Primary Schools Outreach Events Spring 2019


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March

21 March: Science Assembly, Manor Junior School, Farnborough, Hants

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, presented the science assembly at this large state junior school to 240 excited pupils in Years 3-5 and 11 teachers. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Year 4 teacher Caroline Dakin in the organisation of this event. The visit was sponsored by a NERC Portfolio grant held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

15 March: PSTT Science Assembly, Talbot Heath Independent Junior School, Bournemouth, Dorset

Bristol ChemLabS visited this girl's school as part of a visit to the area. Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, gave a presentation of 'Gases in the Air' to pupils in Years 3-6. These were joined by 45 pupils in Years 4-6 from nearby St Martin's Primary School (Bournemouth). Altogether 210 pupils saw the event along with 8 teachers.

'We absolutely loved the science assembly! The children thought that the demonstrations were fantastic. The delivery and ability to capture their imaginations was perfectly pitched and you made the whole assembly very entertaining. 

We have been able to use the science knowledge shared in school since the assembly and many of the parents have been interested in developing their experiences further with Science Clubs. Thank you so much for such an enjoyable afternoon. We greatly appreciated it.' Laura Richards, Headteacher (St Mary's Primary School).

'Many thanks for visiting the school and the incredible science show you performed to our juniors.  Every child was totally engaged and absolutely loved all of the explosive investigations.  What a wonderful way to show children how exciting science can be. You really understood the humour of the children and delivered the show so that it was accessible to Year 3 up to Year 6.' Jo Brown, Science Co-ordinator

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Sue Martin (PSTT) in the organisation of the visit. The prize was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

15 March: Science Assembly, Ferndown Middle School, Ferndown, Dorset

Bristol ChemLabS visited this competition wining school as part of the prize for the 2017/18 CLEAPSS Primary Science Competition. Jonny furze gave a presentation of 'Gases in the Air' to Years 5 and 6. 270 pupils saw the event along with 12 teachers.

 KS2:"Amazing! Inspiring. We had a chat about our stereotype lesson we did in September to show that anyone, young or old can be a scientist. Really engaging and the kids loved it!" Mrs Barnes

"They thought it was very enjoyable and remembered lots of interesting facts. They enjoyed the way it was delivered and the live experience of the experiments. They also enjoyed seeing a real scientist in action." Mr Wyeth

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Jason Harding of CLEAPSS and Science Technician Sophie Owen in the organisation of the visit. The prize was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

14 March: PSTT Science Assemblies, Bridgewater Primary School, Northampton, Northants

A Bristol ChemLabS team of Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze visited this large Northampton school to deliver the science assembly ''Gases in the Air' during the afternoon. 450 pupils in Years 2-6, and '25 of their teachers, enjoyed the demonstration of practical chemistry.

'Thank you so much for yesterday both the children and the staff loved it. Our older children were really challenged by the explanations of the chemical reactions taking place, whilst our younger children were gripped with anticipation at what would happen next. The staff said it was engaging and thoroughly entertaining and both children and staff left the assembly excited about science - exactly what we wanted! Once again, thank you for putting on a wonderful assembly.' Alex Wooder 

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT Cluster Lead Tracy Tyrrell and Science Lead Alex Wooder in the delivery of this event. The event was sponsored by the Primary Schools Teaching Trust (PSTT) and was part of a nationwide project.

14 March: PSTT Science Assemblies, Irchester Community Primary School, Irchester, Wellingborough, Northants

A Bristol ChemLabS team of Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze visited this Northamptonshire school to deliver the science assembly ''Gases in the Air' during the morning. 330 pupils in Years 1-6, and '21 of their teachers, enjoyed the demonstration of practical chemistry. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT Cluster Lead Tracy Tyrrell in the delivery of this event, and related events, which will involve other local cluster schools during the day. The event was sponsored by the Primary Schools Teaching Trust (PSTT) as part of a national project.

12 March: PSTT Science Assembly, Grenoside Community Primary School, Sheffield S. Yorks

Tim Harrison, aided by Postdoctoral Chemist Jonny Furze, visited this Yorkshire state primary school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' during mid-morning. 200 Year 3-6 pupil and 6 teachers enjoyed the assembly. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member and Science Lead Teacher Jenni Monach in the organisation of the event. Such visits form part of a series of science assemblies, sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK.

12 March: PSTT Science Assembly, Shooters Grove Primary School, Sheffield S. Yorks

Tim Harrison, aided by Postdoctoral Chemist Jonny Furze, visited this Yorkshire state primary school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' during the afternoon. 210 Year 3-6 pupil and 13 teachers enjoyed the assembly.

'So..the biggest impact teachers have talked about really is the questions that children had afterwards (having remembered your comments about questions being dangerous). Some information was certainly 'mis-remembered' but there won't be any children sucking the helium out of 5 consecutive balloons. 

Safety was one thing that really came out to children and adults - knowing what you are doing and doing it safely - chemicals are not for messing! (Well maybe sometimes!)

Vocabulary is a focus in our school at the moment and it really came through (odourless and colourless etc.) but also the terminology for other things: solution, insulation (and many more).

Engagement in the assembly goes without saying but generally in science it re-engaged some pupils and they all came out feeling science was fascinating and fun. Seeing what real scientists do in the real world is another hugely important factor, it gave an insight into the world of chemistry.

Children remembered about the density of different gases and could use the language to explain this. Very few knew about the different coloured flames and temperatures which was a real revelation to them. 

Even in the space of just over an hour, the children's observational skills were tested and developed. Jenny Monach, Science Lead.

'Thankyou, for the very enjoyable assembly that you ran at our school. All the children enjoyed it and were fully engaged. Talking to children afterwards was more revealing. Many children enjoyed the spectacle, the noise and the excitement - but were happy to leave it at that. With other children it had a deeper impact. They had more questions about why and over the next few days showed me things that they had found out about gases and the atmosphere and related facts.' Stephen Crabtree (Science Subject Lead)

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member Jenni Monach and Science Lead, Mr Crabtree 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.

11 March: National Science Week Science Assembly, Shipley Primary School, Shipley, West Yorkshire

Tim Harrison, aided by postdoctoral chemist Jonny Furze, presented the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 150 pupils in Years 2-6 and to 8 teachers at the school. Bristol ChemLabS worked with teacher Caroline Hudson in the organisation of this event.

"The children were engaged throughout the assembly and afterwards have been caught many times talking about science - the things that they witnessed within the hour and other aspects which have come up during the week. They transferred the observation skills, which Tim went through, in science lessons during the week. Staff were inspired by the way science was shown to be exciting - and that there are many elements which they can teach!

It is so important for our children to get to see the real people behind the developments in the world of science and medicine - that they have faces, personalities and are fired up about their work. They have few high performing role models and meet few people beyond their own families who can give them ideas and ambition about the possibilities open to them in the world. On Monday you showed them this, as well as showing them that skill and learning is to be valued and that hard work is exciting and motivating.'  Caroline Hudson, Teacher.

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

07 March: PSTT Science Assembly, St Mary's Fields Primary School, Leicester, Leics

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, presented the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to a total of 300 pupils in Years 3-6 and 15 teachers in this 3� form entry school during the afternoon.

'The chemistry assembly was an exciting and engaging experience for all of our KS2 children. The children were encouraged to use their scientific skills in an exciting context, challenged to question their assumptions, and motivated to engage further in their scientific experiences outside of the assembly. Many children have now set their sights on becoming scientists. Thank you so much. It really was a wonderful experience for the school. ' Olivia Heath.

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT Cluster Lead Sarah Eames and Olivia Heath, Science Lead in the organisation of this event. The event was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT). This was one of several such events in the city of Leicester during this week.

06 March: PSTT Science Assembly, Sandfield Close Primary School, Leicester, Leics

Tim Harrison performed the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 300 pupils in Years 3-6 and 12 teachers during the morning.

'Professor Tim's assembly has made me want to study chemistry in the future', announced one year 4 child as I walked through the corridor.  Thanks to the Primary Science Teaching Trust and the University of Bristol, School of Chemistry for organising Tim and Jonny to come to Leicester.  The assembly created an explosive atmosphere, where misconceptions were addressed and interest in chemistry increased.  The audience were spellbound and the teachers smiled and giggled, I certainly learnt something and it created a memorable learning experience that increased the science capital of both teachers and children.' Sarah Eames

Bristol ChemLabS worked with science lead and PSTT Cluster Lead Sarah Eames in the organisation of this event. The visit was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT). This was one of several such events in the city of Leicester during this week.

06 March: PSTT Science Assembly, Glebelands Primary School, Leicester, Leics

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, presented the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to a total of 130 pupils in Years 3-6 and 8 teachers during the afternoon.

'Thank you so much for the wonderful assembly. As you know, I could only stay for the first few minutes, but from what I saw, the children were completely enthralled! When I saw some of our year 6 children after school, they were absolutely enthused and still bubbling with excitement! One child told me all about the volunteer children lighting the balloons at the end, using the correct scientific names for the gases. I have no doubt that they will have learnt a great deal from the assembly, and it was pitched just right for our Key Stage 2 children. Many thanks to both of you once again.' Rachel Hobson, Science Lead

'I have never seen science delivered in such a direct yet engaging fashion.  The children were amazed by the science which was put on demonstration and the engagement in their faces was obvious.  The subject matter related to their everyday experiences and I am certain they will all remember the occasion.”  Lawrence Lee, Headteacher.

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Science Lead Rachel Hobson and PSTT Cluster Lead Sarah Eames in the organisation of this event. The event was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT). This was one of several such events in the city of Leicester during this week.

05 March: PSTT Science Assembly, Slater Street Primary School, Leicester, Leics

Jonny Furze performed the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to 96 pupils in Years 2-5 and 8 teachers or other adults during the morning.

Year 2: Adults and children of year 2 both really enjoyed the science assembly. The children, although the youngest in the room, came out of the hall wanting to talk about science (particularly the experiments.) They learnt all about the gases in the atmosphere and we spoke at length after the assembly about global warming. All in all, we had a fantastic hour and would love to be a part of it again the future.

Year 3: I thought the assembly was very engaging and fast paced throughout with the right amount of interaction with the children. There was a lot of experiments that linked with what he was explaining so it children were observing science happen in front of their eyes! It has given me a few ideas linking some science with my Volcanoes project (geography) with some science as some children came up to me saying it looked like an eruption! Also, I think it got children very excited and enthused about learning science now and in the future especially when they get to use all the equipment and chemicals in secondary school!  I REALLY enjoyed it! (makes me think however that magicians might just be great scientists when performing some of their tricks haha!)

Year 4: A really great assembly, demonstrating areas of science that excite the children in a way we can't in a primary classroom. Lots of facts for both staff and pupils, links to the curriculum now and in the future were clear, and children all came out with a different favourite thing to talk about. Thank you for bringing chemistry to life in an accessible way.

Year 5: Great, enthusiastic chemist - thoroughly engaged Year 5, making reference/links to Year 5 Science curriculum- Properties and changing materials. Year 5 used some of their prior knowledge to explain/discuss various concepts being demonstrated.

Bristol ChemLabS worked with science lead Jessica Edmonds and PSTT Cluster Lead Sarah Eames in the organisation of this event. The event was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT). This was one of several such events in the city of Leicester during this week.

05 March: PSTT Science Assembly, Mayflower Primary School, Leicester, Leics

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, presented the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to a total of 350 pupils in Years 3-6 and 10 teachers or other adults during the afternoon.

'The assembly was amazing and the adults as well as the children thoroughly enjoyed it.   I have attached some feedback from the children that I received.  I thought you pitched it at the right   level for the children, and although it was an hour long, the children were completely engaged and focused and wanted you to carry on! The majority of our children are EAL and the Science you showed was very visual.  They loved all of the experiments that you showcased and I know that they all learnt something about gases and reactions.  Thank you once again for taking the time out to come and see us, we would welcome you back anytime!' Reena Chandarana, Science Lead

'I liked the fact that he talked to the children in a grown-up scientific way.' Miss Atkins, Teacher

Bristol ChemLabS worked with science lead Reena Chandarana and PSTT Cluster Lead Sarah Eames in the organisation of this event. The event was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT). This was one of several such events in the city of Leicester during this week.

05 March: PSTT Science Assembly, Stokes Wood Primary School, Leicester, Leics

Tim Harrison gave two performances of the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to a total of 13 classes, 360 pupils in Years 2-6 and 42 teachers or other adults during a busy morning.

'Tim Harrison's assemblies created a sensation at Stokes Wood Primary School, in Leicester. Our children were left spellbound by the lively demonstration of chemistry experiments. At Stokes Wood, we are working hard to engage with the science community outside school, so this was an ideal opportunity to show our children that there is a whole world out there with real-life scientists doing real-life science.'

Mrs Gadsby, head teacher of Stokes Wood, said, “Our children were captivated by the amazing science. Tim's demonstration was pitched exactly at our children's level of understanding – he had them eating out of his hands! Many of our children come from disadvantaged backgrounds, so events such as Tim's assemblies help us to raise aspirations and enrich our children's learning.”

The event was a good opportunity for our pupils to demonstrate the knowledge they had already acquired through lessons about states of matter and materials. All our children, from the Year 2s to the Year 6s, returned to their classrooms buzzing with excitement for science and their heads full of yet-unanswered questions. The assemblies have raised the profile of science at our school and we were delighted that it was a whole-school, shared experience.' Bhavesh Patel

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Science Lead Bhavesh Patel and PSTT Cluster Lead Sarah Eames in the organisation of this event. The event was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT). This was one of several such events in the city of Leicester during this week.

01 March: PSTT Science Assembly, Galliard Primary School, Enfield, N. London

Tim Harrison, aided by chemist Jonny Furze, visited this large N. London state primary school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' during the morning. 360 pupils in Years 4-6 and 9 teachers enjoyed the assembly. o:p>

'All the staff and children thought it was absolutely amazing and personally (as I said) I thought it was the best, most exciting Science Assembly that I had ever seen! It really helped the children see what being a scientist is like and enabled them to think about future careers (most of them want to be footballers or youtubers!). Also, being a teacher in a primary school often means we can't do 'exciting' Science investigations such as you showed us today so that was something many of our children hadn't experienced before.' Linda Middleton (Science Lead).

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT Cluster lead Stacey Reid and science teacher Linda Middleton. Such visits formed part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK. There were several such assemblies in this period in the Borough of Enfield.

February

28 February: PSTT Science Assembly, Latymer All Saints Primary School, Enfield, N. London

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, visited this 3 form entry N. London state primary school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air'. Two performances were given to a total audience of 450 Year 2-6 pupils and 24 teachers.

'Fantastic Science Assembly provided by the Bristol University School of Science. It was both entertaining and informative, enthusing adults and children alike about the wonders of our world and the science within it. Bringing a deeper level of science, that can't be conjured up in the home with ingredients found in the local supermarket, is what particularly set it apart from other science assemblies. The noise and vibrations from the exploding hydrogen balloon was equally matched by the reaction of the children who were enthralled at each demonstration. Highly recommend it, and there is no doubt that it will have ignited a keen desire in all those present to explore science further.' Michael (Teacher)

'Thank you so much for the show. So many children and staff said how wonderful it was'  -Science lead

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT Cluster lead (and deputy headteacher Stacey Reid in the organisation of this visit. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK. There were several such assemblies in this period in the Borough of Enfield.

27 February: PSTT Science Assembly, St Georges Freezy Water CofE Primary School, Enfield, N. London

Tim Harrison visited this London state primary school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' during the morning. 150 pupils in Years 2-6 and 9 teachers enjoyed the assembly. Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT Cluster lead Stacey Reid and teacher Sandra Burt in the organisation of the visit.

'Thank you again for yesterday's stellar science assembly. The event provided an incredible opportunity for our children and staff and there was a tremendous buzz in the atmosphere. Your delivery was pitched at an appropriate level to enable access - without compromising the content. As promised, here are comments from members of the teaching staff:

'This morning's assembly was an incredible experience for my year 2 children- they left awestruck and inspired by what could be achieved through science. After the assembly many of the children shared how they would like to be scientists, doctors and engineers- these experiences open up worlds and ideas for children.'

 'I found myself enthralled by every experiment alongside the children and was particularly interested when you asked them to just observe and to look beyond the obvious- this will be something I will reflect on in my own science teaching practise.'

'A really fun and informative session. This also fitted very well into our new topic about the water cycle. The children were able to use what that learnt and saw in the workshop to their lesson today incorporating the vocabulary of water, condensation, vapour etc. Thank you' 

'Thank you for this mind-blowing science assembly. The children in year 4 learnt a lot and are considering becoming scientist. Thank you.' 

' My class (Year 6)  are now considering careers in science and I was totally captivated by your delivery. You covered so much in a relatively short space of time providing a memorable experience. You are 'gold dust' to the teaching profession providing that 'awe and wonder'. Our children opened up and confidently shared their knowledge and understanding referencing key vocabulary: reversible experiment and names of gases'. 'Sandra Burt, Science Lead

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

27 February: PSTT Science Assembly, Lavender Primary School, Enfield, N. London

Tim Harrison visited this London state primary school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' during the afternoon. 350 pupils in Years 2-6 and 18 teachers, in this large urban school, enjoyed the assembly.

' A massive thank you again for the assembly today; it has created such a buzz around the school. All the teachers keep telling me how excited all of the children were after the assembly and they themselves were really impressed with how much scientific knowledge you managed to squeeze in and share with the children. The students were all so enthusiastic.  Lots were heard sharing that the "explosions were their favourite parts". They all seemed really amazed and, as one of my students said at the end, their minds really were blown with how fantastic the assembly was, so a huge thank you for all of your hard work and efforts to make this happen at Lavender. I think we all thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon! Thanks again.' Ashley McGrath

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT Cluster lead Stacey Reid and teacher Ashley McGrath. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK. 

26 February: RSC Primary Schools' Lecture Demonstration, Cheltenham Ladies' College, Cheltenham, Gloucs

The afternoon lecture demonstration 'Gases in the Air' was presented by Tim Harrison for Year 4 and 5 pupils was again hosted by Cheltenham Ladies' College, for state and independent schools in the region. On this occasion 273 pupils and 28 teachers and other adults enjoyed the event.

'The children responded well and were very engaged with the subject matter. What a privilege to experience chemistry in such an entertaining way. I thought Tim's presentation style was very refreshing and exactly what the world of chemistry needs if it is to attract the very best brains.' Teacher, Leckhampton Primary

 The local state and independent primary schools attending were: Dunalley Holy Trinity St Gregory's, St John's Primary School Leckhampton, Gotherington, Airthrie and Richard Pate.

This event is now a regular fixture in the Bristol ChemLabS Outreach year. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Matt Gill (Head of Science, Cheltenham Ladies' College).  The event was sponsored by the Bristol and District Branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and Bristol ChemLabS.

25 February: PSTT Science Assembly, Yealmpton Primary School, Yealmpton, Plymouth, Devon

Bristol ChemLabS visited another Devonian primary school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' during the afternoon. 150 Year 2-6 pupils and 7 teachers enjoyed the performance.

'Many thanks for visiting Yealmpton Primary School this afternoon and delivering such a fantastic session all about chemistry and gases.

Both the staff and children thoroughly enjoyed your session which was both informative and entertaining. They came out buzzing with all the things they had learned and as you could tell from your Q & A session with the year 6 children afterwards, they relished the opportunity to find out about chemistry from someone with such a wealth of knowledge.

It was a great opportunity for the children to see examples of chemical reactions which we would not be able to demonstrate in school and to use their observational skills and to learn scientific vocabulary. Staff commented on how you linked the science shown with topics including climate change and emphasised the importance of working safely.

As a school, we have been considering ways to increase Science Capital. Your references to science in the real world and possible science jobs which the children might pursue in the future has undoubtedly helped with this. It was also great to hear the children talking excitedly to their parents at the end of the day, eager to share all they had learned.' -Nicky Collins

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College Member Nicky Collins 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 and one of two in Devon today.

25 February: PSTT Science Assembly, Victoria Road Primary School, St Budeaux, Plymouth, Devon

Bristol ChemLabS visited this Devonian primary school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' during the morning. 120 pupils in Years 2-6 and 14 teachers enjoyed the performance.

Quotes from children:

It was interesting loved the balloons changing size

Loved the red and blue liquids changing colour

It was fun, scary, loud and clever

It was interesting

Loved when the balloons popped with the fire

Liked when the balloons went bang

Liked the bangs

Very mesmerizing and explosions

Learnt lots about science

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College Member Carla Jenkinson 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 and one of two in Devon today.

14 February: PSTT Science Assembly, St Mary's Primary, Kidderminster, Worcs

Postdoctoral Chemist Jonny Furze, visited this Worcestershire primary school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' during the morning/afternoon. 150 pupils in Years 2-6 and 7 teachers enjoyed the assembly. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Nick Barker (Warwick). Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK.

14 February: PSTT Science Assembly, St George's Primary School, Kidderminster, Worcs

Tim Harrison/ visited this Worcestershire primary school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' during the morning/afternoon. 210 pupils in Years Reception to Year-6 and 8 teachers enjoyed the assembly.

'I'd like to thank you for your inspirational assembly to our children at St George's Primary School, KIdderminster. Firstly, I would like to thank you for your enthusiasm and the knowledge that you imparted on our children and staff. I know that our children and staff were inspired by the experiences you provided. Making the science fun and real will ensure that the children remember the key messages you put across to them. As a school, raising aspirations for our children is something that we want to develop, and your assembly was a great starting point for this. Planting the seed for university and the worlds of STEM was an important step for our children's future. In addition to the benefits to children, the staff thoroughly enjoyed the assembly as it gave them the ignition and a vehicle that they need to put in the passion into their teaching. We hope that this will be something the children and staff will talk about in years and come.' Matt Modley (Maths and Science Coordinator)

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Nick Barker (Warwick) and Science Lead teacher Matt Modley in the organisation of the event. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK.

14 February: PSTT Science Assembly, Pitmaston Primary School, Worcester, Worcs

Postdoctoral Chemist Jonny Furze, visited this Worcestershire primary school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' during the morning/afternoon. 350 pupils in Years 2,4,5 and-6 and 20 teachers, in this 3-form entry school, enjoyed the assembly. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Nick Barker (Warwick) and teacher Rumi Choudhury in the organisation of the event. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK.

14 February: PSTT Science Assembly, Carnforth School, Worcester, Worcs

Tim Harrison visited this Worcestershire primary school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' during the morning/afternoon. 195 pupils in Years Reception to Year 6.7 teachers also enjoyed the assembly. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Nick Barker (Warwick) and teacher Sarah Shellard in the organisation of this event.

'A huge thankyou to Tim for his entertaining and captivating assembly. The children thoroughly enjoyed this and have experienced 'real science' on a big scale.' Teacher.

'My Year 1 class have just voted to have a science kit brought in as an end of term treat!' Teacher

'It was really good and we earnt about chemistry' Pupil

'I am now going to work harder for what I want to do when I am older.' Pupil

'The bangs were terrifying but cool because we could see how chemicals react! I liked watching the colours changing.' Pupil

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

12 February 2018: Primary G&T Science Day, Redmaids' High School, Bristol

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

48 specially selected Year 5 & 6 pupils from local schools were invited. The day included the chemistry demonstration 'Gases in the Air', presented by Jonny Furze. This involved 80 Year 5 and 6 Redmaids' High Junior School pupils. This was followed by a series of experiments in the Senior Schools Laboratories for the visitors, supported by Bristol postgraduate chemists.

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Lisa Brown (Redmaids' School) in the organisation of this event.

The 9 Bristol schools participating were: Redmaids' High Junior School, QEH Junior School, Headley Park Primary School, Holymead Primary School, Woodlands Academy, Waycroft Academy, Wicklea Academy and Elm Lea Junior School.

12 February: Science Assembly, Bridge Farm Primary School, Whitchurch, Bristol

Rescheduled from a snow day, Bristol ChemLabS visited this school to deliver 2 science assemblies for a total of 550 students in Years 2-6 and 14 accompanying staff members.

'Thank you so much for coming on Tuesday, it was absolutely fantastic! Staff and children are still raving about it. The children are definitely enthused, and I keep hearing from parents that they are talking about it at home.  I took a picture of the Year 5 class's Science display where they stuck their post-its (attached, if you are interested). They were clearly blown away and your assembly resonated with them. 

I'll definitely look into those resources you recommended and am excited about the opportunities for increasing Science engagement, want to try and ride this wave of enthusiasm! Huge thanks again.

Here are some comments from some of the other staff' (Jess Lockyear)

'My kids loved it: as did I. Tim was an absolute inspiration- full of humour, good- spirit and knowledge. It's not easy to captivate my class for an hour (me neither); Tim certainly did! Thanks very much for organising'. Joe Lund

'I have at least 20 children who have since asked about careers in Science! His presentation linked directly to our topic and the children showed much deeper understanding in our following Science lesson (that afternoon) as a result of his teaching. It certainly had the 'WOW' factor; they certainly will not be forgetting the difference between reversible and irreversible reactions in a hurry! They have all written the thing they loved most and a question they would have asked the scientist on a post-it.' Becky

Bristol ChemLabS worked with teacher Jessica Lockyear in the organisation of this visit. The event, delivered by Tim Harrison, was sponsored by a Widening Participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

07 February: Crystal Workshop, St John's Primary School, Bristol

Undergraduate Heather Hudson, aided by fellow undergraduate chemist Lucy Bird, led 30 very keen Year 3 and 4 pupils in an exploration of crystal growing during the afternoon.

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

January

31 January: Primary Science Demonstrations, Sherborne School for Girls, Sherborne, Dorset

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze presented the assembly 'Gases in the Air' to local primary and preparatory school from the region. In 2 events hosted by Sherborne School for Girls. Two lecture demonstrations were in Years 5-7. In total, 498 pupils and 32 teachers saw the talks. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Tony Angelosanto (Deputy Head) and James Grierson (Chemistry Teacher) in the organisation of this event.

Thanks again for the wonderful lectures. The students and teachers (498 in total) were buzzing' James Grierson (Sherborne)

'I just wanted to send you a quick email to say thank you once again for inviting us to your Science lecture. The children were absolutely enthralled (as were the teachers) and we certainly have had plenty of questions to follow up in our Science lessons.' Preston School

'Thank you very much for inviting us to your school to watch gases in the air. We all had a great time and many of us have never seen these experiments in real life. The lecturer was very good and we all appreciate the time he took to come and teach us; we all look up to him. The experiments were really cool, many of us wanting to try them back at school (best not though!).' Pupil, Sunninghill School

'Thank you ever so much for inviting us to your fascinating science lecture. We are sure that we will remember it for years. The lecturer was absolutely amazing, He made the lecture funny, interesting and explained chemistry really well and taught us about everyday gases. As we haven't done an awful lot of chemistry, I think it gave us a very good introduction to the subject although we have just learnt about acids and alkalis. If you did another science lecture we would be delighted to come again.' Pupil Sunninghill Prep School

Schools attending were: Sunninghill Preparatory School Hanford Preparatory School, Hazelgrove Preparatory School, Knighton House Preston Primary School, Forres Sandle Manor, Bradford Abbas, Yetminster, Sherborne Primary School, Thornford Primary School, Sherborne Abbey Primary School, St Nicholas CE Primary School, North Cadbury CE VC Primary School, St Andrews CE VC Primary School, Buckland Newton CE Primary School and Sherborne Girls (Year 7).

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

30 January: Lecture Demonstrations, Christ's Hospital, Horsham, West Sussex

Tim Harrison, aided by Chemist Jonny Furze, visited this historic school to perform a demonstration science talk to 18 Reception pupils aged 2-4 and 6 accompanying adults.

Bristol ChemLabS worked with form Bristol ChemLabS Outreacher, and now Deputy Head Teacher (Senior School) , Marcus Medley in the organisation of this event. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by a portfolio of NERC research grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

25 January: PSTT Science Assembly, Ryders Green Primary School, West Bromwich, West Midlands

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze, visited this two-form entry state primary school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' during the morning. 300 Year 2-6 pupils and around 20 staff enjoyed the assembly.

'Feedback on your assembly from the staff and received the below:'

'The best assembly I have seen here.'

'I thoroughly enjoyed the assembly and the children were enthused. Professor Tim had a fun yet informative approach. Very enjoyable!'

 'Children were captivated throughout the whole assembly and we were all left wanting more! Best assembly I have seen and a wonderful way to get children engaged with science.'  -Lucy Blackmore (Headteacher)

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT College member and headteacher Lucy Blackmore in the organisation of this event. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK.

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

Bristol ChemLabS revisited this local specialist science college for the 11th consecutive year to deliver a series of lecture demonstrations to pupils from their feeder primary schools over 2 days. On the second day 201 pupils from Years 4-6 and 22 accompanying teachers/adults enjoyed the talks.

'We did indeed very much enjoy the Christmas lectures. We found Tim to be very clear and engaging for the children. They particularly enjoyed the experiments (especially the bangs!) and being able to engage in active science. They have all said that they are looking forward to secondary school where they will get to experience more of this Science.' Oasis Bankleaze

'The lecture was great. I've been to these before and they continue to be a highlight of our school calendar. Children were engaged etc, enjoyed seeing the practical aspects and the lecture was lively and interesting. Just keep it as it is going forwards.' Our Lady of the Rosary

'I thought that the lecture was great for the Y6 children that we brought. There was a good level of science, fun and experiments which kept the children engaged and they learnt lots of new information.' St Theresa's

Bristol ChemLabS worked with science teacher Jo Pascoe in the organisation of this event. The visit is subsidised by a Widening Participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

The Catholic primary schools participating today were: Our Lady of the Rosary (Bristol) (60), Oasis Bank Leaze (Bristol) (51), St Peter and Paul's (30) and Holy Family (60).

17 January: Christmas Conference Lectures, St Bede's Catholic College, Bristol

Bristol ChemLabS revisited this local specialist science college for the 11th consecutive year to deliver a series of lecture demonstrations to pupils from their feeder primary schools over 2 days. On the first day 240 pupils from years 4-6 and 14 accompanying teachers enjoyed the talks. Bristol ChemLabS worked with science teacher Jo Pascoe in the organisation of this event. The visit is subsidised by a Widening Participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

The Catholic primary schools participating today were: St Theresa's (Bristol) (60), Corpus Christi (Western Super Mare) (60), St Bernard's (Bristol) (60) and St Francis (Nailsea, Bristol) (46).

16 January: Science Assembly, Exeter Junior School, Exeter, Devon

The Outreach team of Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze from Bristol ChemLabS visited this independent school to deliver a science assembly to 191 eager pupils from Years 3-6 during the morning. Bristol ChemLabS again worked with PSTT College member and Headteacher Sue Marks (Headteacher) in the delivery of this event. Unfortunately, other local schools were unable to attend.

'On Tuesday, we all enjoyed a visit from Tim Harrison of Bristol University Education Outreach. He delivered a fast paced, informative and very entertaining presentation all about gases, vapours, perfumes and, how they are chemically crafted and used in so many of our everyday products. The science he presented covers key curriculum areas, is relevant and, above all, memorable. His demonstrations are always inspiring, full of exciting bangs and explosions, chemical bubbles and colour changes, leaving pupils feeling thoroughly 'wowed' by the 'awesomeness' of science!' Headteacher

The event was sponsored by the Primary Schools Teaching Trust (PSTT) as part of a national project.

14 January: Science Assembly, St Helen's CE Primary School, Alveston, Bristol

 

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze, visited this local state primary school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' during the afternoon. 150 pupils in Years 2-6 and 5 teachers enjoyed the performance.

'Thank you again for the workshop that you delivered at St Helen's Primary School today – it was excellent. The session exposed the children to a rich and varied range of scientific language and concepts. It was excellent the way that precise language was frequently reinforced and investigated (without the pace or enjoyment suffering). The equipment and materials showcased during the session were far beyond those normally seen in primary education and it fired up the children's enthusiasm for science. The children were full of questions and observations after the session, showing a highly positive attitude towards their continuing scientific studies. The teachers present also found it both educational and an excellent demonstration of how engaging and interesting science teaching can be. The session held links to several areas of the primary scientific curriculum and it was great to see the entire range of age groups (from Year 2 to Year 6) able to learn from and enjoy the experience.' Jon Leeming, Year 6 teacher and Maths lead

Bristol ChemLabS worked with secretary Stacey Reid in the organisation of the event. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by a Widening Participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

08 January: Perfume Chemistry Christmas Lecture, Frome Vale Primary School, Bristol

Tim Harrison returned to this local primary school to give a talk on 'smelly chemistry' -The Chemistry of Perfumes. 110 pupils in Years 3-6, 4 teachers and several student teachers enjoyed the talk. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Josie Karruck in the organisation of this event.

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

14 January: Science Assembly, St Helen's CE Primary School, Alveston, Bristol

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze, will visit this local state primary school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' during the afternoon. 150 pupils in Years 2-6 and 5 teachers enjoyed the performance.

'Thank you again for the workshop that you delivered at St Helen's Primary School today – it was excellent. The session exposed the children to a rich and varied range of scientific language and concepts. It was excellent the way that precise language was frequently reinforced and investigated (without the pace or enjoyment suffering). The equipment and materials showcased during the session were far beyond those normally seen in primary education and it fired up the children's enthusiasm for science. The children were full of questions and observations after the session, showing a highly positive attitude towards their continuing scientific studies. The teachers present also found it both educational and an excellent demonstration of how engaging and interesting science teaching can be. The session held links to several areas of the primary scientific curriculum and it was great to see the entire range of age groups (from Year 2 to Year 6) able to learn from and enjoy the experience.' Jon Leeming, Year 6 teacher and Maths lead

Bristol ChemLabS will be working with secretary Stacey Reid in the organisation of the event. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by a widening participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

 

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