during the day. The assembly 'Gases in the Air' was enjoyed by a total of 600 pupils in Reception to Year 6 and 30 teaching staff. Bristol ChemLabS worked with teacher Annabelle Cartwright in the organisation of this event.

 'The chemistry assemblies delivered by Jonny Furze was a roaring success across the whole school. The teachers were impressed with how Jonny engaged the children for a whole hour. His questioning was great, targeting different age groups with different levels of questions. New vocabulary was introduced, the children in my year 3 class are still talking about the different gases using their correct names. One of the year one teachers commented that Jonny “had a fantastic way of explaining what was happening to the younger children, using the correct vocabulary for them to understand”. '

'The children have been really enthused. A Year 5 teacher told me one of her children said, “the assembly was fascinating, and I'd like to have more assemblies like that”. There was a general buzz around the school afterwards. Children have talked about wanting to carry out more experiments with clear chemical reactions. Parents have commented about how excited their children were when they got home. It has also made children more aware of how science is used outside school and in the wider world. As science subject leader I am thinking about how we can include more chemistry-based wow activities into the curriculum to teach the science skills.  I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Jonny to other schools.' Science Lead

The visit was subsidised by a grant from the Bristol and District branch of the RSC.

22 May: Science Workshops, St Michael's Primary School, Bishop Stoke, Bristol

Academic staff Karen Parish and Chris Holland delivered 3x1 hour sessions for a total of 90 Year 5 pupils at this local school in support of their science week. The pupils investigated the properties of slime and will work on rates of reaction chemistry. The event was sponsored by a widening participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

21 May: Science Assembly, New Inn Primary School, Pontypool, Gwent

Postgraduate chemist Jonny Furze visited this Welsh state primary school to deliver the assembly 'Gases in the Air' during the morning to 300 pupils in Years 2-6 and 12 teachers. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Science Lead Lucy Bright in the organisation of this event.

'In order to raise the profile of science and technology in our school, we planned to deliver a week of lessons dedicated to science and technology and really enthuse and engage the children, especially girls. We reached out to the University of Bristol who, very kindly, offered to do an assembly for children in years 2 to 6. We used this assembly to 'launch' our week and set a tone for how interesting and exciting science can be. Dr Johnny Furze led the assembly and from the moment the children walked into the hall they were excited! They were greeted with floating balloons, science equipment and a rea- life scientist standing in front of them! They had lots of questions, and Dr Furze was incredibly knowledgeable. No question, no matter how big, small or silly was too much for him! The children were enthusiastic throughout the demonstrations and commented on how interesting they were. Without the visit from Bristol University, the children would not have experienced any of the experiments, or discovered how exciting science can be, as primary school science is often very limited. Many of the children stayed behind to speak to Dr Furze whilst he was packing away to find out more about his experiments and ask more questions. Teachers have approached the science team to say how beneficial the assembly was and some have continued to research topics in class. There was a real 'buzz' around the school after the assembly and an anticipation of what was to come throughout the week. Many of the children have asked if Dr Furze will be visiting the school again, as they would like to see other experiments! Dr Furze also sent a link to University of Bristol School of Chemistry website so that teachers were able to complete follow up lessons based on the visit, and also look for additional resources and lessons which may not be readily available to primary teachers. We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to benefit from your school visits. Teachers Lucy Kelley & Paige Rees

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

18 May: Chemistry Talk, Bishop Road Primary School, Bristol

Chris Russell gave a talk to a class of 24 Year 2 pupils at the local school where he had to explain his job as a research chemist. Chris performed some practical demonstrations and supervised the class doing some work on chromatography.

11 May: Science Assembly, Frome Vale Academy, Downend, Bristol

A Bristol ChemLabS team of Jonny Furze and Tim Harrison visited this local primary school to deliver the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 120 pupils in Years 2-5 and to 4 teaching staff during morning assembly.

'The session was very well run, organised well, the session was very informative and was aimed perfectly for our children. Both the adults and children learnt a humongous amount today and it was a very fun session for all. The children have left knowing about the safety and fun that can be had with chemicals, reversible and irreversible changes, liquids, solids and gases and their changing of state and quite a few misconceptions have been targeted including the boiling and freezing points of liquids. Finally, thank you so much for answering all of the children's wild and wonderful questions, it has been a great enriching session that I am sure they won't forget. I couldn't speak highly enough of it, nor could the children and staff here.'

[Some of] The children's comments are as follows;

“Fascinating”  “Mad” “Extreme” “exciting”

“We learnt about the safety of mixing chemicals and the began to learn some of the periodic table!”

 “Thank you for letting us learn about the chemicals and their reactions. We know that blue fire is really dangerous. Hydrogen is explosive and nitrogen is not”

 “Thank you for helping us with our observation skills and even helping our mental maths at the start, you were a bit like a magician.”

 “The assembly was magical because of the explosions and the colour changes.”

 “I found out that the reversal changes go back to their original state.”

Thank you again,' Josie Karruck, Science Lead

Bristol ChemLabS worked with teacher Josie Karruck. The event was sponsored by a Widening Participation Grant from the University of Bristol.

10 May: PSTT Science Assemblies, Warlingham Village School, Warlingham, Surrey

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze, spent two days in Surrey working with PSTT Cluster leader Tom Holloway (GLF Primary Science Leader) delivering several science assemblies on the topic of 'Gases in the Air'. This afternoon's assembly was held at this school, part of a PSTT cluster, for 180 pupils in Years 2-6 and 6 teaching staff. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Science Coordinator Rianna Mills in the organisation of this event.

'Thanks for a great afternoon! The children and staff at WVPS really enjoyed it!'  -Rianna Mills

Such visits formed part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK.

10 May: PSTT Science Assemblies, Lime Tree Primary School, Redhill, Surrey

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze, spent two days in Surrey working with PSTT Cluster leader Tom Holloway (GLF Primary Science Leader) delivering several science assemblies on the topic of 'Gases in the Air'. This morning's assembly was held at this school, part of a PSTT cluster, for 240 pupils in Years 2-4 and 8 teaching staff. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Science Coordinator Alexandra Tomlin in the organisation of this event.

'The Science assembly that we received was exciting; the children absolutely loved every minute of it. They learnt many new things and were so enthusiastic to take part in all the investigations. From this, the children are keener to take part in investigations and are more understanding when it does not always go to plan.' -Alex Tomlin, Science lead

Such visits formed part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK.

09 May: PSTT Science Assemblies, Whyteleafe Primary School, Whyteleafe, Surrey

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze, spent two days in Surrey working with PSTT Cluster leader Tom Holloway (GLF Primary Science Leader) delivering several science assemblies on the topic of 'Gases in the Air'. This morning's assembly was held at this school, part of a PSTT cluster, for 300 pupils in Years 2-6 and 8 teaching staff.

'On Wednesday we were very lucky to be visited by the University of Bristol. They performed an interactive and engaging science show assembly for all the children in years 2-6. The show taught us about gases in the air and experiments were demonstrated with liquid nitrogen, dry ice, oxygen, acetylene, hydrogen and helium. The show also taught us about states of matter changes, combustion and what is and is not a reversible change. Children in year 6 were treated to an extra experiment including liquid nitrogen.  The show was incredible, and the children were talking about it for days after, with some children claiming that they now want to be scientists. It demonstrated how science can be exciting and our children all learnt something new. Even some of the teachers learnt something they did not know before.' Karina Pearson, Science Lead

Here are some quotes from the children about the show:
“It was mind-blowing to see a balloon blowing up. It was so cool to stand in one of the coldest things on Earth: Liquid Nitrogen!”
“We thought it was awesome as the experiments were mind blowing. The year 6 exclusive experiment was the best.”
“I thought the Science Show was amazing. I loved it when the hydrogen balloon exploded like a huge fireball.”
“I learnt that hydrogen was explosive. I thought the assembly was really good because we got to watch some really cool experiments.”
“The science assembly was absolutely mind blowing! It was so inspiring how Tim and Johnny made the explosions.”
“I really liked it because it gave me a lot more knowledge and there was loads more things I didn't know. I found them really amazing. “

“I knew a lot before but I have learned more. Now it makes me convinced I want to be a science teacher when I'm older.”
“I couldn't take my eyes of it, it was so good!”

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Science Lead Karina Pearson 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.

08 May: Churchdown Village Infants School, Gloucester

Alison Rivett visited this village school in Gloucestershire as part of a special Science Investigation Day.  The 180 Reception & Key Stage 1 children were very excited to start off the day watching the 'Gases In The Air' demonstrations.

 You can see some pictures from the day on the School's website here: www.churchdownvillageinf.co.uk/post?s=2018-05-08-science-investigation-day

Afterwards the Science Coordinator, Sarah Curtis, said "Your assembly is extremely valuable in showing children how exciting science can be.  In addition, we can then base the kind of classroom exploration that our equipment will allow on the basis of the valuable information provided by yourself - all at a level that the children can understand."

 Staff comments afterwards included:

 One Y1 pupil said afterwards "I have learnt what liquid, solid and gases is" and a Y1 pupil added "I have learnt more about science and how it works". The Assembly was fully sponsored by a Widening Participation grant held by Bristol ChemLabS.

                                     

08 May: PSTT Science Assembly, Exeter Junior School, Exeter, Devon

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze visited this independent school to deliver 2 science assemblies during the day to a total of 195 pupils and 8 teaching staff. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member Sue Marks (Headteacher) and Science Coordinator Richard Pidwell in the delivery of this event. Sadly local schools could not attend.

Excerpt from school newsletter: “On Tuesday, the pupils of Exeter School had a wonderful surprise to come back to. After many communications we were lucky enough to arrange a special Science demonstration and workshop with the celebrated Scientist and Educationalist, Professor Tim Harrison. Professor Tim and Dr Jonny put on an amazing show for the pupils of Exeter Junior School. There were huge bangs, vile smells and combustion fireballs for the pupils to awe and wonder at. The children learned a huge amount and left massively enthused about science.

Charlotte Greenwood said “It was fantastic fun, especially the liquid nitrogen.”

Benjamin Cooling said “I really enjoyed learning about all the different gases in our atmosphere.”

Tahlia Hill said “The fireballs were awesome. I liked how each gas reacted differently.”

"Huge thanks to both Tim and Jonny for such a great show.”

'Really great to see you today, Tim! Thanks so much for coming. The children couldn't stop talking about it!'  - Headteacher

The event was sponsored by the Primary Schools Teaching Trust (PSTT).

April

27 April: Science Assembly, Moyles Court School, Ringwood, Hampshire

Alison Rivett visited this independent school in the New Forest near Ringwood to speak to both the Junior and Senior students. Alison presented the demonstration lecture 'A Pollutant's Tale to the 70 Year 7 to 10 students, who were equally appreciative.

You can see a photo on the school's Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/moylescourt/photos/a.360887207399778.1073741828.360145900807242/982250591930100/?type=3&theater

A parent commented there afterwards "I've never seen my daughter so enthused. She'd now like to be a science teacher when she leaves school"

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

24 April: PSTT Science Assemblies, Marden Lodge Primary School, Caterham, Surrey

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze, spent the day in Surrey working with PSTT Cluster leader Tom Holloway (GLF Primary Science Leader). The afternoon science assembly 'Gases in the Air' was held at this school, part of a PSTT cluster, for 180 pupils in Years 1-6 and 12 teaching staff.

'First of all I wanted to say thank you so very much for coming to visit. The children had a fantastic time and loved every second. I have had a lot of positive feedback regarding the assembly from both students and teachers. It has definitely inspired many into further Scientific pathways. There were many children epically in Year 4 and 5 that have expressed their excitement and enthusiasm towards Physics since.  ……. the children learnt a huge amount and were absolutely buzzing after the show. Year 2 also had many comments regarding the show. One being: ' OMG it was amazing! I loved every minute! My favourite part was when the liquid nitrogen made the flowers crumble.' A video of one of your most popular experiments (and making Miss Turner scream!) has been uploaded onto our Marden Lodge Facebook page which has had many views and likes. Thank you once again for a fabulous afternoon.' - Miss Turner (Science Coordinator).

Such visits formed part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK.

27 April 2018: Moyles Court School, Hampshire

Alison Rivett visited this independent school in the New Forest near Ringwood to speak to both the Junior and Senior students. The 70 Year 3 to 6 pupils were fascinated and enthused by their demonstration assembly all about 'Gases In The Air'.  Following that Alison presented the demonstration lecture 'A Pollutant's Tale to the 70 Year 7 to 10 students, who were equally appreciative.

You can see a photo on the school's Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/moylescourt/photos/a.360887207399778.1073741828.360145900807242/982250591930100/?type=3&theater

A parent commented there afterwards "I've never seen my daughter so enthused. She'd now like to be a science teacher when she leaves school"

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

24 April: PSTT Science Assemblies, Hillcroft Primary School, Caterham, Surrey

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze, spent the day in Surrey working with PSTT Cluster leader Tom Holloway (GLF Primary Science Leader). The morning science assembly 'Gases in the Air' was held at this school for 300 pupils in Years 2-6 and 20 teaching staff.

 'Firstly enormous thanks again to you and Johnny for coming to Hillcroft today and doing such an amazing Science Show. The children loved it and there was a real buzz around the school for the rest of the day. I had lots of teachers tell me how engaged and enthused their children were afterwards (and how they couldn't stop talking about it).'  Science Coordinator

Such visits formed part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK.

23 April 2018: Bromley Heath Junior School, Bristol

Alison Rivett returned to this north Bristol school for the sixth time to once again kick off their Science Week with an interactive Demonstration Assembly on the theme of 'Solids, Liquids & Gases'. The 240 KS2 children were very excited to see all the experiments and gave them a really enthusiastic response.

The school was pleased to receive a small grant from the Bristol Section of the Royal Society of Chemistry to help towards the cost of the event.

20 April: PSTT Science Assembly, Laurel Avenue Community Primary School, Durham

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze, visited this school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' during the morning. 100 Year 1-6 pupils enjoyed the talk along with 5 of their teaching staff.

'We loved the 'Gases in the Air' assembly at Laurel Avenue. It enabled pupils (and staff) to see things that we would not usually be able to demonstrate in school and gave all age groups lots to discuss. We ensure our pupils have many and varied Science experiences and strive to teach them that one of the beauties of Science is that there are always new things to learn. This assembly really reinforced this point, and a Y4 child told me afterwards "That's one of the best things I've ever seen." Our school is in a deprived area, and we often struggle to raise the aspirations of our pupils so experiences like this are invaluable because they demonstrate to children the possibilities of future study and a career in Science. This presentation showed our children the possibility of doing amazing Science beyond school (in fact some of our Y5/6 pupils were inspired to research University Science courses). Thank you very much.' Chris Lawson

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member and PSTA award winner, Chris Lawson. The visit was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

19 April: Primary Science Assembly, Hinckley Academy and John Cleveland College, Hinckley, Leics

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, performed the lecture demonstration 'Gases in the Air' to 45 Year 5 pupils and 10 teachers and parents from St Mary's Primary School (Hinckley).

'First and foremost the students had a fantastic time, and having spoken to many of them in the few days since the visit they have clearly come away enthused about STEM. Tim's presentation style was engaging and informative. He kept the young people enthralled with his demonstrations and maintained a light hearted tone throughout with his humour. The science was frequently related to everyday scenarios the students were familiar with, which maintained engagement and I am certain would be brought up in discussions at home in the coming weeks and months.' Catherine Smith

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Head of Chemistry Catherine Smith in the organisation of this event. The visit was hosted by the local secondary school and was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

16 April: PSTT Science Assembly, Exeter Road Primary School, Exmouth, Devon

Tim Harrison, aided by postgraduate chemist Jonny Furze, visited this Devonian school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' for 180 pupils in Years 2-6 and 10 teachers during the morning.

'Feedback from the assembly has been very positive.  A girl in Year 6 said her sister, in Year 3, was “going on about it for hours last night”.  That's a feeling I've picked up from staff and other children too.  Staff who are parents said they're children were talking a lot about it.  Thanks a million Tim and Johnny for providing such an inspiring event.' Robin James, Science Coordinator

This was one of two talks during the day. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member Robin James in the organisation of the event. The visit was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

16 April: PSTT Science Assembly, Marpool Primary School, Exmouth, Devon

Tim Harrison, aided by postgraduate chemist Jonny Furze, visited this Devonian school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' for 300 pupils in Years 2-6 and 15 teachers during the afternoon.

'This was the most awe inspiring and jaw dropping assembly I have had the privilege of experiencing.  Tim has a wonderful manner that enthralled the children from the outset.  Both the staff and pupils were engaged and invested from throughout, and the excitement that was created during the assembly was brilliantly managed.  Tim has a skill in delivering quite complex ideas in a way that the children were able to understand and engage with, our Year 5 children in particular were excitedly telling their teacher 'we've learnt about this!'  The experiments that Tim demonstrated were carefully selected to enthuse the children and to clearly reinforce the science he was teaching.  I know that I myself have already referred to his assembly in my own science teaching when our observation skills are needed, reminding them of what we saw (a change in colour) and the 11 changes that Tim identified.  Our school thoroughly enjoyed this experience and would eagerly repeat it!  I cannot recommend this assembly, or Tim, highly enough.  Thank you for bringing science to life.' - Leanne Caldock, Science Coordinator.

This was one of two talks during the day. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member Robin James and teacher Leanne Caldock in the organisation of the event. The visit was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

13 April: Science Assembly, Alexander Hosier Primary School, Wickwar, S.Gloucs

Tim Harrison presented the assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 150 Year 2-6 pupils and 6 staff at this rural school. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Science Coordinator Amy Arrowsmith in the organisation of this event. The visit was sponsored by a Small Outreach grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

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