Primary Schools Outreach Events Autumn 2019


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December

19 December: Science Assembly, Woodlands Academy, Stockwell, Bristol

Jonny Furze visited this local school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 150 pupils in Years 2-6 and 5 teachers as the last assembly before the holidays. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Elliott Jones in the organisation of the event. The visit was sponsored by a NERC portfolio grant held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

13 December: PSTT Christmas Chemistry Assembly, John O'Gaunt School, Trowbridge, Wilts

Chemists Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze again visited this Community Academy School (acting as host) to perform a science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to nearly 310 pupils aged Y4-6 from local primary schools. 40 adults were also in attendance.

'Thank you very much, once again, for a truly brilliant show. Your delivery is superb and your enthusiasm shines through, even though you've done it a million times and in far more exotic places than Trowbridge! It's a privilege for the children to have the show and for us all to have you delivering it.' Pauline Rodger

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.

The PSTT Trowbridge cluster primary schools attending were Studley Green, Southwick, Sambourne, St John's, The Mead, Bellefield, The Grove, Rivermead and Castlemead.

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

Harrison and Jonny Furze visited this primary school to perform a science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 170 pupils aged Y1-6 and 5 teachers. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College Fellow and cluster lead Pauline Rodger 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.

07 December: PSTT Christmas Chemistry Assembly, John O'Gaunt School, Trowbridge, Wilts

Chemists Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze again visited this Community Academy School (acting as host) to perform a science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to nearly 310 pupils aged Y4-6 from local primary schools. 40 adults were also in attendance.

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.

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

06 December: Science Assembly, Broomhill Junior School, Brislington, Bristol

Jonny Furze visited this local primary school performing the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' for 90 pupils in Year 4 and 4 teachers during the afternoon.

'….. the assembly was great and Johnny was an engaging host. The children were engaged throughout, which was reflected in the specific questions they asked at the end. There was a balance of verbal information, with Johnny having all the facts and figures at his fingertips, as well as highly visual experiments, which the children found very exciting to watch. The presentation was tailored at times to the different ages in the Hall, such as questions for different age groups.' Rachael Lucking

Some feedback from the children...

'It was really exciting and I learnt lots about gases'

'The experiments were amazing and I learnt lots about gases'

'My favourite part was when the foam expanded after the chemicals were added'

'I learnt that helium is bad for your lungs'

'I learnt that there are different gases in the air'

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Rachael Lucking in the organisation of this event. The visit was part-sponsored by the Bristol and District Section of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

05 December: Science Assembly, Liden Primary School, Swindon, Wilts

Tim Harrison visited this school performing the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' for 250 pupils in Years 2-6 and 10 teachers during the morning.

“He was the best scientist that I've ever met.” (Year 4 child)

“I liked it when the jar of dry ice went purple, blue, green and yellow” (Year 2 child)

“It showed me all the things I remembered that I have been taught already and I also learnt lots of new things.  Science is cool!” (Year 5 child)

“The foam coming out of the jar was cool and I thought it would go on for ever and ever!” (Year 2 child)

“Professor Tim was a chatterbox and very funny” (Year 2 child)

“The experiments were cool – so many chemicals!” (Year 3 child)

“I thought it was really inspiring for the children, showing them things they most likely have never seen before and getting them excited about science” (Year 3 teacher)

“It was clear to see how excited the children were about what Professor Tim showed them using the different gases and chemicals.  Children have been stopping me in the corridors asking when Professor Tim will be coming back!  Very inspiring and engaging Lots of teachers have thanked me for inviting you in and have said how much they themselves enjoyed it and learnt from you.” Science Lead

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Alex Dipple (Science Lead) in the organisation of this event. The visit was part sponsored by a Large Outreach grant held by the Bristol and District Section of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

05 December: University of Bristol Primary School Day: 'Venturing into the World of Science', Victoria Rooms, University of Bristol

Jonny Furze from Bristol ChemLabS Outreach assisted in the primary day organised by Medical Sciences Outreach (Gail Born). The science assembly 'Gases in the Air' was performed during the lunchtime. Around 150 senior primary students and 12 teachers enjoyed the show.

The local Bristol primary schools attending were The Dolphin, Kingfisher, Bannerman Road and Merchants' Academy.

02 December: PSTT Science Assemblies, West Oxford Community Primary School, Oxford, Oxon

Jonny Furze visited this school performing the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' for senior pupils during theafternoon. 120 pupils in Years 2-6 and 4 teachers enjoyed the performance.

'Thank you again for the assembly- it was loads of fun and really covered a lot of science. Thank you!

Year 6:

We learnt about exploding balloons - that was good

I liked the yellow foam

It made me way more interested in science

I like how they destroyed the cold gloves

I didn't realise how many different types of gasses there were so many gasses

Majority of pupils learn something new and now are more interested in science (20 hands up for each of these questions)

 

Year 5:

I learned that there are explosive gases

I learned that there is only one acid that is also a gas that liquid nitrogen will burn your skin because it is so cold

Boil means to change states, freeze makes things hard

Things that look the same don't always react the same way

irreversible changes are ones that can't go back to the way they were, reversible changes means that they can.

 

Out of the class of 28:

22 said they learned something new

25 said they enjoyed the assembly

22 said they are now more interested in science after seeing the assembly' Jamie Hart

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT cluster lead Jules Pottle and local teacher Jamie Hart in the organisation of this event which was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) as part of a nationwide project. This was one of 5 assemblies in the area during a 2-day period.

November

05 November: Science Assembly, St Mary's School, Bucknell, Shropshire

Tim Harrison and Jonny furze visited this small, rural school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to an audience of 35 pupils in Years 3-6 and 3 teachers during the morning. Unfortunately, other invited local schools were unable to attend.

'Thank you for your brilliant assembly today, we all really enjoyed it. Whilst enjoying all the different demonstrations it was great to look around the hall and watch the pupils faces as you bought science to life for them. I think today is a day they will remember for a long time and hopefully, many of them will have been inspired to become scientists. On returning to the classroom they were still discussing the different experiments and deciding their favourite. We took lots of photo's during the assembly and will certainly be making a display from them and I am sure some of the photos will make it onto the newsletter to let parents know all about it. Thank you again, for giving all of key stage 2 such a wonderful experience.' - Sue Rowsell

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Sue Rowsell (local science teacher) in the organisation of this event. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

October

25 October: PSTT Science Assemblies, Pudsey Waterloo Primary School, Leeds, W. Yorks

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, visited this two-form entry school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' for 360 pupils in Years 1-6 and 16 teachers during the morning.

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Kathryn Horan (PSTT College member and member of staff) in the organisation of this event. The visit was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) and is part of a national programme of events.

24 October: PSTT Science Assemblies, Whingate Primary School, Leeds, W.Yorks

Jonny Furze visited this Yorkshire school performing the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' for 300 pupils in Years 2-6 ad 12 teachers during the afternoon. Bristol ChemLabS working with Lindsay Boocock (Science Lead) and Kathryn Horan (PSTT College member) in the organisation of this event. The visit was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) and is part of a national programme of events.

23 October: PSTT Science Assemblies, Five Lanes Primary School, Leeds, W.Yorks

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze visited this school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' for 240 pupils in Years 3-6 and 12 teachers during the afternoon.

'Tim, thank you again for the assembly. The children thoroughly enjoyed it, after speaking with a sample of children it was clear they retained a lot of the information that you told them. They also found the assembly exciting and different. A common comment made by teachers after the assembly was the amount of discussions that happened in class as a result; the children were enthusiastic to learn more and had a ton of questions for their teacher. Overall Tim it was a fantastic afternoon which clearly benefitted the school and further boosted the children's love for science. Thank you again.' Sam Tooms

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Sam Tooms (Science Lead) and Kathryn Horan (PSTT College member) in the organisation of this event. The visit was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) and is part of a national programme of events.

22 October: PSTT Science Assemblies, Lawns Park Primary School, Leeds, W.Yorks

Jonny Furze visited this school performing the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' for 150 pupils in Years 2-6 and 6 teachers during the afternoon.

'The children were very enthusiastic and loved the experiments. They started to understand that science can be fun and very cool! The boys in my class (Y5), were very engaged and often they are not during class.' Ellice Lightfoot 

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Ellice Lightfoot (teacher) and Kathryn Horan (PSTT College member) in the organisation of this event. The visit was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) and is part of a national programme of events.

21 October: PSTT Science Assemblies, Castleton Primary School, Leeds, W.Yorks

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, visited this school performing the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' for 150 pupils in Years 2-6 and 6 teachers during the afternoon.

'Thank you again for delivering such a fantastic and engaging assembly - it has been the talk of the school for the past few days.

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Jack Newton, (Science Lead) and Kathryn Horan (PSTT College member) in the organisation of this event. The visit was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) and is part of a national programme of events.

18 October: PSTT Science Assemblies, Stadhampton Primary School, Stadhampton, Oxon

Jonny Furze visited this school to deliver the science assembly ''Gases in the Air' to 50 Years 2-6 and 4 of their teachers during the morning.

'WOW!! What an experience! As a small school, we rarely can afford the luxury of visitors such as Jonny so to have it provided free of charge to the school is fantastic. The children were all mesmerised from the outset. Jonny pitched his delivery perfectly to suit the age range of the children and they were engaged throughout the session. There was a great mix of 'wow' moments accompanied by the scientific explanation behind them. It certainly left a feeling of awe and wonder in the children with lots of excited chatter in the playground during break time.

Inspired, enthused and excited by science was the overall impression of the sessions-who could ask for more? Thank you so much for organising. It was quite literally 'a blast!' Emma Charnock

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member Emma Charnock in the delivery of this event. The event was sponsored by the Primary Schools Teaching Trust (PSTT) and as part of a nationwide project.

17 October: PSTT Science Assemblies, St Mary's RC Primary, Aston Le Walls, Daventry, Northants

Jonny Furze and Tim Harrison visited this school to deliver the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 80 members of Years 2-6 and 4 staff during the afternoon.

''We can't thank you enough. What am amazing afternoon we had. The children haven't stopped talking about it and they've obviously gone home and spoken to their parents, as I've had a few conversations with them about how you made thousands of bubbles using only a 'tiny' bit of washing up liquid.

As Science lead and a PSTT Fellow, I am always looking for ways to introduce new branches of Science to the children. As you know they event you put on would not be possible, in a Primary School, without you and I am eternally grateful that you were able to come to 'the back of beyond and see us.” Organising teacher

I've always wanted to be a scientist. Now I'm determined to be a scientist.” Matilda, Year 6

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member Jodie Blincow in the delivery of this event. The event was sponsored by the Primary Schools Teaching Trust (PSTT) and as part of a nationwide project.

                                                                                                                                           

11 October: RSC Science Assembly, Llanyrafon Primary School, Cwmbran, Gwent, S.Wales

Tim Harrison (Bristol) double teamed with postdoctoral chemist Jonny Furze (Bristol) to present the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 240 pupils in Years 3-6 and 9 of their teachers at this Welsh school during the morning.

'Thank you again for the exciting assembly. Both staff and children loved it. The children and staff were fully engaged throughout the whole demonstration. It was informative and engaging through discussions and practical tasks. It improved staff and children's scientific knowledge of gases with the correct scientific terminology and clarified misconceptions. You certainly displayed science in an exciting way.' Claire Clark

Bristol ChemLabS worked with science lead Claire Clark in the organisation of this event. This visit is part of a regional RSC project. This visit was sponsored by a 'Large Outreach Grant' held by the Bristol and district branch of The Royal Society of Chemistry.

10 October: Science Assembly, Newton Poppleford Primary School, Sidmouth, Devon

Bristol ChemLabS visited this rural school to perform an afternoon science assembly. Jonny Furze taught 150 pupils in Years 2-6 and 7 of their teachers about 'Gases in the Air'.

'All the staff wanted to say a HUGE thank you to you and your fantastic assistant for coming all the way to Newton Poppleford in your busy schedule to deliver an amazing Chemistry Magic workshop. I, fortunately, made it back with my class to see the last half hour and seeing the children (and teachers!) so excited and intrigued with the show made it even more magical. I had such positive feedback from the staff who were grateful to you for bringing science to life in our school. After the show the children were buzzing in a positive way about the experiences they saw. Asking the children what they thought about the show and their favourite parts...

I loved the explosions!: The colour changing was cool. : Liquid nitrogen : EVERYTHING! : The man was funny.

Like I said, bringing Science to life in that way and getting the children enthused by the subject is what we love to do in school - excited by Science as they progress further in their education and eventually the careers they choose. It is shows like yours that do this and give the children such an enriching experience of Science and I hope that you continue to be able to do this as we would love to see you again!' Becky Turner (Science Lead)

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Chris Lockyear and local teacher Becky Turner in the organisation of this event. Such visits are sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol. This visit was one of two in the area in support of Sidmouth Science Week.

08 October: PSTT Science Assembly, S Kings Norton Primary School, Kings Norton, Birmingham, W. Midlands

Tim Harrison, aided by postdoctoral chemist Jonny Furze, visited this state school to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to an audience of 240 primary pupils in Years 3-6 and 12 of their teachers.

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member Doug Ashton 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.

03 October: RSC Primary Chemistry Lectures, Sheldon School, Chippenham, Wilts

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, and working with the Bristol and District Branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) performed an extended version of the chemistry demonstration 'Gases in the Air' for 260 Year 4-6 primary pupils and ~30 teachers from the local area during the afternoon. The pupils were from both state and independent schools. This free to attend event was sponsored by a RSC 'Large Outreach Grant' held by the Bristol and District Branch of the RSC. The local (Chippenham) primary schools attending were Kington St Michael, St Pauls, Redland, Christian Malford and Stanton St Quinton. and with Alison Simpson (Sheldon School), acting as host.

02 October: RSC Science Lecture Demonstration for Primary Schools, The Deanery Academy, Swindon, Wilts

Tim Harrison, aided by Postdoctoral Chemist Jonny Furze, visited this recently opened school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air to an audience of 352 pupils from Years 3-6 from local primary schools and attending and the Year 7s from the host school. In addition, more than 25 teachers also enjoyed the 'show'. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Peter Scutt (Science Teacher and Assistant Principal), acting as host, in the organisation of this event. This was one of two talks in the school on this date.

'Thank you very much for last night. Great feedback on Twitter, a few comments below:

“Students returned to school as budding scientists”.

“Fantastic science on show last night, thank you”.

“Really enjoyed the science assembly. It was really exciting and interesting”.

“My son loved it and was excited to go”.

Thank you for inspiring our staff and students. It was great opportunity to get the local schools and community together. You are welcome to come back anytime!' Peter Scutt

The visit was sponsored by a 'Large Outreach Grant' from the Bristol and District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) under the project' RSC Schools' Chemistry Conferences and Talks'.

The Swindon primary schools attending were: The Deanery Academy (Year 7, hosts), Holy Rood, East Wichel, Lethbridge, Robert Le King and Shrivenham CofE.

01 October: PSTT Science Assembly, St Joseph's Primary School, Launceston, Cornwall

Tim Harrison, aided by Postdoctoral Chemist Jonny Furze, visited this Cornish school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to an audience of 60 primary pupils in Years 2-5 and 4 teachers.

'It was a fantastic visit the children a really enjoyed it and it was at presented at a level that meant all ages found it accessible and interesting. Some excellent learning, which will feed into my 'states of matter' and' reversible and irreversible changes' lessons later in the year perfectly.' Caroline Skerry

A few other comments

' My son loved the science yesterday and would not stop talking about it.' Year 4 parent

'Wasn't he incredible and so dry- I love the 'that's what students are for' comment' - teacher yr2

' That was the best ever'- Year 2 student'

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member Caroline Skerry 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.

September

26 September: PSTT Science Assemblies, Twynham Primary School, Christchurch, Dorset

Jonny Furze visited this cluster school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to an audience of 220 primary pupils in Years 2-6 and 6 of their teachers during the morning. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member Helen Ellis and local science teacher Hayley Firth 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.

26 September: PSTT Science Assembly, St Katherine's C E Primary, Christchurch, Dorset

Tim Harrison visited this cluster school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' twice to a total audience of 440 primary pupils in Years 2-6 and 24 of their teachers twice during the day. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member and cluster lead Helen Ellis local science teacher Emma Brookes 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.

26 September: PSTT Science Assemblies, St. Joseph's RC Primary School, Somerford, Christchurch, Dorset

Jonny Furze visited this cluster school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to an audience of 150 primary pupils in Years 2-6 and 4 of their teachers during the afternoon. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member Helen Ellis and local science teacher Janice Wallis 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.

25 September: PSTT Science Assemblies, Burton C of E Primary School, Christchurch, Dorset

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze visited this cluster school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to an audience of 230 Year 2-6 primary pupils and 14 staff during the morning.

'Thank you thank you thank you - it was BRILLIANT!! The children LOVED it and the staff LOVED it!! Your show was exciting, informative, imaginative, inspiring, awesome, pacey and utterly compelling. Tim - you kept the children under control at all times and had them soaking up facts all the way through. A totally brilliant, fun 60 minutes. Thank you so much.' Jules Otten

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member Helen Ellis and local science teacher Jules Otten 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.

24 September: PSTT Science Assemblies, Highcliffe St. Marks Primary School, Highcliffe Christchurch, Dorset

Tim Harrison visited this three-form entry school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' twice to a total audience of 420 primary pupils in Years 2-6 and 23 teachers during the morning.

'Thanks for coming. The kids were blown away by the assemblies. Lots of parents have commented that they have never seen them so animated and eager to discuss their day at school. I think you have definitely inspired some future scientists.' Nick Lee

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member Helen Ellis and local science teachers Nick Lee and Lucy Benville 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.

24 September: PSTT Science Assemblies, Priory CofE Primary School, Highcliffe Christchurch, Dorset

Jonny Furze visit this cluster school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to a total audience of 150 primary pupils in Years 2-6 and 14 teachers during the morning.

'It was a fantastic morning. Not only was it visually entertaining and thoroughly informative but Jonny was a natural entertainer. One of our classroom assistants said it was the best presentation we have had in years and the hour that he spent with us certainly flew. It was wonderful to see so many children excited by science and will really help us when we return to science in class. I think it was great for children to see close-up experiments and chemical reactions that we could not repeat in the class context due to resources and infrastructure. We all thank you for a wonderful morning and I am sure it may inspire a few more children to consider careers in STEM.' Ian Swain

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member Helen Ellis and local science teacher Ian Swain 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 September: PSTT Science Assembly, Somerford Primary School, Christchurch, Dorset

Postdoctoral Chemist Jonny Furze visited this cluster school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' twice during the morning. A total audience of 300 primary pupils in Years 2-6 and 20 teachers enjoyed the visit.

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member and cluster lead Helen Ellis local science teacher Rachel Fever 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 September: PSTT Science Assemblies, Christchurch Junior and Infant Schools, Christchurch, Dorset

Tim Harrison visited this cluster school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' three times during the day at this four-form entry school. The Year 2 pupils came from the adjoining 4 form entry primary school. An audience of over 660 primary pupils in Years 2-6 and 24+ teachers enjoyed the performances.

'Firstly on a personal notes, can I say a massive thank you for your time and presenting 'proper science' in such an engaging way without using gimmicks. The children were so totally engaged and left the hall in total awe of the entire presentation. The staff too were captivated, with a number of staff seeking me out to comment on how great it was. In our staff meeting after school on Monday when I asked for feedback the most popular words used to describe the shows were that it was high impact, entertaining and engaging. It was unanimously agreed that pupils were buzzing following their experience and were able to use the scientific language back in class. They really liked our Scientific concepts (including some advanced) and language was explained in child speak. The most significant impact for the staff is how important it is to have really strong science subject knowledge in order to teach engaging lessons with high impact. Once again, thank you for your time, it has been an invaluable experience for all.' Helen Ellis

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member and local science teacher Helen Ellis 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.

20 September: Schools Chemistry Lecture, Wells Cathedral School, Wells, Somerset

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, presented the lecture demonstration 'Gases in the Air' to 200 pupils in Years 5-6, and 12 teachers, enjoyed the talk and demonstrations. Three schools attended but several other local schools were unable to attend.

'It was great- children were talking about 'breathing in each other's breath' and they loved the bangs and the balloons. The man leading it was really informative and explained things at an appropriate level for the children to understand.' Stoberry School Teacher

'Absolutely inspiring for any young person. The feedback from other schools was fantastic and it was great to hear a scientist reinforcing the key messages that we say here at Wells, "It is important to observe what is taking place." This has caused some pupils to go home and experiment themselves with cornflour and water - Ublex, to name of few. It was visual and empowered all levels of learners regardless of their learning profile. I would recommend this to any school and would welcome them back with open arms. The presenter also had a wonderful and dry sense of humour. Please pass on my sincere thanks.' Wells Cathedral Primary School

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Helen Tallett (Head of Chemistry) in the organisation of this event. The event was co-sponsored by a widening participation grant at the University of Bristol and a Large Outreach Grant held by the Bristol and District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

The Wells schools attending were Wells Cathedral School (Primary), Stoberry Park School and St Joseph & St Teresa's Primary.

16 September: RSC Science Assemblies, Hollymount Primary School, Worcester, Worcs

As part of a Bristol and District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Jonny Furze visited this school performing the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' for pupils in Years 3-6 during late morning. 210 children and 18 staff enjoyed the performance.

'Jonny, thank you for coming to visit this morning. You deliver the lecture with aplomb, thought and wit. Nice! I spoke to three of the teachers after you'd left and they were really enthusiastic and full of praise. The Year 6 teacher really liked the way you aimed questions at each year group linked to their curriculum.' Nick Barker. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Nick Barker (Warwick) in the organisation of this event. The visit was sponsored by the a 'Large Outreach Grant' from the RSC and is part of a regional programme of events.

10 September: Chemistry University Day Foulds’ Primary School, Bristol ChemLabS

45 Year 6 pupils and 6 staff from Foulds’ Primary School (Barnet, North London) made their annual visit to Bristol ChemLabS. The students worked through a circus of practical work, molecular modelling and a tour of the department before enjoying a lecture demonstration of 'Gases in the Air' performed by Jonny Furze. The postgraduate chemistry demonstrators: Mary Jenkinson-Finch, Abigail Mountford, Rafael Moreno and Bethan Donnelly.

09 September: Primary Schools Open Laboratory Day, Bristol ChemLabS

59 Year 6 pupils and 6 staff from Haywards Primary School (Tiverton, Devon) made their 6th annual trip to Bristol ChemLabS for a morning of practical work, tours and an afternoon lecture demonstration ('Gases in the Air'). Bristol ChemLabS worked with Deputy Headteacher Ruth Dixon in the organisation of this event.

The postgraduate chemists working with the pupils were Jonny Furze, Mary Jenkinson-Finch, Abigail Mountford, Angela Suriyakumaran and Rafael Moreno.

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